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This website provides general information about the Rural Workforce Agency, Victoria Limited (RWAV) and its services.

The use of any information, graphics or other materials contained on this website (“Website Information”) by persons who use or access this website (“you”) is subject to these terms and conditions and our privacy policy.

By using or accessing this website, you accept and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Disclaimer and limitation of liability

The Website Information is intended as a guide only and not as specific personal advice. RWAV makes no representation or warranty as to whether any of the Website Information is true, accurate, authentic, correct or complete.  You should read the Website Information in its entirety and where appropriate, seek independent professional advice before using any of RWAV’s services.

This website provides links to external websites. RWAV does not endorse or approve any external website or the contents of any external website and does not represent or warrant that:

  • The contents of any external website linked to this website are true, accurate, authentic, correct or complete; or
  • The contents of any such external website does not breach any rights, including any intellectual property rights, of any third party.

Use of any external website that is linked to this website is governed by the terms of that website. The provision of a link to an external website does not authorise you to reproduce, adapt, modify, communicate or in any way deal with the material on that site.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, RWAV is not liable to you in any manner whatsoever for any loss (including without limitation loss from viruses), damage, claim, cost or expense directly or indirectly incurred by you or anyone else as a result of use or reliance on this website, any of the Website Information or any material contained on an external website which is linked to this website.

Linking from RWAV website to other websites

Requests to create hyperlinks from this website to an external website should be made to RWAV using the contact details set out below. RWAV will consider any requests to create hyperlinks from this website based on the following criteria:

  • if the request relates to an external website of a commercial nature, whether the relevant hyperlink relates directly to the work of RWAV and whether it will provide direct benefits to RWAV’s core business; and
  • if the request relates to an external website of a government or not-for-profit organisation, whether the relevant hyperlink is directly related to RWAV’s core business and the likelihood of RWAV being granted permission from the relevant organisation to incorporate the relevant hyperlink.

RWAV reserves the right to agree to or refuse any request to create a hyperlink on this website at its absolute discretion. RWAV will not create any hyperlinks from this website to any individual or personal websites.

RWAV Policies

Unless expressly stated otherwise, you must not rely on any of the Website Information as a statement of RWAV policy.

RWAV will endeavour to review all of its policies periodically. Whenever a policy is changed or updated, a new version will be posted on this website as soon as reasonably practicable. RWAV reserves the right to make changes to its policies as required and without notice at any time.

Intellectual property rights

RWAV owns all intellectual property rights (including without limitation any and all copyright, trademark and/or patent rights) in the Website Information and this website. You may not use, copy or reproduce any Website Information (including without limitation any logo, trademark or brand used on this Website), other than as detailed below.

You may download, copy or print the Website Information for your personal, educational or non-commercial use, but you must not do so for a commercial purpose (for example, publishing, selling or otherwise commercialising the Website Information or otherwise profit from such information) without RWAV’s prior written consent. If you use any Website Information for a personal, educational or non-commercial use, you must:

  • acknowledge the source of any selected passage, table, diagram or other extract reproduced when you use such information;
  • not modify such information without the express prior written permission of RWAV; and
  • include with any copy the following statement: “this material is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria”.

Other than as set out in the above paragraph, nothing in these terms and conditions or on this website is to be construed as granting you any licence or right to use any copyright, trademark, logo, brand or other intellectual property right of RWAV without the prior written consent of RWAV.

Requests regarding the use of the Website Information for any purpose other than personal, educational or non-commercial uses may be made using the contact details set out below.

Variation and termination

RWAV reserves the right to amend or vary the Website Information and the contents of these terms and conditions at any time without notice. RWAV also reserves the right to terminate your access to this website at any time.

Refer a friend Program

1.       The referring party must notify the referred person and seek consent before sharing their details with RWAV.

2.       The Refer a Friend reward scheme excludes candidates who are currently registered with RWAV.

3.       There are no limits to the number of referrals an individual can make.

4.       Candidates can only be referred once. In the event that a candidate is referred more than once, only the first person to refer that candidate will be eligible for a reward under this scheme.

5.       The referred individual must be on the list of eligible professions as identified by Workforce needs analysis

6.       To qualify for this incentive, your referral must be referred and placed within a 6-month period of your referral.

7.       We can only accept referrals for people already working in Australia, or those who are eligible to work in Australia and have AHPRA or relevant registration.

8.       The voucher will only be paid if the referred individual is placed by RWAV in a permanent ongoing OR 12-month + fixed term role. A voucher will be sent once candidate has commenced in practice.

9.       No replacements or alternatives will be provided if the award is lost or stolen. No monetary alternative is available.

10.   RWAV accepts no liability in respect of any tax implications that may arise from this reward.


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The Victorian Rural Health Awards Registration Are Now OpenRegister Now

Snezana is a Human Resources leader with more than 15 years of experience in management, playing a pivotal role in driving team transformations across diverse industries, including FMCG, automotive, government, and non-profit sectors.

With a curiosity for business and its associated complexities, Snezana fosters collaborative partnerships to cultivate a highly motivated workforce that effectively executes strategic plans.

Msc (Fin), FCCA, FGIA, CA

Shay brings over 20 years of financial
management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organizations. He has a
rich and varied experience in multiple finance and leadership roles in the
United Kingdom and Australia, including CFO, GM Finance & IT, Commercial
Manager Operations, Finance Manager and Accountant.

His extensive leadership experience is
augmented by an FGIA, FCCA, CA, a Masters in Finance and an undergraduate degree in
accounting and finance.

