Apunipima Cape York Health Council warmly welcomes new CEO Paul Stephenson who will start his new role on Monday 31 July.
Paul was Apunipima’s Executive Manager: Primary Health Care between 2012 and 2015 before taking on the role of the General Manager for Australian Regional and Remote Community Services in the Northern Territory.
Apunipima Chairperson Thomas Hudson said Paul had an impressive and extensive executive leadership and management record within remote primary health as well as governance through various Board appointments.
‘He brings a wealth of experience in primary health care within Cape York with both Apunipima and Queensland Health so has an understanding and appreciation of both systems.’
‘Prior to working for Apunipima, Paul was an ex-officio Apunipima Board member while employed as Cape York Health Service CEO and Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Health Service District CEO. In 2012, Paul took up the position of Executive Manager: Primary Health Care with Apunipima, a role he held for three years.
Most recently, Paul has been working in the Northern Territory as General Manager Australian Regional and Remote Community Services.
‘With a registered nursing background, Paul has continued to influence the primary health profession with a track record of advocating and being involved in state level workforce advisory and health service development committees.’
Mr Hudson thanked outgoing CEO Cleveland Fagan for the invaluable contribution he had made to Apunipima.
‘On behalf of the Apunipima Board of Directors and staff I want to thank Cleveland for his commitment and dedication to the organisation.’
‘He has lead the organisation for 10 years and overseen the building of stand-alone clinics, the opening of four Wellbeing Centres, the establishment of the first electronic medical record system on Cape York and the award – winning maternal and child health initiative the Baby One Program and the commitment from government to transition community health care to a community led model.’
Cleveland has made an enormous contribution to Apunipima and will be sincerely missed. We wish him well in future endeavours.’
‘I also want to thank Executive Manager: Primary Health Care Paula Arnol for her support during the CEO recruitment process. Her professionalism and dedication are second to none.’