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Board of Directors

Associate Professor Denise Heinjus, Chair

Professor Kim Foster

Ms Megan McKechnie

Ms Heather Pickard

Ms Fiona Whitecross


Board Member Biographies


Denise Heinjus, Chair

Denise has been the Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Services at Melbourne Health for the past four and a half years. She trained as a general nurse at Albury Base Hospital and as a midwife at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital in Melbourne. Denise has a strong background working in rural health (Greater Murray Area Health Service) in the development and management of community-based health services.


Denise has a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Masters (Honours) in Health Science Management. Prior to moving to Vic from NSW in 2005, Denise’s previous positions include Area Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service and a similar position in Illawarra Area Health Service with responsibility for clinical governance, disaster management and health service planning.