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Committee Members

Eastern Health Board of Directors.

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.

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.

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.

Over the past eight years Jane has held positions on a number of voluntary committees. She also held a Non-Executive Director role on the board of a hospital trust in England. Prior to holding that position, she had been a volunteer community representative on three public health committees. Jane's ability to contribute in these forums drew on her professional experience as a lawyer and company secretary in the banking sector and her personal experience of the health systems in Australia and England.

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.

Eddie has worked as an Eastern Health volunteer for a number of years in the Maroondah Hospital Emergency Department and in the last year has joined the Eastern Health consumer register. As a member of the register Eddie has been involved in conducting monthly patient surveys at Yarra Ranges Health and Healesville Hospital & Yarra Valley Health, attended numerous service planning sessions and more recently was appointed as a consumer representative on the Emergency & General Medicine Program Council. Eddie has been involved with the local Aboriginal community for almost 50 years and is well regarded in the Aboriginal community as well as in the broader community.

Jan has had exposure to the healthcare system as both a consumer and carer . She worked in the Victorian Healthcare System as a division one registered nurse for a number of years and retired in 2004. Her work during the 1990s included roles at Box Hill Hospital including Nurse Educator in General Nursing School and later Nursing Quality Improvement and Accreditation Co-ordinator (Major interest was falls prevention). Later roles included designing, conducting, analysing and reporting on a survey (including focus groups) to all Victorian public hospitals and associated community providers on the outcomes of the Effective Discharge Programme, for the then Department of Humans Services and researching, designing and trialling a pressure injury prevention programme at the Austin Hospital.