Sue Shilbury

Chief Executive's Column

Austin Health Annual Meeting

As I approach my first twelve months at Austin Health, I feel very proud of what we have achieved together - with a record number of patients receiving care, the wonderful work of our staff and the many accolades for the work of our clinicians and researchers.

You can hear more about these achievements at the Austin Health Annual Meeting taking place at 11.30 AM on Thursday 30 November 2017.

The Annual Meeting is also a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge staff who have served 30 or more years with Austin Health through the Length of Service Awards. I hope that many of you can join us. Please RSVP here.

Executive Alignment:

Over the last few months, the Executive has been reviewing the best approach to align our support services to better support patient care.

A key aspect is a shift towards a more contemporary view of our people agenda - reflecting the importance of staff, our values and the way we work together. Anna Phillips Executive Director Human Resources now has a new title - Executive Director People and Culture. This change of Anna's title and her Directorate is similar to functions both within and outside the health sector.

The Commercial and Infrastructure Directorate will change its name to Information and Services, led by Ray Van Kuyk (Chief Information & Services Officer) to better reflect the importance of technology, information and an improved service approach to our support functions. This Directorate includes ICT, our Clinical Informatics Unit, Support Services (Facilities Management, Security, Switchboard, Cleaning, Environment, Food), Capital Works, Procurement and Supply.

The other key Directorate is Finance which retains its existing name.

Divisional Director Appointments:

Our recent appointments of Clinical Operations Divisional Directors reflect the vast talent of leadership within Austin Health. Congratulations to Anna McFadgen, Melodie Heland and Debbie Munro have moved to their new positions from existing senior roles at Austin Health. Read more here:

In another internal appointment just announced yesterday, congratulations to Kristen Stanner appointed as Divisional Director, Mental Health.

Last week we announced the appointment of Brit Gordon as Divisional Director, Allied Health who will join us from Epworth HealthCare in January.

Advertising commences for Divisional Manager roles next week.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Sue Shilbury
Chief Executive