A NEW leader is guiding the fortunes of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) in the south-west.
Aneill Kamath has been appointed PHN’s great south coast senior manager.
While it is a new posting for Mr Kamath, he will be working in familiar territory having previously served as primary care services manager at the great south coast medicare local and as PHN’s pharmacotherapy network coordinator for Western Victoria.
He said his aim was to improve patient outcomes in the region.
“I am looking forward to meeting all health services to understand their priorities and where we can work together to improve patient outcomes as patients move between primary and tertiary care,” Mr Kamath says.
“My experience in the great south coast region has impressed how valuable cross sector collaboration is, and a strong willingness to engage with each other can be. In the aftermath of the recent St Patrick’s Day fires, we saw how well health and other services can work together effectively, to assist communities.”
PHN chief executive officer Dr Leanne Beagley said healthcare professionals and the broader population throughout the south-west will be well served by Mr Kamath’s experience and connection to the local community.
“The executive unanimously recognised Aneill’s sustained dedication to building productive relationships with diverse groups to help enhance local health care,” Ms Beagley said.
“I warmly congratulate Aneill on his appointment and wish him the very best in his new role,” she said.