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 has previously held positions as Chair of RACGP Victoria Faculty and Founding Chair of the RACGP Faculty of Specific Interests and a RACGP Board Member. He was also previously RACGP National Director of Educational Services for six years and national Director of GP Training for two 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.
Morton 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. He 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.
MBBS(hons), 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 spent 35 years in rural general practice, and retired in 2018, moving to Melbourne to be closer to her family. She now works as a Medical Educator and Training Advisor for Eastern Victoria GP Training.
Sue has been a Director with RWAV since November 2018.
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.
B.A. (Politics/Philosophy), B.Ec, Grad.Dip.Bus, MBA, GAICD, FGIA
Roger is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having been Chair of and a Director of numerous private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations/companies. He has a strong background in governance, risk management, financial management and strategic planning. He has also held CEO and General Management positions in the health, human services and education sectors as well as executive roles in the public sector across the transport and environment portfolios. Roger brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development.
Roger currently sits on the Board of the Australia Physiotherapy Council where he also chairs its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Roger’s most recent Board experience includes:
• Director of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and Chair of the Community Advisory Committee
• Director of Annecto and member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
• Director of Arts Access Victoria and member of the Finance Committee
• Director of Headway Gippsland and Chair of the Constitutional Reform Committee
MBBS DCH PGDIPSURGANAT MHM MPH FRACGP
Dr Thileepan Naren is a General Practitioner currently practising at Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative. Dr Naren has a particular interest in Aboriginal health, refugee health, military and veteran’s health, public health policy and medical governance.
He is currently also a Board Member of Maryborough District Health Services; Safescript GP Clinical Advisor within the Murray PHN; Medical Officer of Health for the Loddon Shire; Victorian Faculty Council Member within RACGP; and a Medical Officer in the Australian Army Reservice.
Dr Naren has medical education experience as a General Practice Examiner for RACGP and General Practice Supervisor for MCCC.
Bachelor Business (Human Resource Management), GAICD
Suni has extensive human resources and industrial relations experience coupled with transformational change experience, focused on fit for purpose frameworks and culture change. She has branched out over recent years and gained experience leading a manufacturing business and managing all business/corporate services functions and as a company secretary.
She currently works for the Edward River Council which is an amalgamation of Conargo and Deniliquin Shires and provides services to 9,000 residents spread across seven townships. Her role manages finance, people, safety, risk, governance, IT, communications and customer service.
Since 2019, she has been a non-executive director of the NCN Health Service and a member on the Executive Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.
The NCN Health Service is born out of the recent amalgamation of health services across Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah in far north regional Victoria. The board ensures strong governance frameworks to support the amalgamation and align the strategic direction of each health services location to improve service delivery and financial stability across the health services.
Suni lives in Deniliquin NSW, a rural town near the Victorian border. Due to its location many of the health services for the community are accessed in Victoria through Echuca with referrals to Bendigo.
As a mother of a special needs child and since moving back to Deniliquin (the town she grew up in) she has become passionate about expanding health services to rural communities. As a mother, she has been unable to find appropriate treatment at the local hospital for her child as there is no provision for paediatric services. For specialised care she needs to travel several hours from home into Victoria for each appointment or complete appointments via telehealth.
Her involvement in NCN Health was to get a better understanding of rural health networks, understand the challenges faced daily by health services and to be part of the betterment of health services to rural communities.
Despite living in Deniliquin NSW, the Committee were of the view that Suni had significant connection with the Victorian rural health system both as from an user and governance perspective as well as the identified skills and experience in human resources that was being sort.
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 more than 20 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, GAICD, AFCHSM
Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of General Manager in February 2020.
Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, 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.
Lauren commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in August 2018 and is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.
Lauren’s team is committed to implementing activities and initiatives to support the achievement of RWAV’s strategies and strengthen RWAV’s position as an ‘Employer of Choice’.
Lauren is an experienced Manager and HR professional, with a career spanning the professional services, automotive, defence, and not-for-profit sectors.
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