In the lift with … VHA board director Dr Leslie Reti AM

December 11, 2019

‘In the lift with…’ provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the VHA board members, employees, members and partners.

This week, we meet Dr Leslie Reti AM from Peter MacCallum. He is also a Board Director of the VHA and says he’s ‘been very fortunate to have been associated with some wonderful teams’ throughout his career.

Dr Reti was recently awarded the ACHS Medal in November 2019 for his commitment to improve quality and safety in healthcare.

As a new member of the VHA board, tell us a little bit about your background?
I have had a commitment to the public health sector and clinical governance all my professional life. I have served in increasingly senior roles at the Royal Women’s Hospital being Clinical Director of Gynaecology and Cancer Services as well as Clinical Governance. I have also served on many senior Department of Health Committees and was Deputy Chair of the Victorian Quality Council. In 2013 I was awarded the Victorian Public Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minister for Health. In addition to six years on the board at Peter MacCallum, I served for 11 years on the board of a large Community Service organisation with more than 400 residential aged care beds.

Can you tell us a little about your education?
I knew as a teenager I wanted to help people with medical problems, which led me to a career in medicine; although initially I intended to become a psychiatrist. I worked in academic medicine at the University of Melbourne and the University of Leicester in the UK. I studied Public Health at Harvard and was awarded a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. I have a strong sense of corporate governance having completed the Director’s Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud of the attention I’ve been able to bring to improving women’s health in Victoria. Early on in my career I developed a model of service delivery for victim-survivors of sexual assault that became CASA House at the Women’s.

What’s something you would like to talk about in the lift?
If I’ve got your ear in the lift, I’m going to talk about the elimination of violence against women. It’s too important a topic not to discuss regularly!