2017 VHA Community Health Forum



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Gabby Fennessy
Gabby has over 20 years of health care experience in the fields of health services research, evidence based practice, clinical safety & quality and risk management. She has worked in public and private healthcare including St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, Western Health, Research Australia, RANZCOG, and Monash Health. She has extensive experience in project management, delivering projects in education and training, accreditation and service improvement. Gabby has an interest in evaluation of programs and service provision and is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
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Cate Kelly
Cate was appointed as Executive Director, Clinical Governance and Medical Services, Melbourne Health in February 2016 and brings significant experience at Medical Director level in multiple academic, tertiary health services. Her long term interests are in clinical informatics, new technology and clinical practice and medical education. She has published multiple papers about system improvements with a focus on medical education and new technology/clinical practice.
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Lyn Morgain
Lyn Morgain is the Chief Executive of Cohealth, Lyn has been an executive leader in public policy, not for profit organisations and government over the past twenty five years, holding community well being, planning, governance and community service portfolios. She is a sought after facilitator, chair and speaker and has published numerous journal articles on primary care and the social determinants of health. She is passionate about strength based approaches that engender community ownership and control over service design, development and delivery.
Lyn is a member of the Victorian Justice Health, Ministerial Advisory Committee and Minister Foley’s Mental Health Expert Taskforce and the Rough Sleeping Expert Taskforce. Chairs the National Complex Needs Alliance, a member based initiative aimed at promoting government’s capacity to respond to human and health service complexity. She is also a member of the board of both the Australian and Victorian Council(s) of Social Service (VCOSS & ACOSS). Lyn is also the Chair of the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
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Chris Carter
Chris is a broadly skilled leader in health and primary healthcare with extensive experience in managing complexity, driving transformational change and delivering organisational outcomes. His experience encompasses strategic planning of services, service and system redesign, organisational development, redesigning and implementing new models of care or service delivery and building organisational capacity through collaboration and partnerships with a variety of organisations. Chris’ career has included work as an allied heath practitioner, an educator and policy maker, an international development and evaluation consultant, and as an advocate for young people and marginalised populations in a variety of roles.
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Nigel Fidggeon
Nigel is Chief Executive Officer of Merri Health, a large primary/community health care provider across northern metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Nigel has extensive executive management and CEO experience in leading and managing complex organisations across the public and private health sector and NGO sector at both the strategic and operational levels in acute and non acute settings. A Graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a Fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, a Wharton Fellow, and Harvard Club of Victoria Fellow. Nigel is passionate about social justice issues, health equity and access and helping people and communities achieve the best outcomes for healthy lives.
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Suzanne Miller
Suzanne is the Chief Executive of Nexus Primary Health, a multi-site community health service that spans the urban growth corridor to regional Victoria. Suzanne worked in research across the research, youth justice, alcohol and drug and education sectors, prior to making a tree change to the regional health sector in late 2002. She is committed to pursuing equity of opportunity for people residing in rural and regional areas, and is Deputy Chair of the Goulburn Regional Partnership. Suzanne has a particular interest in the positive connection to the natural environment and good health.
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Jo-Anne Moorfoot
Jo-Anne has recently been appointed Executive Director of the revitalised Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance, an arm of the VHA, which provide practical support to health services to ensure sound corporate and clinical governance. Jo-Anne began as an allied health clinician working in rural and metro sectors in acute, subacute and community health settings. She transitioned into management and developed a passion for quality and safety. She was Director of Quality and Risk for two of Melbourne’s largest metro health services. Jo-Anne managed a large operational clinical service and diverse workforce as Director of Continuing Care for Austin Health. Jo-Anne has a post graduate diploma of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also sits on the board of a medium-sized NFP organisation and is chair of the Board Quality and Risk Committee.
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Peter Carr
Peter has enjoyed a rewarding career in the technology and media industries as international analyst, business advisor, technology researcher, media producer and operational manager. He is a skilled business technologist and consultant with deep experience in simplifying the practical application of complex systems within complex organisations. He holds a broad view of global technology, its emerging trends and key suppliers, to provide organisations with a balanced view of technology selection, procurement, implementation and the management of innovative solutions.

As former Australia-New Zealand head of global analyst firms Forrester Research, META Group (acquired by Gartner), and Longhaus, he brings over 20-years of global experience to help organisations bring confidence, trust and control into executive and board-of-management decision making processes by delivering independent advocacy and guidance at their point of need.

Today Peter is recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent technology analysts and regularly attends international invitation-only events as a recognised thought leader, speaker, and business advisor.

In these roles Peter actively supports the growth of the global Smart Cities agenda through both primary research and first-hand advisory projects with organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the ASEAN countries. In 2017-18 he was one of only 20 people chosen from across Australia to participate as part of the European Union’s World Cities project where he worked in collaboration with the City of Katowice, Poland as part of an international team to develop a range of initiatives around the theme of sustainable urban development.
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Adam Goldner
Adam is a Senior Associate within Russell Kennedy Lawyer’s Corporate and Commercial Team. He provides advice on a range of corporate and commercial matters, with a focus on corporate governance, business structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and compliance. His clients operate within a variety of industries, including the aged care and health sectors, and include incorporated associations, not-for-profits, charities and privately owned businesses. Adam has recently returned to Russell Kennedy Lawyers after a year of working at a law firm in Tanzania.