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Rob Heferen to be next AIHW CEO

The Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare board, Mrs. Louise Markus, has welcomed the announcement that Mr. Rob Heferen will be the AIHW’s next Chief Executive Officer.

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, has announced that Mr Heferen will next month begin a five-year term as CEO of the AIHW.

Mr Heferen will join the AIHW from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, where he has served as Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International and Research, since December 2019.

‘I am very pleased Rob has agreed to lead the AIHW as we continue to strengthen our delivery of authoritative and accessible information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions in Australia,’ Mrs. Markus said.

Prior to Joining Education, Mr. Heferen served as a Deputy Secretary in the departments of: Industry, Innovation and Science, with responsibility for Energy, Resources and the Office of Northern Australia; Treasury, with responsibility for tax policy, tax legislation and revenue forecasting; and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, with responsibility for Indigenous Affairs.

Mrs. Markus thanked Mr. Barry Sandison, who is about to complete his five year-term as CEO.

‘Barry Sandison has provided invaluable service to the AIHW through his leadership in advancing improvements to health and welfare data information in Australia, including the enhancement of the Institute’s capacity, capability and influence,’ Mrs. Markus said.

 ‘I wish Barry all the best for his future endeavours.’

The AIHW is an independent Australian Government statutory agency.

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