Executive Team

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Mr Siva Sivarajah

Mr Siva Sivarajah

Chief Executive Officer

Siva Sivarajah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, partnership and leadership capabilities to Northern Health. Siva is a highly skilled health care leader with over 25 years’ experience within Victorian Health Services. For the last eight years, Siva has been employed as the Chief Operating Officer for Monash Health (formerly Southern Health).

Siva has lead in the delivery of comprehensive health care services including Acute, Sub-Acute, Mental Health and Community based services. These services are provided through Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital/Monash Cancer Centre, Kingston Centre and a further 40 different small to medium size sites.

In addition to Sivas’ leadership and health care management capabilities, Siva is also skilled in the delivery of major capital projects and engineering/infra-structure services within Monash Health.
 

Ms Jodie Ashworth

Ms Jodie Ashworth

General Manager, Surgery, Women's and Children's, Operating Theatres and ICU and Chief Nursing Officer

Since 1989 Jodie Ashworth has worked in the public health sector across three states of Australia in services ranging from small rural to large tertiaries. Since her commencement at Northern Health in 2014, Jodie has consistently and clearly demonstrated a synergy between her values and purpose with that of Northern Health’s strategic direction and has delivered on all set key performance indicators from the executive and board.

Jodie is passionate about nursing and midwifery as a profession and considers it paramount that Northern Health continues to develop standards through teaching, research and innovative practice. Jodie has had significant managerial and operational experience at executive and senior management level that has involved financial accountability, development of service capability, responsibility for patient access and flow and multi-disciplinary team management.
 

Ms Robina Bradley

Ms Robina Bradley

General Manager, Bundoora Extended Care Centre

 

Robina was appointed General Manager and Director of Nursing for the Bundoora campus in 2016.  She joined Northern Health in the role of Operations Director, Continuing Care Program in 2015.

Prior to Northern Health, she had extensive experience working in hospitals across Australia including leading the service improvement strategy for St Vincent’s Melbourne. Robina has worked across acute, primary and community services.  At both the state and national levels she has worked across a number of roles, with the Department of Health, Victorian Quality Council, National Institute of Clinical Studies and the Department of Justice in the implementation of policy, innovative programs, safety, quality and new business development.

She has developed an extensive network across the health sector as a member of The College of Health Service Administration, Australia Institute of Company Directors, Royal College of Nursing and is a non-executive Director, and Co-Chair, of Baptcare Ltd.

Robina is committed to leading operational teams, developing new models of care, performance standards and enable teams to achieve improved outcomes.


 

Dr Alison Dwyer

Dr Alison Dwyer

Chief Medical Officer

Alison Dwyer commenced as the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Health in September 2015, with oversight of the Medical staff and Quality portfolios.

Previous experience as the Medical Director for Quality, Safety and Risk Management at Austin Health for 5 years (2010-2015), 5 years as the Director Medical Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital  (2006-2010). Previous roles in the Department of Health Victoria Quality Unit and a number of metropolitan and rural health services in medical administration roles. Current surveyor for Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.Formal qualifications: medical degree (MBBS) from Melbourne University, dual management masters from Monash University (MBA, Master Health Services Management), Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators 2006 (FRACMA) winning the top national prize for outstanding Fellow in the FRACMA examinations. Fellowship of the Australian College of Health Service Managers (FCHSM). Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Ms Michelle Fenwick

Ms Michelle Fenwick

Executive Director People and Culture

Michelle is an experienced Human Resources Practitioner, who has delivered progressive, responsive and relevant services to Northern Health to support staff, whilst they deliver healthcare needs to the community.

She leads Northern Health, People & Culture directorate services, which include Strategic Employment, Attraction and Retention Strategies, Health /Safety and Wellbeing, Learning & Development, Human Resources and Staff Innovation System Services. Her background is well suited in delivering Sustainable Workforce Solutions, especially with the expected population growth of 64% by 2016.

Michelle has a Masters in Administration in Human Resource Management / Industrial Relations and has received Candidature for her Doctorate - Research Topic’ Impact of nurse casualisation’.
 

Mr Basil Ireland

Mr Basil Ireland

Chief Financial Officer

Basil is a highly motivated and results driven CFO, with a proven track record of success in large and complex, private and public organisations. With over ten years’ experience working at a senior financial capacity in health, he possesses a powerful suite of finance, leadership and senior executive capabilities in the areas of financial management, client data management, business support and environmental support services.

Basil has a strong capability to lead and develop high performance teams and build productive and effective relationships based on the delivery of results and strong financial advice. He is committed to providing transparency to stakeholders, demonstrating that decisions are made equitably and working in a collaborative manner.

 

Ms Jane Poxon

Ms Jane Poxon

General Manager, Access and Performance & Chief Nursing Informatics Officer

Jane commenced at Northern Health in 2016 as General Manager, Access and Performance & Chief Nursing Informatics Officer.
With an extensive history working in Victoria’s public health sector, Jane is a highly experienced senior healthcare leader with a range of capabilities. As General Manager at Northern Health, Jane maintains a consistent record of performance and service delivery and strives for operational excellence at all levels.

Jane held various positions while working at Monash Health for over a decade; initially as Director of Perioperative Services, Jane oversaw roles such as Operations Director, General Manager South East Sector, and finally as acting Chief Operating Officer.
 

Ms Belinda Scott

Ms Belinda Scott

General Manager, Broadmeadows Health Service and Craigieburn Health Service

Belinda is a skilled executive with expertise in strategic, operational and large program service delivery, and was appointed to the position of General Manager, Broadmeadows Health Service and Craigieburn Health Service in 2016. A transformational leader with a strong clinical background, Belinda commenced with Northern Health in 1999, and has worked in varied roles including Program Director, Emergency Services and Director, Quality, Safety and Clinical Governance. She has also held nursing positions at Western Health, and worked as a Risk Consultant with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.

Belinda is passionate about engaging others to achieve performance outcomes, and her skills and capabilities include the service redesign, financial reform, capability building and change management. Her industry experience is complimented by continuous learning, and has a Masters in Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management, along with significant executive leadership professional development and public speaking engagements.
 

Ms Jenni Smith

Ms Jenni Smith

General Manager, Research, Education and Partnerships, Ambulatory Services, Chief Allied Health Officer

Jenni Smith has been a member of the senior executive team at Northern Health since 2009. During 2016, Jenni was appointed to the position of General Manager, Research, Education &  Partnership, Ambulatory & Community Services and Chief Allied Health Officer.
She has an extensive background in the delivery and evaluation of health care services in both the public and private sectors. This experience has included the development and implementation of sustainable quality improvement systems and integrated care pathways. Jenni is committed to improve community health outcomes of residents in Melbourne’s north through collaborations and working in partnerships.
She has recently been appointed as (Adj) Associate Professor at la Trobe University. 

Ms Doris Vella

Ms Doris Vella

General Manager, Emergency, Medical Beds and Cardiology

Doris Vella joined Northern Health as General Manager, Emergency, Medical Beds and Cardiology, in April 2016.
Doris has over 15 years of management experience in senior health care roles where she has demonstrated success in achieving both divisional and organisational outcomes in both operational and strategic roles across complex health care settings. Her previous appointments include, Director of Nursing and Operations (acute, subacute, community and site management experience) and she has acted in various roles such as Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health, and Divisional Director.
Doris is a health care leader capable of empowering staff from all disciplines and backgrounds to implement new models of care and improve clinical practice.
She is passionate about leading quality healthcare and ensuring the patient is at the centre of all that we do. Doris is the executive sponsor for Occupational violence and is keen to ensure that Northern Health does everything it can to protect our staff’s safety.