Central and Eastern Sydney PHN appoints new CEO

15 December 2021

Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Hansen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Hansen will step into the role of CEO after five years as part of the PHN’s executive team, and 25 years’ experience working in public health. She is taking over from outgoing CEO Dr Michael Moore, who earlier this year announced his intention to leave the organisation at the end of 2021. Ms Hansen will commence as CEO of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN on 31 January 2022.

Chair of CESPHN’s Board, Dr Michael Wright says, “After an intensive recruitment process It was clear that Nathalie Hansen was the best choice for this important role. She has an extensive knowledge of the health landscape and has developed close relationships across the PHN’s stakeholder groups. Nathalie is a strategic thinker and has shown commitment to quality improvement and delivering results. The Board is looking forward to working with Nathalie as she builds on the legacy of CESPHN’s inaugural CEO, Michael Moore

Ms Hansen has worked at all levels of the health system over her extensive career. She spent 20 years at the Department of Health in Canberra, Perth and Sydney in roles including Manager, Rural Health and Manager, Prevention and Treatment. She then spent two years at Inner West Sydney Medicare Local as Manager, Planning and Engagement before the organisation transitioned across to Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network.

Ms Hansen worked across most areas of the business during her time at the PHN, starting out as Manager, Strategy and Evaluation before becoming General Manager, Corporate Services and Company Secretary. In April 2019 she took on the role of General Manager, Planning and Engagement, with responsibility for planning and performance, marketing and communications, strategic engagement and continuing professional development. 

“I am deeply committed to the PHN and our goals of better integrating care, improving practice and commissioning services to address gaps in the central and eastern Sydney region,” says Ms Hansen. “I am thrilled to take on the role of CEO and lead the organisation into our next phase, as we build on our COVID-19 response and continue to transform the health care system to better address the needs of our community. The experience of COVID has proven the value of primary health networks in supporting primary health professionals and as system integrators. Our PHN has come so far in the past six years and I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to lead us into the future.”

Ms Hansen’s achievements at CESPHN are numerous. They include leading the development of the PHN’s Strategic Plan 2022-24, leading the organisation’s COVID-19 communications, and establishing the Clinical and Community Councils as key advisory groups for the Board.

Outgoing CEO Dr Moore says, “I am leaving the PHN in the safest hands with Nathalie. Nathalie has been a trusted advisor to me over the last five years and I have seen first-hand what an exceptional leader she is. She has the trust and respect of the entire organisation and I am so pleased to be handing the baton over to her.”

About Central and Eastern Sydney PHN:

Primary health networks (PHNs) support primary care in Australia through practice improvement, local health system integration and the commissioning of health services in the community that address identified gaps and needs in their local area. Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is one of 31 PHNs across the country. The core purpose of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is to improve and transform care in the region, which stretches from Strathfield to Sutherland, east to the coastline, and also includes Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.


Media Contact

Sarah D’Arcy
Central and Eastern Sydney PHN
Marketing and Communications Manager
P: 02 9304 8687
E: s.darcy@cesphn.com.au