The peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance, has appointed rural clinician Dr Gabrielle O’Kane as its new CEO.
Dr O’Kane, a dietitian, comes to the job with over three decades experience working in outback private and public practice in NSW. She is also an academic and researcher.
An adjunct associate professor at the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute, Dr O’Kane has most recently been responsible for commissioning and governing drug and alcohol services for the South East NSW Primary Health Network.
NRHA Chair Tanya Lehmann congratulated Dr O’Kane and welcomed her to the role.
“The NRHA Board is excited by the passion, lived rural clinical practice and teaching experience that Dr O’Kane brings to our organisation,” said Ms Lehmann.
“Her academic rigour, business acumen, creativity, warmth and career achievements very much align with the NRHA’s mission to advocate for better and more accessible health services across rural, regional and remote Australia.”
Dr O’Kane succeeds Mark Diamond and will take up her new position from 8 July.