Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network CEO Merrilyn Strohfeldt (Photo: PHN)

September 1, 2021

Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network CEO Merrilyn Strohfeldt has announced she will retire at the end of 2021.

Ms Strohfeldt joined the PHN in January 2018 and has steered the organisation – which works to improve health services and outcomes across the region –  through a number of major challenges.

This includes moving mental health care services funded by the organisation to a  national “stepped care” agenda, leading the PHN’s response to communities impacted by drought and bushfires, and overseeing the commissioning of more than $123 million in primary health care services.

Ms Strohfeldt has also been responsible for driving the PHN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the Federal Department of Health.

“I think all of us have learnt a lot over the past 18 months as we have responded to what seems like a once-in-a-lifetime event, and one of the most important lessons I believe is that we all need to continue to work together collectively to make the biggest difference,” Ms Strohfeldt said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board and the broader PHN team for their support and commitment to the work that we do”.

PHN Board Chair Dr Tony Bayliss said the Board had begun recruitment for a new CEO.


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