Ms Dale Fisher will take the helm of Silver Chain in December. Lyn Jones has been acting acting CEO since Chris McGowan departed in May.

The WA Government has extended St John Ambulance’s contract for two years while a review of its services is undertaken. The contract price was not disclosed but the organisation registered an annual revenue of $280.6 million.

Dr Aime Powell and early post-doctoral researcher at SJG Subiaco Hospital has been awarded a two-year fellowship from the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Her work will look at the impact of the WA Cervical Screening Program and the National HPV Vaccination Program on Aboriginal women’s health outcomes.

Grants to WA researchers from the Medical Research Future Fund, totalling $2.9 million, have gone to Dr Fred Chen (retinal degeneration); Prof David Mackey (glaucoma); scientist Dr Debra Palmer (nutrition on allergy prevention); Prof Gary Lee (lung research); Prof Tim Davis (diabetes and infectious diseases); Prof Leon Flicker (maximising health of elderly).

The NHMRC grants were also awarded to: Prof Alistair Forrest, A/Prof Aleksandra Filipovska and A/Prof Oliver Rackham (UWA/Perkins); Dr Edward Litton (UWA); Dr Ashleigh Lin (UWA/TKI); Tina Lavin (UWA); Nicola Bondonno (UWA); Dr Virginie Lam (Curtin); Dr Katherine Levett (UND).

Richard Hopkins is the new managing director of WA’s Zelda Therapeutics, which has several research programs running into medical cannabis on a range of health issues.

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