Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner today announced Elizabeth Koff as the new Secretary of Health.
Ms Koff takes over from Dr Mary Foley, who did not seek re-appointment when her contract expired last month.
“I am extremely proud of the important reforms we have made to NSW Health in the last five years and I thank Dr Foley for her leadership,” Mr Baird said.
“I look forward to working closely with Ms Koff to ensure that NSW continues to lead the nation in delivering high-quality health care, especially given the challenges of an ageing and growing population.
“I have no doubt that she is the right person to lead NSW Health into the future.”
Ms Koff is well placed to take on the Secretary role, having been Deputy Secretary Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health for the past year.
She was previously Chief Executive of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and has held senior executive planning and operational roles within the NSW health system, including Director of Clinical Operations and Director Population Health, Planning and Performance at South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.
Mrs Skinner said Ms Koff’s passion for health has been evident throughout her career: “Elizabeth moved swiftly into senior roles after starting as a clinical dietician at Westmead Hospital.
“I have known Elizabeth for many years, having watched her skillful administration of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Following her appointment as Deputy Secretary, she has shown her ability to think strategically about how to reshape the NSW Ministry of Health to better support clinicians in delivering care in our hospitals.
“Creating greater links between a supportive head office and the devolved delivery of health care throughout the state will be extremely important over the next few years. I look forward to working with her,” she said.