Strengthening Victoria's community health services

The Community Health Taskforce has been established to advise the Victorian Government on opportunities to improve healthcare for vulnerable Victorians. 

Through an extensive review and consultation process, the Taskforce is identifying ways to strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the community health sector.

Drawing on the expertise of community health staff, consumers and collaborators, the Taskforce is working review funding models and identify the core role of community health in Victoria.

Their insights will help the Victorian Government support community health services to meet the needs of Victoria’s disadvantaged and priority populations.

  • In June 2018, the Victorian Auditor General tabled a performance audit of the Community Health Program.

The Taskforce will inform and contribute to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Action Plan in response to the audit.

The Taskforce is chaired by former community health chief executive, Phillip Bain. Established in August 2018, the Taskforce will operate for a duration of up to 12 months. 

The Taskforce members are listed below.

Phillip Bain  Chair, Community Health Taskforce
Kerryn Anderson  Director, Primary and Community Services, South West Healthcare
Leanne Beagley  Chair, Victorian Primary Health Network Alliance
Carlo Carli  Chair, Merri Health
Dale Fraser  Chief Executive Officer, Ballarat Health Service
Trevor Pearce  A/Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Suzanne Miller  Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Primary Health 
Lyn Morgain  Chief Executive Officer, cohealth
Trish O’Hara  Professional Officer, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Tom Symondson  Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Healthcare Association
Danny Vadasz  Chief Executive Officer, Health Issues Centre

More details are available in the Taskforce’s full Terms of Reference.

If you have any questions or queries please email 

Read the media release from the Minister for Health.