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Katharine Bassett (CHA)

Catholic Health Australia says the appointment of Katharine Bassett as its new director of health policy is a “further strengthening of its advocacy work for a fairer, more equitable health system”.

Dr Bassett joins CHA from the Australian Medical Association (AMA), where she has worked for almost three years, most recently as manager of research and reform. She has held previous roles at consultancy firm KPMG, where she worked with federal, state and territory governments across the health, ageing and social services sectors.

Catholic Health Australia Chief Executive Jason Kara said Ms Bassett’s experience puts her in good stead for the role.

“We are thrilled to have Katharine join us at a critical time for healthcare in Australia,” Mr Kara said.

“Like the AMA, CHA has a long history of health policy development and reform, and we look forward to her working on behalf of our members to achieve better health outcomes for all Australians.

“Katharine will continue the great work we are doing to ensure our hospitals remain viable, that patients benefit more from their private health insurance, and that our private hospital system is put on a more sustainable footing,” Mr Kara said.

CHA members include more than 80 public and private hospitals that provide over 15 per cent of hospital-based healthcare in Australia.

“Our mission is to continue advocating for a more viable, equitable and robust healthcare system so we can deliver care to those who need it most,” Mr Kara said.


Catholic Health Australia strengthens its health advocacy work with new appointment (Catholic Health Australia)