Alec Djoneff (President)
Alec joined the Board of MRH in April 2010 in a casual vacancy. Alec is the first and only Chief Executive of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association which came into existence in 1994. The VHIA represents the industrial relations interests of employers in the health and community sectors covering public hospitals, community health services, disability services, aged care services, private hospitals, divisions of General Practice and many other employers in related sectors. In this capacity VHIA provides industrial and employment law advice to its members and represents employers in Enterprise bargaining with the relevant unions and provides advocacy services in relation to proceedings before Fair Work Australia. VHIA also established and retains a shareholding in the following - Health Legal, Workplace Legal, and Health Financial - each of whom provide specialist legal or financial consulting services to VHIA members.
Alec has a strong committment to the development of primary health care services in the Macedon Ranges community and is particularly focused on ensuring that MRHS plays a pivotal role in the implementation of the 2010 COAG Agreement on primary health care. Alec, together with his family, has been a resident of Mt Macedon since 1999.
Helen Relph (Vice-President)
Helen Relph is a long term resident of the Macedon Ranges, retired three term Councillor and Mayor of the Macedon Ranges Shire, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of Thorley Enterprises Pty. Ltd and past director of I.R.T.H. Pty Ltd.
Helen studied Business Management, worked at R.M.I.T. and in the insurance industry, though spent a great deal of her career in hospitality and marketing. Helen enjoys her community volunteer roles which include Macedon Ranges Health Board and its Audit and Risk Committee, the board of Tourism Macedon Ranges and the Hanging Rock Strategic Advisory Committee. She has been involved in organising numerous community events such as the Mt. Macedon Anzac Day Dawn Service and Macedon/Mt Macedon Carols by Candlelight.
A Board member since 2008, Lois has been a resident of the Macedon Ranges for over 25 years.
With a background in administration and marketing Lois has held positions as Manager of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric unit – Austin Hospital, Communications and Marketing in both Tourism & Small Business. Conferences & Awards programmes with both State and National exhibitions and promotional events. Previously on the Board of Kyneton Hospital and since retirement a Committee member with Positive Ageing Committee and Kyneton Business and Tourism Association. Regional events such as the Women on Farms Conference and World Masters Games events held in this region.
Christopher has extensive experience in the health sector and practices as a consultant sonographer with a busy private practice. Christopher has lectured extensively in Australia and internationally, he has published widely and has held positions on the Board of Examiners for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and as Chairperson of the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.
Christopher is also a qualified lawyer with wide-ranging expertise in health and medical law. He has a particular interest in corporate and clinical governance and medicolegal matters. He currently holds a position as legal counsel at Mercy Health.
Christopher is a proud volunteer at MRH.
Christopher lives in Gisborne with his wife, Caroline and their twin daughters, Julia and Lucy.
Sharon joined the Macedon Ranges Health Board in a casual vacancy and is a member of the Quality committee. Sharon has lived in Gisborne with her family for the last twenty years. A registered nurse with clinical and management experience in a number of specialty areas, she is currently employed as a Nurse Unit Manager in the public healthcare sector. Sharon has a Masters in Health Administration and Post Graduate Diplomas in Intensive Care and Midwifery nursing.
Sharon’s children have been involved in numerous sporting codes within the Macedon Ranges and attended primary and secondary school in Gisborne. Currently and in past years she has had family members residing in the Oaks Nursing Home and utilising the community health services. Sharon has a keen interest in the changing health care needs of the community and the services available to meet those needs.
Gary, Jenny and their 3 children moved to Riddells Creek in 1997 following the purchase of a small farming property. The children were educated locally and are now making their own way in the world. Gary is now retired and spent the last 20 years of his career with the QBE Insurance Group.
During his career he undertook roles as Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Business Unit General Manager.
Gary has qualifications in accounting and corporate governance and is a member of CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.
Gary is a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Macedon Ranges Health and is also a Director and Company Secretary of Macedon Ranges Community Enterprises Ltd the company that operates the Gisborne & District Community Bank Branch.
Tanya Farrell is the Executive Director - Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria and Adjunct Professor - Nursing and Midwifery at LaTrobe University. The Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery is a strategic leadership role which governs the professions of nursing and midwifery. This role is responsible for the development and advancement of these professions, and for the provision of expert advice to the Chief Executive and Executive team on the changing professional landscape, industrial trends and opportunities for streamlining models of care to ensure effective service provision, and to fulfill the strategic goals of the Women’s now and into the future.
In addition to her professional portfolio and University appointment, Tanya also oversees six significant strategic and operational portfolios at the Women’s Hospital; Quality and Safety, Patient Experience, People and Culture, Clinical Staff Education, the State-wide Maternity Services Education Program and the implementation of Regional and Rural Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality meetings.
Tanya has extensive experience in strategic planning, operational management, change management, human resource and budget management, quality improvement strategies, education and research. She is particularly proud of her track-record in promoting multidisciplinary teamwork, the professions of nursing and midwifery, in community development, working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds and in promoting the health and wellbeing of women and their families at local, state, national and international platforms.
Tanya is also a Board Director of the Australian College of Midwives.