New Chief for AHIA

By: Australian Health Insurance Association  22-Sep-2005
Keywords: Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Armitage

The President of the Australian Health Insurance Association, Mr Terry Smith today announced former South Australian Health Minister Dr Michael Armitage MBBS had been selected to take over as the Associations new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Armitage, who will take over the post later this year, has extensive administrative, clinical and political experience in health and related areas. Mr Smith said he believed the appointment of Dr Armitage would ensure continuation of AHIAs effective involvement in health financing issues with Government at all levels. Dr Armitage brings with him a wealth of experience in health related issues combined with a clinical background which will allow the industry to continue an effective dialogue with all players in the private health sector, Mr Smith said. Dr Armitage was South Australian Minister for Health and Aboriginal Affairs from 1993 to 1996 and Minister for Health and Disability Services from 1996 to 1997, when he became Minister for Information Economy and Minister for Government Enterprises. From 1998 to 2002 he was Minister for Government Enterprises and Minister for Administrative and Information Services. He was the Member for Adelaide from 1989 until 2002. Before entering Parliament he was in private practice after serving as Paediatric Registrar in Adelaide Childrens Hospital. Since leaving Parliament, he has been involved in the I.T. Industry, as the Director Sciences (ANZ) for Super Computer Company, Silicon Graphics (SGI). Dr Armitage said he regarded the new post as enormously exciting and challenging. Private health care plays a vital role in Australias health care system and it is essential that we retain an effective and viable private health insurance system to provide people with the financial back up necessary to allow them to access it, he said. Dr Armitage is expected to take up his new role in mid-November. He will replace AHIAs current CEO, Russell Schneider, who is to retire after 22 years representing the health insurance industry. Mr Smith paid tribute to Mr Schneider, saying the outgoing CEO had been a tireless promoter of the private health sector, not merely health insurance, and many of the policy reforms of the last 22 years owed much to his efforts. Mr Schneider said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time as Chief Executive of the industry peak body, but felt it was now time to pursue other interests. A former journalist, he said this would include completing a number of books which had been constantly deferred by other priorities. I am very pleased the Association has been able to find an incoming CEO who will, I am sure, make an enormous contribution to furthering the interests of all people with private health insurance and ensuring private health care continues to form an essential component of the Australian health system.

Keywords: Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Armitage

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