FORMER Sunshine Coast councillor Debbie Blumel has a new job.
Ms Blumel, who represented Division 10 in the last council and stood for mayor in the April elections, has been appointed the inaugural CEO of the Northern Territory Medicare Local.
She will be responsible for developing, co-ordinating and integrating all of the primary health care services in the Northern Territory, including those provided by GPs, the NT health department, the private sector and Aboriginal Medical Services.
Ms Blumel said the job was career-defining.
"It's at the pioneering, cutting-edge of the national health reforms which are aiming to prevent unnecessary hospitalisations and improve health through better access to primary health care and prevention services," she said.
"There is an enormous need for this reorientation of health services in the NT and I hope to make a difference to improve health outcomes there."
Ms Blumel said her family was "on board and supportive" though she would be away for much of the time.
"I am very fortunate to have such a solid and encouraging family," she said.
"We all believe that each of us has to follow our unique passions and each of us has to support each other in those pursuits."
NTML chair Dr Andrew Bell said the board was delighted to have secured a CEO of Ms Blumel's calibre.
"Debbie's previous senior roles with Queensland Health in public health strategy and planning, and in local government, leave her very well placed to provide the strategic leadership and engagement with the Territory community that is essential to our organisation's role in improving primary health care services and the health of Northern Territorians," Dr Bell said.