About us


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. The VHA proudly represents 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

Our values 

  • Do what we say we will
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Have impact
  • Stronger together

This means: 

We deliver and do what we say we will

We have courage to innovate and advocate

We have respect in our dealings with all persons and organisations

We have impact and provide outcomes-based services to our members

We collaborate closely because we are stronger together.




Fast facts

VHA is the peak body for the $19b Victorian public healthcare sector.

VHA represents the Victorian health 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 executives.



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.


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.


 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.

Dr Sue Matthews


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

Deputy Chair

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

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Jon Anstey


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

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Kathy Bell


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

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Margaret Bennett


CEO Northeast Health Wangaratta.

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Abbas Khambati



Board Member, Central Gippsland Health Service

Independent Director, Audit and Risk Committee, Workways Australia

Masters in Health Service Management

Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Chartered Accountant, Australia (CA)


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Rebecca Lorains


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, 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

David Fien

Director of Development

Melanie Fuller

Director of Member Services & Strategic Partnerships

Jo-Anne Moorfoot

Executive Director, Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance

Ellen Webb

Director, Corporate Services

Zhoe Jess

Manager of Communications & Policy

Lily Thomson

Manager of Finance & Administration

Lauren Bradlley

Communications Advisor

Rashmi Chaudhari

Accounts Officer

Ali Georgalas

Advisor, Health System Reform

Lorna Hamilton

Events Coordinator

Vanessa Kobielak

PSRAC Leadership Committee Secretariat

Fiona O’Connor

Membership Engagement Specialist

Liz Orkney


Ben Rogers

Advisor, Policy & Advocacy

Chris Templin

Senior Advisor, Policy & Advocacy

Heather Witham

Advisor, Aged Care