Services Australia COO to lead Australian Digital Health Agency

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday September 7, 2020

Amanda Cattermole

Services Australia chief operating officer Amanda Cattermole has been named head of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

The ADHA board on Friday said Cattermole has “deep expertise in digital transformation across government and within the health sector” and was appointed following a comprehensive search.

Prior to her position as COO of Services Australia, Cattermole was the agency’s interim CEO, and held deputy secretary roles in health service delivery in the federal and Victorian governments.

She would bring knowledge and capability to the ADHA at a time when digital health has never been more important, according to board chair Dr Elizabeth Deveny.

“The board has appointed a leader who is deeply skilled, committed to improving the health of all Australians and who understands the importance of digital innovation in better connecting Australia’s healthcare system,” she said.

Over the weekend Cattermole said she was looking forward to her new job.

“Very excited to be joining the ADHA at a time when the role of digital innovation and connection across the healthcare system is more vital than ever in helping improve the health of all Australians,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

She would commence in her new role on September 29, replacing the ADHA’s interim head and former COO Bettina McMahon. The board has thanked McMahon for her leadership.

Following the departure of former CEO Tim Kelsey in late 2019, and the recent resignations of national health chief information officer Ronan O’Connor and chief medical adviser Meredith Makeham, McMahon was the fourth senior bureaucrat to signal their departure from the ADHA.

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