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New CEO for Palliative Care Australia.


29 September 2014 at 12:17 pm
Lina Caneva
Palliative Care Australia has announced the appointment of Liz Callaghan as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Lina Caneva | 29 September 2014 at 12:17 pm


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New CEO for Palliative Care Australia.
29 September 2014 at 12:17 pm

Palliative Care Australia has announced the appointment of Liz Callaghan as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Callaghan is currently Director, Strategic Policy for Catholic Health Australia. She has previously held roles in the South Australian and Victorian Departments of Health, Metropolitan Domiciliary Care, the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and the Department of Management at RMIT University Melbourne.  

“Liz has significant policy, leadership and management experience in the Not for Profit and Government sectors,” Professor Patsy Yates, president of Palliative Care Australia said.

“Her skills and experience will be of great benefit to Palliative Care Australia and further our aim of ensuring quality care at the end of life for all Australians.”

Callaghan has qualifications in Nursing, holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Human Services Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management.

She has edited and contributed to two books: Determining the Future: A Fair Go and Health for All and Exploring the Connections: Catholic Social Teaching and the Social Determinants of Health.  

“Liz has a strong vision and commitment to palliative care and issues associated with social determinants of health. The Board is very pleased to welcome her to the PCA team,” Professor Yates said.

“The Board would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Rita Evans as interim CEO.  Rita’s expertise in palliative care and her personal qualities have been very much appreciated during this transition time.”

Callaghan will commence in her new role from Monday 27 October, 2014.

In other NFP CEO news Pro Bono Australia revealed last week that the Chief Executive of the cancer charity LIVESTRONG, founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, has resigned after 14 years at the helm of the controversial organisation.

The $US500 million global charity brand fell from grace after founder Lance Armstrong's confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

CEO Doug Ulman helped achieve Livestrong’s worldwide expansion and guided it through the two-year fallout of Armstrong's revelations of cheating that prompted corporate sponsors and private donors to walk away.

Ulman said in a website statement that after 14 years with LIVESTRONG, he was embracing a new set of opportunities that would allow him to continue his service to the cancer community.

Ulman said he would be relocating to Columbus, Ohio, at the end of the year where he would be the CEO of Pelotonia, a movement that has raised $80 million for cancer research in just six years.

“In addition, I will be an advisor to The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, known as ‘The James’. I also look forward to becoming part of the vibrant business community in Columbus in multiple capacities,” Ulman said.

He said he was very proud and thankful for the progress LIVESTRONG achieved, advancing the fight against cancer and embracing a mission of service to survivors, their families and friends.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

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