MBBS, BSC, DHSM, FRACGP, FACRRM
Dr Ahmad has been a rural procedural generalist most of his professional life. He served as an area manager for Health Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and since arriving in Australia in 2000 Dr Ahmad has been involved in general practice, medical education, primary health management and governance. Dr Ahmad currently works as a GP in Sale, Gippsland and has a strong involvement in medical education. He served for many years as director and then chair of East Gippsland Primary Health Alliance, is a current director with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Victoria. Dr. Ahmad has been a director with RWAV since 2012 and was appointed Chair of the Board on the 11 November 2016.
Dip VET Prac, Dip of FMI, Dip of TAS
Anthony has 20 years of experience in the health and community services sector in governance and senior management roles. His work has been in the acute health, youth, aged care, disability and mental health service provision at a state and regional level. He currently works as the manager for industry engagement and partnerships within the school of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. He is an experienced workplace consultant educator in the development of leadership and management programs focused on community service workforce strategies.
B.Comm, CPA, GAICD
Danielle has worked for over 20 years as a senior finance professional across a range of industries including mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health, disability and community services. She is currently working as the Corporate Services Manager for UnitingCare Ballarat which is a broad based role responsible for areas including finance, HR, IT, Quality, Safety, Risk and Asset Management. In addition Danielle also has experience as a past Board Member of Ballarat Community Health and also has service on a number of Finance, Audit and Risk Committees including Wyndham City Council and Western Victorian Primary Health Network. Danielle commenced with the RWAV Board in Oct 2016.
BMed, MMedSci, FRACGP, FARGP, FACRRM, DipPractDerm, DipMedHyp, DipFP, DipBusAdmin, GAICD
Morton is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years. Morton previously has held positions as Chair of RACGP Victoria Faculty and Founding Chair of the RACGP Faculty of Specific Interests and a RACGP Board Member. Previously he was RACGP National Director of Educational Services for 6 years and national Director of GP Training for 2 years prior. Morton has extensive experience in medical education in general practice at all levels from undergraduate to postgraduate and vocational training. He has been involved in entry standards and assessment and workforce planning at various levels for over 15 years. He is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and immediate past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. Morton is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria. He also sits on the clinical council of the NWMPHN. His interests include continuity of care, general practice standards, assessment and education, dermatology, rural health and mental health.
LLB, BSc, MMgt (Strategic Foresight), GAICD
Jane has extensive senior management experience working in high-growth and start-up organisations undergoing significant transformation, both in Australia and internationally. Jane has substantive practical experience as a lawyer and business consultant working with company boards and senior management across a range of areas including commercialisation of intellectual property, internet and mobile-phone based businesses, healthcare products/services and commercial property. She also operates her own legal & business consulting practice focused on emerging businesses in high-growth phase and works part-time as general counsel for .id Consulting which delivers online population demographic and forecasting solutions to local government, government and private sectors Australia-wide. Jane has been a member of the Board of Management of BreastScreen Victoria [BSV] and associated subcommittees for the past 9 years and has served on a number of advisory boards in the entrepreneurial sector.
BAppSc (Med Lab Sc), Dip Project Management, GAICD, Auditor/Lead Auditor – QAS
Riwka has over 20 years’ direct experience in rural primary health service management of small (5 GP) and medium size (20 GP) practices located in the Macedon Ranges. She is currently the principal consultant for Medical Business Services which provides services to the health sector including mentoring & training; practice reviews; business systems analysis & work flow optimisation; chronic disease program improvements; Medicare item numbers training; practice incentives program and new practice start-ups. She has been since 2007 a surveyor for QIP/Agpal in respect of General Practice Accreditation. Riwka has been a director since 2014 of the Cobaw Community Health Service and is the current Chair.
MBBS, FRACGP, Graduate Diploma Clinical Education
Dr George was born in Launceston, Tasmania and moved to Melbourne at seven years of age. She graduated from Monash in 1973, worked in Hobart, Adelaide, London, and in city general practice in Parkdale and Mt. Waverley, before moving to Gippsland in 1983.
In light of the increasing demands to teach medical students, interns and registrars, she undertook a distance education course and obtained a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Education from the University of New South Wales in 2009. She also worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service for several years providing a female GP service to Orbost.
Dr George has worked as a Surveyor for Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited and as a Director on the AGPAL Board. She is currently an examiner for Monash University’s third and fourth year medical students, and also an interviewer for the GP Registrar selection to the training program.
She retired from rural general practice in December 2018 and moved to Melbourne to be closer to her family.
BMBS MBA FRACP FRACMA FAICD FIML
A/Professor Phelps has practiced for over 20 years as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in public and private practice in regional Victoria. He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held major management and leadership roles at organisational and at jurisdictional level for Victoria and Tasmania for over 10yrs. More recently he has completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network.
Grant has had national policy roles in safety and quality, including membership of key interjurisdictional committees within the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He has also been a board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and from 2016-2018 was President of the Adult Division of the College. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Leadership with Deakin’s Medical School where he auspiced a Master of Clinical Leadership program.
Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality.
Trevor is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Healthcare Association and Leading Age Services Australia [Victoria]. More recently he has been a company director with several health, community and financial services institutions.
BA Law, Grad Dip Health Management, GIA (Cert)
Anthony has worked with RWAV for over 15 years holding various executive management positions in governance, finance, risk management, compliance and corporate support. Originally from rural Queensland Anthony trained as a solicitor before moving into health management. He has worked with Queensland Health and Central Highlands District Health Service and holds a BA Law and Graduate Diploma in Health Management.
BHlthSci (Honours), MPH, PostGradDipMgt
Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of General Manager in February 2020. Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, stakeholder engagement and program delivery. Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in country Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.
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