Francis Sullivan leaves AMA to head Church’s child abuse committee

An exact departure date has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Sullivan began his role at the AMA in February 2008. He will be taking up the position of CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, a role within the Catholic Church managing the issues and ramifications of the Royal Commission into child abuse.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said in a statement today that Mr Sullivan had been a highly respected advocate for the AMA, the medical profession and the Australian health system.

“Francis steered the AMA through the Rudd Government’s health reform era, engineered the AMA’s response to the recommendations of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, and drove the AMA’s advocacy throughout the very tight 2010 federal election,” he said.

It is not yet known who will replace Mr Sullivan at the AMA.

The AMA is also in the process