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Introducing our new CEO, Dr Linda Swan

14 September, 2022

Go Gentle Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Linda Swan, who is currently the Group Chief Medical Officer at Medibank, as our incoming chief executive.

With voluntary assisted dying laws now passed in every state, and a bill currently before the Senate to allow the Northern Territory and ACT to do the same, you may be wondering where next for Go Gentle Australia.

Yet it's clear our work is not yet complete; passing a law is one thing, but making sure that it works - and works well - is another.

To lead this next phase in Go Gentle’s work, I’m delighted to introduce our new Chief Executive, Dr Linda Swan.

 

 

Linda joins us from Medibank, where she has been Group Chief Medical Officer since 2015, and brings with her not just a wealth of knowledge and contacts across the medical professions, but also frontline experience as a former GP. Under Linda’s leadership, we will:

  • Defend existing VAD laws from those who seek to dismantle them

  • Advocate for less-prohibitive access to VAD for all, no matter your postcode

  • Educate our medical profession about the option of VAD

  • Support our most vulnerable – those who are terminally ill.

Of course, Linda’s arrival means we are bidding farewell to our founding CEO Kiki Paul, who is standing aside after six outstanding years shepherding us from a tiny startup to the respected national voice we’re proud to be. I couldn’t be more grateful to Kiki, and am very pleased she will join our Board.

Linda will begin her new role in October.

Best wishes

 

 

Andrew Denton

 

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