Meet the team – Deborah Sequeira
November 3, 2021
Deborah Sequeira is the VHA’s Member Services Coordinator. Building on a wealth of experience in administration roles, including within the health space, Deborah relishes contributing to the VHA’s work, in particular its commitment to creating value for members.
Where has your career taken you and what brought you to the VHA?
I grew up in India and made what turned out to be a good decision to migrate to Australia where I joined my siblings. I have a wealth of experience in secretariat/administrator/EA roles across a number of industries, including health, engineering, and manufacturing.
Before joining the VHA, I worked with one of the largest specialist medical colleges where I was responsible for providing training, assessing, and setting standards for all specialist anaesthetists and pain medicine physicians wishing to practice in Australia and New Zealand. This administrator role provided me with exposure of working across board, committee, and faculty levels. After almost six years with that organisation, due to personal reasons, I decided to take a short break from the workforce.
I was drawn to the role at the VHA in January 2020 because it offered me the opportunity to continue my career within the health space. It also gave me the chance to work with an organisation that focuses on health and wellbeing for the community. I am impressed by, and glad to be part of, the VHA’s commitment to creating value for members (and all Victorians), especially considering the range of challenges which members face.
What are some things you’re working on at the moment and what most excites you about these projects?
My role as Member Services Coordinator is varied and gives me with exposure to all areas of the organisation. My responsibilities include providing effective coordination of member meetings and committees in support of the VHA achieving its overall strategy. For example, I currently provide secretariat/administrative support to community health services forums and multipurpose services CEO meetings as well as project administration support to the High Risk Accommodation Response (HRAR) program and the Vaccine Ambassadors Program (VAP). My current portfolio also includes providing general and HR administration support to all areas across the organisation as required.
Working with members has given me insight into the challenges and issues faced by health and community health services. It amazes me how they all come to together to share information and support each other for the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
What do you love about working in the public health space?
I love that I can work in the public health space, as there is nothing more rewarding than providing help to those in need and being able to contribute to better health outcomes for everyone in the community.