The Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee comprises of next generation clinical leaders advising the Better Care Victoria (BCV) Board on innovation and improvement capability priorities, as well as embedding cultural change in the health sector.
The Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee has clinical representation from across the sector and is actively supporting engagement with the clinical workforce through various BCV activities.
Meet BCV's Emerging Leaders' Clinical Advisory Committee members
Matiu Bush (Chair)
Matiu has a Master's degree in public health and broad clinical and managerial nursing experience, including working in Tijuana, Mexico with Nobel Prize Laureate Agnes Bojaxhiu in international boarder aid, and as a emergency, oncology, intensive care nurse and is a sexual health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in elective surgery waitlists and management of specialist clinics. In his role at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Matiu focused on designing "Michelin Star" waiting rooms to improve the patient experience including pioneering virtual reality for distraction therapy in dental oncology, serology and minor surgery clinics.
Matiu contributes to health system innovation through involvement with Better Care Victoria as a board member, as a member of the Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee and as part of the Specialist Clinics Access Improvement Partnership Steering Committee. Matiu is a member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the UX Community of Practice for healthcare and mentors the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate science students through the University of Melbourne Science Industry Mentoring Program.
Matiu is currently undertaking an innovation residency at RSL Care + RDNS based on the principles of anthropologist Clifford Geertz called "deep hanging out". The methodology involves immersing oneself in a workplace culture, obtaining the most important insights and innovating and transforming the cultural norms from the front line.
Ajay is a medical doctor who has worked in more than a dozen hospitals across Victoria. He is currently employed in community-based clinics and paediatric intensive care. His research interest is in novel medical technologies, and he maintains a close watch over our medical start-up scene. He is excited about the role that big data and neural networks will play in making future health care smarter in the coming years. Ajay believes that our best innovations will be conceived by agile transdisciplinary teams, and will likely transcend the particular systems of individual healthcare organisations by harnessing cloud-based and other broad solutions.
Working as a Geriatrician, Amelia understands key issues across a broad range of health settings. Amelia has lead improvements increasing patient involvement in care and implementing electronic medical records with sustained benefits for patients. She holds an MBBS (Hons) from Monash University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Amelia has undertaken executive leadership training at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health/Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston). She is an invited returning faculty member for the 2017 Leadership and Innovation in Health course collaboratively delivered by the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education and the Harvard Macy Institute.
Anita graduated from Monash Medical School in 2002 with honours and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2007. Clinically, Anita has a particular interest in women’s health, mental health, chronic disease management, preventative medicine, travel medicine and weight management. In addition to her clinical work, Anita works as a Medical Educator for Murray City Country Coast GP Training where she teaches general practice registrars. Anita is a General Practice Supervisor for students for the University of Melbourne and is an examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Anita is also a Clinical Editor, working for the North Western Primary Health Network on the HealthPathways project.
Cherie commenced in the role of Operations Manager at Western Health in the Division of Allied Health and Community Services in 2016. Cherie has extensive experience in the Acute, Sub acute, Community and Residential sectors over the past 20 years, including roles such as Director of Access, Director of Nursing and numerous other management positions with both public and private health care providers. Cherie is a Registered Nurse and possesses a Masters of Health Service Management, a Graduate Diploma of Gerontology and is passionate about the delivery of efficient evidence based service models that support the provision of patient driven outcomes.
Christopher came to Australia from the USA in 2011 to study medicine at the University of Wollongong. After graduating with a keen interest in rural practice, Chris took up an internship through the Murray to Mountains rural community program and was placed in Yarrawonga and Wangaratta. Chris is currently on the AGPT general practice training program and works as a medical officer at Northeast Health Wangaratta. In his spare time, Chris also works for Northeast Health’s education department and is finishing graduate certificates in Medical Education, Women’s Health, and Emergency Medicine, as well as appreciating the delights of Northeast Victoria’s gourmet regions.
A qualified Physiotherapist, Danielle is the Director of Service Design and Workforce for Monash Health’s Community and Allied Health team. In this role, Danielle provides leadership to a range of disability, interpreting and aged care services, to Allied Health’s Workforce, Innovation, Strategy, Education and Research team and also to Monash Health’s response to the national aged care and disability reforms. Danielle has over 10 years’ experience working across the spectrum of healthcare, including from within dedicated clinical research, improvement and leadership roles. She is passionate about both leading and enabling others to lead innovation and improvement activities that result in improved health, wellbeing and care for our community.
Paula has 25 years’ experience as a nurse both in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland including both metropolitan and rural health services. Paula has experience across a variety of acute areas including critical care, emergency nursing, acute medical and surgical nursing and intellectual disability residential care. Currently Paula is the Nurse Education Manager at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. A strong focus for Paula is engaging clinical staff in patient safety and continuing education to enable rural clinicians to provide best practice clinical care to meet the provision of health care needs of rural Victorians.
Leonie is a senior clinician Physiotherapist at Ballarat Health Services, with 10 years’ experience working in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy across the ED, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. Leonie has also been a member on the Victorian Branch Council of the Australia Physiotherapy Association. Leonie has wide-ranging experience in project management of innovative models including the Redesigning Hospital Care Program’s Orthopaedic project at Ballarat Health Services, Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scope of Practice project and an Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy implementation program. Leonie’s area of interest is improving access to health care services, particularly access to a timely outpatient assessment by the most appropriate health professional and the utilisation of community and ambulatory care service pathways to reduce impacts on emergency departments and acute care.
Lucien has worked in the Victorian health system for 13 years, in both rural and metropolitan settings. Commencing as a Dietitian and then Diabetes Educator, Lucien has since managed a Primary Health Care Program in community health and will soon transition into a role managing a systems improvement and integration team in Melbourne’s east. Lucien recently helped develop a partnership project focused on the assessment and management of back pain in the community, which has reduced unnecessary demand on specialist services, better utilized health resources and improved patient experience. He is passionate about building a Primary Healthcare system where care is highly co-ordinated and in which primary, secondary and tertiary prevention is maximised.
Namita has worked in the Australian public hospital system as a Pharmacist in a variety of settings over the last ten years. Her current role covers the twin portfolios of leading pharmacy services for the intensive care units at Western Health, as well as electronic medication management pharmacy services within the network. With a strong focus on medication safety and her belief in a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare improvement, Namita is a passionate advocate for clinician engagement in innovation within the Victorian health system.
Ben is the Deputy Director of the Anaesthesia Department at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where his interests include anaesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery, coagulation monitoring and quality and safety. He has recently been invited to join the Clinical Advisory and Innovation Council of St Vincent’s Health Australia. Ben is currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Leadership at Deakin University and has an interest in corporate/clinical governance.