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VHA CEO appointment confirmed

Posted 09 June 2015

Tuesday 9 June 2015

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer Tom Symondson (pictured left).

Chair of the VHA Board Gary Thomas said he is confident Mr Symondson will build on the wonderful work he has already achieved as Acting CEO since late last year and will do a stellar job at the helm taking the VHA into the next era of its life.

“I believe Tom’s experience, enthusiasm and the strong rapport he has already developed with the health industry put him in good stead to drive the VHA’s agenda in ensuring Victoria’s health services are well supported to deliver the healthcare needs of Victorians into the future,” Mr Thomas said.

“It is crucial now more than ever that the VHA takes a prominent role in standing up for the sector and Victorians, particularly at a time when the population is growing, ageing and the rates of obesity and chronic diseases are rising.

“I have full faith Tom will be instrumental in supporting our health and community health services in navigating these challenges.”

Mr Symondson said he is honored to be appointed in the CEO role and looks forward to working with VHA members, governments and public health organisations in building on Victoria’s world-class health system and ensuring it continues to be innovative, effective and sustainable.

“My vision for the VHA is to ensure we do not become complacent, that we rise to the challenge of remaining relevant to the membership and supporting them to deliver health services to the local communities that depend on them,” Mr Symondson said.

“This is an organisation and sector I am extremely passionate about and I am committed to the VHA projecting a united voice to government, stakeholders and the public, championing both the successes and the needs of our health and community health services.

“I believe the VHA also has a strong role in fostering innovation at the system level to meet the growing demand for healthcare in our community.”

Tom Symondson’s bio

Tom joined the VHA in 2012 to lead policy and advocacy work prior to being appointed Acting CEO in October 2014. Prior to moving to Australia in 2011, Tom worked as principal advisor to the elected leader of one of London’s largest and most diverse local councils. In this role, he headed the leader’s office and was responsible for stakeholder engagement and policy development across social and aged care, public health, education and urban planning.

Media contact: Rachel White – 0438 815 561 rachel.white@vha.org.au

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