Dr Shirley Bowen appointed as new WA Health Director-General

  • Dr Shirley Bowen named as new Director-General of Department of Health
  • Appointment to head up State’s biggest public sector agency begins in May
  • A highly respected and experienced leader dedicated to person-centred care

Dr Shirley Bowen has been chosen as the new Director-General of the Department of Health Western Australia’s biggest public sector agency.

Currently the Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS), Dr Bowen has a diverse and proven track record in leadership across both public and private health services and will take up the position of Director-General of WA Health next month.

Dr Bowen – who holds dual Fellowships in Infectious Diseases (FRACP) and Sexual Health medicine (FAChSHM) and extensive experience as a clinician – is a respected and dedicated healthcare leader.

Her past appointments include CEO of St John of God (SJOG) Subiaco Hospital, Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Capital Territory, Executive Director of Fremantle Hospital and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Dr Bowen has a deep knowledge across the health sector with executive experience leading public and private hospitals, research, education, and community services.

Deputy Director-General Angela Kelly PSM, who is a highly experienced, capable and dedicated leader, will continue acting in the role in the interim.

WA Health is the biggest public sector agency in the State, with a Budget of $12 billion and workforce of more than 57,000 staff.

As stated by Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

“Dr Bowen will lead WA Health at a really important time of reform for our public health system. Reducing ramping hours and increasing elective surgery will continue to a be a key focus.

“She will oversee multibillion-dollar investment in infrastructure in our public health system, including the new $1.8 billion Women and Babies Hospital at Murdoch.

“I look forward to working with Dr Bowen in leading our health systems to continue to meet the needs of the community.”

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