AAPM names new CEO, adds eHealth Roadshow dates

The Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) has appointed Gillian Leach as its new CEO, taking over from Dean Barton-Smith.

Ms Leach has extensive experience in health service management, her previous role being CEO of Whitehorse Community Health Service in Melbourne. She is also a former CEO of Arthritis South Australia and executive director of Osteoarthritis Australia.

She has also been involved at director level with the Australian Institute of Management, the NHMRC injury research committee, the SA government management board and Women Chiefs of Enterprise International. She is a fellow of the AIM and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Victorian Health Advisory committee.

The AAPM has also added new dates to its national eHealth Roadshow, taking in a number of regional centres as well as capital cities. Delivered by AAPM members Marina Fulcher and Jan Chaffey, the roadshows focus on understanding the foundations of the national eHealth system as well as the PCEHR.

Topics covered include:

  • The eHealth solutions and how they will work in your practice
  • How the Healthcare Identifier (HI) Service integrates with your existing medical software
  • How to register your practice with the HI Service
  • More about the PCEHR and how it will affect you

The association has also announced it will present its inaugural National Practice Manager of the Year Award at its national conference in Brisbane in October. State branches of the association already hold practice managers of the year awards, the winners of which will progress automatically into the national selection.

The AAPM is also offering a practice management award for excellence in chronic disease management, in association with Merck Sharp & Dohme. The award, worth approximately $2000, is to be used to further the recipient's career in practice management in any way that contributes to enhancing patient outcomes.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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