The Alfred Health Board Members

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The Alfred Health Board was established in July 2000 and has 9 members:

Ms Helen Shardey (Chairman)

Ms Shardey was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 14 years until her retirement in 2010, including five years as the Shadow Minister for Health, and at various times she also served as the Shadow Minister for Aged Care; Community Services; Housing; and Multicultural Affairs. Ms Shardey has an in-depth understanding of the health portfolio, a strong understanding of the structure and governance of the health system, both State and Federal, and expertise in strategy and policy development with a focus on health and social policy. She has previously worked as a corporate consultant, senior policy adviser (Federal Parliament), medical practice manager and secondary teacher, and was recently appointed Ambassador at Large for the Jewish National Fund of Australia. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a board member of the Victorian Reproductive Treatment Authority. Ms Shardey is Chair of the Alfred Health Board, and a Member of the Finance, Quality & Remuneration Committees.


Mr Julian Gardner

Mr Gardner is a lawyer whose consultancy has included law reform, advance care planning and public administration. He is the Chair of the Board of Mind Australia Ltd, an NGO providing community mental health services, Chair of the National Reference Group of the Respecting Patient Choices program, and the Vice-Chair of the Australian Press Council. He has previously held positions as Victoria's Public Advocate, President of the Mental Health Review Board, National Convenor of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Chairperson of the WorkCare Appeals Board and Director of the Victorian Legal Aid Commission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) and a Fellow of International House, University of Melbourne where he was the Council Chair. Mr Gardner is Chair of the Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee and a Member of the Quality Committee.


Mr Damien Kenny

Mr Kenny is a commercialisation specialist in IT and digital communications.  His experience includes launching and managing the Australian businesses of a number of UK and US software and internet-based companies addressing sectors as diverse as social housing, Allied Health Practice Management and industry-wide data collection and analysis in the performing arts.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, where he participated in the Commerce Faculty Board as an undergraduate student representative.  Mr Kenny is Chair of the Community Advisory Committee and a Member of the Finance and Remuneration Committees. 


Associate Professor Jill Sewell AM

Associate Professor Sewell is a consultant paediatrician and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital.  She is responsible for clinical services in developmental/behavioural paediatrics and runs the Victorian Training Program in Community Child Health for advanced paediatric trainees.  Her special interests are in learning difficulties, language delay, attention deficit disorder and other behavioural problems. She is a past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and was previously President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the College.  She has long term interests in medical workforce, training, continuing professional development, women in medicine and health policy at state, national and international settings. She was an inaugural member of the board of the National Institute of Clinical Studies, and its Chair from 2001 to 2004. She has also served on the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Victorian Quality Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Assoc Prof Sewell was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2005, for services to child health. Assoc Prof Sewell is Chair of the Quality Committee.


Mr Carl Putt

Mr Putt has extensive experience in hospital management, financing and redevelopment. During his career he has held senior executive positions in a number of Victorian teaching hospitals. He was involved in the redevelopment and relocation of the Queen Victoria Medical Centre to Clayton; its amalgamation with Prince Henry's and Moorabbin Hospitals in 1987 to form Monash Medical Centre; the establishment of Jessie McPherson Private Hospital; and the subsequent creation of the Southern Health Care Network in 1996.  Mr Putt was a Director and subsequently Managing Director of the Victorian Hospital's Association from 1999 to 2002 before taking on the role of Director of Hospital Services in the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services. He returned to Melbourne to lead the redevelopment and relocation of the Royal Women's Hospital to Parkville.  He has a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of NSW.  Since retiring at the end of 2013 Mr Putt has served as Ministerial Delegate to a rural hospital board and has undertaken a number of management reviews in the public hospital sector.  Mr Putt is Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Jim Turcato

Mr Turcato is a CPA, business consultant and professional facilitator with extensive corporate experience in financial performance, strategic financial decision-making and business case development. He has facilitated finance programs for some of Australia's leading organisations from the private, public and non-for-profit sectors including health care organisations such as Medibank, Mercy Health, The Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance, Baptcare and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Mr Turcato is an accredited facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has presented programs for the Loddon Mallee and Albury regional health boards.  His experience as a director includes over five and half years as a Non-Executive Director of South East Water including service as a Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He is currently a Director of Gippsland Medicare Local Ltd and Chair of that organisation's Audit and Risk Committee.  Mr Turcato is Chair of Alfred Health's Audit Committee and a Member of the Quality Committee.

Ms Kaye McNaught

Ms McNaught has over 20 years experience working in the public health system.  Between 1985 and 1995 she was employed at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne as the HIV/AIDS and Haemophilia Clinical Nurse Consultant and Counsellor.  This statewide service was provided to families, individuals and staff.  During this time Ms McNaught was a member of various committees some of which included the National AIDS Counsellor Association, Paediatric AIDS Task Force, the AIDS Education Strategy Committee, the RCH Infection Control Committee, and the AIDS Health Department task force education programme.  From 1993 until 1995 she was a member of the Board of Management of the Mordialloc-Cheltenham Community Hospital.  Since 2001 Ms McNaught has been a Barrister at the Victorian Bar and currently is a member of the Victorian Bar Health and Wellbeing Committee. Ms McNaught is a Member of the Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee and Audit Committee.

Ms Sara Duncan

Ms Duncan is a policy and strategy professional with a background in biomedical engineering.  She has extensive experience across the health, community and disability service sectors having held positions with the Victorian Healthcare Association, Australian Red Cross, Victorian Government  and the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Ms Duncan's achievements include successfully implementing organisational improvement, revitalisation and change management, as well as influencing government policy reform and development. She has a strong commitment to evidence informed policy as a driver to systematically improve service delivery, she is also a strong advocate for the role of consumers in shaping services. Ms Duncan is an independent consultant, Business Analyst with Better Hearing Australia, Community Member of the Mental Health Tribunal and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians. She has a Bachelor of Engineer (Biomedical), Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Arts and is part way through a Masters of Business Administration. Ms Duncan is a Member of the Community Advisory Committee, the Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Dr Benjamin Goodfellow

Dr Goodfellow is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in public and private practice with a fellowship in infant mental health from the Royal Childrens’ Hospital.  Among his public health roles he is a consultant for the infant program and paediatric consultation- liaison service at Geelong Hospital, a standing member of the High-risk Infant Panel at DHS-Child Protection Geelong in addition to being the peri-natal psychiatrist at Bendigo Health.  Other clinical perspectives include a commitment to teaching, supervision, service development and the place of psychoanalysis and epistemology within health care more broadly. Dr Goodfellow has a background in health systems development and public policy with a focus on clinical standards and productivity, particularly at the interface of health services with government and NGOs.  He is a senior lecturer at Deakin University, an editor of the newsletter of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health and served as the registrar representative on the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Goodfellow is a Member of the Primary Care and Population Health Advisory Committee and the Quality Committee.