State Health Minister Kim Hames today announced the appointment of Peter Flett as Director General of the Department of Health, for a term of five years.
State Health Minister Kim Hames today announced the appointment of Peter Flett as director general of the Department of Health, for a term of five years.
The recruitment process for the role, which included a national search, began in April 2008. An independent selection process was conducted by the Commissioner for Public Sector Standards.
The appointment completes a Liberal Party election promise to name a permanent Director General of Health in its first 100 days of government.
"I am very pleased to have Dr Flett as the chief executive officer of the State's health system," Dr Hames said.
"Dr Flett is a recognised authority in pathology and is well credentialed as a practitioner and leader in the health field to undertake the challenging role.
"He has been the acting Director General of the Department of Health since February 2008 and has more than 30 years of Australian health service experience, giving him a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing the Western Australian health system."
Dr Flett holds a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), both from the University of Adelaide. He is also a Member of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (MAACB) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA).
Following service in the Royal Australian Air Force and the RAAF Reserve, he was awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration and more recently the Australian Defence Medal.
The Minister said he was looking forward to working with Dr Flett to ensure the WA community was provided with the very best health service.