Today, the Board of Outcomes Australia announced the appointment of Dr Maria Paula Gomez, an expert in managing the implementation of world-leading programs, as its CEO.
Established in 2006, Outcomes Australia is an innovative national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to identifying world’s best practice solutions that, with the right implementation, will lead to significant benefits for all Australians.
Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery, chairman of Outcomes said: “It is fitting then that our CEO is an internationally renowned expert. Dr Maria Paula Gomez was a key member of the leadership team that developed one of the world’s best public health reform programs and she has driven major change programs in many international jurisdictions. Her particular expertise is well suited to implementing the objectives of Outcomes Australia. The Board and I look forward to working with her.”
Originally from Colombia, Dr Gomez has played a key role in both the program development and the international roll out of Spain’s world-leading organ donation and transplantation system.
Mr Marvin Weinman, Founder and Director of Outcomes Australia said: “We’re delighted that someone of Dr Gomez’ calibre is taking on this role. In many countries, Dr Gomez’ contribution has had significant impact and resulted in large increases in the number of life-saving organ transplants being performed,”
“Outcomes was formed to deliver much greater bang for buck to the Australian community. Dr Gomez’ international experience and the practical, measurable way she approaches things will be instrumental to the achievement of this goal.”
Dr Gomez will oversee all Outcomes programs including ShareLife, which addresses the reform of processes to improve Australia’s deceased organ and tissue transplant rates; Soils for Life, which encourages the wide adoption of regenerative landscape management practices and BetterOff, which is focused on reversing the trend of obesity in Australia.
Professor Allan Glanville, Director at Outcomes Australia and President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation said: “Dr Gomez has extensive high-level project management experience and particular expertise in directing successful in-hospital change programs in many international jurisdictions.”
Dr Amanda Rischbieth, Chairperson of Better Off said: “In order for major change programs to succeed, it is vital that there’s strong leadership and competent management. The core focus of Outcomes Australia is to find solutions to existing problems and ensure they can be successfully implemented. Dr Gomez is well credentialed to advise on such program implementation and has successfully done so in multiple countries. This is particularly relevant as we embark on the Better Off program to reverse the trend of obesity in Australia.”
Dr Gomez said: “I’m excited to take on this role and to work closely with the Outcomes Australia network, as well as the leaders in Australian health, agriculture, environment and community sectors. There is much great work being done, and an opportunity to do more. I welcome the challenge.”
Dr Gomez is the Medical Director at the Donation & Transplantation Institute (DTI) in Spain, DTI is a non-profit organisation which provides training, consultancy and research services on organs, tissues and cells donation and transplantation. In this role Dr Gomez is responsible for managing projects in multiple locations and countries.
Dr Gomez will join Outcomes Australia in January 2014.