Rousseau bows out from SDHB

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Queenstown’s longstanding health saga isn’t a reason for outgoing Southern District Health Board boss Brian Rousseau’s departure. 

Rousseau (right) quits his position as chief executive of the health board tomorrow after eight-and-a-half years. 

He’s moving to Adelaide to become the inaugural boss of the Central Adelaide Health Network, where he’ll oversee the $1.9 billion rebuild of Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

Rousseau says his decision to leave has nothing to do with community demand for equitable funding of local healthcare – which culminated in a critical National Health Board review last month. 

“If you take a look through my entire time with the health board, every time you try to make change it is very difficult in health,” he says. 

“You could have equally said if I left at any other time you’re leaving because of this, that or the other. My initial view was I would be with the DHB for seven years. That’s what I’ve committed to with the board, so I think eight-and-a-half years is a good run.” 

Rousseau adds he’s looking forward to “a new challenge”.