26 September 2023

New leadership at Health Directorate

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The Minister for Health has announced that Kylie Jonasson is to take on the role of Director-General of ACT Health following the return of Michael De’Ath to Melbourne.

Ms Jonasson is Deputy Director-General of the Directorate.

Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith said Mr De’Ath (pictured) had left Canberra to be with his family at this difficult time.

“I have worked with Michael for three and a half years and know how deeply devoted he is to his daughters, who have each been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“After taking on leadership of the ACT Health Directorate in April 2018, Michael oversaw the process to achieve re-accreditation of Canberra Hospital [and] the restructure of ACT Health to create Canberra Health Services as a separate organisation,” she said.

“[Mr De’Ath also oversaw the] implementation of the Independent Review into the Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services.”

Ms Stephen-Smith said Mr De’Ath was committed to leading cultural change across the ACT public health system and could be proud of what had been achieved to date.

“Cultural change takes time, but the recent climate survey results indicate that the Directorate is on the right track,” she said.

Ms Stephen-Smith said Mr De’Ath had joined the ACT Public Service as Director-General of the Community Services Directorate in September 2016.

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