Health Service Board Chairs Announced

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the appointment of nine Victorian Health Service Board Chairs.

The Chairs will oversee and manage major Victorian hospitals to ensure they provide high quality, timely care, and meet performance targets and expectations.

The appointments are for three years, and come into effect from 1 July:

  • Mr Brian Cook as Chair of Barwon Health
  • Dr Sherene Devenesen as Chair of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Mr Michael Gorton as Chair of Alfred Health
  • Ms Diana Heggie as Chair of Peninsula Health
  • Hon Rob Knowles as Chair of the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Ms Linda McCoy as Chair of Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Ms Nicola Melville as Chair of Albury-Wodonga Health
  • Ms Bronwyn Pike as Chair of Western Health
  • Ms Rebecca Woolstencroft as Chair of Goulburn Valley Health

Victoria’s health system is leading the way when it comes to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, with these appointments bringing the number of female Chairs in the health sector to 74 per cent.

The appointments follow new measures introduced by the Labor Government to ensure our health service boards have the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to improve performance and put patient safety first.

Shortfalls in board governance were one of the key issues identified by Dr Stephen Duckett in his review of quality and safety in Victorian hospitals, and as a result additional skills and responsibilities are now required to serve on a health board.

Boards are responsible for governing their health service, setting the strategy, overseeing financial and service performance, responding and adapting to challenges such as population and changing demographics, and ensuring the health service meets policy requirements and standards.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“These Chairs each have experience and will provide fantastic leadership to their respective health services, ensuring they operate efficiently and effectively, and provide the best care to Victorians.”

“It is crucial that health services have strong governance structures in place and I am confident these Chairs will deliver that.”

“Victorians deserve the best care in hospital, and Board members deserve the support they need to do their duties effectively.”