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New leadership for Northern Queensland PHN

Published 07 November 2023

NQPHN appoints Sean Rooney as new CEO

NQPHN CEO Sean Rooney.

The Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Rooney as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

NQPHN Board Chair Terry Mehan said Mr Rooney had extensive executive leadership experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

“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.”

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,” Mr Rooney 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.”

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

“The Board and I would like to express our deep appreciation for Robin’s substantial contribution to NQPHN during her three-year tenure and wish her all the best for the future,” Mr Mehan said.

Mr Rooney commenced as NQPHN CEO on Monday 6 November 2023 and is based in Townsville. NQPHN also has offices in Cairns and Mackay.

Last updated: 07 November 2023

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