SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

The Board of directors consists of up to 5 elected persons and 4 appointed persons.

Board Chair

Rennis Witham
B.A - Social Science

Rennis Witham is an accomplished health practitioner having worked in the sector for many years as a CEO, Board Member and Consultant.

As a consultant in the health care field, she has a depth of experience in governance, strategic management and human resources. Her experience is complemented with her passion to strengthen the delivery of accessible and relevant services in the West. Rennis is also a board member of Doutta Galla Aged Services and has previously held directorships at Western Health [Chair], Western Health Care Network, Seaworks Foundation and WestCasa [Chair].

As a resident of Hobsons Bay, Rennis has championed and introduced responsive, affordable and high quality primary and acute care services in the region. She has been a member of numerous state-wide planning committees and contributed to government policy development and service planning.

Deputy Chair

Richard Ainley
Master of Health Service Administration, Grad Dip Health Services Management, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) FACHSM

Richard is currently a Senior Consultant with the Nous Group where he advises health sector clients on strategy development and implementation, business improvement and the management of complex organisational change. He is also an active member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, where he holds the position of junior Vice-President on its Victorian Branch Council.

Richard has been involved in the healthcare industry for almost 20 years. His management and clinical expertise includes aged care, acute and sub-acute hospital services, mental health, primary care and palliative care. Richard has previously held a range of strategic and operational roles in public, private and not-for-profit healthcare organisations. As a former Executive Director of Mercy Health South Western Health Services, Richard has a first hand knowledge of local issues and the significant challenges involved in delivering improved primary health care services to the communities of Wyndham and Hobsons Bay. Richard also has a previous clinical background as a physiotherapist.

Director, Chair Consumer Advisory Committee

Anne Cox
Master Business Leadership

Anne has worked in senior management positions in the community health sector for over 14 years. She has held an executive position at ISIS Primary Care as Director of Community Health for the past nine years and recently completed a 13 month position as Acting CEO of the organisation.

Anne was a Director on the SWMML Interim Board. Her experience includes leadership in primary health care, primary health care service delivery, policy development, clinical governance and service quality, health promotion and prevention, and working in partnership to improve the service delivery.

Anne has an interest in community engagement and leads the team at ISIS tasked with developing the framework for improved community participation. Anne is a strong proponent of community engagement at all levels of an organization.

Director, Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

Kim McAliney JP
FCPA, GAICD

Kim McAliney is a FCPA qualified accountant, graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, Justice of the Peace and a former General Manager in Retirement and Business Manager in Aged Care. Kim is the former Mayor of City of Wyndham having held the position in 2007-2008 and most recently in 2011-2012 and held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2010.

Kim also holds a directorship and position of treasurer with Hobsons Bay Community Financial Services Ltd and is a representative on Road Safe Westgate.

Kim thrives on being part of the fastest growing community in Australia and is a passionate advocate for the West in the areas of infrastructure, health, road safety, emergency management and the senior’s population. She has a wealth of experience in financial management, local government and advocacy. Kim enjoys facilitating strong partnerships between government, community and health professionals to improve health and wellbeing of the people of Wyndham.

Director, Chair of Clinical Leadership Committee, Chair of Nominations Committee

Dr Linda Mellors
BA/BSc (Hons), PhD(med), GradCert (Health Services Management), GAICD, WCLP

Linda has worked in the Victorian public health system for more than ten years. Key responsibilities have included health service operations management, strategic planning, business development, stakeholder engagement, research governance, clinical governance and corporate governance.

Linda is currently the Executive Director of Mercy Public Hospitals Inc, and has management oversight of Werribee Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, Mercy Mental Health, Mercy Palliative Care and Mercy Health O'Connell Family Centre.

Linda is also a Member of the Advisory Board for the Parent Infant Research Institute and a graduate of Leadership Victoria's Williamson Community Leadership Program. Linda has a focused interest in leadership development and improving performance, accountability and reporting structures. She is an active member of the community and promotes community engagement in organisational decision making.

Director

Adjunct Professor Hayden Raysmith AM

In 1998 Professor Raysmith was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in Global Studies, Social Science and Planning. In recent years he has specialised in work relating to local government, service planning, governance, community development, philanthropy, social enterprise, measuring progress and corporate social responsibility.

Hayden is Chairman of Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Chairman of Hobsons Bay Community Fund, Patron of Victorian Local Governance Association, Ambassador of Australian Communities Foundation, and Chairman of Regional Kitchen Pty Ltd.

Professor Raysmith has published on a wide range of social policy issues including children's services, health policy and community development. He was a member of the Henderson Poverty Inquiry and the architect of the Australian Assistance Plan.

In 1999 Professor Raysmith undertook the Ministerial Review of Primary Health Redevelopment for the Victorian Government and in 2000 was appointed to review the Community Support Fund, gambling, research and social policies for the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In this capacity Professor Raysmith developed a whole of government community building strategy for the Victorian Government and, in conjunction with the VLGA, wrote a community building strategy for local governments.

Director

Dr Dick Sloman MBBS GDEpid FRACGP

Dick has extensive clinical experience in community health and Indigenous health care settings. He is currently a general practitioner at the Newport practice of Westgate Health Co-op and at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) in Fitzroy.

Previously he worked at the Indigenous Gathering Place, Werribee; Njernda Aboriginal Health Service, Echuca; the Kensington (now Doutta Galla) Community Health Service; and Nganampa Health Council on the APY Lands, South Australia. He is a GP Supervisor of GP registrars at VAHS, teaches medical students and GP registrars about Aboriginal health, and was previously Western Metropolitan Co-ordinator of GP training.

Dick is a Board Director of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture (VFST), and a member of the VFST Institutional Ethics Committee, and was formerly a director of the Macaulay Community Credit Co-operative in Kensington, Prince Henry's Hospital and the Health Issues Centre.

Dick brings expertise in clinical practice and GP training, strategic planning, ethical business practises and transparent accounting systems. His long standing commitments to local health agencies have given him first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our communities.

Director

Dr Michael Aufgang MBBS, DipRACOG, FRACGP

Director

Dr Michael Aufgang has extensive clinical experience in the management of patients with addiction problems. He is currently a general practitioner and owner of the Meadows Medical Centre Vic in Altona Meadows. He is a Board member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Victoria (RACGPV) and is the Chairman of the RACGP’s National Faculty of Specific Interests in Addiction Medicine. He has previously sat on the medical advisory committees for St John of God Psychiatric Hospital, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Elsternwick Private Hospital and the Drug and Alcohol Committee of RACGPV. He is also a member of the Australian Medical Association.

Dr Aufgang is involved with the establishment of guidelines for general practitioners in the treatment of substance dependence in various capacities including Educational & Governmental Advisory. He also teaches medical students.