The Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance provides a platform for PHNs to engage in state-wide project coordination, work cohesively across the PHN sector, and streamline communications and engagement efforts.
The Alliance offers a point of contact for stakeholders and partners on issues of a state-wide focus, and mechanism for jurisdictional coordination.
The Chair is formally responsible for overseeing and leading the work of the Alliance and acts as the primary senior contact for the Alliance.
Chair and Deputy Chair responsibilities include leadership and oversight of jurisdictional efforts, including strategic engagement and development for the purposes of optimising collective levers. Key roles are formalised in the VTPHNA governance arrangements.
The two PHN sector leadership roles are a one year appointment, effective for a calendar year. Dr Leanne Beagley and Matt Jones have been appointed for 2018.
The Manager of the VTPHNA operates in a senior policy capacity working closely with the VTPHNA Chair. Ms Jade Hart currently holds this role.
Dr Leanne Beagley
Dr Leanne Beagley commenced as CEO at Western Victoria Primary Health Network in May 2017. She was, until 2016, the Director Mental Health and Drugs in the Victorian Department of Health, and previously held other senior executive roles in a range of health services in Melbourne including Austin Health, Eastern Health and Monash Health. Prior to this she worked as a clinician and family therapist in child and adolescent mental health services.
Leanne has clinical qualifications in Occupational Therapy and Family Therapy, a Masters in Business Leadership and a PhD (Psychology) in organisational culture and performance. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Leanne has current appointments as a Director on several not-for-profit boards in Victoria.
Mr Matt Jones
Mr Matt Jones is the CEO at Murray PHN since its establishment in July 2015. Matt has a long and experienced rural health management career in primary health, acute public health and Aboriginal health settings in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Immediate past roles include CEO of the Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local and former Divisions of General Practice.
Matt holds a Masters of Public Health. He has a passion for improved health outcomes for regional areas through better and more connected healthcare. Matt is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Jade Hart
Jade has experience leading health initiatives across government, academic and hospital sectors in Australia and the United States of America. Jade holds skills in project management, policy and program development, service planning and evaluation, and stakeholder consultation. Jade has managed statewide and national evaluation programs, operational reviews, and model of care development. Previous roles include Associate Director, Health, Ageing and Human Services, KPMG and Program Manager, Global and Community Health, School of Public Health, Indiana University. Jade has a Masters of Health Service Management, Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management), and is currently completing her PhD in implementation science in health systems planning.