Shake up for NT Health as new minister announced, CEO departs

Natasha Fyles has been appointed as the Northern Territory's Minister for Health in the newly elected Labor government, adding the portfolio to a potpourri of other responsibilities.

Ms Fyles, a former teacher, has also been named as Attorney General and Minister for Justice. She will be assisted in the role of health minister by Lawrence Costa, who has been appointed Assistant Minister for Remote Health Delivery and Homelands.

Ngaree Ah Kit has been appointed Assistant Minister for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Disabilities, and the Assistant Minister for Seniors and Youth.

Long-time NT Health fixture Len Notaras has lost his position as CEO of the NT Department of Health after two years. Dr Notaras will return to his position as head of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre at Royal Darwin Hospital, which he has run since 2009.

His former deputy, Janet Anderson, is acting in the role of CEO. Ms Anderson was formerly a first assistant secretary with the federal Department of Health and before that held roles with the NSW Department of Health.

The NT government currently has a tender out for an integrated clinical management system as part of its $186 million core clinical systems renewal program (CCSRP). This is being managed by the Department of Corporate Information Services (DCIS), which also has a new minister in Lauren Moss.

The NT's 20 different agencies and departments have been restructured into four 'clusters', with DCIS coming under the control of Chief Minister Michael Gunner's central cluster and Health sitting in the Children and Families cluster.

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Tags: NT Health

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