John Gregg trained in Psychology and Agency Management in Sydney and has been employed in Human Service & Health since 1985. As a clinician he has several years’ experience utilising cognitive, narrative, and systemic approaches with individuals and families in residential and community settings.
Working across NSW, ACT, SA, WA & Qld, John has held positions at a state and national level in service delivery, program management and system design. He has service management and delivery experience in a range of service environments including, primary care, accommodation, indigenous health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, children’s, youth & family support, and aged care.
He has extensive international experience most recently, working for the State of Qatar where he held advisory roles for the Qatar Supreme Council for Health. Leading the development of the first National Health Strategy and supporting international aid and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
While employed in Qatar, John managed a global policy and advocacy NGO focused on protecting the right to education in conflict affected and fragile states. John supported the establishment of an international network of agencies - the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in 2010 and served as its vice chairperson in 2011 & 12.
In these roles he successfully lobbied the UN Security Council to pass a resolution making attacks on schools and hospitals a grave violation of international humanitarian law. He supported the first successful trial of the International Criminal Court- charging an African warlord with the recruitment of child soldiers.
He has previously worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on demand reduction and harm minimisation strategies in Southeast Asia.
Most recently John was the CEO for the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network, commissioning a broad range of primary care services. In that role he managed the National Suicide Prevention Program aimed at Veterans. Operation Compass provided innovative and engaged program that established an ongoing platform to assist address issues of suicide and self-harm. The program now forms part of The OASIS Veteran Wellbeing Center in Townsville.
John is currently the CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), the national peak body for public hospitals and not for profit healthcare providers, based in Canberra (ACT) – on the lands of the Ngunnawal people.