Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Board Directors

Gippsland PHN Board Directors govern the organisation in order to achieve its mission and strategic corporate plans.

Board members have the overall responsibility for:

Therese Tierney Gippsland PHN Board Chair

Ms Therese Tierney (Chair)

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee (Chair), Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee, Clinical Governance and Performance Committee.

Therese has had more than 40 years’ experience in the health sector in CEO and senior management roles since 1994.

She has been a CEO in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and in both the private and public health sectors. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. In that role she was appointed to both the Health Innovation Reform Council and the Victorian Expert Panel on Aboriginal Health.

Her board roles include the Continence Foundation of Australia, East Gippsland Water Corporation and the East Gippsland Marketing Board.

While Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councillor and General Manager and also worked as a consultant providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with business, change management, health planning and design, people and systems thinking.

Julie Rogalsky Deputy Chair Gippsland PHN

Ms Julie Rogalsky (Deputy Chair)

Committees: Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee (Chair), CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee.

As a Gippslander (born and educated in Latrobe Valley), Julie fully supports strong local primary healthcare, especially important to more marginalised populations and individuals experiencing disadvantage.

Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in the Gippsland health sector having worked in the general practice, hospital, community health, government and GP training sectors.

She has a Master of Health Services Management (Monash), Graduate Diploma in Rural Health (Monash) and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Health Promotion (Deakin).

Julie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of Gippsland Community Leadership.

Anne Peek Gippsland PHN Board Director

Ms Anne Peek

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee; Community Advisory Committee (Chair).

Anne has served as a CEO and non-executive director in both the public and private healthcare sectors for more than 30 years.

Anne is experienced in driving change and has a proven track record in building strong stakeholder relationships and developing partnerships through meaningful collaboration with the community.

She has strong connections in the healthcare sector and at government levels.

With a health science degree, Anne developed a passion and expertise in quality assurance in healthcare. This led to a successful consultancy in quality improvement/clinical review during the 1980s and 1990s.

Anne also lectured in management and health sciences at La Trobe University. She continues her strong interest in clinical governance and has assisted with the implementation of clinical governance frameworks within a number of organisations.

Murray Brice Gippsland PHN Board Director

Mr Murray Bruce

Committees: Clinical Governance and Performance Committee (Chair), Audit, Risk and Finance Committee.

Murray is a strong leader and an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in strategic planning, project management, risk management and governance.

Murray has worked as a senior executive at the Department of Health and Human Services and also served as the Director of Australia’s largest-ever charitable appeal fund, the 2009 Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal Fund.

He has successfully worked across all levels of government, many private and not-for-profit organisations and local community groups to deliver effective and efficient health services to communities.

Murray is committed to helping improve the lives of people in Gippsland and their access to high-quality and efficient health services.

Dr Elisabeth Wearne

Committee: Bass Coast and South Gippsland Clinical Council.

Dr Wearne completed her undergraduate medical degree at Monash University and vocational GP training in Lakes Entrance, obtaining her FRACGP in 2010.

In the 12 years training and working at Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Dr Wearne has provided clinical services to several East Gippsland towns including Aboriginal health services, Omeo District Health) and in youth healthcare provision roles.

She has pursued a passion for education alongside clinical practice through educator roles for both Monash University and Eastern Victoria GP Training and its legacy organisations.

Dr Wearne has previously worked for Gippsland PHN in an advisory capacity and Health Pathways editing role as well as serving on the East Gippsland/Wellington Clinical Council since 2016.

She is now undertaking clinical work at the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC).

Nathan Voll Independent Board Director Gippsland PHN

Mr Nathan Voll

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (Chair).

Nathan has considerable experience in the healthcare sector serving on the Board of Latrobe Health Insurance since 2011 and as a Director of West Gippsland Healthcare Group for six years. He has been a director at Latrobe Community Health Services for 6 Years and is also the Chair of the Latrobe Health Insurance Audit Committee, Chair of the Latrobe Community Services Audit and Risk Committee, a former member of the West Gippsland Health Care Group Audit Committee and Clinical Governance Committee’s and was previously a member of the Faculty of Education Board at Monash University.

Nathan worked as the Regional Business Manager for Ambulance Victoria and acted as the Regional Director for the Gippsland Region. As part of a small Executive team he was responsible for ambulance response times and service delivery within Gippsland. He regularly met with local hospitals and healthcare providers and enhanced service delivery models in small and rural locations.

Nathan has a good knowledge of Gippsland Primary Healthcare Network as a current independent member of its Audit, Risk and Finance Committee.  Nathan has over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sector in executive positions, management, consulting and finance/accounting. He is currently the Regional Finance Manager for South Eastern Victoria with the Department of Education and Training and has worked as the General Manager Corporate Services at the Department of Justice and Regulation. Nathan is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nathan holds a Commerce degree from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration with Deakin University.

Alex Aeschlimann Gippsland PHN Board Director

Mr Alex Aeschlimann

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, Community Advisory Committee.

Alex is a passionate Gippslander, with ten years’ experience on the board of Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) and has recently retired as the President and Chairman.

Alex has served on a number of hospital committees, has strong stakeholder relationships across Gippsland health services and was an active member of the South Gippsland Coast Partnership.

As a local business owner, Alex takes pride in employing local people and contributing to the regional economy.

Alex believes staff safety and customer satisfaction is critical to success. As a Business Advisor, Alex offers expertise in Workforce, Business Direction, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Alex’s family arrived in Gippsland in 1890 and he is proud to be the fifth generation to farm at Arawata.

Alex plans to leave a legacy for future generations and cares for the land on which he farms with that legacy top of mind.

Dr Letitia Clark

Committees: Clinical Advisory Council (Chair), Clinical Governance and Performance Committee, Latrobe and Baw Baw Clinical Council.

I am a GP Anaesthetist based in West Gippsland, and a fellow of the RACGP.  My clinic work is a combination of hospital anaesthetics and general practice with a focus on providing quality acute care within rural communities.

My governance experience includes being on the board of SGPT and EVGPT, first as a GP registrar and now as a fellow.  I currently chair the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Clinical Council for the Gippsland PHN, recently chaired the Medical Staff Association for West Gippsland Healthcare Group and sit on the Clinical Governance committee for West Gippsland Hospital.   I also sit on the JCCA (Joint Consultative Committee of Anaesthesia) which is the governing body of GP anaesthetics in Australia.

I strongly believe in providing local doctors with the skills they need to provide the services required by their community, and as a part of this have completed advanced skills in paediatrics, anaesthetics and have worked as a senior doctor in emergency.

My passion is ensuring that rural communities can access quality healthcare.  With my broad networks across hospital and primary health care within Gippsland and across Australia my focus is on collaboration between organisations to improve outcomes for rural patients.

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