Kym Peake appointed DHHS head

Victoria’s Andrews government has found a replacement for Pradeep Philip, who left in September.

Acting secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Kym Peake has been appointed as the permanent head of the department, the Victorian government announced on Monday.

Peake has served as acting secretary of DHHS since September, when then-secretary Dr Pradeep Philip was moved to head up a government start-up initiative.

Before shifting to DHHS, the new departmental chief was deputy secretary, governance policy and coordination at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has also held senior positions at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and the former Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

She also has federal government experience, having held positions at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In October she identified as her top priorities establishing Better Care Victoria — which focuses on patient care improvements — and the completion of the Roadmap for Reform for child and family services, as well as progressing out-of-home care improvements, according to Monash Health iNews.

Other important changes, she said, were ensuring smooth implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, progressing the design and implementation of service models to support earlier intervention and integrating responses to individuals and communities with multiple and complex needs.

“Progressing significant and lasting social change relies upon the strength of our relationships with communities and each other — built on open and respectful sharing of perspectives, expertise, expectations and learnings,” she said.

“I am looking forward to engaging closely with a wide range of health and human services organisations to further our common goals of improving health and wellbeing.”

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