Announcement of next ADHA head expected this week

The new chief executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is expected to be announced this week, nine months after its inaugural CEO stood down.

It is understood that the successful applicant is a senior public servant, with the original shortlist of five whittled down to a choice between Medicare CEO Amanda Cattermole and former deputy secretary of the Department of Health, Caroline Edwards.

Ms Cattermole is deputy secretary of the health and aged care group at Services Australia, with responsibility for the delivery of Medicare, aged care and PBS payments, programs and services. She has been leading efforts to digitise the health payments system.

Ms Edwards was in charge of health systems policy at the Department of Health but is now at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

ADHA has been managed by acting CEO Bettina McMahon since inaugural CEO Tim Kelsey left in January 2020. Ms McMahon has signalled her intention to also leave the agency when the permanent replacement begins.

ADHA has seen the majority of its inaugural senior executives leave since it took over from the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) in July 2016 including its general managers for innovation and clinical engagement. Recent resignations include chief medical adviser Meredith Makeham and CIO Ronan O'Connor.

Posted in Movers and shakers

Tags: Australian Digital Health Agency, Amanda Cattermole

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