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[e-drug] Lynn Weekes stepping down from NPS MedicineWise

E-DRUG: Lynn Weekes stepping down from NPS MedicineWise

Following an extensive search, the Board of NPS MedicineWise is delighted to 
announce the appointment of Mr Steve Morris as the new Chief Executive Officer 
of NPS MedicineWise Australia.

Since 2009, Mr Morris has held the position of Chief Pharmacist for South 
Australia and in 2012 was also appointed Executive Director of SA Pharmacy. 
Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive of the National Prescribing Centre 
in the UK. Mr Morris has extensive experience within health and related areas, 
spanning  government, community, hospital, primary care, industry, university 
and NGO sectors.

Mr Peter Turner, Chair of NPS MedicineWise, said Mr Morris is extremely well 
placed to lead the organisation through the period of change ahead.

"NPS MedicineWise has a critical role to play in embedding new health 
technologies safely, effectively and appropriately into clinical practice, and 
helping both health professionals and consumers navigate these complexities to 
make the best health decisions."

"Mr Morris brings exceptional leadership skills coupled with a deep knowledge 
of quality use of health technologies that will ensure NPS MedicineWise 
continues to deliver on its mission to enable people to make and act on the 
best decisions about medicines, health technologies and other options for 
better health and economic outcomes."

Mr Turner also paid tribute to the outgoing Chief Executive, Dr Lynn Weekes AM, 
saying, "Lynn's leadership over the past 20 years has been exemplary and has 
cemented NPS MedicineWise and quality use of health technologies as an integral 
part of the health system.

"We applaud Lynn's vision, commitment and unwavering commitment to supporting 
consumers and health professionals right across the system to achieve better 
health outcomes, and we wish her every success for the future."

Mr Morris will take up the position in early September 2018.

Lynn will be taking 6 months sabbatical at University College London.

Lynn Weekes AM <lweekes@nps.org.au>

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