Dr. Ian Arra (above) has been appointed acting medical officer of health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, as the current medical officer of health, Dr. Christine Kennedy, is on leave.
A motion in support of this appointment was approved by the board of health, Tuesday. The appointment is effective immediately for a term of less than six months.
Health units are required to have a medical officer of health or an acting medical officer of health at all times.
This appointment is made under Section 69(1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act which states: "Where the office of medical officer of health of a board of health is vacant, is absent, or unable to act, the board of health shall appoint forthwith a physician as acting medical officer of health."
The board hired Arra July 22, 2016, as a consultant under contract to the board, effective June 1 of this year. He worked as a research assistant for the board in 2012, assisting then-medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn with research into wind turbines and adverse health effects.