Congratulations to our Board Director, Associate Professor Dr Faye McMillan who has started her new role as one of two new Deputy National Rural Health Commissioners.

Dr McMillan, a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman), will play a vital role in the Federal Government's agenda to increase access to rural health services.

Dr Faye McMillan

"We have every confidence that Faye will use her vast experience and knowledge in allied health to make significant change within the rural health sector. We believe she will take on this challenge with her natural poise and determination to create better health outcomes," APC CEO, Bronwyn Clark, said.

In a statement, Federal Rural Health Minister, Mark Coulton and National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Ruth Stewart welcomed and acknowledged Dr McMillan's expertise and diverse experience in the rural health sector. This includes her work to establish Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA).

The two Deputy Commissioners' roles have been created to represent and advocate for allied health, nursing and Indigenous health disciplines.

“Expanding the Office to include expertise across a range of important health disciplines will support the Government’s focus to develop team-based, collaborative and sustainable approaches to delivering health care in the bush," Minister Coulton said.

Professor Stewart welcomed the challenge to develop and promote innovative and integrated approaches to health care delivery in rural and remote areas.

“Dr McMillan will be an outstanding deputy, and will bring her multidisciplinary expertise to my Office and allow us to take a broader perspective on rural health,” Professor Stewart said.

Dr McMillan says she looks forward to working alongside Professor Stewart in the new role. She acknowledged the Government and Minister Coulton in ensuring the diversity of the rural workforce is represented.

“It is vital that current and future rural health professionals are acknowledged for their significant contribution in the delivery of health services to our remote, rural and regional areas across this nation,” Dr McMillan said.

Dr McMillan is appointed Deputy Commissioner until 30 June 2022.

A second Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner is on track to be appointed in coming weeks.

Dr McMillan is an APC Board Director and a valued member of our Indigenous Health Strategy Group.

Read about her ideas on building meaningful relationships, or listen to our podcast to learn more about her story to becoming to Australia's first registered pharmacist who is Aboriginal.

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