Safer Care Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of the first
Chief Allied Health Officer based within Safer Care Victoria, Ms Donna Markham.
Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledge the work of Ms Kathleen Phillip, Chief Allied Health Advisor, who provided leadership and strategic direction for Victoria’s allied health workforce until her resignation in early 2018.
The appointment of the new Chief Allied Health Officer provides an opportunity to house this role within Safer Care Victoria. It also gives the role a strong focus on quality and safety, in line with state’s Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer Adj Prof Ann Maree Keenan, Chief Medical Officer Assoc Prof Andrew Wilson and Chief Paramedic Officer Alan Eade.
Victoria’s Chief Clinical Officers provide expert leadership, advice and guidance on healthcare quality and safety to Safer Care Victoria and the Minister for Health. They also represent their professions on policy and operational matters at the state’s highest levels. While the Chief Clinical Officers have a strong focus on quality and safety improvement, they also provide advice and guidance on profession specific matters across the Department of Health and Human Services.
Ms Markham is a highly experienced allied health leader with a clinical background in occupational therapy. She has held a range of allied health leadership positions, including Chief Allied Health Officer and Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at Monash Health and Chief Allied Health Officer at the State-wide Equipment Program. In these roles, Ms Markham led numerous statewide initiatives and allied health reforms.
Ms Markham will commence with SCV on 9 July 2018. She will continue in her role with the State-wide Equipment Program, a role which complements her part-time position based at Safer Care Victoria.