Acting Chief Executive Officer Peter Faulkner manages Bendigo Health and reports to the board of directors. He is supported by executive directors who oversee the running of nine divisions between them.
Peter Faulkner - Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director Bendigo Hospital Project
RN Master Hlth Admin Grad Dip Hlth Svc Mgt Cert Contract Mgt FCHSM CHE GAICD
Peter Faulkner started his career in the health industry as a psychiatric nurse and worked for 10 years as a psychiatric nurse clinician and clinical manager in child and adolescent, adult and aged care psychiatry. He spent four years as an advisor to the Victorian Minister for Health on psychiatric services and a further five years leading modernisation projects in psychiatric services.
Peter moved into the management of acute hospitals in 1994, and has managed a number of hospitals and aged care services in both rural and metropolitan settings in Australia. He was responsible for the commissioning and operations of Casey Hospital - a new 230 bed public hospital in Melbourne, the first to be built under the public private partnership model.
More recently, Peter has undertaken an expatriate assignment in the United Arab Emirates, where he worked as chief operating officer for the University Hospital Sharjah, in addition to other consulting projects in Dubai and North Africa.
As well as his undergraduate nursing qualification, Peter holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and a Master of Health Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He holds a contract management in public, private partnerships certificate from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Robyn Lindsay - Executive Director Acute Health
BPhysio MHlthSci Hlth Svc Mgt Cert GAICD ACHSM
Robyn Lindsay has more than 15 years’ experience working in health care as a physiotherapist and more recently in health management roles. She came to Bendigo Health in 1997 to take up a clinical physiotherapy role and has had the pleasure of working in such diverse programs as outpatient rehabilitation services, acute and sub-acute inpatient wards, aged psychiatric services and the emergency department. Along with a period of time working in the United Kingdom in clinical roles, previous managerial positions at Bendigo Health have included the chief physiotherapist, manager of sub-acute community services and director of Allied Health.
After completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Master’s of Health Sciences, Robyn has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and attained a professional certificate of Health Systems Management (University of Melbourne).
Dr Humsha Naidoo - Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Executive Director
MBChB; Masters in Health Services Management; FRACMA; Master of Law (Juris Doctor)
Dr Humsha Naidoo completed her medical training in South Africa and was appointed to the position of Deputy Director Acute Services at Austin Health in 1999. She has worked in Director Medical Services roles in several hospitals in Victoria.
She was appointed to the position of Executive Director Clinical Governance and Risk/ Chief Medical Officer at Northern Health. She was subsequently appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director Medical Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland. During this period, she was also seconded to the position of Acting Principal Medical Officer for Queensland where she was involved mainly with strategic medical workforce planning.
She has a Master of Health Services Management and completed the fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She completed the Master of Law (Juris Doctor) program and is currently a surveyor for ACHS.
She has a strong interest in clinical governance, risk management and innovative system changes in hospitals to facilitate better patient care. She has worked extensively with senior medical staff in areas of credentialing, defining scope of clinical practice, performance review, clinical incident management, open disclosure, complaints management and medico-legal issues.
Andrew Collins - Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
BAC CPA MAICD
Andrew Collins was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2005. He has more than 20 years of experience in executive management within the health industry, spanning both the public and private sectors.
Private sector health experience included both profit and not for profit organisations. His working history prior to health was in manufacturing, retail, international trade and various other businesses.
Andrew believes that even after his experience in international trade where transactions were mainly in foreign currencies involving vessel chartering and extremely complex transactions in the tens of millions of dollars, health is by far the most complex and diverse industry there is.
At Bendigo Health, Andrew manages corporate support services, environmental services, finance, food services, payroll, salary packaging, performance reporting, procurement and supply. He also manages the annual budget, which is in excess of $300 million.
Andrea Noonan - Executive Director People and Culture
Andrea Noonan brings more than 20 years’ experience gained in a range of industries from manufacturing through to professional services, aligning well with the range of employment groups at Bendigo Health. Andrea has extensive experience in relation to improving processes within the human resources environment and sound occupational health and safety knowledge. During her career, Andrea has worked on a number of significant change management programs in large corporations, incorporating all aspects of human resources management, including industrial relations.
Andrea obtained a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources Management at La Trobe University Bendigo.
Bruce Winzar - Executive Director Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Dip of Bus (Information Processing) BAS (Computing) Grad Dip Mgt
Bruce Winzar has been in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry since 1976 and has held several senior ICT roles within both the private and public sector, including operating his own consulting business. Bruce has pursued a lead role in specifying and supervising the delivery of new models for services in health and local government and provided project management for a range of large projects funded by both State and Federal Governments. He took a lead in role in the development of Australia’s first regional telecommunications company in 1998 and was a board member for the first three years of its inception. Bruce chairs several project control groups and is the executive sponsor for the implementation of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project for Bendigo Health.
He has project managed the development of Central Victoria’s Innovation Park and was inaugural chair of the Central Victorian ICT Cluster – a State Government initiative to promote and develop the ICT industry in central Victoria.
Bruce’s expertise covers business and management systems and he has worked across three tiers of government and facilitated a number of significant regional economic development initiatives for central Victoria. Bruce has a passionate interest for delivery of fair and equitable telecommunications services to the rural and remote sector of Australia and is a member of the iBendigo and iLoddonMallee working groups to advance smart city strategies for the Loddon Mallee region.
Liz Hamilton - Executive Director Healthy Communities and Continuing Care
BAppSci (OT) Cert Workplace Ldship ACHSM GAICD
Liz Hamilton graduated as an occupational therapist approximately 30 years ago, working initially as a clinician in acute care, rehabilitation, community health and aged care assessment prior to moving into management positions. Management roles have included chief occupational therapist, home therapy co-ordinator, community programs manager, then director of aged and residential care services at Austin Health before coming to Bendigo Health in 2007.
Liz really enjoys starting new programs to assist clients to remain in the community, having started the first dementia extended aged care at home, intermittent care and transition care programs in Victoria. Liz is also highly committed to seeing staff develop and take on new roles and responsibilities.
Associate Professor Phil Tune - Executive Director Psychiatric Services and Authorised Psychiatrist
Philip Tune started at Bendigo Health in late 2006 as the Clinical Director of Psychiatry, returning to the part of Victoria where he spent the first 10 years of his life, having worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 10 years in Melbourne (in hospital-based and private practice). He then took on additional responsibilities as the Executive Director of Psychiatric Services. Phil has found the Psychiatric Services division staff to be dedicated to good patient outcomes and the managers’ committed, hardworking and highly skilled. Phil’s subsequent development of a Bendigo-based training program for psychiatrists, involvement in teaching psychiatry to Monash University medical students, rejuvenation of the local research program in psychiatry and participation in the design of the Bendigo Hospital Project have all provided additional dimensions to a complex and stimulating role.