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APHA CEO bids farewell after 24 years of leadership and advocacy

Health Industry Hub | April 17, 2024 |

MedTech & Diagnostics News: Michael Roff, CEO of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA), has announced his resignation from the position, effective 5 July, 2024.

Over the span of 30 years, Mr Roff has been an integral part of the association, initially joining as the Public Affairs Manager in 1994 before assuming the role of CEO in March 2000. Throughout his tenure, he has been a stalwart advocate for the private hospitals sector, engaging with nine different Federal Health Ministers and eight Prime Ministers on its behalf.

“I have spent half my life and the majority of my professional life with APHA and it has been an honour to
represent a sector committed to providing the highest quality health services to millions of Australians each year,” Mr Roff said.

He further added, “It has been stimulating to work at the intersection of healthcare delivery, policy and politics, and the sector has faced many challenges over the years, not least the COVID-19 pandemic when elective surgery was shut down overnight. However, after 24 years as CEO it is time to move on.

“I want to thank my staff who work tirelessly every day to support the private hospitals sector, the APHA
Board who volunteer their time and expertise for the greater good of the sector and our member hospitals for their support over many years.”

APHA President Christine Gee AM expressed the challenge of encapsulating Mr Roff’s significant contributions to the private hospital sector in just a few paragraphs.

“I have had the good fortune and great pleasure to work with Michael over many years, a number of those as President of APHA. I am sure that the management of our Association could not have been in safer or more capable hands especially over the last few very tumultuous years. He can be very proud of his efforts and achievements for and on behalf of Australia’s private hospital system and the healthcare system more broadly.

“Michael is a highly respected advocate and a consummate professional who has dedicated his skills and
expertise to representing Australia’s private hospitals with the firm focus of ensuring our sector remains in
the best position to provide vital and necessary services to the Australian community,” she expressed.

As the Board commences the search for APHA’s next CEO, Mr Roff’s willingness to assist in the transition on a part-time basis reflects his ongoing dedication to the association’s success.

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