2018 Western Victoria PHN Annual Report

A message from the CEO

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Western Victoria PHN's 2018 Annual Report is available to view or download.

Western Victoria PHN Constitution

Our Constitution is the agreed set of principles, governing our organisation, which is a company limited by guarantee. Constitutional changes are approved by our members.


Membership of the Western Victoria PHN is free and open to GPs, practice nurses and other primary health care providers, including representatives from Local Hospital Networks. 

Mutual Respect Statement

Western Victoria Primary Health Network maintains important connections and relationships with a large group of stakeholders – each important in the ongoing health care of our communities.

On any given day we will be interacting with general practitioners across our region, allied health professionals, practice managers and nurses and other service providers across western Victoria.

In late 2016 our management and staff developed a set of values by which we conduct ourselves internally and externally. These values are:

  • Respect
  • Connect
  • Lead.

By adopting these values we aim to always treat all people respectfully, professionally and inclusively. We also expect that others do the same for our staff.

Western Victoria PHN staff can and should deliver and also expect courteous and professional behavior from all our stakeholders.

Western Victoria PHN Board

Western Victoria PHN aims to increase the effectiveness of health services for patients and providing co-ordinated and efficient access to local health services, particularly for those patients at risk of poor health outcomes. 

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is governed by a nine member Board with a mix of five appointed and four elected Directors. 

The Western Victorian PHN Board operates within the Board Charter.

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Ms Lynne McLennan - Chair

Lynne is an experienced Chair and brings strong governance and leadership experience to the Board, as well as a thorough understanding of the challenges associated with the primary health sector, having worked for more than 20 years in primary care redevelopment roles in rural and regional areas, across all levels of government. Since 2001 Lynne has been the CEO of UFS Dispensaries Ltd, is currently the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Ballarat and has more than six years as President of Ballarat Health Services.

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Mr Jim Elvey - Deputy Chair

Retired and living in Meredith, Jim had a high level career in local government, conducted a consulting practice over several years, performed as CEO to a national Board and has held the positions of Director and Deputy President of Ballarat Health Services. Jim was formerly the Chair of Grampians Medicare Local. Jim brings extensive organisational management experience to the Board.

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Dr Tim Denton - Director

Working as a GP in Anglesea and in Corio, Tim believes passionately in the role of general practice as leading the way for Australians having an accessible, affordable and highly-skilled community-based health system.

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Mr Mark Harris - Director

Mark brings to the organisation the perspective of an experienced allied health professional, currently providing clinical services to the Geelong community. Having worked in health management at both government and local levels, he understands the complexities of health care and the need for the right services to be delivered at the right place at the right time.

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Dr Deb Harley - Interim Director to October 2018

Deb has worked in general practice in the Geelong region for over 25 years. She has been involved in GP projects and programs since the inception of the GP Association of Geelong in the 1990's, co-managing the Shared Care in Oncology program and assisting in after-hours community palliative care cover, before specialist palliative care services existed. She chairs the Palliative Care Special Interest Group and continues to remain connected to Barwon Health through her role in the Lymphoedema Clinic where she has worked one day a week for the past 13 years.


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Ms Marie Aitken - Director

An experienced psychologist and health board director, Marie worked as a psychologist in rural private practice in Horsham and Warracknabeal for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the mental health issues faced by rural people. She is a life governor and past president of Rural Northwest Health and is currently the vice president of Wimmera Health Care Group. Marie is a Graduate of the AICD and committed to maintaining and improving organizational wellbeing.

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Mr Michael Malouf - Director

Michael is an experienced CEO and Board Director, having previously been CEO of the Melbourne City Council, Barwon Water and the Carlton Football Club. His areas of expertise include: senior management, strategic planning, policy, change management and strategic financial management.

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Ms Karen Foster - Director

Karen is a communications professional who brings to the board many years’ experience in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. A Port Fairy resident, Karen operates a design and communications agency from Warrnambool. As Executive Officer for the Great South Coast region’s peak advocacy body, the Great South Coast Group, she also brings to the board extensive regional networks and knowledge.

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Ms Susan Brumby - Director

Professor Susan Brumby is the founding Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health and has many years practical experience as a rural nurse, midwife and primary health care manager. As an Executive Director of Western District Health Service since 2000, she brings to the board extensive understanding of the day to day workings of regional and rural health services and primary care interfaces. She has published widely and presented nationally and internationally on rural and regional health with specific expertise in farmer health. She is Course Director for Agricultural Health and Medicine at School of Medicine, Deakin University, current member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council, and a board member of South West TAFE.

 Our Executive Team


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Leanne Beagley: Chief Executive Officer, Samantha Sharp: Director Commissioning and Performance, 
Tony Ficca: Company Secretary and Director of Finance and Corporate Services, and Rowena Clift: Director Service and System Integration.