Catholic Health News and Press Releases

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed newly appointed Chair of the Board, Mr Tony Howarth AO.
“The theme that I want to bring to CHA is that our voice is stronger by working together,” said Mr Howarth. “Our organisations and our services are stronger; our mission is stronger by working together.”
Having served as Chair and Deputy Chair to a number of boards throughout his career, including the St John of God Health Care Board for over fifteen years, Mr Howarth is well-accustomed to meeting the leadership demands of large, complex organisations.
“I really do want to bring a collaborative view to the Catholic health and aged care  sector during my time as Chair, with the understanding that it doesn’t matter if you’re a small organisation or a large one, we’re all living in an environment where we’re dealing with scarce resources,” Mr Howarth said.

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Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, welcomes the announcement by Minister Ley today of her intention to form an industry working group comprising of health insurers, device manufacturers, private hospital providers, clinicians and consumers to reform the current Prostheses List arrangements.

Currently, each device listed on the Prostheses List attracts a benefit that private health insurers are required to pay on behalf of their members. The Minister and other stakeholders have pointed to differences between the List benefit paid by health funds in the private sector for some devices compared to Australian public sector and international prices in arguing the case for reforms that will reduce pressure on premiums.


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Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes the discussion about the end of life, assisted suicide and palliative care on the ABC’s Q&A program, to be aired tonight.

Catholic Health Australia is Australia’s largest non-government grouping of hospitals, aged and community care services, providing approximately 10 per cent of healthcare services in   Australia. Catholic Health Australia’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood, today stated that greater investment in quality palliative care should be the focus of the debate.



Catholic Health Australia congratulates Australian Catholic University (ACU) on the appointment of Mr Julien O’Connell AM as its next Pro-Chancellor.

Chair of the Catholic Health Australia Board, Ms Rowena McNally, said “Mr O’Connell is a highly respected and valued member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Health Australia and we look forward to enjoying an enhanced relationship working further with ACU subsequent to his appointment as Pro-Chancellor.”


Catholic Health Australia welcomes the Turnbull Government’s decision to give Minister Sussan Ley the added responsibility as Minister for Aged Care to add to her portfolios of Health and Sport.

Catholic Health Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Greenwood, is pleased with today’s announcement and hopes for enhanced opportunities for care integration, moving forward, under the one minister.


Catholic Health Australia commends Calvary Health Care for its continued commitment to providing essential palliative care and rehabilitation services of the highest quality for the people of Wagga Wagga and the greater Riverina.

Calvary Riverina Hospital’s new $9.3 million Mary Potter Palliative Care Unit and the St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Unit, to be officially opened tomorrow, illustrate both Calvary’s and Catholic Health Australia’s shared belief in the value of providing dignified and compassionate palliative care, a right for all Australians faced with incurable or life-limiting illness.

Suzanne Greenwood, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, today acknowledged the important place palliative care holds in the holistic health care ethos practiced by Catholic health, aged care and community service providers such as Calvary Health Care.  


Catholic Health Australia congratulates moral theologian Fr Cormac Nagle OFM who was awarded CHA’s highest honour, the Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award 2015, at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held at Parliament House, Canberra.

 The Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award takes the name of Sr Maria Cunningham RSC OAM who worked as a nurse, a nurse educator and a leader of Catholic health care ministries for all her working life. 

This year, Catholic Health Australia recognised the tireless efforts, the many years of countless contributions to Catholic health and pastoral care, as well as theological and educational work, and also ethical and bioethical work performed by Fr Cormac Nagle. 


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