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New executive director for Catholic Welfare Australia

The Australian Medical Association's (AMA) chief information officer Frank Quinlan has been appointed the new Executive Director of Catholic Welfare Australia (CWA).

He replaces Victoria's Advocate for Children in Care Toby O'Connor, who left CWA at the end of last year after 19 years in the Catholic welfare sector.

Aside from his work with the AMA, Mr Quinlan has also worked in the social services sector in a variety of roles which included youth and employment services, member support functions, strategic project management and policy and advocacy.

"We would like to welcome Mr Quinlan to CWA and we are extremely confident that he is the right person to lead CWA into its next phase of development," said chair Fr Joe Caddy.

"Catholic Welfare Australia will continue to strive to promote and advance the ministry of Catholic social welfare as integral to the mission of the Catholic Church in Australia," said Fr Caddy. "We will carry out this mission by interacting with other Catholic organisations, governments, other churches and all people of good will to develop social welfare policies, programs and other strategic responses that enhance the human dignity of every person and work towards the economic, social and spiritual well-being of the Australian community."

"Whilst I have very much enjoyed my work within the health arena, I am excited and energised to be re-entering the social services network again," said Mr Quinlan. "I believe that Catholic Welfare organisations are uniquely placed to provide a voice for the most disadvantaged members of Australian society. Catholic Welfare Australia will remain focused on supporting the work of those organisations and on using their experience to influence Australian social policy."

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5 Aug 2004