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June 2009

Paul MacLeman has been appointed CEO of DNA testing company Genetic Technologies.

Marcus Chua has stepped down as Company Secretary of medical technology company Medtech.

Biotechnology company Rockeby Biomed has appointed Ivan Chong as Executive Director...

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May 2009

Dr Roslyn Carbon has taken up the role of acting RACGP WA Faculty State Manager as Malvina Nordstrom is on 12 months maternity leave. Roslyn trained in WA as a GP, but has spent the last two decades in the UK. She was the National Medical Director at the English Institute of Sport and has worked in medical management in both Olympic and professional sport. 

Ms Catherine Stoddart RN has been appointed as WA's new Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. Catherine has 25 years experience in nursing and midwifery, and is former a Churchill Scholarship winner.

Michael Soja has resigned as...

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April 2009

Dr Paul Van Buynder has stepped down as the Director of the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Control Directorate. Dr Gary Dowse is the Acting Director until a permanent replacement is appointed later this month.

A/Prof Beth Hands has been appointed as the Director of The University of Notre Dame's Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research. Beth is the current Associate Dean of Notre Dame's School of Health Sciences.

Dr Scott Blackwell has taken up the role of Clinical Lead for the WA Primary Care Health Network ...

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April 2009

The cheque's in the mail?

Colin Barnett's optimistic 3% cost savings hit a brick wall when head health honcho Dr Peter Flett admitted there was a $26m blowout in the Health Department's budget. The already straining Department could find only $34m of a requested $60m budgetary slash and burn this financial year. Dr Flett promised a parliamentary committee (tantamount to ‘the cheque's in the mail') that the Department would compensate by finding savings greater than 3% in future years. 527 FTE staff can expect to lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Passing the buck

Responding to the Health budget blowout, Health Minister Dr Kim Hames said the health budget is ‘under considerable pressure' but he denied rumours the budget hole would balloon out to $230m. Taking the political football by both hands, Kim then blamed McGinty's mob for the situation: "There is certainly not enough money there and that's your [Labor government's] fault, not ours. The money was short $120m on the day we arrived," he told parliament. Part of his budgetary solution could be a public/private partnership (presumably similar to the arrangement at Joondalup) to fund the new Midland hospital, due to be opened in 2014. Kim said, "I'm not going to rule it out, I'm keeping all options open."

Dob in a dodgy doc

Fighting a battle on a more productive front, Kim has been progressing the issue of national registration and accreditation for WA ...

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March 2009

Prof Teik Oh has started as the Director of Medical Services, Mercy Hospital, Mount Lawley. Teik is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia and is the former University's Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia and Director of Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital.

Mr David Roberts has been appointed as the WA State Manager of Medfin Medical Finance.

Mr David Clapin has replaced Alan Ferguson ...  

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