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PHAA to farewell long-time CEO Michael Moore

One of Australia’s most respected leaders in public health, Michael Moore AM will be retiring from his position as CEO of the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA). Mr Moore has served in the role of CEO at the PHAA since 2008. His retirement from the Association will take effect from Easter 2018. Mr Moore’s exceptional leadership in public health has been of immeasurable value to the PHAA and the wider community, and followed a long and distinguished career in Australian politics and education.

The President of the PHAA, David Templeman announced Mr Moore’s retirement to the Association’s members yesterday, saying, “Michael has devoted a significant portion of his career to the PHAA, and his immense contribution as an organisational leader has greatly helped us to grow as Australia’s peak body for public health. The PHAA is part of a thriving community of passionate public health advocates, and Michael has been a guiding force in that community. His legacy will be enduring and public health has a brighter future thanks to him.”

Michael Moore has long been one of Australia’s most prominent public health advocates, starting from his time as an Independent Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989 and then serving as Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as ACT Minister of Health and Community Care in 1998. He has similarly been a significant contributor to the field in his academic roles as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Canberra and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He was honoured for his major contribution to the protection of health this year when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

“Michael has been a political champion for society’s most underprivileged, from his progressive stance towards drug law reform as an MLA and as ACT Health Minister, to his strong commitment as PHAA CEO to having the social determinants of health recognised by Australian policymakers. This dedication to protecting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable population groups is testament to Michael’s fearlessness in tackling the difficult health issues, as well as his deep kindness and compassion,” Mr Templeman said.

A number of former PHAA Presidents thanked Mr Moore for his work. “It has been a privilege, and fun, to work with Michael,” said Professor Heather Yeatman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Wollongong, “he has balanced the ‘art of policy making’ with very sound business practices to ensure our member-based Association is efficient, sustainable and supportive of collective action for public health outcomes in Australia.”

Professor Helen Keleher noted that “Michael has provided exceptionally capable leadership for public health advocacy, nurturing strong partnerships between the PHAA and many other NGOs about the big public health issues.”

Professor Mike Daube was PHAA President at the time Michael was appointed. He added, “Michael has been an outstanding CEO for PHAA. He has been critical to ensuring a strong and effective voice for evidence-based public health both nationally, and internationally through his role as President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is an exceptional achiever and a true champion for public health.”

“It is with great sadness that we will farewell him as our CEO, and we express our deepest gratitude for his hard work over the years which has shaped the PHAA to be the leading organisation it is today. He will be greatly missed by PHAA staff, members, and all those in the health community with whom we work closely,” Mr Templeman said.

Mr Moore said, “It has been an honour to serve in this role. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with so many extraordinary and capable people along the way. I will leave knowing that the Public Health Association of Australia is in great hands, and with a strong sense of satisfaction when I look back at all of the wonderful things we have achieved for public health.”

Mr Moore is also the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and will complete his two-year tenure in May 2018.

“The PHAA will soon commence the recruitment of its new CEO and we look forward to welcoming that person to the role. Michael’s retirement is the end of an era of sorts for us, but we are excited to begin the next chapter in 2018,” Mr Templeman concluded.

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Taken from Public Health Association of Australia Media Release 6 December 2017

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