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BAR­WON Health CEO Ruth Salom is step­ping down from the top job.

Ms Salom last night re­vealed to the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser her in­ten­tion to leave af­ter 16 months in the role.

“I will be leav­ing Bar­won Health as I can see that the very things that have made me use­ful to Bar­won Health in the last 16 months are the very things that are get­ting in the way,” Ms Salom wrote in a state­ment.

“It has been fun, but at times it has felt as if I was be­tween a rock and a hard place.”

Ms Salom, who was pre­vi­ously a pro­fes­sor at Monash Univer­sity, praised Bar­won Health’s staff and vol­un­teers.

“How­ever, for Bar­won Health to truly achieve its as­pi­ra­tions I be­lieve there is a need to adopt more mod­ern prac­tices and learn from oth­ers,” she said.

“As Pi­casso said ‘Good artists copy and great artists steal’ and so Bar­won Health needs to copy and steal.”

In her state­ment, Ms Salom also dis­cussed be­ing a fe­male CEO.

“The truth is it’s hard. We still pay lip ser­vice to equal­ity be­tween sexes. When our fe­male ath­letes earn the same as the males and the fe­male change rooms at the sta­dium are as good as the males, then we will have reached equal­ity of sexes. At this time, we have not.”

Ms Salom is the health ser­vice’s third CEO since 2010. David Ash­bridge held the po­si­tion from 2010-2015 and Belinda Moyes was ap­pointed CEO in 2016, last­ing 10 months in the role.

Bar­won Health CEO Ruth Salom.

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