Our People

Board of Directors

The Board of Seymour Health is appointed by the Governor-in-Council, upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

The functions of the Board as determined by the Health Services Act 1988 are to:

Oversee and manage the organisation, and
Ensure the services provided comply with the requirements of the Act and the aims of the organisation

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic directions of the health service within the framework of Government policy. Board Directors monitor the performance of the organisation with a focus upon the provision of high-quality care, meeting the needs of the community and operating in accordance with financial and non-financial performance targets. The capacity of the Board is 12 directors.

The Board meets on the last Thursday of the month, in addition to attending other nominated sub-committee meetings, community meetings and training, development and business activities.

Are you interested in becoming a Board member? Please contact info@seymourhealth.org.au to request further information

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Sue van Buuren

Appointment 2019 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
ANZIIF (snr Assoc) CIP
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee (Chair) from Feb 2021 |Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Sue is an experienced risk management and compliance specialist, with a background in general insurance and health insurance. Sue has strong skills in influencing, communication and stakeholder engagement. Sue holds a Diploma in Integrated Risk Management and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

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Ian Chadwick

Appointment 2015 | Term expiry 30 June 2023
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee | Community Reference Committee
Dip. Ed. B.E. (Graphics)

Ian re-joined the Board in 2015 after previously serving for over ten years. As a Board Director, Ian aims to improve health services for Seymour and surrounding district and to keep the community informed of all the services available to them from Seymour Health.  Ian is Chair of the Community Reference Committee.

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Belinda Scott

Appointment 2018 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee | Clinical Governance Committee
RN, MN, Grad Dip Mgt, MACN, MAICD

With over 25 years’ experience in public health service provision, Belinda brings to the Board a wide range of experience on health service governance and operational committees.  Belinda is committed to rural health and improving the health outcomes of communities through partnerships with consumers.

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Russell Harrison

Appointment 2019 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Clinical Governance Committee | Nomination and Remuneration Committee
BVSc DipPracMgt, GradCertHSM, GAICD

Dr Russell Harrison is the Chief Outcome Officer of a large disability support organisation that operates across Victoria. Russell has a passion for improving systems and supporting staff to ensure that consumers are at the centre of everything we do. Before entering the community service sector, Russell was Head of Hospital Services at Lort Smith, Australia’s largest dog and cat hospital. Russell has held non-executive and committee positions in the aged care, disability and animal health sector. Russell has a passion for service.

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Julie Paul, OAM

Appointment 2020 | Term expiry 30 June 2023
Clinical Governance Committee
RN, BaAppSc., MPHC, GradCertHlth, GradDipHlthSc.

Julie has a nursing background with extensive experience in clinical, education and management roles. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit health sectors. Julie is passionate about providing best practice health care which meets the needs of the local community and has a strong interest in communities partnering with services to achieve this.

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Helen Hull

Appointment 2020 | Term expiry 30 June 2023 Finance, Risk & Audit Committee | Nomination and Remuneration Committee
BBus

Helen is a senior consultant that specialises in governance and information technology management. Helen is also a member of the Finance Risk and Audit and the Nomination and Remuneration subcommittees. Helen has extensive experience with state government in corporate roles including information technology, risk and audit, governance, and strategy. She utilises this expertise for the Seymour community through her Board participation. Helen is keen to ensure the hospital’s patients receive the highest possible service, and the staff are acknowledged for their dedicated service.

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Laura Jeffery

Laura is a Certified Practicing Accountant who has used her 14+ years’ experience in the Mining Industry to build her company, Tundra Resource Analytics – providing asset management, financial modelling, project management and acquisition & divestment services to the Resources industry. Laura has held Non-Executive Director and committee positions for a number of organisations including the peak body of a federated organisation in the early childhood industry.

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Ewan McDonald

Ewan has a background in public safety and emergency management. His interests are centred upon the importance of building resilient communities and the relevance of social justice indicators in measuring performance of public sector agencies.

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Helen Gwilliam

Helen has wide-ranging management experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors, in public land use and development, corporate governance, workplace education and disability advocacy.

Helen has held non-executive director positions in coastal land management, community media and disability access and services organisations.

Executive Team

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Chief Executive Officer

Ward Steet

App Sc (Physiotherapy)
Grad. Dip (Bus. Admin)
MBA (Strategic Operations)
GAICDThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible to the Board for the efficient and effective management of Seymour Health.

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Director Business Services

Colin James

Financial Administration, CA Member Aus & NZ
CFA Member

The Director of Clinical Services has professional responsibility for all clinical staff and operational responsibility for all clinical services across the organisation. The role involves community engagement.

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Director Clinical Services

Anne Daley

RN, Grad. Dip. App. Science (Critical Care Nursing)

The Director of Clinical Services has professional responsibility for all clinical staff and operational responsibility for all clinical services across the organisation. The role involves community engagement.

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Director Medical Services

Dr. Dean Pritchard

MBBS (Hons) FACEM CCPU CEDE
Chair – Senior Medical Staff Association
Clinical Advisor – Safer Care Victoria
Emergency Physician Northern Health

The Director of Medical Services has professional responsibility for the credentialing and management of Visiting Medical Officers and oversight of clinical governance.

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Director Quality, Risk & Safety

Vickie Callaghan

B. Nursing, B. App. Science, Cert. Critical Care

The Director Quality, Risk and Safety has responsibility for quality activities, management of accreditation processes, safety and quality of patient care, organisational improvement, risk management, consumer feedback, legislative compliance and policy development and review.

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Director People and Culture

Position currenlty vacant

Director People and Culture is responsible for the oversight of the human resource services including; staff recruitment, employment, orientation and induction, performance management, employment relations, industrial relations, equal opportunity, WorkCover and to promote a  healthy workplace culture by supporting all staff and their wellbeing.

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Communications Manager

Jodie Fincham

B Commun (Public Relations)
Dip. Management (Recreation Planning)
GradDipCouns

The Communications Manager has primary responsibility for strategic communication framework development, approaches and implementation across Seymour Health.

Leadership and Management

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Nurse Unit Manager, Acute Services

Cindy Newman (Acting)

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Nurse Unit Manager, Urgent Care Centre

Cindy Newman

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Nurse Unit Manager, Operating Suite Services

Georgina Lowerson (Acting)

Nurse Unit Manager, Barrabill House

Jatinda Kaur

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Nurse Unit Manager, District Nursing & Palliative Care

Paula Sutherland

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Health Independence Program & Oral Health Service Manager

Julie Crook

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Hotel & Food Services Manager

Annette Kennedy

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Health Information Manager

Position currently vacant

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Facilities Manager

Steven O’Brien

Organisational Structure

Organisation Structure diagram - described below

The hierarchy diagram shows the organisational structure. The highest level is the board of directors. The next level is the Chief executive officer. Under the chief executive officer is the executive assistant, director of medical services, manager people & culture, communications manager and director business services. Under the executive assistant is the executive admin officer. Director and clinical services includes acute services, ambulatory & oral health, community programs, operating suite and residential aged care. Director of medical services contains VMOS. Manager people & culture includes human resources and workcover & OHS. Director of business services includes contracts & procurement, facilities, finance, health information and food & environmental services. There is also 3 fields that are entirely independent from the rest of the tree. These three fields are, director quality risk & safety, education and infection control.