Haikerwal to head government’s health advisory body

Health Minister Peter Dutton today announced Dr Mukesh Haikerwal as the new chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Dr Mukesh Haikewal. Photo: Twitter.
Dr Mukesh Haikewal (Photo: Twitter)

Haikerwal, who was most recently the National E-Health Transition Authority’s national clinical lead, began his term on July 19. Dutton said in a statement:

“Dr Haikerwal is highly respected in medical circles and is also an extremely experienced administrator. He will be a great asset to the AIHW, Australia’s premier source of data on health and welfare.

“He is a former national president of the AMA and current chairperson of the World Medical Association Council. His interests in health are broad — he is also chairperson of the Beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Programme and a member of the CSIRO Australian E-Health Research Committee.”

The AIHW is an independent statutory authority that provides the federal government and public with reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia’s health and welfare.

Dr Haikerwal was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011.

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