We are excited to announce that we have merged with Carrington Health as of the 1st July 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for a bigger and better organisation to continue to serve our communities, to develop core service areas and to facilitate growth through the expansion of services.  With a combined workforce of over 320 people and client base of more than 25,000, there is potential for significant beneficial outcomes for our clients and communities.

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.

A significant step in this merger process was to appoint an independent Board Chair and the successful candidate was Mr 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 and is therefore eminently qualified for the position.

“I am excited to have been offered the role of Board Chair and look forward to leading the new organisation; continuing the valuable work to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities in Nillumbik, Whitehorse and beyond,” said John.

“I will use my proven leadership, strategic planning and corporate governance skills to lead the organisation into this period of significant change and growth, as we harness the benefits of engaging as a larger service provider.”

Part of any successful organisational change is continuity of skills and knowledge. Forming the new Board of Directors are the three nominated members from the Carrington Health Board are Michelle Kotis, Geoff Lavender and Genevieve Webb and three members from the healthAbility Board are David Brant, Jane Daniels and Patrick Tuohey.

Ronda Jacobs has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new organisation, after having been CEO of Carrington Health for more than five years.

For a period of time, both organisations will maintain their trading names of Carrington Health and healthAbility, and look forward to bringing to fruition the many opportunities presented by this merger.