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Dr Sandra Brown
Divisional Director, Sub Acute Services
Dr. Sandra Brown has worked for Northern Health since 2009 and was appointed Divisional Director, Sub Acute Services in 2017.
Sandra manages the delivery of geriatric medicine, palliative care and rehabilitation services across all Northern Health campuses, working closely with relevant site managers.
She has trained as a geriatrician and nephrologist, and has a passion for the delivery of excellent sub-acute and general medical care. Her work is inspired by a vision of safe and excellent patient care in an inclusive team, working closely with nurses, allied health and other ancillary staff.
Associate Professor William van Gaal
Divisional Director, Emergency Services; Director, Cardiology
MD, MSc, MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ, FESC
Associate Professor William van Gaal is a Cardiologist and Nuclear Physician who joined Northern Health in 2007. As the inaugural Director of Cardiology, William was instrumental in establishing Northern Health’s Cardiology Unit, providing a new and more local service to cardiac patients within the northern community.
William is motivated by achieving better access, service, outcomes and experience for patients by introducing evidence based change into workplace practice. He is skilled in the areas of Interventional Cardiology, non-invasive imaging and cardiovascular research, having trained at both The University of Melbourne and Oxford University in England, where he received his Masters in Evidence Based Medicine.
William has also spent time as a Lecturer with the University of Melbourne, and continues to foster the growth and development of junior doctors and cardiovascular research in Melbourne’s north.
Dr Lachie Hayes
Divisional Director, Ambulatory and Community Services; Chief Medical Informatics Officer
MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA
Lachie commenced at Northern Health in 2009 as the inaugural Director of the Clinical Haematology Service and was appointed to his admin role as Divisional Director, Ambulatory and Community services in late 2014. More recently in 2016 he accepted the position of Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) and is part of the leadership team responsible for moving Northern Health into the Digital Hospital era.
After graduating from the University of Adelaide, Lachie commenced his training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before moving to Melbourne. He completed his haematology training in the Haematology Units of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Austin Hospital, then undertook additional post-fellowship training at the Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s Hospitals to become a dual trained Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist with a unique breadth and depth of clinical experience in both malignant and non-malignant haematological disorders in adults and pregnant women.
Dr Paul Howat
Divisional Director, Women’s and Children’s Services
Dr. Paul Howat commenced his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1989 at the Mercy Maternity Hospital and later completed in Queensland in Cairns and Brisbane.
Now with over 20 years of experience as a public specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in 2013 Paul returned to Melbourne to join Northern Health. Paul is responsible for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology service at Northern Health, with an administrative oversite of children’s services.
Paul is an advocate for Northern Health women and their families to obtain the best possible care, ensuring high standards of patient care, patient experience and robust clinical governance is at the forefront of priorities at Northern Health.
Paul’s role at Northern Health extends to the training and supervision of the next generation of Medical Specialists and GP’s as well as teaching medical students. His aim is to brand Northern Health as a highly sought after training facility for the best quality junior medical staff.
Paul has a “Strong commitment to the principal that access to and outcomes of health care should be equitable for all Australians, whoever they are and wherever they live”.
Paul is also a Clinical Associate Professor University of Melbourne and the Queensland Regional Committee Chair and senior examiner at RANZCOG. He is a Co Author of two Medical Text Books: “Clinical Cases in Obstetric, Gynaecology and Women’s Health” McGraw-Hill and “Caesarean Section – A Manual for Doctors” MJA Books.
Ms Wanda S Stelmach
Divisional Director, Surgery
FRACS, MBBS, BSc, Assoc. Fellow ACHSM
Ms Wanda Stelmach is a general and breast surgeon, who commenced as a VMO surgeon at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) in 1993, and at the Northern Hospital in 1998. She was appointed to the position of inaugural Head of Acute General Surgery Unit in 2009, a service which she helped to create, and was made Divisional Director, Surgery in 2014. She is also the Head of Surgical Unit 2 and Chair of the Northern Health Breast Group.
Wanda has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 1995, is a College examiner and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee and College representative on the Accreditation Committee of the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) and the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM). She is also involved in the College’s anti-bullying and bad behaviour campaign.
Wanda is focused on improving patient care within the elective and emergency setting and has a keen interest in cancer survivorship, and helping patients adjust to physical and emotional changes after cancer treatment. Her interests in clinical governance led to the development of the Surgical Governance Group, which works toward increasing clinician engagement in patient care and the development of sustainable provision of services, as well as, teaching and research in the Division of Surgery.
Dr Yana Sunderland
Divisional Director, Medicine
Dr. Yana Sunderland completed her basic Physician training in Western Australia at Fremantle Hospital and then went on to do advanced training in General Medicine at The Royal Darwin Hospital. She completed her Geriatric training at Northern and Austin Health and has worked as a consultant in both Geriatrics and General Medicine at Northern Heath since 2010.
Yana is engaged in perioperative medicine and was responsible for establishing the PRIME service for perioperative assessment of patients requiring joint replacement at Northern Health. Yana has a strong interest in medical education and was the supervisor of HMO 2’s from 2010 – 2013. Her passion for education and training ensures our medical staff are well supported in providing outstanding health care and continuously improving their knowledge and skills.
Yana has also worked as the regional examiner for the FRACP clinical exam at Northern Health from 2012 – 2014 and has been extensively involved in physician training with the central North West Consortium of basic physician training. She was appointed Director of the Consortium in 2013 and continues in the role.
Yana is dedicated to ensuring that the medicine service at Northern Health provides high quality and timely patient centred care to our community. She will work closely with general medical and speciality staff to constantly look at improving the quality of care provided at Northern Health.
Divisional Director Nursing, Northern Hospital
RN, RM,CCRN B.ed, grad Dip Nusg( mid) , Grad Dip Hlth Mgmt, Masters Nusg (NP), Dip Child Hlth
Debra commenced her nursing career in metro health services within Intensive Care departments. Later on, she moved to rural health and held a variety of nursing roles: from renal dialysis unit, operating suite, emergency nursing and then midwifery where she worked for 20 years.
Over time, she transitioned to the Nurse Unit Manager role, after which she was endorsed as one of the first rural and remote Nurse Practitioner (NP’s) in Victoria.
For more than 8 years, Debra worked in a variety of rural and remote settings which included the mining industry . Her career then progressed further and led to health service management roles in operations, quality and service development.
Debra joined Northern Health in 2016.