Special responsibilities: Member of the Quality & Review Committee.
Qualifications and experience: Melanie has formal qualifications in Arts, Social Work, and the Law. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently undertaking a Masters of International Development. She is the Chief Executive Officer at Hepatitis Victoria – the peak organisation providing advocacy, awareness raising, information, support and health promotion for people living with or affected by viral hepatitis – including services users of Star Health. Her professional work has been in a variety of sectors including the public sector (future city strategic planning, social policy, women’s policy, law reform, and equal opportunity), as a private sector solicitor (mainly representing victims of sexual assault); and in both blue and white collar unions. Her non-professional activities have also been diverse, many focused in the inner south of Melbourne where she has lived with her family for nearly 30 years. These include being Mayor and Councillor of the City of St Kilda, local heritage initiatives, and the Boards and Committees of a wide range of organisations.
Other local involvement: Melanie sits on the Board of Hanover Welfare Services (a homeless service provider, based in the inner south) and is a Patron of the Epilepsy Foundation.