New hospital board chairs appointed

In June 2017 the Victorian Government announced the appointment of chairs to nine Victorian health service boards.

The chairs will oversee and manage our major Victorian hospitals to ensure they provide high-quality, timely care and meet performance targets and expectations.

The appointments are for three years, and come into effect from 1 July.

Mr Brian Cook - Chair, Barwon Health
Dr Sherene Devenesen - Chair, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Mr Michael Gorton - Chair, Alfred Health
Ms Diana Heggie - Chair, Peninsula Health
Hon. Rob Knowles - Chair, the Royal Children’s Hospital
Ms Linda McCoy - Chair, Latrobe Regional Hospital
Ms Nicola Melville - Chair, Albury-Wodonga Health
Ms Bronwyn Pike - Chair, Western Health
Ms Rebecca Woolstencroft - Chair, Goulburn Valley Health   

Serving on a board

Serving as a director on a health board is a great way to serve your community.  

There are many different opportunities in Victoria to join a public board, either as a well-informed community member or to bring your specialist knowledge and expertise.

The Department of Health and Human Services manages and supports the boards of Victoria’s public health services and public hospitals as well as various ministerial advisory committees.

Victoria's public health services include major metropolitan and regional health services such as Austin Health, Monash Health and Ballarat Health Services.

Our public hospitals include:

  • regional and rural hospitals such as Casterton Memorial Hospital, East Grampians Health Service and South Gippsland Hospital
  • multi purpose services such as Alpine Health, Otway Health and Mallee Track Health and Community Service
  • early parenting centres
  • The Queen Elizabeth Centre
  • Tweddle Child and Family Health Service.

The Appointment and remuneration guidelines outline principles and procedures for the recruitment, selection, appointment and remuneration of members.

Board Ministerial Advisory Committee

In response to the tragic events of Djerriwarrh Health Services, at the request of the Minister for Health, the Department of Health and Human Services commissioned a review to examine ways to strengthen the approach to governance of safety and quality in Victorian hospitals. The review, chaired by Dr Stephen Duckett, provides advice about quality and safety systems and, where they are not adequate, how they might be improved to achieve best practice.

Targeting Zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care  recommended the establishment of a Board Appointments Advisory Commission with responsibility for ensuring an adequate mix of skills (including substantive clinical governance and consumer representation).

The Commission is tasked with strengthening the board appointment process to ensure Victorian hospital and health service boards have the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience.

Applying for a board directorship

In addition to demonstrating the core competencies required of board directors, applicants are required to fully demonstrate and provide evidence in support of up to three key skills or expertise they identify in their applications. For example, if an applicant indicates they have legal skills, then evidence of a law degree should be provided; if clinical governance expertise is indicated, a paragraph outlining the applicant’s experience and knowledge in this area should be included.

If you wish to apply for a position as a board director on any of the state’s public health services, public hospitals, including multi purpose services and early parenting centres, and Health Purchasing Victoria you need to apply on the Get on Board website.

You will be required to either register or update your existing profile. You must then complete an application form, declaration of private interests and a questionnaire in which you will indicate on which public health service boards you would like to serve. For a list of Victoria’s public health services please see the document titled Public health services and campuses on this page. You can also attach relevant documentation, including a cover letter and resume and any supporting qualifications.


Public health services and Health Purchasing Victoria

Please contact the Manager of Health Service Governance on (03) 9096 7072 or email

Public hospitals (including multi purpose services and early parenting centres)

You can contact either the relevant Department of Health and Human Services office or the public hospital directly.

Public hospital applicants should apply to each individual hospital they wish to serve on.

To identify which region a public hospital is in please, see document titled Location information for public hospitals on this page.

Department of Health and Human Services regional office contact information

 Division  Region/EPC Phone number Switch number
North  Loddon Mallee (03) 5434 5589

(03) 5434 5555

South Gippsland Region (03) 5177 2592

(03) 5177 2500

Queen Elizabeth Centre (03) 8765 7562
1300 555 526
East  Hume (03) 5722 0914

(03) 5722 0555

West  Barwon South-Western (03) 5226 4838
(03) 5226 4540
 Grampians (03) 5333 6052
(03) 5333 6082
 Tweddle Child and Family Health Centre (03) 9275 7223
1300 360 462