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The Australian Medical Association in South Australia (AMA(SA)) has appointed Dr Samantha Mead as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Dr Mead, currently the CEO of the Australian Dental Association in South Australia, will join the AMA(SA) on 7 August 2019.

AMA (SA) president Dr Chris Moy said Dr Mead had emerged as the outstanding candidate from a large field of applicants with medical, governance and leadership, and business expertise.

‘Samantha comes to us with considerable and recent experience in leading a membership and advocacy organisation with similar values and missions as our own,’ Dr Moy said.

‘This experience, her science and management qualifications and her roles in not-for-profits and SA Health will be invaluable as Samantha takes on a position critical to the AMA’s capacity to advocate for better health outcomes for all South Australians.’

Before joining the Australian Dental Association, Dr Mead was CEO of SIDS and Kids South Australia, State Manager SA/NT of the Australian Veterinary Association, and a Senior Executive Officer with SA Health.

Dr Mead’s academic qualifications include a PhD awarded for research at Flinders University and Oxford. During her post-doctoral fellowship at the (US) National Institutes of Health she contributed to the understanding of how DNA damage and repair mechanisms affect human health.

She holds a Diploma of Management from the Australian Institute of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Mead said the position provided an outstanding opportunity to make a significant and positive impact on South Australian healthcare. 

“The AMA(SA) plays an important and highly respected role in educating and advocating for healthcare improvements across the community,” Dr Mead said.

“Throughout my career I have chosen to work to improve the quality and safety and health of individuals and communities. I look forward to using my skills and experience to enhance the success of this influential and unique membership organisation.”