Meet the team – Juan Paolo Legaspi

June 2, 2021

Juan Paolo Legaspi has joined the VHA to head up our growing Policy and Advocacy team. Having recently relocated from Adelaide, Juan Paolo brings a wealth of experience from the South Australian public service and a passionate approach to public health policy.

Tell members a bit about your background and what brought you to the VHA?

I have completed a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide. In terms of employment history, I come from a public policy background at the executive government level in South Australia. One of my primary focus areas during this time was in the portfolios of State health services. I had a particular focus on health reform, mental health, public health services, substance abuse and medical research. Other policy areas I’ve been involved in have included defence industries, tourism, medical industries and international trade and investment.

In my free time I volunteer as a Filipino language community radio broadcaster and serve on community radio boards and a national advocacy body for multicultural media.

I was drawn to work for the VHA because it is well positioned to represent the voice of the public health system, at a time when the system is in a state of flux. The demands and expectations of our public health system is at once-in-a-generation highs, and VHA will be an active and constructive voice for the sector.

What have you been working on in your first couple of weeks at the VHA?

I joined the VHA in May, and day four on the job was being part of the VHA’s State budget analysis. So far, I’ve met with stakeholders from across the areas of community health services, preventative health, mental health, acute clinical services, first responders, public sector aged care services and AOD services.

There are a lot of system reforms being asked of our public health system. I look forward to working with our members help navigate and shape these changes.

What do you love about working in the public health space?

I feel grateful of the healthcare system that we have, and it is a privilege to advocate for our healthcare services. Working in the public health space helps deliver a public good. Fighting for ongoing improvements in our health system ultimately benefits everyone.