Catholic health chief appointed AMA secretary-general

The Catholic health system is in "pretty good shape", according to Francis Sullivan, who, after 14 years as head of Catholic Health Australia, will take up a five-year contract as secretary-general of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in February.

Mr Sullivan says when first he was appointed to head the organisation, the Catholic hospital system was under intense pressure from bigger profit companies.

"There were the doomsayers who thought that this was the beginning of the end that it would all be gobbled up by the big investor companies," Mr Sullivan said.

"And here we are 14 years later and there are 20 more Catholic hospitals then there were then.

"The Catholic aged-care sector has grown massively in all of its home and community care over the period."

Mr Sullivan added the Catholic institution have great reputations in the community and are "busy, full and popular."

"You couldn't ask for a better testament of their standing in the community, and in many ways the work of the hospitals and the aged-care sector touches more lives then what a lot of parishes do," he said.

Catholic health chief appointed AMA secretary-general (Catholic Weekly 16/12/07)

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14 Dec 2007