On the 1st July 2018, healthAbility merged with Carrington Health. The merged organisation is a not-for-profit community health organisation with an independent Board of Directors.

The merged organisation continues to deliver wide ranging, locally delivered healthcare services focused on allied health, oral health, mental health, health prevention and early intervention for people with chronic and complex conditions, including children, older people and people with disability.

Our Board of Directors are all volunteers who share a passion for contributing to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community as a whole.  Board membership is an honorary position with no fees or salaries paid.

Board of Directors act in good faith, honestly and in the best interests of the organisation, continually focused on improving the provision and accessibility of high quality affordable health care.

Role of the Board

The role of the Board is to:

  • Govern the service
  • Determine strategic direction and  organisation policy
  • Approve financial objectives, performance and plans
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and standards of performance

Membership of the Board

We encourage members of the community and those with an interest in our organisation to consider nominating for a Board position.

Requirements for Board Membership:

  • A commitment to work for the greater good of the Service and the achievement of its purposes
  • Directors will bring knowledge, expertise and influence relevant to the affairs of the Service

Directors may be required to serve on one or more committees or working parties.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact our Chief Executive Officer on telephone 9430 9100 or email contact@healthability.org.au.

John Rasa

Board Chair - John Rasa

John has over 30 years’ senior health management experience including executive roles at Eastern Health, General Practice Victoria and Networking Health Victoria. He is currently a Director – Australian Centre for Leadership Development, Unit Chair in Hospital Operations and Finance in the School of Medicine at Deakin University and part-time lecturer. He is also Chair of the Mental Health Professional Network, Deputy Chair of Latrobe Regional Hospital and Chair of the Quality Committee of Latrobe Regional Hospital.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Clinical Psychology) and a Master of Health Planning. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management, Australian Institute of Management and Australian Human Resources Institute.

John has an extensive skill base in leadership, strategic planning, clinical and corporate governance to lead the organisation.

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Deputy Chair - Jane Daniels

Jane commenced as a Board member for healthAbility in 2001 and held the position of Chair from November 2004 to October 2012. During her time on the Board Jane has been an active Committee member and played key roles in Governance, Board Recruitment and performance, and Strategic Direction. Jane's professional background is nursing; she is a Registered Nurse with Post Graduate qualifications in Critical Care, Business and Aged Care management.

Her experience in health has been as a Senior Executive in both nursing and management for over 25 years.

Jane is a strong advocate for primary health care as an integral part of the Australian health system and is particularly interested in the social model of health as a framework within which improvements to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities are achieved.

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Director - David Brant

David joined the Board of Nillumbik Community Health Service (NCHS) in March 2013 and held the position of Chair from August 2014 until October 2017. He has 30 years of experience as a Managing Director, mostly spent working and living in Asia. His expertise is developing strategic plans for businesses providing strong operational leadership with a focus on developing people. Underpinning his experience is an emphasis on operational excellence, quality and continuous improvement.

David has significant experience as a Non-Executive Director with for purpose and public companies. In addition to NCHS, David currently holds Board positions with Haven Home Safe and Redflow Ltd along with his own business interests. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David is married with two adult daughters and is a long-term resident of Eltham.

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Rob Camm

Director - Rob Camm

Rob Camm is a Partner, Cube Group Management Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd trading as Cube Group. Since 2002, the organisation has been working with public value organisations to help deliver innovative programs and projects across Australia. Rob has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, with a wide ranging knowledge of both the Victorian Public Sector and Tasmanian Public Sector. With a strong background in public sector financial management, he has performed key roles in the management and evaluation of major procurement activities, including public private partnership arrangements.

His range of experience includes specialist roles in project management, business case development, strategic planning, organisational transformation, financial modelling, tender evaluation, budget formulation and financial management.

His commercial experience includes a range of projects across the wagering, infrastructure, health, justice, emergency management, utilities and education sectors. Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Systems from Monash University. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a qualified Gateway Reviewer and a member of the Australian Computer Society.

Rob was officially appointed as a NCHS Board Director on 30th July, 2020, and on 29th January 2021 was appointed Chair of the Carrington healthAbility Board Finance Committee.

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Adele Katzew

Director - Adele Katzew

Adele is an accredited specialist in Family Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) from the University of Melbourne. Adele practices in all areas of Family Law. She has extensive experience in both parenting and financial matters. She joined Robinson Gill Lawyers in 2000 and became a principal in 2015.

In 2007 Adele was accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist in Family Law. She is currently a member of the Family Law Specialisation Advisory Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria. In addition, Adele holds memberships with the Family Law section of the Law Council of Australia, Victorian Women Lawyers, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Adele is a trained Collaborative Practitioner.

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Michelle Kotis

Director - Michelle Kotis

Michelle has lived in the eastern metropolitan region since returning from 6 years living and working in Dublin as a speech pathologist in 1996. Michelle is currently Director, Planning and Delivery at Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH). Michelle has over 25 years’ clinical and executive experience in private and public healthcare organisations and the Victorian public sector.

Michelle hold qualifications in speech pathology, linguistics and public health, and is a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and an Associate Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Michelle has a strong commitment to effective corporate and clinical governance, continuous service improvement and innovation, and advocacy for community health, as a pivotal component of the broader healthcare service delivery system, providing accessible, high-quality health treatment, prevention, promotion, and supportive care services for vulnerable members of the community.

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Geoff Lavender

Director - Geoff Lavender

With over 30 years’ public sector experience in health, education and working with government, Geoff brings knowledge and experience in government relations and public policy. He currently provides management advisory services through his own consulting work, particularly focused on policy and strategy in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Alongside that, in recent years Geoff has taken on health sector interim CEO and COO roles in challenging organisational and environmental circumstances. In addition, Geoff works with Hardy Group in leadership, executive professional development and learning.

He has held senior executive positions in the Victorian government in health and community services. He has a long-standing interest in corporate governance and has established governance development programs for NGOs and health services. Geoff has completed a range of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diplomas in Education and Library Studies, and a Masters of Politics and Law. Geoff and his family have lived in Whitehorse for over 30 years.

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Director - Dr Patrick Tuohey

Patrick has over 30 years of experience in senior management and executive roles in the professional service industry with an ASX-listed company. His expertise includes commercial management and risk management, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions.

Patrick has a First Class Honours degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London). He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married with two adult sons.

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Genevieve Webb

Director - Genevieve Webb

Genevieve Webb is a former senior executive with extensive experience in health and human services. Her former position was the Director Quality at BreastScreen Victoria and her previous roles include Project Director Service Model Renewal at BreastScreen Victoria, CEO of Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, GM Corporate Services at Mind, Executive Director of Relationships Australia (Vic) and Associate Director at KPMG.

Genevieve is a former member and Chair of the Internal Audit Committee at the State Revenue Office (Vic). She has also served on the boards of Box Hill Institute of TAFE (Deputy President and Chair of Audit Committee), BreastScreen Victoria and Women’s Housing Limited. Genevieve has qualifications in Psychology and ICT. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

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