VHA welcomes Ambulance Victoria into the membership
September 7, 2021
Ambulance Victoria joined services from across Victoria’s diverse public healthcare sector as a VHA member in August 2021.
The VHA membership now spans Victoria’s ambulance, aged care, health and community health services – offering a unique sector-wide perspective to the VHA’s policy, advocacy and professional development efforts.
‘Now, more than ever, it is vital that we present a unified voice to state and federal governments and the community,’ VHA CEO Tom Symondson said.
‘Importantly, we can also strengthen connections across the sector – enabling VHA members to engage with and learn from their peers.’
‘Together, we can work to solve long-standing and emerging issues in health and community care.’
‘As a state-wide provider of emergency and urgent health and transport services and a connector across the health system, Ambulance Victoria is pleased to join our colleagues as a VHA member. We are particularly looking forward to the collaboration opportunities membership brings,’ Ambulance Victoria CEO Professor Tony Walker said.
Meet Ambulance Victoria’s CEO, Tony Walker
Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria. He is a Registered Paramedic with over thirty-five years’ experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector.
Over past six years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community.
Tony holds an adjunct appointment as Professor within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Paramedicine, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and a non-executive director of the Emergency Services Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Tony is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level and has also been awarded the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving resuscitation practice and outcomes. Tony was also a finalist for the Australian Mental Health Prize in 2019 in recognition of his work in improving paramedic mental health and wellbeing.