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Vision Value Voice

Since 1938, the Victorian Healthcare Association has been supporting Victoria’s publicly funded healthcare providers to respond to system reform, shape policy and advocate on key issues.

Now in its 80th year, the VHA proudly represents 96 per cent of the state’s public hospitals and community health services.

In 2010, the VHA established the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance to support Australia’s health and community sector to improve their clinical and corporate governance. Find out more here

 

 

 

Fast facts

VHA is the peak body for the $18b Victorian public healthcare sector

VHA represents 96 per cent of the sector, giving it exceptional access, influence and scope

Unified advocacy and policy development voice to State and Federal Government

Members include key public health decision makers – Board Directors, CEOs and senior executive

 

 

Member services

The VHA provides:

· Advocacy – your voice heard by government and other key stakeholders

· Assistance with implementing reforms in aged care, the NDIS, home care and other sectors

· Policy support and thought leadership

· Strategic business support

· Voting member access to committees and industry groups

   
Events 

The VHA provides: 

· Access to the latest health information

· Informative events on vital issues for members

· Unparalleled networking opportunities

· Invitation to member-only events

· Special member event prices

Partnerships 

 The VHA forges:

· Business partnerships delivering members superior services and savings

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Our Board

The VHA is governed by a board of nine directors, including eight representatives from member agencies (community health, metropolitan, rural and regional health services) and one independent director with specialist skills.

Gary Thomas

Chair

Principal, WHK
Chairman, Audit Committee, Stawell Regional Health
M Tax, B Bus (Accy), FCA, FTIA

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Dr Sue Matthews

Deputy Chair

CEO, The Royal Women’s Hospital
Doctorate - Public Health, Masters Health Science, Nursing, Bachelor Arts (Health Studies), Registered Nurse

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Trevor Adem

Director

CEO, East Wimmera Health Service
Chair, Grampians Oral Health Network
Chair, Grampians Sustainable Hospitals Plan
B Physio, MBA

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Jon Anstey

Director

Deputy Board Chair, Castlemaine District Community Health.
Executive General Manager, Insight and Innovation Coliban Water.

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Kathy Bell

Director

Board Director, Dental Health Service Victoria
Consultant
GAICD, Masters of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Health Economics, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

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Margaret Bennett

Director

CEO Northeast Health Wangaratta.

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Abbas Khambati

Director

Director, Central Gippsland Health Service.

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Rebecca Lorains

Director

CEO, Primary Care Connect 
Board Member, Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association
Committee member, Youth Haven – Greater Shepparton Light House project
Board Member, St Mary’s Mooroopna

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Janette McCabe

Director

Director, Rural Northwest Health
Commissioning Officer, Sub-acute unit, Wimmera Health Care Group (part-time)
Master Applied Management (Health), B Health Sciences (Nursing), Registered Nurse, Crit Care Cert

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Our Staff

The VHA team works to deliver effective policy, advocacy, member engagement, media representation, board development and events to our members.

Tom Symondson

Chief Executive Officer

Emma Liepa

Deputy CEO; Director of Policy & Strategy

Jo-Anne Moorfoot

Executive Director, Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance

David Fien

Director of Development

Zhoe Jess

Media & Communications Manager

Chris Templin

Policy & Projects Manager

Lily Thomson

Finance & Administration Manager

Tayla Baumann

Aged Care Project Officer

Ali Georgalas

Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Teagan Jones

Membership & Events Coordinator

Stephanie Lim

Events Coordinator

Liz Orkney

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