Health Minister Appoints Service Administrators

Health Minister Appoints Service Administrators

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Service Administrators Appointed To Territory Health Services

Victor P Taffa

Service Administrators have been appointed to Top End Health Service (TEHS) and Central Australia Health Service (CAHS).

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this was an important step in delivering the Territory Government’s sweeping reforms to Territory Health Service governance.

“All Territorians are entitled to control over their lives and access to high quality health services.” Ms. Fyles said.


“To achieve that we are moving to a more streamlined structure that maintains and strengthens accountability across the system at lower administrative costs.” Ms. Fyles said.

“Changes replace the 2 former Health Boards with 2 community based Health Advisory Committees and a Territory Wide Clinical Senate to improve efficiency and create cost savings of more than $1 Million p.a.” Ms. Fyles said.

“New Health Advisory Committees will provide advocacy and advice on issues affecting the health, well-being and cultural values of the community, as well as facilitate valuable communication between the community and their respective Health Service.”

“Importantly they will also provide feedback on the experience of health consumers the families and carers who rely on the Health Service and the effectiveness of health service delivery.”

Service Administrators were appointed to CAHS and TEHS this week.

Mr. Paul Tyrrell AO

Minister Fyles said Mr. Paul Tyrrell AO has been appointed as the Service Administrator for the Top End Health Service.

“Mr. Tyrrell has over 29 years’ experience in the Northern Territory public service and was the Chief Executive of the Department of the Chief Minister from 1999 to 2008.” Ms. Fyles said.

“Mr. Tyrrell has also held roles as Chairman of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation, the AustralAsia Railway Corporation, the Alan Walker Cancer Care Foundation and the inaugural Chairman of the NT Thunder Football Club.

Dr. Patricia Miller AO

Dr. Patricia Miller AO has been appointed as the Service Administrator for the Central Australia Health Service.

“Dr. Miller has extensive experience in the Northern Territory, both in her current capacity as the Deputy Administrator of the Northern Territory and as the Director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service from 1978 to 2015.”

Appointment of Service Administrators does not change the day to day work of the health services and in particular does not change the accountability of the Chief Operating Officers of the Health Services, or the CEO of the Department of Health.

Expressions of interest for the Health Advisory Committees are open until July 31 and Minister Fyles is urging the Territory’s many passionate health advocates to apply.

“Individuals who currently or have previously practised as clinicians in the health system, or work for an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, or are relevant stakeholders in the health system are also encouraged to apply.” Ms. Fyles said.