Daniel Sims elected to second term as President of private hospitals industry body

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Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO, Daniel Sims, has been re-elected unopposed as President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA).

Mr Sims has led the organisation for the past two years, through a challenging reform agenda undertaken by the Federal Government.

“APHA has been at the forefront managing issues for private hospitals, through a very busy period where there has been a real focus on private health insurance and the private health industry as a whole.

“The APHA has been instrumentally involved in the wide range of initiatives and reforms that have impacted our sector this year such as the categorisation of private health insurance into gold, silver and bronze products, the MBS review changes, and the implementation of new quality and safety standards. We have also had excellent representation on several government committees including the improved models of care, out of pocket costs and private health reform committees.

“However, there is still a lot to do as we gain a better understanding of the reforms to private health insurance and review their implications for private hospitals. We also have some challenging times ahead with a pending federal election and the ALP’s announcements around the two percent cap for private health insurance premium increases and a private health productivity commission review.

“As always, and given all these issues, it is very important that we stay at the forefront of the agenda and that we have strong representation to government on behalf of private hospitals,” Mr Sims said.

APHA CEO Mr Michael Roff said the new Board and Council brought a significant amount of experience to the table.

“We are grateful to have such a wealth of experience across the health care sector on our Council and our Board. Some Board members have made a contribution to the Association over many years, while others are new to the role. This provides us with a great balance of knowledge as well as new ideas and energy which will hold the organisation in good stead,” he said.

APHA Board:
President Daniel Sims Ramsay Health Care
Vice President Lachlan Henderson Epworth HealthCare
Chair of Council David Swan St Vincent’s Health Australia
Treasurer Alan Morrison SportsMed SA
Policy and Advocacy Chair Christine Gee Toowong Private Hospital
Quality and Safety Chair Victoria Atkinson Healthscope
Workforce Taskforce Chair Peter Mott Ramsay Health Care
Member Anne Crouch Eye-Tech Day Surgeries
Member Richard Lizzio UnitingCare Australia
Member Alan Cooper Friendly Society Private Hospital

APHA Council
The Board and:
Bernadette Eather (Ramsay Health Care Australia)
Bennie Ng (Healthscope)
Denise Thomas (Metropolitan Rehabilitation Hospital)
Brett Goods (Sydney Adventist Hospital)
Kerry Snare (Maryvale Private Hospital)
Carolyn Bell (Epworth HealthCare)
Amanda Quealy (The Hobart Clinic)
Vicki Canning (Western Private Hospital)
Glen Power (Perth Clinic)

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