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The Board of Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Gregg as its permanent Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Gregg, who has been acting in the role since January 2018, has been named CEO following a comprehensive recruitment process.

NQPHN Chairman Dr Vlad Matic said the Board was delighted to have someone of Mr Gregg’s calibre and evident experience to lead the organisation.

“John has done a fantastic job to date, and we are confident he can continue to lead Northern Queensland PHN in the right direction as it embraces a new and exciting era,” said Dr Matic.

“He brings with him a deep understanding of the health sector and the current health reforms taking place across Australia.

“He also has extensive experience in the provision of strategic leadership, and building relationships with key stakeholders to deliver on strategic and business plans.

“The Board is confident that John has the skills, passion, experience, and commitment to help move the organisation and our region forward, and will provide the necessary leadership to our staff to help build upon our achievements to date.”

In previous roles, Mr Gregg has been Assistant Director within the Federal Government Department of Health in Canberra, as well as filling international health roles in Qatar.

Mr Gregg has also been the former Chief Operations Officer of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the national peak body representing 143 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs).

Mr Gregg, who has previously worked within the United Nations, said he is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of all North Queensland residents.

“My focus will be on working collaboratively with healthcare providers to find ways to support equitable delivery of primary healthcare services to everyone living and working in our region,” said Mr Gregg.

“I’m also passionate about developing solutions to change community attitudes and behaviour, and creating environments that support people to make healthier choices.”

NQPHN is an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

NQPHN collaborates with primary health providers and other key stakeholders on seven priority health areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Aged care
  • Digital health
  • Population health
  • Workforce.

Across Northern Queensland, from Sarina in the south to the Torres Strait in the north, NQPHN commissions primary and preventive health care – that is, the health care that takes place outside of a hospital – to help ensure North Queensland communities live happier, healthier, and longer lives.