Chief Allied Health Officer, Victoria
Donna Markham is the Chief Allied Health Officer for Victoria and the Chief Allied Health Officer for the State-wide Equipment Program. As a qualified Occupational Therapist, she has worked in the healthcare sector for approximately 15 years.
Donna is recognised as one of Victoria’s leaders in allied health and has led many significant allied health reforms, workforce development changes and research projects and publications. Donna also led the implementation of the Allied Health Credentialing, Competency and Capability Framework.
Donna was formerly the Chief Allied Health Officer at Monash Health. She has worked in both public and private health in a variety of senior management and leadership roles and was honoured to become a finalist for the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women’s Award in 2014.
Donna is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program and the Australia Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Sally Green
Co-Director, Cochrane Australia
Professor Sally Green is Co-Director of Cochrane Australia and a Professorial Fellow and Graduate Research Co-ordinator in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from Monash University in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy.
Sally is Chair of Cochrane’s international Knowledge Translation Advisory Group and has several competitively funded research projects investigating the best ways of informing health decisions with knowledge from synthesised research. She is a member of NHMRC’s Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (STORE) advisory committee.
Kerryn Harvey is a medical miracle, a story of survival, and never giving up.
In 2000, aged 35, Kerryn was diagnosed with stage III Bowel Cancer requiring a bowel resection and 6 months of chemotherapy.
In 2013, aged 47, Kerryn contracted a life threatening flesh-eating bacteria, as a result of a seemingly minor cycling accident, in Adelaide. Radical surgery was required to save Kerryn’s life and a right forequarter amputation (arm and shoulder) was performed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After the operation, Kerryn repeatedly battled against the odds and survived.
6 years on and Kerryn has rebuilt her world and is living an active, busy and fulfilling life. Her achievements include:
- Owner/operator of her own Personal Training/Presenter business aptly named Nine Lives Training
- Founding Director of charity START Foundation – Empowering Amputees in Life Through Sport
- Member of the Australian Elite Paratriathlon Team
Kerryn has a passion for sport, particularly the sport of triathlon, and attributes her incredible recovery from her life threatening battles back to good health to her fitness.
“Regaining my fitness and returning to the sports I love gave me the confidence to believe that anything is possible”.