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Resignation of Medicare Australia CEO.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services

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Resignation of Medicare Australia CEO

The CEO of Medicare Australia, Catherine Argall PSM, has today announced her decision to retire.

“I would like to thank Catherine on behalf of the Government and the 21 million Australians who depend on Medicare Australia, for her contribution,” said Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig.

“In a public service career spanning 38 years, Catherine has led a number of organisations, often in challenging circumstances.”

“Catherine’s shown a real enthusiasm for improving the delivery of Government services to Australians.”

“Her time as head of Medicare Australia and the Child Support Agency before that, far exceeds the life of the Human Services portfolio itself.”

“The level of personal sacrifice made by people who take on senior roles in the public service is often overlooked, so it’s important we acknowledge this when someone of Catherine’s calibre makes the decision to retire.”

“Catherine is looking to spend more time with those close in her life, but I strongly doubt this will be the last contribution she makes to the betterment of our community.”

Wednesday 15 October 2008