RN, GradDip(Health Promotion), PRINCE2, Mini MBA

Kate is a Registered Nurse highly experienced in health promotion and project management. Her people and program management skills enable her to be agile and adaptable while maintaining an outcomes focus on improving quality access to primary healthcare.

Kate’s extensive experience working with all levels of government, the community and stakeholders across the sector have provided her with insights into the challenges rural communities and health professionals face. Kate has led the design and delivery of many innovative and strategic health promotion and grants programs, supporting better access to health services, health information and activities across communities. Whilst at RWAV, Kate has led the transformation of the RWAV grants program, enhanced the administration of a number of programs and developed the RWAV allied health portfolio. She has also led the development of the RWAV research program of activities.

Having worked at RWAV since 2020, Kate will continue positively influencing the rural healthcare workforce and access to services.

Social Work (BA Hons), DipSW

With a background in social work and a proven record in recruitment, project management, and business development, Jo brings strategic leadership and a wealth of experience in driving positive outcomes within the health, human services, and State Government sectors.

Jo specialises in managing health professional recruitment and outreach programs, including the More Doctors for Rural Australia and 3GA programs. Her focus is on implementing innovative workforce strategies and clinical governance to bolster RWAV’s mission of enhancing healthcare accessibility in rural and regional Victoria.

Having previously excelled at RWAV, Jo spearheaded successful internal change initiatives while fostering strong relationships with external stakeholders. Her efforts consistently align with RWAV’s strategic direction, ensuring a cohesive approach to driving impactful change.

Beyond her professional expertise, Jo’s passion lies in uniting communities and championing positive transformations in rural healthcare in Victoria.

Martin is a governance professional and lawyer with experience in private practice and in-house legal roles. He has been a company secretary for public and private sector organisations across a range of industries including VicTrack, Regis Healthcare Limited and Dairy Australia Limited. He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and is a fellow of the GIA.

With a rich background of consulting and in-house people and culture roles with the corporate, government and community sectors, Andrea is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Andrea has significant experience in leading teams across culture, capability, diversity, equity, leadership, organisational development and learning programs as well as core human resources partnering.

With a strong focus on building and maintaining psychologically safe organisations, Andrea’s team is dedicated to ensuring that RWAV is a place where people can work well and be well at work.


Rosemary has had a varied career as an academic teaching economics, public policy and industrial relations, and as a consultant, advocate, health union official and as a director.

She brings strong governance and strategic skills to the Board, as well as knowledge and depth of experience in health policy, economics and investment.

Rosemary was a Director of Aware Super for nine years, and Chair of the Investment Committee for three years. She was also a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the REM and HR Committee. Rosemary is currently a member of the Investment Committee of Cbus.

She was the Secretary of the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc for 20 years and knows first-hand the difficulties in attracting and retaining health professionals in rural and regional Victoria.

Dr Louise Manning is a rural GP Obstetrics trainee practising in Central Victoria where she delivers general practice, obstetric and sexual health services. Growing up in a small town she has lived experience of the difficulties accessing healthcare in rural and regional areas, and is dedicated to advocating for equitable health outcomes regardless of geography.

Louise is also a Board Director of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria.

BAppSci GradDipBus MBus GAICD FIML

John Biviano is an experienced senior executive who has held many senior roles in government (Health Dept) and also in professional associations related to healthcare. Until recently, John was the CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he oversaw the digitisation of a range of Member offerings, including aspects of training. 

BA (Politics/Philosophy) BEc GDipBus MBA GAICD FGIA

Roger is an accomplished CEO, Non-Executive Director and Chair with experience in the health, human services, law enforcement, education, transport, and environmental industries – across private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations

.He brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development having also been Chair of numerous Finance, Audit, Risk, Investment and Community Advisory Committees.


Assoc Prof Phelps has practiced as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in regional Victoria for more than 20 years.

He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in Victoria and Tasmania. More recently he completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality

LLB BSc MMgt (Strategic Foresight) GAICD

As a lawyer and business consultant Jane has worked with company boards and senior management across a range of areas including IP commercialisation, internet-based businesses, healthcare products/services, privacy and data/IT security. Jane is currently general counsel for .id Consulting – population demographers, economists and forecasters.

Jane served as a director of BreastScreen Victoria for 10 years, is a current director of Ballarat Health Services and chairs RWAV’s Governance Committee.

BMed MMedSci FRACGP FARGP FACRRM DipPractDerm DipMedHyp DipFP DipBusAdmin GAICD

Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years.

Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria.
He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council.

Albert Giorgini is the Senior Advisor to CEO at RWAV.

As an experienced finance executive, with an extensive career in public transport and in the automotive and industrial gas sectors, Albert has honed his skills in driving financial performance improvements with a commercial and business transformation focus.

Through his strategic financial skills, Albert has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to lead and develop large teams in complex and changing environments to achieve the financial and regulatory requirements of the business. His extensive experience has given him a deep understanding of the industry and its challenges, equipping him with the expertise to drive impactful change.

Albert has highly developed communication and stakeholder management skills to support his strong planning, analytical and financial performance improvement acumen, always striving to create innovative solutions that drive growth and success.


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.

BHlthSci(Hons) MPH PostGradDipMgt GAICD AFCHSM

Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2023. She took on the role of Acting CEO in April 2023 and previously served as the General Manager since February 2020.
Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, data, stakeholder engagement and program delivery.

Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in rural and regional Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.

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