The People Behind Promentor’s Health Team

Di has a long and successful career in health within both New South Wales and Victoria. She has held several senior executive positions during her career, including Director of Nursing Operations, Executive Director – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Executive Director – Royal Melbourne Hospital and more recently the Executive Director representing Melbourne Health in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project. As a member of the executive team, Di has contributed to the overall leadership and management of these organisations. She has led the development and implementation of strategies that have delivered on key result areas. Di is a firm advocate for innovation and is a facilitator for change management. She has brought about lasting improvements in divisions and organisations through improved collaboration between services and implementation of financial control.

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Katharine has a highly successful career in nursing, spanning over thirty years and holds a Masters of Health Service Management from the University of Western Sydney. Katharine’s current position as Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery with New South Wales Health, held since 2011, is the culmination of her senior operational and clinical management roles within health. In this position, she is responsible for workforce planning and effective people management, recruiting developing and retaining the highest quality nursing and midwifery staff on behalf of the health service. Katharine, with her team has developed and implemented an effective framework for continuous improvement in the quality of nursing services and practice, safeguarding standards of care and directing clinical excellence through clinical governance.

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Professor David Barton is an academic and clinical Psychiatrist, who works as a Senior Consultant at Ballarat Health Services, a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist within the Acquired Brain Injury Unit at Caulfield Hospital and in private practice as Director of Mental Health Services at South Eastern Private. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Human Neurotransmitter Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. Professor Barton specialises in general adult and older persons psychiatry, and has a special interest in the field of neuropsychiatry, acquired brain injury and the association between depression and cardiovascular disease.

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Peter maintains a successful role as Imaging Operations Manager in a large acute health service in Victoria, supporting the Director of Imaging in maximising efficiencies and effectiveness of the imaging service by providing operational and strategic management for public and private imaging services. He has also held such roles as Senior Category Advisor and Director of Procurement and Supply in large health services and government departments. Peter remains a member of several health and management orientated associations, reflecting his commitment to the implementation of effective management in health services.

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Vicki has successfully led Nursing & Midwifery Directorates in the role of Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services in two different health services since 1997. In these roles and in other senior positions she has held within health services, Vicki has realigned nursing and midwifery services resulting in excellent care delivery, improved clinical outcomes and cost reduction. A key component of this work was to enable the development of staff and senior staff to be able to progress to the next level and in doing so ensure they could work effectively with more accountability and responsibility. This strategy promoted succession planning, empowered the staff and resulted in retention of knowledgeable and multi-skilled staff. Out of hours patient care (Hospital at Night) was improved through the introduction of an After-Hours Nursing Program, which involved the recruitment of Nurse Consultants able to provide clinical guidance, support and decision making when less experienced medical staff were available.

Vicki was instrumental in setting up a research based culture across nursing and midwifery disciplines that has resulted in service realignment and the subsequent development of innovative models of care delivered within a framework of Best Practice. In addition to this work, Vicki led the implementation of the Productive Ward across all clinical areas, which has a focus on risk management and patient safety.