Ambulance Victoria chief executive officer Tony Walker has resigned from his role after nearly four decades with the organisation.
Mr Walker made the announcement in an email to staff on Monday morning which confirmed he will finish up at the organization in December.
“The decision hasn’t been an easy one,” he said in a statement.
“However, the past five months have given me an opportunity to reflect deeply on what’s important and I feel the time is right for me, my family and also for AV.”
Mr Walker has recently returned from leave after chemotherapy for bowel cancer.
He has been a paramedic for more than 36 years.
The organization has been under huge pandemic-related pressures for more than two years as Victoria’s health sector has been pushed to its limit.
A review by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission released in March included damning findings.
Its results concluded white, able-bodied men were more likely to be promoted, while bullying and harassment were commonplace at the organisation.
Mr Walker acknowledged his executive role had his challenges.
“This is an all-consuming job,” he told 3AW.
“We have a once-in-100-year opportunity to redevelop our health system to be something different into the future.”
His final day will be December 23.
Originally published as Ambulance Victoria boss Tony Walker set to resign from top job