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 practised as a lawyer, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Legal Aid. She has extensive experience across the justice, social services and government sectors. Prior to her appointment at Victoria Legal Aid, Louise was the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Before this, she spent three years as Deputy CEO at the National Disability Insurance Agency implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Louise was the inaugural Director of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Justice Centre Project which saw the Centre opening in Collingwood in 2007. She has worked for the Victorian Public Advocate, the then Victorian Department of Justice and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department in Deputy Secretary roles, as well as in local government, academia, the private sector, and ministerial offices. Louise holds qualifications in law, social work and social policy, and is keenly interested in the intersections between legal policy and public policy generally.
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 and mediator practising in health law with particular interest in medical negligence, professional disciplinary matters and public health. Nicki has researched and taught law at Monash University in the faculties of Law and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate level for 19 years. Nicki is a former board member of theVictorian Cytology Service.
BA/LLB (Hons), MBA, GAICD
Katrina has extensive commercial and strategy experience. Her background includes senior executive roles at Telstra, strategy consulting and corporate law. Currently, she is an independent consultant advising government and private sector organisations on strategy, transformation and organisational development. She is an experienced public sector board director and also serves on the boards of Bendigo Kangan Institute and Gippsland Water. Katrina has an MBA and a law degree, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
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 Committee 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.
BSc (Hons), PhD, MBBS, FRANZCOG, CREI, MAICD
Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the ART industry. He was initially involved in scientific research into human reproduction at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in the early days of IVF. He went on to gain a medical degree which was followed by a career in clinical practice in obstetrics and gynaecology with a particular interest in IVF and infertility. He has extensive experience in medical administration, staff management and clinical governance with previous senior administrative roles in Victorian public hospitals and both private and listed ART companies. He has now retired from clinical practice but maintains an active interest in publicly focused health services planning, clinical governance and pharmacovigilance.
PhD, BSC(Hons), Dip Ed
Gael Jennings has contributed to the communication of science and medical research and the
analysis of its impact, on Australian television and radio for nearly 30 years as a prominent
broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist, interviewer, factual content editor, developer and creator at
ABC TV. Her media career has included national roles at ABC TV News, 7.30, Quantum and
Catalyst, entertainment ( Einstein Factor, Netflix ”Glitch”) as well as host of the mid-morning and
afternoon programs on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne and Victoria, and anchor of SBS TV’s weekly
current affairs programme Insight. Director on over a dozen Boards, including Cancer Council
Australia, National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) and Museums Vic, Jennings holds
a PhD in Immunology and is the author of two books, one of them the award-winning children’s book,
Sick As… Bloody Moments in the History of Medicine. She is currently an Honorary Fellow of the
Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne.
BA/LLB (Hons); LLM; PhD (Law)
Fiona is the Dean of the La Trobe University Law School. Prior to her arriving at La Trobe she was an Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Fiona's research interests are primarily in the areas of family law and health law, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of assisted reproduction. She has published extensively in Australian and international journals on the legal regulation of parentage in the context of assisted reproduction, the ethics of sperm donor anonymity, the judicial and legislative response to lesbian and single mother by choice families, and the legal barriers faced by transgender youth seeking medical treatment. Professor Kelly is currently the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant which explores the impact of donor linking – the process whereby donor-conceived people, donors and recipient parents access each other’s identity – on individual and familial identities and relationships.
Chief Executive Officer
Louise has been CEO for the Authority since 2005. She holds an Honours degree in microbiology, postgraduate qualifications in education and management, Masters in Regulatory Studies and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a community member of the Occupational Therapy board of Australia, member of the NHMRC Embryo Licensing Committee, and a past chairperson for Women’s Health Victoria.