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New CEO for peak rural doctor association

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has announced the appointment of Ms Peta Rutherford as its new CEO.

Peta has over 20 years' experience in the health sector, with extensive experience in health service management, planning, funding applications and the implementation of key health service and health workforce initiatives.

Her career has also included an involvement with Queensland's Rural Generalist Pathway.

Peta is currently Cluster Operations Manager for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service's South Burnett Region, which involves operationally managing the region's four hospitals.

"Peta comes to us very highly recommended" RDAA President, Dr Ewen McPhee, said.

"She has a very strong understanding of rural health, hospital and primary care services, and the important role they play not only in health service provision in rural communities but also in the training of future rural doctors.

"She has been at the forefront of innovative service delivery and rural health workforce strategies for much of her career.

"We greatly look forward to officially welcoming her to our National Office in Canberra as our new CEO, from 1 June 2016."

Peta replaces outgoing CEO, Jenny Johnson, who was in the role for more than 5 years.

"Jenny has been a wonderful CEO for our Association, and has earned significant respect from the many stakeholders (including senior government ministers, politicians and policy-makers) with whom she has engaged during her time with us" Dr McPhee said.

"She has driven RDAA's policy and advocacy agenda with significant intellect and political nous, and has played a central role in realising RDAA's many achievements.

"Last but certainly not least, Jenny's gentle and friendly personality — and her great sense of humour — will be sorely missed by RDAA's Board and staff. We wish Jenny all the best for the future." 

From RDAA Media Release 2 May 2016

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