The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) has appointed Martin Laverty, a not-for-profit hospital and aged care service leader, who founded the Social Determinants of Health Alliance, to be its next national chief executive officer with effect from 11 August. Laverty has been CEO of Catholic Health Australia for the past six years.
Amanda Vanstone, chair of the RFDS national board, commented: “I’m delighted Mr Laverty will be joining the RFDS as our new CEO. He has a background in health and social service delivery and advocacy. His training as a lawyer and PhD study in not-for-profit health governance will serve the RFDS well. He was also born and raised in rural Australia.”
Laverty added: “In coming to the RFDS, I look forward to continuing my recent work in having governments ensure equity in access to quality health care services for all Australians. I look forward to working with the Commonwealth to ensure the RFDS operates on a sustainable footing. I also look forward to expanding the contribution the Flying Doctor already makes towards better health outcomes for those who live in country Australia by drawing public attention to health disparities that exist between those who live in cities compared to those who live in the bush.”
Vanstone expressed the thanks of the board to the outgoing CEO, Greg Rochford, for both his service to the RFDS and in turn the people of rural, regional, and remote Australia: “Greg has served ably and has always focused his attention on improving health access and health outcomes for people who live in the bush. We’re grateful to Greg for all he has done, and wish him all the best as he moves on from the RFDS.”