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A NEW CEO has been appointed for the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) with Sean Rooney set to take the reins.

Mr Rooney’s appointment follows former CEO Robin Whyte’s difficult decision not to renew her contract so she can relocate and be closer to family.

NQPHN Board Chair Terry Mehan said Mr Rooney has extensive executive leadership experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and will be a valuable asset to NQPHN.

“Sean has a demonstrated track record of achievement as a CEO, designing and successfully executing strategy, effectively managing stakeholder engagement in complex and contested environments, and leading people and organisations through times of change,” Mr Mehan said.

“He brings practical experience where the health and aged care sectors meet and has served as CEO of member-based organisations, the Australian Medical Local Alliance (AMLA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

“The Board and I welcome Sean to NQPHN and look forward to working closely with him to lead an organisation that is focused on helping northern Queenslanders live happier, healthier, longer lives.”

NQPHNs new CEO Sean Rooney

Mr Rooney said he was honoured to step into the role of CEO at NQPHN.

“I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations already in place, strengthening stakeholder and partner relationships, and working with the NQPHN team on improving the health outcomes for all North Queenslanders,” he said.

“It’s my belief that healthcare should be accessible to all, and my focus will be to work with our teams, stakeholders, and communities to achieve the goals of the organisation.”

The NQPHN Board has also express their deep appreciation to Robin for her substantial contribution to NQPHN during her three-year tenure and wished her all the best for the future.

Mr Rooney commenced as NQPHN CEO on Monday 6 November 2023 and is based in Townsville.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Taskforce Guardian continues work in Mt Isa and Improving connectivity ahead of natural disasters.

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