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The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has announced the name of its new CEO.
Ms Lisa Briggs is a Gunditjmara Aboriginal woman from the western district of Victoria, and is an Aboriginal Health Worker by trade. She has worked in the field of Aboriginal health for the last 25 years, predominantly as part of the Aboriginal community controlled health sector. She has also spent time at Oxfam Australia, engaged in work on the national Close the gap campaign.
Ms Briggs recently held the position of Public Health and Research Unit Manager at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), where her main focus was on identifying the impacts of the government's Closing the gap initiatives. She is in the final stages of completing a Masters in Public Health through the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University.
In making the announcement, Mr Justin Mohamed, Chair of NACCHO, said, 'Ms Briggs will bring a great range of skills and experience to NACCHO as CEO.
'This is an important time to build on the advances in Aboriginal health and the strength of the 150 Aboriginal community controlled health services across Australia.
'I'm looking forward to Ms Briggs being part of the NACCHO team, serving our members and backing our communities for a healthier, stronger future.
'I thank all the people who applied for the position. Their calibre demonstrated the depth of expertise in Aboriginal health across the nation', Mr Mohamed said.
Dr Mark Wenitong will act in the role of NACCHO CEO until 17 September 2012, when Ms Briggs assumes the role.
Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)