Graham Catt has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Mr Catt brings a wealth of experience to the role after working for several national membership organisations focused on healthcare over the past 15 years, said the PSA in a statement.
On behalf of PSA’s Board, National President Dr Shane Jackson welcomed Mr Catt’s appointment, saying: “Graham has a proven track record of leading transformation and strategic growth of national associations, including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian Veterinary Association where he has worked for the past decade.
“He has achieved success by engaging with and influencing key stakeholders and government, and significantly grown membership in his association roles.
“I am confident Graham’s strategic leadership of PSA will ensure all pharmacists are well represented, recognised and rewarded as vital healthcare practitioners.
“It’s an exciting time for PSA and the profession in Australia – and having someone of Mr Catt’s calibre to help lead the peak body for all pharmacists is a positive step for the future.”
Mr Catt said he was honoured to accept this important leadership role for PSA and Australia’s pharmacy profession.
“I am delighted to be joining an organisation with a strong strategic vision, including for membership growth, advocacy and professional development to support all pharmacists, no matter what their scope of practice,” Mr Catt said.
“I look forward to working with PSA’s members, National Board, Branch Committees, corporate partners and key stakeholders as well as other pharmacy leaders to pursue PSA’s vision of improving Australia’s health through excellence in pharmacist care.”
Mr Catt will officially start with PSA in June this year.
He takes over from Dr Lance Emerson, who resigned in November last year after three and a half years as CEO.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia congratulated Graham Catt on his appointment to the position, and said it looks forward to working with him in the interests of the pharmacist profession and the community pharmacy sector.
Pharmacy Guild Executive Director David Quilty said Mr Catt’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the profession and the sector, with a great opportunity for pharmacists to play an enhanced role in the health system at the same time that community pharmacies face the challenge of ongoing PBS reforms.
“I have always maintained that pharmacy is most effective when it is united and advocating for change that benefits the sector and the profession as a whole,” Mr Quilty said.
“In my dealings with Graham in his role as the CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association, I have found him to be strongly member-focused with a clear understanding of the commercial challenges of successfully running small businesses in the health sector.
“The Guild has a strong president-to-president working relationship between the Guild’s George Tambassis and the PSA’s National President, Dr Shane Jackson, which has resulted in collaborations in areas such as pain management, e-health, pharmacy practice, and education and training.
“I look forward to Graham commencing at the PSA and to working closely with him in our two organisations’ many areas of common interest.”