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Professor David Ashbridge

David AshbridggeProfessor David Ashbridge is the Chief Executive Officer of Barwon Health, the largest regional health service provider in Victoria, employing over 6,000 staff and including a major teaching hospital. Services provided by Barwon Health encompass hospital, mental health, drug and alcohol, community health, aged care and rehabilitation services.

Barwon Health is a cutting edge leader in e-Health and an organisation committed to reform and innovation. Recent significant improvements in the performance of the organisation (both financial and access) have culminated in Barwon Health receiving the Premiers Award for Regional Health Service of the Year in 2011 and Runner Up Regional Health Service of the Year in 2012.

Prior to taking up the position as Chief Executive Officer of Barwon Health, Professor Ashbridge worked for 22 years in the Northern Territory where he initially practiced as a remote area medical officer in Aboriginal communities. He then moved on to become a public health physician, which was followed by a twelve year period in a range of executive roles, culminating in his appointment to Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, a position he held from 2006 to 2010. Professor Ashbridge has also been Senior Medical Advisor and Assistant Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Chair of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council and a Board Member of the National E-Health Transition Authority.

Professor Ashbridge was recently awarded his professorship by Deakin University, and he is a member of the Deakin University Council.

In 2013 Professor Ashbridge was appointed to the Victorian Ministerial Health Innovation and Reform Council. Professor Ashbridge is actively involved with the Victorian Department of Health, being part of the Intensive Care Advisory Council, Board of Health Information Systems and various governance groups. His involvement in the Geelong Region includes, Chair of the South West Alliance of Rural Health Executive, membership of the Geelong Prevention Community Model Governance Group (Health Promotion) and Board member of the Committee for Geelong.

MB BS, Master Pub. Hlth, Dpl Child Hlth, Dpl Trop Med, GAICD, Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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