Appointment of Chief Medical Officer and Chief Psychiatrist

Guy Barnett, Minister for Health

Minister for Health, Guy Barnett, has announced the appointment of Dr Dinesh Arya to the key senior role of Chief Medical Officer and Chief Psychiatrist for Tasmania following a competitive recruitment process.

Dr Arya will commence in his position in the Department of Health on 22 January 2024, relocating from Canberra where he has held the role of the ACT’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Psychiatrist.

Dr Arya is highly credentialled and has more than 20 years’ experience in senior health executive positions, including roles in a number of Australian states and territories, New Zealand, and the Middle East. This includes as a Medical Chief Executive, Chief Medical Officer, Executive Director of Mental Health Services, Clinical Lead for Innovation and Reform, and Chief Psychiatrist.

Dr Arya is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Australian College of Health Service Management and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK).

Minister Barnett congratulated Dr Arya on his appointment to this important leadership role for health services in Tasmania. He has also accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Professor within the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania.

“I would like to warmly welcome Dr Arya and wish him well as he relocates to Tasmania to take up this important role,” Minister Barnett said.

“Dr Arya brings a wealth of experience to the role and I look forward to working with him to continue to deliver high quality health services to Tasmanians.

“I would also like to thank Dr Ruth Kearon for her many years of service to the Department of Health and her significant contribution to health services in Tasmania, including most recently as Acting Chief Medical Officer.”

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