Meet the team – Keera Weise
August 26, 2021
Keera Weise is one of the VHA’s Policy and Advocacy Advisors and currently works across portfolios areas including rural and regional health services, multi-purpose services and climate change. Keera loves the policy space as it provides a ‘helicopter’ view of our health system and embed upstream solutions to support population health outcomes.
Where has your career taken you and what brought you to the VHA?
I grew up in regional Victoria and moved to Melbourne after a few gap years travelling overseas to study a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health). I was always intrigued by the regional and rural/metro divide in health outcomes, and saw public health as a way to understand and address the underlying causes contributing to the divide. Fast forward 10 years, Melbourne is home and my studies have led me to a career in public health policy. I love policy as it allows me to take a helicopter view of our health system and embed upstream solutions to support population health outcomes. My first role was at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration but I have since worked in policy roles at both a state and local government level. During my time as the Social Planning Policy Officer in local government, I supported the development and implementation of the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan. I developed a local prevention network to support the development of the plan and worked collaboratively across council to embed prevention in leading strategic documents.
I was drawn to the VHA because it is perfectly positioned to reflect the voice of the public healthcare system. I am particularly excited to work with members and understand how what is being experienced on the ground can be translated into policy to support health services and ultimately create better health outcomes for the state.
What projects are you working on at the moment, and what about this work most excites you?
My current portfolios areas are rural and regional health services, multi-purpose services and climate change.
I am just over two months into my role and a highlight for me has been meeting with members. I manage the Multi-purpose Services Community of Practice and am in the process of establishing a Rural/Regional Round Table. These regular touch points with members are so important to understand and shape advocacy. It is a privilege to work with our membership to understand the complexities of service delivery especially in the rural and regional context.
I am also excited to progress VHA’s work around climate change and support the development of a climate resilient public health system. We recently met with members to provide feedback to the State Government’s Health and Human Services Climate Adaptation Action Plan. With a continually changing climate and the impacts of climate change already being felt by our members, the need for system wide service adaptation is clear.
What do you love about working in the public health space?
The public health system in Victoria is central to our collective health and wellbeing. I love that I can work in the public health space and help contribute to the ongoing improvement of Victoria’s healthcare system so that we can together achieve better health outcomes for all.