Cathy O'Malley
Compass Health CEO Cathy O’Malley is moving to the Ministry of Health

Media Release: 27 June 2012

Compass CEO, Cathy O’Malley, will end 17 years at the helm of Compass Health in September following her appointment as Ministry of Health Deputy Director General: Sector Capability and Implementation.

“This has been a massive decision for me and it is both exciting and sad, as I have had a fantastic time with Compass Health,” she told staff when announcing her appointment.

“All of you….the people I work with… have been an important part of my life and I have huge respect for your talent, skill and your dedication to your patients and our communities.”

Cathy has been with Compass Health (formally known as WIPA) since its inception in 1995. Since the development of PHOs in 2002, the organisation has expanded its management capacity locally, in the Wairarapa, and also through a joint venture in the MidCentral DHB region. Compass Health delivers a range of regional primary and community-based health services, and employs over 200 people with contracts to more than 100 General Practices from Wairarapa and Palmerston North to Wellington city.

Cathy says her new role with the Ministry will continue her active interest in the development of New Zealand’s primary care sector, as well as support the “whole of system” approach that has become such a focus for the sector.

Chair of Compass Health Wellington Trust, Dr Richard Tyler, said that Cathy’s departure will be a significant loss for the organisation. “Cathy has been an inspirational leader and she has worked tirelessly to advance the organisation and everything we stand for. While she will be missed, she leaves behind an organisation in good shape to respond to the challenges ahead. It is an exciting opportunity for Cathy and I wish her well.”

Dr Tyler said that an enormous depth of knowledge, experience and leadership skill exists within the organisation and that careful consideration would be made before of a new CEO is appointed.

“The Compass and PHO Boards will take some time over this and will seek input from providers, PHOs and senior staff over the next fortnight,” he said.

Cathy will take up her new role with the Ministry of Health on September 10.