The members of the Authority (our board) are nominated by the Minister for Health and the appointments are made by the Governor-in-Council. Section 101 of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 states that in making nominations to the Governor-in-Council, the Minister must have regard to the need for diversity and expertise.
The following is a list of current membership:
Louise, who has practised as a lawyer, is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, and was Deputy Chief xecutive Officer of the National Disability Insurance Agency. Louise has held senior positions in Federal Government departments (First Assistant Secretary and acting Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s department) and State Government departments (Deputy Secretary, Legal and Equity portfolio, Department of Justice) as well as positions in local government, academia, the private sector and ministerial offices. She brings a breadth of experience as a board member and is keenly interested in social and legal policy as well as regulation and governance.
Nicki's area of expertise is where the law, medicine and ethics intersect. She has a Masters degree in Bioethics from the Centre for Human Bioethics and published a first class thesis on the regulation of IVF in Victoria. Nicki is a barrister practicing in Health law with particular interest in medical negligence, professional disciplinary matters and public health. Nicki is also a nationally accredited mediator. Nicki has researched and taught law at Monash University in the faculties of Law and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at undergraduate and post graduate level for 15 years. Nicki is a former board member of the Victorian Cytology Service.
Dr Rosalind McDougall
Rosalind is a Research Fellow in Ethics at the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is also affiliated with the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She studied at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, and has published widely in clinical ethics and reproductive ethics. Her research focuses on ethical issues around parenthood and families.
GAICD, HBA, LLB,(Hons)/BA Finance
Katrina has extensive commercial and strategy experience. Her background includes senior executive roles at Telstra and strategy consulting across diverse industries with Boston Consulting Group. Currently, she is an independent consultant advising government and private sector organisations on strategy, transformation and organisational development. She also serves on the board of Hepburn Health Service. Katrina has an MBA and a law degree, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Dr Lauren Burns
Lauren is a donor-conceived person who brings to the board skills in public education, community organising and research. She has previously worked on the executive committee of management of VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help) and the VARTA donor register services reference group committee. She has been involved in community organising and peer support initiatives for donor-conceived people, including co-founding the VARTA-VANISH support network for adult donor-conceived people, co-producing the webclip and website for the RUDC public awareness campaign and managing the 2015 national conference for donor-conceived people. She has a PhD in engineering and her professional experience is a researcher in the aerospace industry.
Dr Ronald Carson
BSc(Hons) MSC PhD
Over the past three decades Ronald has been responsible for the design, accreditation and operation of IVF and diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Australia. IVF centres under his direction were recognised as early leaders in improvement of IVF outcomes. He has served as a consultant with the World Health Organisation Programme in Human Reproduction in China and Indonesia and more recently has taught in the Masters’ degree in Human Embryology at Monash University. Ronald has experience in health services planning and management at both board and senior executive levels.
BA/LLB (Hons) M. International Studies
Julie is an experienced lawyer practising in discrimination and employment law. Her practice focuses on equal opportunity and workplace issues in the public and private sectors, including in healthcare. She is also a skilled investigator of workplace misconduct. As well as Victoria, Julie has practised in NSW and as a lawyer for the Government Legal Department in the UK. She has a keen interest in diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity law and policy. She sits on the Diversity Taskforce of the Law Institute of Victoria and promotes measures to reduce discrimination, particularly on the grounds of pregnancy and family and caring responsibilities. Julie also holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Sydney.