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AVA CEO moves to PSA

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), Mr Graham Catt, has announced that he will be moving on from the AVA to a new role as CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

AVA President, Paula Parker, acknowledged Mr Catt’s achievements, saying he has shown strong leadership of the organisation.

“The Board congratulates Graham for his effective and strategic leadership of the AVA and his commitment to our profession over many years. I’m sure our members would agree that over the past decade he has helped take the AVA to a new level in terms of our advocacy, membership and support for the veterinary profession.

“We thank Graham for his service and appreciate his efforts in helping to position the AVA as a strong voice for the profession. We wish him all the best with his future endeavours,” Dr Parker said.

Mr Catt said he was proud to have led the AVA through a period of significant growth and change.

“In serving as CEO, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of building a stronger, more sustainable and influential AVA. It has been a privilege to serve the veterinary profession and so many inspiring individuals. I would also like to thank the AVA Board, members, and our dedicated staff for all their support over the years,” Mr Catt said.

The AVA Board will shortly begin the recruitment process for his successor.

Concurrently, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia welcomed Mr Catt, acknowledging his years of experience, with National President Dr Shane Jackson, saying: “Graham has a proven track record of leading transformation and strategic growth of national associations, including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian Veterinary Association where he has worked for the past decade.

“He has achieved success by engaging with and influencing key stakeholders and Government, and significantly grown membership in his association roles.

“I am confident Graham’s strategic leadership of PSA will ensure all pharmacists are well represented, recognised and rewarded as vital healthcare practitioners.

“It’s an exciting time for PSA and the profession in Australia – and having someone of Mr Catt’s calibre to help lead the peak body for all pharmacists is a positive step for the future.”

Mr Catt said he was honoured to accept this important leadership role for PSA and Australia’s pharmacy profession.

“I am delighted to be joining an organisation with a strong strategic vision, including for membership growth, advocacy and professional development to support all pharmacists, no matter what their scope of practice,” Mr Catt said.

“I look forward to working with PSA’s members, National Board, Branch Committees, corporate partners and key stakeholders as well as other pharmacy leaders to pursue PSA’s vision of improving Australia’s health through excellence in pharmacist care.”

Mr Catt will officially start with PSA in June this year.

Taken from Australian Veterinary Association & Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Media Releases (29 March 2018)

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