Long-serving board member appointed CEO

APNA has appointed board member Ken Griffin as Chief Executive Officer. 

Mr Griffin has been a long-standing board member and has contributed significantly to APNA’s strategic development, bringing healthcare, marketing and senior management experience to the role. Most recently he has been APNA’s Interim CEO.

APNA President Karen Booth today said, ‘Ken has a long association with APNA, helping to advance the role and contributions of primary health care nurses over many years.’ 

‘Ken is an experienced director with strong corporate governance experience. Ken’s career with his high level pharmaceutical and policy background and extensive senior executive experience will be a great advantage to APNA.’

Mr Griffin is well known within Australian healthcare having worked with patient and professional groups, peak bodies and special interest groups in roles with major corporations including GlaxoSmithKline, Hospira (now Pfizer) and most recently Linfox. 

Mr Griffin brings considerable strategic capability during a time of substantial growth for APNA, with a surge in membership, expansion in organisation capacity, and consolidation of its strategic positioning. He will oversee major workstreams such as the extension of the Commonwealth-funded Nursing in Primary Health Care Program over the next four years.

‘Nurses do so much for the health of Australia but they can have an even greater impact with the right policies and a strong professional organisation to support them. With three nurses in my family, this role is very personal to me because I’ve seen firsthand the frustration and joys faced by primary health care nurses.’

‘My fellow board members and I are right behind Ken’s move from board member to CEO. We look forward to an exciting future with Ken at the helm, and for some a brave new world, with changing models of healthcare and the strengthening capabilities of primary health care nurses to take a prominent place in supporting the health of Australia,’ said Ms Booth.

The Australian Primary Health Care Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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