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About

In this section, you can find the following information:

The Executive

Dr Max Alexander, Chief Executive Officer (interim)

Dr. Max Alexander

Dr Max Alexander is appointed as interim CEO Austin Health from December 2019 to June 2020.

Max's prior hospital sector experience includes a five year stint as a CEO in the NSW public health system and Executive appointments to major health services in Victoria as Director Clinical Operations and Executive Medical Director. He has worked in the Australian public hospital sector for approximately 15 years. He is an experienced Board Director, including a number of appointments to Audit and Risk committees.

In recent times, Max has had several years in consultant practice (including with Nous). Assignments included six months as acting CEO of Goulburn Valley Health.

Max's early training and experience was in General Practice, including doing a related fellowship in health services research. He also had around ten years in a health communications IT start-up.

John Ferraro, Chief Operating Officer (interim)

John was appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer at Austin Health in April 2020.

He is passionate about providing high quality, safe and equitable health care for all members of the community, and recognises the critical role research plays in the development of progressive patient treatment and care.

John has extensive healthcare experience having worked as an allied health clinician in both the public and private sector in Victoria, and has held various senior leadership positions over the past 20 years.

John holds a Master of Health Administration and is currently the Board Chair of Banyule Community Health Service and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is a former Board Director of the Victorian Deaf Society.

Dr Mark Lubliner, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mark Lubliner

Mark was appointed Chief Medical Officer at Austin Health in 2019. He's held various medical and strategic executive roles across public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Past roles include Chief Medical Officer/Group Director Medical Services (St John of God Health Care), Executive Director Strategy & Performance Improvement (Cabrini Health), Strategy & Planning Consultant (South-East London Strategic Health Authority) and Medical Director (The Alfred Hospital). He also held a leadership associate position with the King’s Fund in England. Mark currently lectures in health services management as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He’s led and implemented board and cross-organisational clinical governance, strategic planning/implementation, enterprise risk management, and clinical transformation programs. He has a keen interest in clinical systems improvement and medical leadership development.

Bernadette Twomey, Chief Nursing Officer

Bernadette joined Austin Health as Chief Nursing Officer in November 2017. Bernadette has held a number of senior executive roles in Australia and New Zealand. She has successfully led large transformational change in the health sector and promotes standardisation of practice to deliver quality, improve safety and minimise risk. Her research interests focus on the role of nursing in improving health outcomes and she has published on advanced nursing practice. Bernadette is an authorised Victorian Nurse Immuniser, a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Victorian Metropolitan EDONs, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Board Member of YSAS.

Sophie Dixon, Chief Financial Officer (acting)

Anna Phillips, Chief People and Culture Officer

Anna was appointed Chief People and Culture Officer in 2017. She is an experienced executive with extensive strategic and operational expertise in professional services, global technology and consulting services, financial services and education. Prior to joining Austin Health, Anna was Director Capability at the University of Melbourne. She has held senior HR roles both locally and internationally with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ANZ Bank. Passionate about helping organisations and individuals build capability and perform at their best, Anna is responsible for leading Austin Health's HR Directorate and the development of its people Strategy. She also oversees Corporate Communications, the Child Care Centre and Veteran Liaison.

Ray Van Kuyk, Chief Information and Services Officer

Ray joined Austin Health as Chief Information and Services Officer in June 2017 bringing more than 25 years of industry leadership in program and service delivery across a range of sectors. Ray is responsible for leading Austin Health's direction and approach in the areas of technology, program delivery, capital works and related support services including commercial, security and facilities management. He is also responsible for developing long-term strategic approaches to our infrastructure and business support needs.Ray has held Deputy Secretary roles in both Queensland and Victoria where he was responsible for transport and technology program and service delivery. With a focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency and program execution, Ray has delivered significant operational improvements and iconic infrastructure projects across both states. Ray has also held senior executive roles at Serco, Swinburne University and Fujitsu, leading operations, service and program delivery and strengthening the alignment of business with technology to drive growth and derive enhanced productivity and efficiency.

Brit Gordon, Director Allied Health

Brit Gordon

Brit joined Austin Health in January 2018 as Director of Allied Health, following more than 20 years in the health sector. Brit previously worked at Epworth HealthCare in departmental manager, business development and strategy roles and as Allied Health Manager for Epworth Rehabilitation. Brit has spent most of her clinical career in the public sector and has a strong background in advanced scope of practice. Brit has been involved in state-wide Department of Health projects and is inspired by innovation and contemporary service models that deliver a true patient-focused perspective. Brit's qualifications include a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Masters of Business Administration.

Prof. Paul Johnson, Director of Research

Professor Paul Johnson

Prof. Johnson was appointed Austin Health’s Director of Research in 2018, in addition to his role as Deputy Director Infectious Diseases which he's held since January 2000. He’s also director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans, which is based at the Doherty Institute. Prof. Johnson completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne and undertook clinical training predominantly at Austin Health in general medicine and cardiology, followed by infectious diseases at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital. He returned to Austin Health as a Liver Transplant Registrar before joining the Royal Children's Hospital to complete a PhD in Microbiology and postdoctoral work in Epidemiology and then Monash Medical Centre as a physician. 

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