NSW Health offers up 350k salary in hunt for CIO

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NSW Health offers up 350k salary in hunt for CIO

New boss for the new year.

NSW Health’s IT wing, eHealth NSW, is advertising for a new boss after former CIO Michael Walsh left to take on the top job at Queensland Health.

The successful candidate will assume the dual titles of chief executive of eHealth NSW and CIO of the state’s public health system, and will report directly to NSW Health secretary Mary Foley.

The state is offering a salary of up to $352,000 to attract top candidates to the role.

eHealth NSW's inaugural chief executive, Walsh, left the agency in July after being selected to return to Queensland Health as director general.

In the meantime, eHealth NSW has been led by Dr Zoran Bolevich in an acting capacity. It has now opened applications to new candidates to take on the job permanently.

It is looking for executives who think they can lead the delivery of “safe, effective, efficient and connected healthcare to the people of NSW” and who can also steer the department towards becoming a “commercially competitive and innovative service”.

NSW Health’s ideal candidate will have a background in managing large-scale complex IT infrastructure, and will have a deep understanding of ehealth and how modern healthcare operates.

He or she will need to navigate the statewide implementation of IT initiatives in a geographically dispersed and federated health system.

eHealth NSW will also be hoping the new CIO might be able to get some of the state’s biggest technology projects back on track, after the Auditor General Tony Whitfield reported late last year that two-thirds of NSW Health’s nine most valuable initiatives were running behind schedule, some by as much as five years.

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