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National Breast Cancer Foundation

Sue Murray, the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, has announced that she will step down after ten years in the Foundation’s top position.

Some of the achievements during Murray’s time include:

  • The creation of Australia’s first National Action Plan for Breast Cancer Research and Funding
  • The re-invention of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, which attracted a new generation of supporters and provided vital funding for young women affected by breast cancer
  • The appointment of Sarah Murdoch as Patron of the Foundation.

Murray said that she is proud of the organisation and its people, and that she leaves the business poised for its next phase of growth.

Murray will remain in the position until a new CEO is found.

Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation

Ian Chalmers has commenced as new CEO of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.

Chalmers’ former roles include Chief Executive of Medicines Australia, the Australian Local Government Association and the Australian Private Hospitals Association.

His board experience includes appointments as a non-executive director of the Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA), the Private Sector Casemix Unit and Public Libraries Australia.

Chalmers replaced acting CEO Jim O’Shea on 12 July 2010. O’Shea will return to his previous role of AER Foundation Chief Financial Officer.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria has appointed Maree McCabe as its new CEO.

McCabe has a professional background in mental health nursing. She has worked for the past six years in executive operations with TLC Aged Care, a provider of residential aged care with a large workforce. She holds an MBA with a major in strategic planning.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the peak body representing people with dementia in Victoria. In Victoria 66,000 people have dementia with 53 new cases every day.

Ms McCabe will commence on 11 October 2010.


Dawn O’Neil AM has been announced as the next CEO of beyondblue: the national depression initiative, effective from 4 January 2011.

O’Neil, who will become the third CEO of beyondblue, is currently finishing her ten year term as CEO of Lifeline.

She replaces current CEO Leonie Yung, who has served with the organisation for seven years.

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