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 will continue 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 ceo@healthability.org.au.

Board Chair - John Rasa

John has extensive experience in health services, including over 30 years in senior management positions with executive roles at Eastern Health, General Practice Victoria and Networking Health Victoria .
John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Clinical Psychology) and a Master of Health Planning; 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 and corporate governance to lead the organisation.

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Director - Michelle Kotis

B.App.Sc. (Sp Path), MPhil (Linguistics), MPH (Health Svcs Mgt), GAICD, AFCHSM

Michelle Kotis has lived in the eastern metropolitan region since returning from Dublin in 1996. Michelle worked as a speech pathology clinician and manager in Dublin and Melbourne for 15 years, before stepping into a range of senior leadership roles in private and public health care organisations. Michelle has been on the board at Carrington Health since June 2013, is chair of the board Quality and Safety Committee, and was elected as the Carrington Health board vice chair in August 2015 - 2018. Michelle has a strong commitment to continuous service improvement and a particular interest in clinical and corporate governance to optimise care delivery in the community.

Michelle currently works in the workforce branch of the Department of Health and Human Services where there is a strong focus on building sector capability and competencies in workforce planning and the development of a sustainable health and human services sector workforce for the future to support community health and well-being.

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Director - Jane Daniels

Jane commenced as a Board member 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 strong advocate for primary health care as an integral part of the Australian health system and is particularly interested in a social model of health as the framework within which improvement to the health and well-being of individuals and communities are achieved.

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Director - Geoff Lavender

BA, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip Lib, M Pol & Law

With over 30 years’ public sector experience in health, education and working with government, he 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.

In addition, Geoff works with Hardy Group International 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 and his family have lived in Whitehorse for over 30 years.

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Director - David Brant

David joined the Board in March 2013 and held the position of Chair from August 2014 until October 2017. He has 28 years of senior management experience, 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 this experience, is an emphasis on operational excellence, quality and continuous improvement.

David’s industry experience is broad based from high-end medical equipment, through to automotive, packaging and mining.  His business experience as Managing Director has covered all facets of management from sales through to manufacturing.

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, his Non- Executive Director and Consultant focus is on Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Risk Assessment and Financial oversight.  David is married with two adult daughters and is a long term resident of Eltham.

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Director - Genevieve Webb

BA (Hons) Psychology, B.App.Sc. (Computing), FAICD

Genevieve Webb is a senior executive with extensive experience in health and human services. Her present position is 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 the 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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Director - Dr Patrick Tuohey

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

Patrick has a 1st 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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Director - Celia Gerreyn

Celia is a resident of Eltham and joined healthAbility’s Board in August 2013 and is a member of the Risk Committee and chair of the Governance Working Group.

Celia is qualified in accounting, finance and law and completed and MBA in 2006. She has worked across a number of industries including finance, major projects, automotive, transport, paper and packaging and resources. Celia was the first woman to be awarded Australian Government Lawyer of the Year in 2004 in recognition of her work in the planning and development of the Melbourne Docklands.

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Director - John Donovan

John is the Managing Director of AFM Investment Partners, a director of the LRH Hospital and a director of Vline. He is the responsible manager of an Australian Financial Services Licence.

John is a former director of Gippsland Water and Adminpartners and was a member of Trustee Australia’s managed funds compliance committee. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Fellow of Finsia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Certified Practicing Marketer and Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and an associate member of the Australasian Investor Relations Association. He holds a Master of Public Relations

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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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