Rosanna Capolingua, a former president of the state and federal branches of the AMA, has been appointed chair of the health department's child and adolescent health services.
Rosanna Capolingua, a former president of the state and federal branches of the Australian Medical Association, has been appointed chair of the health department's child and adolescent health services.
Dr Capolingua replaces Debbie Karasinski as chair after she resigned from the role in May.
That resignation followed an investigation into the death of seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath from streptococcus at Perth Children's Hospital in April.
Dr Capolingua was president of the AMA's state branch between 1998 and 2000, the only woman to ever hold the role, and was its federal president between 2007 and 2009.
After that she served on the boards of the North Metropolitan Health Service, Healthway and St John of God Health Care.
She currently chairs the state's immunisation implementation steering commitee, serves as deputy chair of the AMA's federal branch and is on the board of Catholic Homes' state division.
Health Minister Roger Cook said he had no doubt she was the right person for the job.
"She brings with her a wealth of experience, and she is well respected by her peers and by the community at large," he said.
"I think Rosanna will do a great job.
"I congratulate her and look forward to working with her to address current challenges, and at the same time support the patients and staff in our world-class children's hospital."