Western Alliance Governance

Over the past two years, the Western Alliance has been governed by a Board of Directors, with representation from some but not all of the Western Alliance member organisations, as well as other affiliated industry leaders. We have now expanded on this to include representation from every Western Alliance member organisation, to ensure that all organisations are involved in a decision making capacity. A Members’ Advisory Council (MAC) has also been in place to provide guidance to the board on Western Alliance activities. With many of the MAC members now representing on the Western Alliance Board, feedback from member organisations identified that there was an opportunity to further involve health professionals, researchers and consumers from across the western alliance in shaping Western Alliance activities moving forward.

In response to this, we have now established the Western Alliance Research Translation Committee in place of the MAC. This committee comprises representation from all of the Western Alliance member organisations, and includes a mix of clinicians, researchers, health managers and consumers from across the western region of Victoria. This committee will be chaired by Clinical Associate Professor Anna Wong Shee, who works across Ballarat Health Service and Deakin University. We would like to thank Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich for her work in chairing the MAC and helping to drive the Western Alliance forward to this next phase. Rosemary Continues to lend her expertise as a member of the Research Translation Committee.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic direction and governance of Western Alliance Health Research Ltd. The Board meets every 2 months.

Members of the Board 2020

Director: Dr Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Director: Ms Fiona Brew, Chief Executive Officer, Colac Area Health

Director and Chair: Prof Brendan Crotty, Barwon Health Board member, Former Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Director: Ms Frances Diver, Chief Executive Officer, Barwon Health

Director: Mr Rohan Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Western District Health Service

Director: Mr Craig Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, SouthWest Health Care

Director: Mr Dale Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Ballarat Health Services

Director: Prof Chris Hutchison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Federation University

Director: Prof Rachel Huxley, Executive Dean Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Director: Dr Sarah Leach, General Manager, Health Services, GMBHA

Director: Mr Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, St John of God Hospital, Geelong

Director: Mr Mario Santilli, Director Development and Improvement, East Grampians Health Service

Director: Mr Anthony Schinck, Regional Director Grampians, Regional Development Victoria

Research Translation Committee

The Research Translation Committee provides advice and support to the Board of Directors. Meetings are held every 2 months.

Members of the Research Translation Committee 2020

A/Prof Rosemary Aldrich, Chief Medical Officer, Ballarat Health Services

Prof Steven Allender, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

Dr Laura Alston, Dietician, Colac Area Health, GLOBE

Prof Susan Brumby, National Centre for Farmer Health, Western District Health Service

Mrs Marilyn Dolling, Consumer representative

Prof Fergal Grace, School of Health and Life Sciences, Federation University Australia

Dr Olivia King, Barwon Health

Ms Barbara Moll, SouthWest Health Care

Prof Anna Peeters, Director of Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

Mr Mario Santilli, Director, Development and Improvement, East Grampians Health Service

Ms Samantha Sharp, Director of Commissioning and Performance, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

A/Prof Anna Wong Shee, Ballarat Health Services – Chair

Ms Maureen Waddington, St John of God Hospital, Ballarat

A/Prof Vincent Versace, Director Deakin Rural Health, Deakin University

Prof Peter Vuillermin, Chair in Medicine and Director of Research, Barwon Health and Deakin University

A/Prof Mark Yates, Executive Director, BIRCH

Company Secretary/Public Officer

Mr Drew Aras