Committee of ManagementBanksia Palliative Care Service Inc.
Our Committee of Management oversees our organisation. Some of their main roles are governance and planning. It is made up of a group of respected community minded citizens who come from a variety of backgrounds.
They kindly volunteer their expertise to Banksia.
John Richardson has been elected President again following the 2016 AGM. He has previously served as President between 2005 and 2010.
Prior to that, he was Vice President from 1997. John joined the Board in 1994. John has held significant appointments as the Group Manager of Employee Relations for the North East Healthcare Network and Human Resources Manager at Austin Health and Director of Human Resources with the Royal Automobile Club Victoria (RACV), a career spanning over 26 years. John has worked in all facets of the Human Resources area, in such diverse organisations as Arts Victoria, the Road Traffic Authority, Attorney Generals Department and Austin Health. John has a Bachelor of Business degree with a psychology major and is a Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Debra joined the Committee of Management in 2014 filling the after a colleague recommended she apply for the recently vacated Treasurer’s role. Debra brings a wealth of experience to this role having managed Finance, Infrastructure/Purchasing, Human Resources and Information Technology for VincentCare Victoria who specialises in aged care, community & disability services.
Having a passion for the aged care sector, Debra started her own consulting business in 2014 specialising in Consumer Directed Care in the Home Care sector. Seeing a technology gap in the market, Debra developed Care Collaborator, a cloud based software solution designed for the home care provider, enabling more efficient processes.
Dr Sonia Fullerton MBBS FRACP, FAChPM MHealthServManage
Dr Fullerton joined the Banksia Committee of Management in May 2019. She is a specialist physician in Palliative Medicine, who commenced her medical career having graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1995. Sonia completed her specialist training in palliative medicine in 2005, and was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and Fellowship of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM). She has also undertaken and completed her Masters of Health Service Management (MHealthServManage) from Monash University.
Sonia has a keen interest in systems that improve the quality of patient care, complex symptom management and systems to improve end of life care, and advance care planning. She is a keen cyclist, and she has three children.
Paul joined the Committee of Management in 2006. Paul currently works at Alfred Health in the position of Director Technology Services and Transformation, responsible for Health Information Management, Electronic Medical Records, IT Infrastructure and Service Delivery. Since graduating as a Nurse and specializing in Critical Care, Paul has held a number of clinical and management roles in Public Health, Government and Private Consulting.
Paul’s interests include workforce leadership and change management. He lives in the local community with his wife and three teenage children and was drawn to volunteering at Banksia to support his community and due to the valuable services provided by Banksia. Paul has served Banksia in both Vice President and President positions in the past.
Mark Rogers ASM
Mark is the Chief Operating Officer of Ambulance Victoria (AV) and joined the Banksia Committee of Management in September 2018.
He commenced his ambulance career as a paramedic before undertaking the role of Operations Manager Logistics for the former Metropolitan Ambulance Service in 2006. In 2009 he was appointed General Manager Specialist Service for Ambulance Victoria, then progressed to become the inaugural incumbent of the Chief Operating Officer role in 2015 – a role which amongst a great many other things, sees him represent AV in external forums, including, The Emergency Services Leadership Group (ELSG), and the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) Advisory Committee. Some key career achievements include leading the development and implementation of a strategy which improved response performance; overseeing the delivery of a centralised communications model via the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), resulting in greater service efficiency and quality improvements (note: this iniative saw a 40% improvement in cardiac arrest outcomes in rural Victoria); initiating and leading a program to centralise rostering, and development of a statewide system for response management which led to improved efficiencies and multiple savings.
Mark was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in January 2012, and is also a member of the Otway Health Governance Board, which he joined in early 2018. He is a proven emergency services operational executive with demonstrated expertise in diagnosing business needs and driving significant productivity improvements. He has a strong leadership focus – he leads diverse teams, navigating challenging and complex environments, and engages and mobilises people to reach goals through the clear articulation of vision.