Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    New chief for health watchdog

    17/01/2006 1:00 AM

    An expert in health care and social work has taken over the reigns of Western Australia’s health and disability services watchdog.

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said Anne Donaldson had been appointed as the Director of the Office of Health Review.

    The Office of Health Review is an independent State Government agency established to deal with complaints about health and disability services.

    Mr McGinty said Ms Donaldson had more than 30 years’ experience in the health care industry, which meant she was perfectly placed to head the agency.

    “Anne Donaldson has worked as both a health administrator and social worker in the Western Australian hospital system for almost three decades, so she understands the nuances of the health system,” he said.

    “Her experience will ensure the Office of Health Review continues to make health and disability services in WA better through the impartial resolution of complaints.”

    Prior to taking up the position with the Office of Health review, Ms Donaldson was the director of the South-West Area Health Service’s ‘Communities First’ program.

    She was the general manager of the Bunbury Health service from 1994 to 2001, after working as a consultant for the Health Department for five years.

    Ms Donaldson began her career as a medical social worker in Papua New Guinea in 1974 and has worked in similar roles at Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and in the private sector.

    Ms Donaldson’s appointment was effective from January 1, 2006 and she replaces Eamon Ryan, who was acting in the position.

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