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Our Staff

We have more than 900 staff providing a wide range of mental health services across the Sydney Local Health District.

The District Mental Health Service is managed by an executive comprised of representatives of the major portfolios. These include:

  • Medical Specialties
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Community Mental Health
  • Clinical Governance
  • Corporate Governance

The Mental Health Executive operates under a Chief Executive who is guided by a District Board. The purpose of Mental Health Executive is to:

  • To safeguard and care for consumers and employees of the service
  • To provide a world class mental health service base on best practice and evidence-based care
  • Determine and monitor project priorities and strategic directions
  • Participate in a shared, constructive vision for the continuing reform of mental health services based on State and National priorities
  • Be stable, flexible and able to respond to the challenges of service delivery within the context of broader jurisdictional needs
  • Commit to the implementation of good governance principles to be accountable; transparent; responsive; effective; efficient; equitable and inclusive; and follow the rule of law
  • Participate as key stakeholders in the broader mental health community as disciplined contributors and expert.

KEY STAFF

Professor Victor Storm
Associate Professor Dr Victor Storm, Director of Mental Health (SLHD)
The Director of Mental Health is responsible for the overall corporate and clinical governance, performance and strategic planning of the Mental Health Service, and reports to the SLHD Chief Executive.

Mr Lance Takiari, Acting Director of Nursing (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Nursing is responsible for the leadership and management of the Mental Health Service's nursing staff and plays an important role in the management of hospital-based mental health services. The Director of Nursing plans and develops nursing services from financial, organisational, physical, and workforce perspectives.

Mr Allan Hall, Director of Clinical Governance (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Clinical Governance leads, directs and manages organisational functions that promote and support patient safety and clinical excellence within the mental health services. The position also provides significant input to the development and oversight of strategic priorities and business plans, policy development, clinical service strategies, incident and risk management, and quality improvement activities.

Mr Dion Puru
Mr Dion Puru, Director of Operations & Corporate Governance (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Operations & Corporate Governance leads, directs and manages the operational aspects across a broad spectrum of service delivery models and corporate functions in line with SLHD strategic directions and the Mental Health Service's operational plans. The position also provides significant input to the development and oversight of strategic and business operations, organisational culture, policy development, financial management, information management, service-level agreements, and services that support and enable the effective functioning of the organisation.

Dr Andrew McDonald
Dr Andrew McDonald, Director of Clinical Services (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Clinical Services is responsible for the leadership and management of mental health medical staff. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Viktoria Sundakov
Dr Viktoria Sundakov, Director of Psychiatry, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The Director of Psychiatry is responsible for the leadership and management of mental health medical staff based at the Professor Marie Bashir Centre. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Dr Philip Hazel, Director of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Child & Adolescent Mental Health is responsible for the leadership and management of the mental health child and adolescent services. The positon is base at the Rivendell Unit, Thomas Walker Hospital. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Dr David Kitching, Director of Psychogeriatric Services (SLHD Mental Health)
The Director of Psychogeriatric Services is responsible for the leadership and management of the mental health older persons’ services. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Dr Hang Tran, Medical Director, Concord Centre for Mental Health
The Medical Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the Mental Health Service's medical staff based at Concord Centre for Mental Health. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Dr Robert Gribble, Director of Consultation Liaison Mental Health, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The Director Consultation Liaison is responsible for the leadership and management of mental health consultation and liaison services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. This position also provides clinical leadership and has responsibility for providing medical and clinical governance advice to the Service executive.

Ms Jingjing Gong, Finance Director (SLHD Mental Health)
The Finance Director is responsible for planning, reporting and managing the financial resources of the Mental Health Service to ensure health budget performance. The role includes strategic and operational functions related to financial management controls and practices consistent with Ministry of Health and SLHD financial management policies.

Mr Paul Clenaghan, Community & Partnership Manager (SLHD Mental Health)
The Community and Partnership Manager is responsible for the leadership, management and governance of the community mental health services and partnerships in Sydney Local Health District. The position is also responsible for the identification, negotiation and establishment of strategic partnerships for the mental health services in the district.

Ms Megan Still, Service, Community Services & Innovation Manager (SLHD Mental Health)
The Community Services and Innovation Manager is responsible for the leadership, management and governance of consumer focussed activities including: peer workers, consumer and carer representation, and strategic community engagement and communication.

Ms Lil Vrklevski
Ms Lil Vrklevski, Professional Senior Psychologist (SLHD Mental Health)
The Professional Senior Psychologist is responsible for the leadership, governance and coordination of the psychological services within the Mental Health Service. The position is also responsible for advising on the planning and development needs of the Allied Health services from a financial, organisational, physical, and workforce perspectives.

Mr Simon Tully, Senior Social Worker (SLHD Mental Health)
The District Senior Social Worker is responsible for the leadership, governance and coordination of social work services within the Mental Health Service. The position is also responsible for advising on the planning and development needs of the Allied Health services from a financial, organisational, physical, and workforce perspectives.

Ms Julie Bohan, Senior Occupational Therapist (SLHD Mental Health)
The District Senior Occupational Therapist is responsible for the leadership, governance and coordination of occupational therapy services within the Mental Health Service. The position is also responsible for advising on the planning and development needs of the Allied Health services from a financial, organisational, physical, and workforce perspectives.