Digital Health CRC appoints well-respected healthcare leader as Acting CEO

The Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) has announced the appointment of Annette Schmiede, a well-respected leader in Australia’s health and aged care sector, to the role of Acting CEO, following the resignation former CEO Terry Sweeney.

Ms Schmiede, who is the current Chair of Research Australia and former Executive Leader of the Bupa Health Foundation, has been active within the DHCRC since its establishment in 2018, more recently as Senior Advisor. The appointment was effective immediately in March 2022.

DHCRC Chair, Kate Munnings said she was pleased to have someone of Ms Schmiede’s reputation and experience to lead the organisation in its ongoing mission to translate world-leading research into tangible and commercially viable digital health solutions.

“Ms Schmiede brings a wealth of experience across healthcare, tertiary education and research. She recently completed 10 years on the Board of the Northern Sydney Local Health District as Deputy Chair and is a Senator for the Australian Catholic University,” Ms Munnings said.

“Ms Schmiede has been working with the DHCRC since our establishment and brings intimate knowledge of our core objectives, Participants and breadth of current projects and exciting pipeline. We are confident in her ability to lead the organisation during this time, supported by a very capable executive team.

“Our focus now is to continue to work with our Participants to deliver on our Commonwealth milestones. We firmly believe that Ms Schmiede is well placed to support the organisation achieve our ambitious goal to connect industry, government, providers, consumers, academia and research to solve the most pressing healthcare challenges.”