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38 years, time for something different!

The article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Barry Sandison, AIHW CEO.

Tomorrow, after 38 years working in the public sector, I will leave the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Public Service. 

I have been extremely fortunate to have had many interesting roles and challenges across numerous different Departments and Agencies.  I have learnt that you need to be willing to take a chance and you need to value people. So, a special call out, and thank you, to the many people I have worked with over the years. 

Throughout my career I have learnt so much, primarily through all those that I have worked with. As those that know me realise I have a particular interest in how data, especially “people data”, can be used to help inform decision makers, service providers and communities. All with the aim of reducing disadvantage.

After a bit of time off I will be continuing this focus through a number of different roles. 

My job at the AIHW for the last 5 years has to rank as one of the best roles that I have had. The staff of the Institute are fantastic and have supported me and educated me in the true potential of data. A special thank you to everyone there, it has been an absolute privilege to work with you!

Finally, to anyone with a role in building the evidence base through data and analytical work, be proud of what you do. Having a facts based debate on any issue is a key part of a well functioning democracy. Keep up the good work!

So, farewell, and thank you


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