Christine Gee has, once again, stepped in as acting President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) following the resignation of Dr Lachlan Henderson.
Ms Gee, CEO of Toowong Private Hospital in Brisbane since 1997, has been a long-standing member of the APHA Board and stood in as President in 2006 and again in 2016.
She will guide the organisation until a new Board is elected at the next Council meeting in late November 2022.
Dr Henderson has announced he will leave Victoria-based Epworth HealthCare and return to Western Australia, taking on the role of CEO for health insurer HBF in early 2023. He has resigned his positions with APHA with immediate effect.
APHA CEO Michael Roff thanked Dr Henderson for his leadership of the association for the past two years.
“Lachlan has been President through a very challenging time for the private hospital sector, the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
"In addition, as a leader in Victoria he has dealt with some of the most difficult circumstances, long lockdowns and numerous surgery restrictions. We thank him for his time at the helm of APHA."
Mr Roff welcomed Ms Gee back to the President’s chair, citing her wealth of experience in medical administration.
“Christine has made a significant contribution to APHA over many years, her knowledge of the sector is second to none. In addition, she has contributed nationally to quality and safety issues and has been responsible for raising awareness of mental health issues in Australia.
“Christine is a great leader, and her considerable intellect and experience makes her an excellent choice to take us through to the next Council meeting,” Mr Roff said.