Chief Executive, Vahid Saberi
Prior to his current role as the Chief Executive of North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN), Vahid Saberi worked for NSW Health for 18 years – with more than 12 years on the North Coast of NSW.
Vahid’s immediate past position was the General Manager of Richmond Clarence Health Service Group. In this position, Vahid was responsible for the management of 10 hospitals including Lismore Base, Ballina, Grafton, Casino and Maclean Hospitals and a range of Community and Allied Health Services. In the position prior to this, Vahid, was in charge of Area Health clinical operations on the North Coast, overseeing the management of 22 hospitals, community and allied health services and a range ancillary and satellite services.
Vahid has had a long career in Strategic Development, Planning and Population Health. As the Executive Director of Population Health, Planning and Performance, in addition to health promotion, public health, planning, Aboriginal health, telemedicine and community engagement, Vahid managed Capital Works which involved major infrastructure development projects (hospitals, community health centres and other facilities).
Executive Assistant to Chief Executive, Linda Muscat
Linda lives in the picturesque village of Clunes, not far from Lismore. Married with two teenage sons, she has three children to raise, as well as her adored baby girl Bubbles, an Australian Bulldog. Linda loves reading, movies and watching her kids play sport – cricket and baseball. Husband Mick recently took up the sporting life, joining a baseball team.
Director, Corporate Services, Michael Carter
Michael lived in the Northern Rivers until completing his degree and then spent 10 years in Sydney. With a growing young family, Michael and Karolyn moved to the Mid North Coast, enjoying the tree change for nine years before returning to the Lismore area in 2006.
Michael’s extensive experience has been gained across a variety of sectors including Investment Management, Health and Higher Education. Service delivery and process improvement have been two focuses of his career based on his professional qualifications and experience in accounting/finance and understanding information technology management.
The scope and challenge offered by the organisation has attracted Michael to his role and he is looking forward to meeting and working with colleagues across the region to ensure that NCPHN establishes itself as a model for improving access to primary health care services.
General Manager, Service Delivery, Chris Clark
Chris grew up in Lismore and has attained a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Masters in Public Health. He joined the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN) in 1987 and was Chief Executive Officer of NRGPN for 10 years.
Prior to taking on the General Manager’s role, Chris was transitional CEO for the North Coast NSW Medicare Local and oversaw the many aspects of creating a new organisation.
He’s looking forward to working with NCPHN which he believes can build a sense of ownership within the community and achieve improved access to good health care. He says if NCPHN can achieve those things, it will have achieved a lot. Chris is keen to see a change of focus in health care from hospitals to the community setting.
“It’s a natural progression for improving the health of our communities,” he says. Chris lives in Goonellabah with wife Susan, three children and a menagerie. He’s also the ever optimistic coach of the Lismore Under 13s hockey team.
Director, System & Service Integration, NNSW, Sharyn White
Sharyn has a long association with General Practice, having worked with Divisions of General Practice, the former Alliance of NSW Divisions and North Coast NSW Medicare Local.
Sharyn has a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Management) from Flinders University (SA), a qualification that focuses on the management challenges in the government and non-profit sectors. She also holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences.
As Director of System & Service Integration, she works across the region to help create a health system where it is easier for health practitioners to work together to care for each individual. This includes the delivery and development of Mid and North Coast HealthPathways.
Director, Mental Health & Services Integration, Megan Lawrance, PhD
Megan has an extensive background in leading reform and change in the health arena. Her experience spans mental health, Aboriginal health and clinical research. Her PhD studies focused on how organisations can work together for mental health outcomes, an area that is strikingly relevant for mental health reform.
Megan has a long-standing interest in mental health. Neuroscience was the major of her first class honours degree, Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney. She sees the mental health reforms as an exciting opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system.
For lifestyle reasons, Megan moved with her family to the North Coast in 2013. She reaps the rewards of this decision by riding to work, jumping in the ocean at lunch time and regularly camping on the weekends.
Director, Quality & Innovation, Monika Wheeler (Acting)
Monika is currently Acting Director for Quality and Innovation. Her substantive position is Coordinator – Clinician Engagement.
Monika is passionate about increasing the community’s access to quality health care and empowering community members and health professionals to influence improvements to the health system.
Monika has more than 10 years’ experience leading social policy strategy and direct service delivery and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney. She has worked at the local, state, national and international levels in government and not-for-profit organisations.
Monika lives in the Byron Shire with her husband and two children. She has been with the organisation for nearly four years.