David has held executive positions in the health sector for the past 20 years, spanning the not-for-profit, private, and government sectors.

After commencing his career as a physiotherapist, David completed a Master of Business Administration and transitioned into senior management roles. He was previously CEO of the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association, the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway), and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Prior to joining the Institute, David held a number of executive roles in the Victorian Department of Health. His work in the public service included leading teams responsible for COVID-19 pathology operations and the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

David has also worked as an advisor to the World Health Organisation and previously chaired the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations, whose secretariat is headquartered at Thai Health. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to society and medicine.

David has a comprehensive record of ongoing professional development, including completing the VPS Executive Leadership Program, the Gwyder Consulting Group Executive Coaching Program, and the AICD Company Directors Course.

When he’s not working, David plays the piano and supports the Richmond football club.

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