Dr Mukesh Haikerwal Appointed Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Eminent doctor and leader in the medical profession, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, will be the new Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, said the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, had approved Dr Haikerwal’s appointment for one year starting on 19 July 2014.
“Dr Haikerwal is highly respected in medical circles and is also an extremely experienced administrator,” Mr Dutton said.
“He will be a great asset to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia’s premier source of data on health and welfare.
“He is a former national president of the AMA and current Chairperson of the World Medical Association Council.
“His interests in health are broad – he is also Chairperson of the Beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Programme and a member of the CSIRO Australian E-Health Research Committee.”
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the health portfolio.
Its role is to provide the Australian Government and public with reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Dr Haikerwal was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles with professional organisations, to the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.
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