Experienced healthcare leader boosts Catholic Homes Board

Former AMA federal president and prominent health leader, Associate Professor Rosanna Capolingua has been appointed the Catholic Homes Board.

Chief Executive Paul Andrew said the appointment in May 2021 boosts the organisation’s medical and clinical expertise from A/Prof Capolingua’s many years of leadership experience in senior healthcare roles at executive and board levels.

“A/Prof Capolingua has extensive experience across health care delivery and the medical profession, holding many senior committee, taskforce, executive, board and chair positions in the health sector at State and Federal levels,” he said.

A/Prof Capolingua was elected Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in 2007-9. Prior to this, she was the youngest, the first and only female President of the State AMA from 1998-2000.

Rosanna chairs the Western Australian Immunisation Strategy Committee and is a board member of St John of God Healthcare; and AMA WA and the association’s Indigenous Scholarship Foundation.

She is the Medical Director of the AMA WA Foundation and is an advisor and mentor to the Dr YES program, the association’s preventative health program for youth.

“It is a privilege to serve on the Catholic Homes Board. Contributing to the provision of respectful and quality care for our older citizens is a significant responsibility,” she said.

“We must bear in mind their vulnerabilities and be thoughtful of their lived experiences and the role that we as aged care providers have in their lives. Alone, or shared with families or loved ones, this is a continuum of care that often takes us to the end of life. We must value and add value to each individual so that there is no room for loneliness or despair. There is much to challenge all of us.”

A graduate of the University of Western Australia Rosanna is a general practitioner in Perth as the practice principle and owner of a general practice in Floreat which teaches medical students and GP Registrars.

Board member Rosanna Capolingua