Ms Doris Whitmore
Doris was reappointed to the Board in 2017 having previously served from 2014. She is Chair of the Board and has served as Interim Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and is Chair of the Clinical Performance Committee. Doris spent the early part of her career in senior positions in the legal and chartered accounting space prior to moving into health. Doris has held executive positions in several NFP organisations where she has combined support services, program strategy, design and implementation together with a keen understanding of governance and compliance.
Jennifer Lang
Jenny’s career commenced as an Accountant in Finance and Television Production, progressed to ASX listed Corporates, extending into the disciplines of Treasury and Procurement. Jenny has held executive and management roles at Ansett Australia, Newcrest Mining, PBL, Crown Resorts and Commonwealth Bank. Jenny’s current role at Cenitex, the ICT Shared Services for VIC GOV began in 2017, whereby she brings her broad strategy and finance expertise.
Ms Melanie Telford
BCom/BA, GDipAppFinInv
Melanie joined the board in September 2013. She is a former customer of Tweddle services and is committed to improving the welfare of babies and families. Melanie is a finance professional with experience in financial management, business partnering and process improvement.
Ms Carla De Campo
Deputy Chairperson
Carla joined the Board in March 2017 and has served on the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. Carla is an experienced communications professional with extensive government, advocacy, industrial and policy expertise including as an Adviser to the Commonwealth Minister for Health Nicola Roxon and Commonwealth Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin. Carla served as the Director of Communications for the Australian Council of Trade Unions and is currently working in the Industry Superannuation sector. Carla lives locally with her young family.
Catherine van Vliet
BSc(Hons), PhD(Biochem), GDipEd
Appointed to the Board in August 2018, Catherine is a mother of two and former client of Tweddle services. Catherine brings to the Board strong research, management and communication skills from nearly two decades running scientific research programs at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Four years ago Catherine transitioned into secondary education to teach students the skills required to successfully navigate our increasingly complex society. Catherine is committed to providing the best outcomes for all members of the community and recognises the profound impact that support for infants and their families can have in setting strong foundations for life.
Annette Vickery
Annette is an Aboriginal woman from Gunditjmara, in Western Victoria, and lives and works with pride and respect on the land of the people of the Kulin nations. She has extensive experience in the public and private sector, community and stakeholder engagement, organisational capability and capacity building and change management. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Annette is signatory to the Aboriginal Justice Agreement 4 and an ambassador for the Ngaga-dji (Hear Me) report produced by the Koori Youth Council. Annette is the chairperson of the Western Metropolitan Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee and has an active interest in social justice and human rights.
Raj Khillan
Dr Raj Khillan is a director of Western Specialist Centre, and Senior Pediatrician with Western Health and Mercy Health with 25 years of pediatrics experience ; was a Paediatric Discipline Leader at Melbourne Clinical School, Notre Dame University for 7 years ; is an Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; and was the General Secretary for the Overseas Medical Graduates Association (OMGA) for 5 years. He is an exceptionally qualified professional drawing upon his experiences from India (MBBS, MD), USA (International Fellowship of American Academy of Paediatrics), UK (Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Children’s Health), Australia (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), Switzerland (Membership of the Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research) to inform his clinical practice as a paediatrician in Australia. He can speak English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Arabic, and uses these skills to cater for the social sensitivities of our community
Andrew Jaworski
Grad Dip Law (Commercial) Grad Cert TMLP
Andrew Jaworski is a solicitor with over 15 years' experience in corporate and commercial law with a focus on the health and technology sector. Admitted in Australia and England and Wales, Andrew has worked in top tier private practice, consulting firms and in senior in-house roles in the UK, Singapore and Australia. Andrew is currently the General Counsel of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and consults for a number of organisations in the health and technology space. As a father of young twins, Andrew has a strong interest in support services for infants and their families and, with a clinical and research background prior to studying law, maintains a keen interest in public health.
Kudzai Kanhutu
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu (FRACP, MBBS(Hons), BA/Bsc, MPH, MAICD) is an infectious diseases physician and deputy chief medical information officer based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ( RMH). She has over 15 years clinical experience in the public hospital sector with a broad professional skill set encompassing patient care, research and digital health project management. A commitment to health equity has motivated her to undertake leadership roles such as board membership of the Australian Digital Health Institute, college of physicians representation to the National Migrant and Refugee Women’s health initiative and STEM ambassadorship through the Science Technology Australia Superstars of STEM program. Recent career achievements include the successful establishment of the RMH telemedicine service, winning the Women’s Agenda emerging healthcare leaders award and receiving the Victorian Department of Health award for excellence in culturally and linguistically diverse care.
Annette Mercuri
Annette is an accomplished Executive and Project & Program Director, harnessing 25+ years’ experience in strategic health planning, clinical services planning, capital project management and service reform, for Government, private and NFP service providers. She is passionate about reform, transformation and improvement of Health and Mental Health services, with proven success in facilitating sector collaboration, innovation and partnership to improve community outcomes in her roles at Royal District Nursing Service, Royal Children’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Health. Annette has applied this extensive expertise as a Principal with Nous Group, and now utilises this experience in developing her own strategic health planning advisory business. An expert in population based clinical health planning, providing expertise to develop service plans, service models and functional briefs that provide a framework for action and measurable outcomes, with a focus on effective stakeholder engagement. Her high-level health service operational and management experience ensures a diverse knowledge of the complexities of health service delivery and clinical governance. Annette also has a sound understanding of government processes related to major capital projects and is experienced in using capital projects as a lever for broader service redesign or transformation.
Julie McCormack
Julie McCormack is the Manager of the Commercial Services Unit at DHSV. She has been at DHSV since May 2012. Her previous role was with the Australian Dental Association, Victoria Branch, as the Manager of Continuing Professional Development and Training and the Manager, Industry Partnerships. Prior to joining the ADA, Julie was the General Manager of Education at the Law Institute of Victoria and Secretary to the Accredited Specialisation Board. Before commencing at the Law Institute, she was National Manager Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners where she also Project Managed the implementation of the Mental Health item numbers- a 3- year joint project with the Psychiatrists and Psychologists. Julie has a background in Education and Public Health. Her work experience includes four years as a Lecturer in Education at University of Melbourne, policy and curriculum development with Victoria University and the development of education resources for the Royal Women’s Hospital. Julie also is a Director of a small business called Incompany, Women in Trades Julie holds a Masters in Public Health (Women’s Health), Graduate Diploma in Education and Certificate 1V in Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Frontline Management. She has trained as a Mediator and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie has been a NED at Merri Health for six years and has Chaired the Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance sub-Committee. She also is a Board member of The Urban Camp.
Jacquie O'Brien
Ms Jacquie O’Brien (B Ed, M Management) is the CEO of Tweddle Child & Family Health Service, a specialist public hospital and early parenting service. Tweddle provides a range of in home, counselling and residential programs to support over 4000 babies, toddlers and their families per year, many of which have experienced significant life adversity, social isolation, disadvantage and trauma including family violence and childhood abuse. Ms O’Brien leads a multi-disciplinary team of maternal and child health nurses, early parenting practitioners, psychologists, and infant mental health specialists in their work to support families. She has over 30 years’ experience in Health, Education and Management, and is a thought leader in her field, championing and advocating stronger evidence-based practices and programs in the Early Parenting Sector.
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