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Mr Siva Sivarajah
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 Jane Poxon
Chief Operating 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.
Dr John Ferguson, MBBS, FACMA, MHSM
Chief Medical Officer
John has held extensive Senior Medical Administrative positions and has been responsible for both professional and operational for medical workforce, clinical governance, clinical standards and medical education.
Most recently John was the Chief Medical Officer at the Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar – a Women’s and Children’s Hospital providing care for up to 9,000 deliveries per year and over 10,000 Pediatric surgical procedures.
His previous senior medical administration appointments include Chief Medical Officer, Austin Health and Executive Director, Acute Health; Group Medical Administrator at Bendigo Health Care Group.
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 59% by 2031.
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
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.
Mr Andrew Williamson
Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation
Andrew is a strategic communications professional with wealth of experience in Public Affairs, Communications and Fundraising mainly in the health sector including roles at Western Health, Monash Health and Austin Health.
Andrew also worked as Chief of Staff in the Victorian Health and Education Ministries. Prior to working in health he was a producer and station manager at ABC Radio Melbourne.
Andrew holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts, is a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Dr Bill Shearer
Executive Director of Quality Safety and Transformation
Dr Bill Shearer is a consultant anaesthetist and fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.
Bill is the Executive Director of Quality Safety and Transformation at Northern Health and is leading the High Reliability Organisation Transformation strategy across Northern Health.He has over 30 years of clinical and managerial experience and has been both a director of large anaesthetic departments and medical director for Critical Care programs including Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Services.
Bill has pursued interests in education (with a master’s degree in educational studies) and in quality and safety in both critical care and the wider health services environment and has made significant contributions to various state and national activities in these areas.
Ms Briana Baass
Executive Director – Chief Allied Health Officer and Partnerships
Briana has over 17 years of experience in the health sector across Australia. With a background in clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, her experience spans health service operations, various roles in a government department and seven years of health and human services consulting in a global firm.
Briana is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a graduate of the College’s Management Residency Program. She is a National Board Director and the current Victorian President for the College.
Briana is passionate about developing the health system and supporting emerging health managers to enable healthy communities across the country.
Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Keating
Chief Strategy, Business and Development Officer
Simon is a results driven health care executive with significant experience in both Public and Private Health Care, including both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Simon has a sound understanding of current and emerging health service delivery trends and has a keen interest in Health Care Economics and Indigenous health care outcomes and reform.
Simon is a graduate of the McKinsey and Company Executive Leadership Program, with an MBA from Edinburugh Business School.
A background as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner , a MSc from La Trobe University and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care business ensures Simon has a solid grounding in understanding and analysing the Health Care System.
Acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
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.