Internationally respected healthcare leader, clinician and academic, Prof Michael Roberts has been appointed Safer Care Victoria’s new CEO by the Acting Premier of Victoria.
With more than 30 years’ experience in all levels of healthcare, Professor Roberts will be a welcome addition to not only Safer Care Victoria, but to the broader Victorian health system, helping deliver better health outcomes for all Victorians.
He is currently the Managing Director of UCLPartners Academic Health Science System in the UK, and has previously held senior appointments at the Royal College of Physicians, the National Institute for Health Research and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.
Prof Roberts has a strong focus on working closely with clinicians and consumers to deliver healthcare improvement, which closely aligns to the ethos of Safer Care Victoria. He also has good ties with Australia, having worked here as a clinician and more recently, having travelled out on a speaking tour.
He is well-versed in running clinical audits and service design to improve patient-centred care across primary, community and secondary settings. He will also bring his insights into the challenges facing providers and educators in the health sector.
Professor Roberts will take up the role in August this year.
Thank you to Adj Assoc Prof Ann Maree Keenan who has been acting in the role for the past year, after establishment CEO Prof Euan Wallace was seconded to the Department of Health to lead contact tracing efforts during the pandemic, and later appointed the new Department Secretary in November 2021.
Adj Assoc Prof Keenan has led Safer Care Victoria through the pandemic, as it coordinated engagement with clinicians and health services, provided up to date clinical guidance based on evolving evidence, and reviewed multiple systemic safety issues.
Thank you also to Adj Prof Tanya Farrell who has been acting in the role of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer on top of her duties as Chair of the independent Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity.