Lyn Morgain, the former CEO of Western Region Health Centre, has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of new community health organisation, cohealth.
cohealth provides community health services at more than 30 sites across Melbourne’s western, northern and inner suburbs. cohealth was formed in May this year through the merger of Doutta Galla Community Health, North Yarra Community Health and Western Region Health Centre.
The Chair of cohealth, Kay Rundle, said the Board had undertaken a rigorous process to identify candidates for the challenging role of CEO of the newly-merged organisation.
‘cohealth is at a critical stage of its development with a great future, though there is still much transitional work to do,’ she said. ‘Throughout our change process, we have successfully maintained our focus on our consumers and services, always our priority focus.
‘The appointment of a CEO of Lyn Morgain’s calibre and experience guarantees that cohealth will continue to evolve smoothly into the sort of organisation which is worthy of the three excellent
organisations on which it is founded.’
Lyn Morgain served as CEO of Western Region for four years, after a number of leadership roles in advocacy, public health and government. She has been the Transitional CEO of cohealth since early this year.
‘Our appointment process showed us very clearly that Lyn was the outstanding candidate for this role, drawing on the breadth of her experience and her demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of those who are disadvantaged,’ Ms Rundle said.
Ms Morgain said she was absolutely delighted to take on the cohealth CEO role. ‘I am passionate about delivering quality health services to the wonderful, but often marginalised, communities we serve across northern and western Melbourne,’ she said.
‘We have a great team at cohealth, and I’m honoured to be asked to lead them in working alongside and within our communities to achieve better health outcomes. There has never been a more important time to stand together and ensure that every person has access to care and support.’
cohealth employs 860 staff in the region, and provided services to about 110,000 local community members last year.