New CEO for Rural Health Workforce Australia
Greg Mundy is the new Chief Executive Officer of Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA), the peak body for the national network of state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies.
Mr Mundy joins RHWA after three years as CEO of the Council of Ambulance Authorities, the peak body representing providers of public ambulance services in Australia and New Zealand. Before that he was CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia.
The Chair of RHWA, Ian Taylor, welcomed Mr Mundy’s appointment saying he was an outstanding leader who would drive RHWA’s work to enhance the health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities through access to a quality primary health care workforce.
“Greg is widely respected for his commitment to health and social care,” Mr Taylor said. “He will be a strong advocate for our agenda to make primary health care more accessible for rural Australians.”
Mr Mundy said it was an exciting time to be joining RHWA and the RWA network, with the Federal Government committed to supporting health services that make a real difference to local communities.
“Rural Workforce Agencies have been successfully delivering health workforce initiatives in rural, regional and remote communities for the last 25 years,” he said. “Each year they recruit hundreds of health professionals and provide services to them such as professional development and family support. It’s great to be part of such a positive movement.”
In addition to his current responsibilities, Mr Mundy is a Board Director of the National Rural Health Alliance and a Council Member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. He started work at RHWA on 5 May and is based in Melbourne.
Media inquiries: Tony Wells, RHWA Communications Manager, 0417 627 916
Rural Health Workforce Australia is the national peak body for the seven state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies. This not-for-profit network attracts and supports health professionals to work in rural and remote communities.
Across Australia in 2012-2013, the RHWA-RWA network:
- Recruited more than 650 new doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for rural communities and Aboriginal Medical Services
- Facilitated 194,000 patient services via outreach specialist teams
- Supported 5,800 rural doctors and 2,000 rural practices
- Handled 12,000 inquiries from health professionals
- Arranged locum relief for 1,000 rural doctors, so they could take a break
- Supported 1,800 rural doctor families
- Provided crisis support to 81 doctors
- Engaged hundreds of medical, nursing and allied health students in positive rural experiences such as rural high school visits, Rural Health Club activities and Go Rural career events
The RHWA-RWA network members are the New South Wales Rural Doctors Network, RWAV in Victoria, Health Workforce Queensland, RDWA in South Australia, Rural Health West in Western Australia, Health Recruitment PLUS in Tasmania and the Northern Territory Medicare Local.
RHWA also manages and supports the National Rural Health Students’ Network, the only student body in Australia that collectively represents medical, nursing and allied health disciplines. It has more than 9,000 members who belong to 28 university Rural Health Clubs.