Western Alliance Governance

Western Alliance operates as a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). In June 2019, the Western Alliance Board was expanded to include representation from all member organisations, and the Western Alliance Research Translation Committee was established. The Research Translation Committee is made up of health practitioners, researchers and consumers from across the Western Alliance member base, and advises on the development of Western Alliance operational activities as well as providing a feedback loop between the Alliance and its member organisations.


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.

  • Director: Ms Fiona Brew, Chief Executive Officer, Colac Area Health
  • Director: Ms Rowena Clift, Chief Executive Officer, Western Victoria Primary Health Network
  • 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: Prof Warren Payne, Executive Director, Western Alliance
  • 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


Research Translation Committee

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

  • Prof Steven Allender, Deakin University
  • Mr Drew Aras, Western Alliance
  • Dr Laura Alston, Dietician, Colac Area Health, Deakin University
  • Ms Jaclyn Bishop, East Grampians Health Service, Western Alliance
  • Prof Colette Browning, Federation University
  • Mrs Alicia Boyd, St John of God Hospital Warrnambool
  • Ms Ashleigh Clarke, Ballarat Health Services
  • Mrs Marilyn Dolling, Consumer representative
  • Dr Michael Field, Colac Area Health, Western Alliance
  • Prof Fergal Grace, Federation University Australia
  • Dr Louise Greenstock, Western District Health Service, Western Alliance
  • Prof Alison Hutchison, Deakin University, Monash Health
  • Dr Olivia King, Barwon Health
  • Ms Barbara Moll, SouthWest Health Care
  • Prof Warren Payne, Western Alliance
  • Prof Anna Peeters, Deakin University, Western Alliance
  • Mr Mario Santilli,  East Grampians Health Service
  • A/Prof Anna Wong Shee, Ballarat Health Services – Chair
  • A/Prof Vincent Versace, Deakin University
  • Prof Peter Vuillermin, Barwon Health and Deakin University
  • A/Prof Mark Yates, Ballarat Health Services


Company Secretary/Public Officer

Mr Drew Aras



Please find the Western Alliance Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 here: Western Alliance Strategic Plan 2020

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2021 – 2022 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2021-22

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2020 – 2021 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2020-21

Please find the Western Alliance Annual Report 2019 – 2020 here: Western Alliance Annual Report 2019-20