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Alex Lynch and Laura Haylen (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia has appointed two new directors to build capacity across the peak advocacy body’s health and aged care divisions.

Alex Lynch (director of public health and in-home support policy) and Laura Haylen (director of aged care policy) both bring extensive experience to their roles.

CEO Jason Kara said the appointments would help shape policy to deliver quality health and aged care services in home and community settings.

“I am delighted to welcome Alex and Laura to these advocacy roles,” Mr Kara said.

“As Australia’s largest grouping of non-government health and aged care providers, we have important work to do in the not-for-profit health and aged care sector.

“We will continue to be a voice for the sick, the poor and the vulnerable, building on our Catholic mission and heritage.”

CHA represents more than 80 public and private hospitals and 350 aged care homes across Australia.

Mr Lynch was previously the manager of health policy at CHA and brings more than 15 years’ experience in health and aged care policy in the public sector and advocacy organisations. His focus will include public health and aged care delivered in home and community settings.

Ms Haylen has nearly a decade of health and aged care policy experience in professional services and at a Commonwealth and state level, including six years with consultants KPMG. 

Mr Kara also announced that health policy director Caitlin O’Dea would be leaving CHA in January to take up a new role within the Catholic health sector. 

“Until we commence formal recruitment in the new year, CHA has been fortunate to secure the policy and data expertise of Sophie Balch to continue driving the agenda of CHA and its members.”


Catholic Health Australia appoints new policy directors (Catholic Health Australia)