Ministerial Appointment

3 Aug 2012

It is with great pride that CRANAplus announces the Min­is­te­r­i­al appoint­ment of its Pres­i­dent Christo­pher Cliffe to the Pre­ven­tion and Com­mu­ni­ty Health Com­mit­tee (PCHC), of the Nation­al Health and Med­ical Research Coun­cil (NH&MRC).

The PCHC is one of five new Prin­ci­pal com­mit­tees of NHM­RC estab­lished to pro­vide advice to the NHM­RC Coun­cil on issues of com­mu­ni­ty and pub­lic health, and pre­ven­tion of illness.

This appoint­ment is a tes­ti­mo­ny to both the abil­i­ty of Christo­pher and the respect afford­ed the organ­i­sa­tion,” said Car­ole Tay­lor, the CEO of CRANAplus.

It is also a per­son­al recog­ni­tion of Christopher’s exten­sive expe­ri­ence in remote and rur­al health and the inter­na­tion­al arena.

This presents great oppor­tu­ni­ties, through our Pres­i­dent, to widen the research poten­tial of the coun­cil to include the remote sec­tor,” Car­ole stressed.

There is a dearth of reli­able infor­ma­tion regard­ing those liv­ing in the remote sec­tor, so oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve that sit­u­a­tion are impor­tant, to ensure deci­sions on health in its broad­est impli­ca­tions are based on sound data.

Remote Aus­tralians, most of whom are Indige­nous Aus­tralians liv­ing in com­mu­ni­ties, have the worst health out­comes and the high­est bur­den of dis­ease in the nation and it is very dif­fi­cult to have their issues heard and understood.

This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty, through Christo­pher, for CRANAplus to increase the lev­el of under­stand­ing of the chal­lenges faced by those who choose to live and work in the far flung reach­es of Australia.

We con­grat­u­late Christo­pher on this appoint­ment and are very con­fi­dent that he will do an amaz­ing job in this role.

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