Since 2009, Mr Morris has held the position of Chief Pharmacist for South Australia and in 2012 was also appointed Executive Director of SA Pharmacy. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive of the National Prescribing Centre in the UK. Mr Morris has extensive experience within health and related areas, spanning government, community, hospital, primary care, industry, university and NGO sectors.
Mr Peter Turner, Chair of NPS MedicineWise, said Mr Morris is extremely well placed to lead the organisation through the period of change ahead.
“We need continued investment in quality use of medicines and other health technologies at a time when there is a proliferation of new medicines and diagnostics reaching the Australian market,” said Mr Turner.
“NPS MedicineWise has a critical role to play in embedding new health technologies safely, effectively and appropriately into clinical practice, and helping both health professionals and consumers navigate these complexities to make the best health decisions.”
“Mr Morris brings exceptional leadership skills coupled with a deep knowledge of quality use of health technologies that will ensure NPS MedicineWise continues to deliver on its mission to enable people to make and act on the best decisions about medicines, health technologies and other options for better health and economic outcomes.”
Mr Turner also paid tribute to the outgoing Chief Executive, Dr Lynn Weekes AM, saying, “Lynn’s leadership over the past 20 years has been exemplary and has cemented NPS MedicineWise and quality use of health technologies as an integral part of the health system.
“We applaud Lynn’s vision and unwavering commitment to supporting consumers and health professionals right across the system to achieve better health outcomes, and we wish her every success for the future.”
Mr Morris will take up the position in early September 2018.