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Minister of Health
Milojka KOLAR CELARC
Milojka Kolar Celarc graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana in 1977. She is a certified auditor and certified tax examiner. She is also a certified business valuator.
Milojka Kolar Celarc is a specialist of health-care and financial systems. In 2013, she cooperated in the working group at the Ministry of Health on amending health-care legislation. Between 2011 and 2013, she was President of the Management Board of the health insurance company Vzajemna. Prior to this, she was a member of, and an assistant to, the management board of the same company. As an experienced tax system expert and certified auditor, she worked as Head of the Internal Audit Centre at the Sava Re Group. During 1994–2000 and 2003–2005, she was the State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance responsible for the tax and customs system, the budget revenue of the Republic of Slovenia, budget inspection and internal auditing. She successfully managed the projects of introducing VAT in the Republic of Slovenia and the project of establishing a single tax administration.
As Minister of Health, she will endeavour to strengthen the public health-care system to provide the citizens with quick and high-quality health-care services.
Nina Pirnat, M.D., graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana in 1990; she later specialised in epidemiology, and completed her post-graduate studies in hospital hygiene. During her studies, she received the Prešeren Award for her research work.
Nina Pirnat, M.D., has long experience of working in various fields of public health. She started her professional career at Ljubljana Institute of Public Health, where she first worked in the epidemiology clinic (including the treatment of passengers) and then as head of the infectious diseases epidemiology service. In 2002, she became head of the Centre for Hygiene and Health Ecology at Ljubljana Institute of Public Health; in 2004, she was appointed advisor to the Director of the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia. At the Institute, she ran the unit for the supply and distribution of medicinal products responsible for the provision of all vaccines and antimalarials in Slovenia. During Slovenia's EU Council Presidency, Nina Pirnat was acting director of the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia.
Prior to her appointment to the office of State Secretary at the Ministry of Health, she was the head of the Centre for Health Ecology at the National Institute of Public Health.
Sandra Tušar graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana in 1992. She then specialised in general surgery. In 2006, she was certified as a Quality System Manager by the Slovenian Association for Quality and Excellence, a national representative organisation of the European Organisation for Quality. She is now enrolled in a master’s programme at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, and is writing her thesis on improved cost-effectiveness in Jesenice General Hospital based on revised clinical procedures.
She gained rich experience working in a hospital ward and at out-patient clinics, including an emergency medical clinic, and in theatres as both the operating surgeon and assistant surgeon in general and abdominal surgery, and as head of the surgical out-patient clinic and operations. She was also member of project teams introducing new clinical paths, and has been a mentor and co-mentor to training physicians.
In 2008, she was appointed Medical Director of Jesenice General Hospital, where she played an active role in the introduction of ISO 9001/2008 quality management standards and acquisition of NIAHO accreditation. In addition to her work as a general surgeon, Ms Tušar, together with heads of hospital departments, drafted plans for the hospital’s professional development, participated in the work of the hospital’s governance and management teams and various commissions.
Since 2013, she has managed surgical operations at Jesenice General Hospital, sat on the Quality Board and chaired the Quality Division of the Slovenian Association for Quality and Excellence.