bestchance CHILD FAMILY CARE
Kevin Feeney, Chair - Inner East PCP
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin brings over 15 years experience as a Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Business Manager in the Not-for-Profit Sector along with experience in the Commercial Markets in the Training and Health Industries. Kevin also brings over eight years experience as a board member of large aged care provider fulfilling roles as Chair, Finance and Audit Committee and board deputy chair.
bestchance is a leading independent provider of holistic children’s services in early childhood and associated life issues. Providing universal, specialist, educational and welfare services, bestchance has adopted an innovative and holistic approach to assisting young children and families by integrating its suite of community services. Programs include Child Care, Early Childhood Intervention, Parent and Child Support, Training, Community Support, and Cheshire an independent, primary school for children with social, emotional and learning difficulties. In partnership with parents, Bestchance also manages many local kindergartens and focus’ on implementing early intervention strategies and respectfully work alongside families to develop skills, resiliency and self sufficiency.
Ronda Jacobs, Deputy Chair - Inner East PCP
Chief Executive Officer
Ronda was appointed as CEO of Carrington Health in April 2013 after acting in the interim role since April 2012. Carrington Health (previously Whitehorse Community Health) is a for purpose organisation that delivers effective, efficient and innovative community health programs that make a difference to people at risk and to our broader community. Ronda’s leadership has seen several major achievements since 2012, alongside managing over 150 staff and more than 50 volunteers, and the delivery of over 30,000 contacts to 10,000 clients per year. Carrington Health completed their Service Plan to 2030, a long term vision for health in the Whitehorse Community, and launched a successful name change as a result. They received the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance Inaugural Award in 2013, and the Whitehorse Business Group Mayoral Award for Business Development and the Community Award in 2014. Ronda is currently the inaugural ‘CEO Convenor’ of the newly formed Connect 4 Health Consortium of four Community Health organisations across the Inner East region of Melbourne. Ronda has worked extensively in the private and public health sectors for over 25 years, in executive and non-executive roles.
Chief Executive Officer
Adam is the CEO of Outcome Health, in addition to a long history working in and across primary health, Adam has managed a range of health services and IT projects across Australia, including programs for the Victorian Office of the CIO, community health, Monash and Eastern Health.
Outcome Health has been providing support for general practice and other primary healthcare organisations in the eastern region of Melbourne for over 20 years. Outcome Health joined forces with its subsidiary company General Practice Support Services Vic in 2015 and is an independent organisation, providing clinical and support services to a range of General Practices, PHNs and Government. Outcome Health operates initiatives such as the POLAR Data platform, eHealth / eReferral consulting, Mental Health services via Credentialed Mental Health Nurses in GP clinics and Suicide Prevention, GP Clinic based asthma and diabetes consulting as well as operating the After Hours GP clinic in Box Hill. Outcome Health continues to innovate for informed decision making and health connectivity.
South East Regional Manager
Leah provides leadership and strategic oversight of all Southern and Eastern region operations, particularly focusing on strengthening community relationships and partnership development. Leah brings over ten years’ experience within community, government and private sectors. Leah has been a part of key projects relating to innovative evidence-based service models to strengthen sustainability, outcomes and reform readiness. Leah has qualifications in Health Science and Community Development, and has particular interest in building capability and knowledge amongst people within their communities for improved social and health outcomes.
annecto is one of Australia’s leading community inclusion not-for-profit organisations. Operating from a social inclusion and human rights perspective, annecto has a strong commitment to assisting people with dementia, intellectual and physical disability, acquired brain injury, older people and their families and carers to engage and participate in the community with the aim to live better lives in a home of their choice. annecto employs over 400 practitioners who support over 7,500 individuals via afterhours, community aged care and disability supports and is involved in over 98 disability, aged or community focused advisory and reference groups.
Manningham City Council
Director Community Programs
Chris is currently Director of Community Programs at Manningham City Council, a position he has held for just over two years. He is also currently a Board member of the Inner East Primary Care Partnership. Prior to this Chris was the CEO of Knox Community Health Service, a position he held for just over four and a half years and one in which there was a significant period of change, growth and innovation.
Chris and his family migrated to Australia from the UK just over 10 years ago. Prior to his appointment at Knox, Chris worked in senior positions in the Department of Human Services and with Ambulance Victoria.
In the UK Chris began his career as a trainee accountant in local government and subsequently made a career in the National Health Service for over 17 years, holding a number of senior managerial positions including 6 years as a Finance Director in major Acute Hospitals and 6 years as a CEO of a Health Authority and Primary Care Trust.
Women's Health East
Health Promotion Manager
Women’s Health East improves the health and wellbeing of girls and women by informing and influencing policy and service delivery across the EMR. WHE works in partnership with others in the region to build the capacity of services and programs to ensure they optimally address issues affecting women.
Regional Manager - Eastern Victoria
Peter currently oversees Neami National’s community mental health programs in the Eastern Region of Melbourne. Peter has over 10 years of experience in the community mental health sector. He has worked as a support worker and manager across a variety of programs in Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Neami National is a community mental health service supporting people living with mental illness to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals. Neami supports over 7,000 Australians each year in their recovery, and has been doing so for 28 years.
Neami National provides services in diverse communities in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, ranging from the inner-city and suburbs to regional and remote areas.
Neami National’s Mission is to improve mental health and wellbeing in local communities with a Vision for full citizenship for all people living with a mental illness in Australian society.