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Committee Members

Eastern Health Board of Directors.

Sue Emery is passionate about patient and family centred care. She wants all patients and families to feel that they have a voice and role in the circle of care that leads to the best outcomes for the patient.

Sue’s health care journey started over 40 years ago when her youngest sister was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). An interest in making a difference was sparked and she became a Medical Laboratory Scientist in Haematology and Blood Bank. She has worked at a number of public hospitals including Box Hill and Maroondah.

Following the birth of her son (1994) with CF she stepped up her CF volunteer work, which includes peer support, public speaking, advocacy and research fundraising.
Sue is a member and speaker for the Health Issues Centre and on the Eastern Health Consumer Register and Expert Blood Transfusion Committee as a Consumer representative.

Sue feels her strong connection with Eastern Health as a previous staff member and patient, her local community involvement and her many years of experience as a carer is a useful combination for her role on the Eastern Health Community Advisory Committee.

Diane runs her own company in change management and believes that her consultation, facilitation, training and communication skills can bring additional capabilities to the Committee. Diane has been a member of the Eastern Health consumer register since early 2013 after making a complaint about her experience as a carer. During her time on the register she has attended a number of service planning sessions and is a member of the Supportive Care Screening Steering Committee. Diane is also a member of the Rotary Club of Templestowe where she has been involved in regional and international projects as well as the City of Whitehorse's Red Shield Appeal. Diane was also a member of the Melbourne East Area Consultative Committee from 2000 – 2010.

Angela enjoyed a successful Human Resources career in Australia and the UK during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Since 2000 Angela has been a healthcare consumer (patient) and passionate advocate for improving the quality and safety of healthcare services in Victoria. Community roles at Eastern Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, and at Outer East Health Alliance provide a platform for ongoing consumer advocacy. Membership of Consumer Alumni of Health Issues Centre enables Angela to keep up-to-date with consumer engagement initiatives in Australia and overseas.

Board appointments to Women with Disabilities Victoria and Safe Futures Foundation (family violence service) has resulted in targeted advocacy focussing on the double disadvantage facing women with disability experiencing family violence

Liz has a strong interest in community affairs, especially those that touch the immediate community and works as a support volunteer with the elderly living in her local area of North Balwyn and those that require long-term medical attention at Box Hill Hospital. She has a strong sense of social justice as well as a particular interest in mental health, and has had exposure to the Child & Youth Mental Health Services at Eastern Health, while studying for her Masters of Social Work degree. Liz was born in Brazil, was educated in Germany and the United States, and lived in the United Kingdom. She speaks five languages fluently and feels that she can bring a multicultural perspective to the Committee. Liz has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has finalised her Masters of Social Work.

Raj Liskaser is a General Nurse by profession, having completed her training at St Vincent’s Public Hospital in Fitzroy, Melbourne, in 1986, followed by a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing. During the course of her employment, Raj’s passion for ensuring that patients received the highest quality of healthcare during hospital admission led her to be involved in various committees, such as Policy and Procedure and Quality Assurance.

During her time at St Vincent’s, Raj was appointed Associate Nurse Unit Manager in addition to being in charge of the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit. In this role, she managed all aspects of the department while striving to deliver high quality care to over 40 patients. Additionally, she found herself involved in advocating for each patient’s needs, conducting research into improving patient care during and after hospitalisation, and educating culturally and linguistically diverse patients and their families. In the last 17 years, Raj has been actively involved in representing her children’s school community in positions of Year Level Liaison and Class Representative - roles which required her to bridge the gap of communication between parents and the administration board. She has also been the Director of Liskaser Medical Services for the last 20 years. Raj has also been a member of the Clinical Deterioration Expert Advisory Committee since 2016, and is currently also a member of the Consumer Advisory Committee and the Quality Account Advisory Group of Eastern Health.

Having a thorough understanding of the healthcare system and the impact it has on the wider community - especially its effect on various cultural groups - Raj believes that her own multicultural background, professional training and management skills will allow her to serve the community and contribute to the committee to the best of her abilities.

Tarnya works for Yarra Valley Water where she is involved with a Consumer Advisory Group and through this has received insight into consumer participation and the needs of diverse consumers including those from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. She has worked in health as a Management Accountant and is passionate about the health industry. She was previously the Board Treasurer for the Special Olympics Victoria. Tarnya is keen to give back to the community and believes that her strategic professional skills and passion for health will serve her well as a member of the Community Advisory Committee.

David Plunkett joined Eastern Health in 2002 and in February 2010 was appointed to the role of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. In addition to this role, David was also appointed as Executive Director of Acute Health in May 2013, where he held both positions until September 2016 when he was appointed as Chief Executive, Eastern Health. Previously, David has held senior roles at Epworth Richmond and Latrobe Regional Hospitals. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. He is a registered nurse with post graduate clinical qualifications.

Gloria Sleaby is a senior professional with extensive business, financial and management skills, especially in the small and medium enterprise and primary healthcare segments. Gloria is a CPA qualified accountant, a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Management. Gloria brings years of experience as an executive director, having established several primary healthcare facilities in various regions of Melbourne, including developing and managing a purpose-built day surgery into a successful business through to its sale. Gloria’s roles at the Intensive Care Foundation and ANZICS further extended her finance and management skills into the not for profit and health sectors. Gloria is Director at Plenty Valley Community Health and a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and previously the Quality of Service Committee. Gloria is a Victorian Divisional Councillor at CPA Australia and past Chair of the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee. Gloria is dedicated to community involvement and is a member of the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Advisory Council as well as Community Member Advisory Committees with Eastern Health.

Shan is recently retired, after working 30 years in the Victorian Local Government Sector, where he held managerial positions in Finance and Procurement.  Shan is member of the CPA Australia and also a qualified Chartered Management Accountant from UK.  Shan contributed his expertise to a number of Local Government sector related working groups including;
•    Financial Hardship Policy Review (Municipal Association of Victoria)
•    Local Government Act Review-Financial decision making (Local Government Victoria)
•    Know your Council Website development (Local Government Victoria)

Shan is active volunteer in major events including 2015 ICC World Cup Cricket, 2007 World Aquatics (FINA)Championship, 2006 Commonwealth Games and Coordinated fundraising events after the 2004 Boxing day Tsunami. Shan is also a regular blood donor to the Australian Red Cross.