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Board Members

Julia Trimboli, Chairperson

Julia is the Executive Director Leadership & Mission at Mercy Health.

Julia was appointed to the position of Executive Director Leadership & Mission in June 2015 and is responsible for guiding Mercy Health's leadership team in supporting their mission. Julia holds a Master of Bioethics, Master of Arts (Theology), Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations, Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice, and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts. Julia also brings extensive experience in mission leadership roles, which includes Catholic Health Australia, Calvary Health Care and most recently, Cabrini Health. Julia has a deep commitment to, and sound knowledge of, Catholic health provision and what that means for mission from community, public and private health perspectives. 

Maureen Waddington, Deputy Chairperson

Maureen is the Director of Mission for St. John of God Ballarat hospital, a role she has held for 13 years.

Originating in Melbourne and living in Ballarat for 30 years, Maureen has  worked as a Director of Mission for St John of God Health Care  in Bendigo and Murdoch (WA).

Maureen has been instrumental in developing and establishing St John of God community mental health services for Ballarat and surrounds; developing an international health program for the Tongan community; is a dedicated participant in combined public/private Human Resource Ethics Committee in Ballarat; a Board Member of Centacare and Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics.

Maureen’s role for St. John of God includes formation for Trustees, Board Members and senior executives which takes place in Ireland and Spain and is a member of the Divisional Management Committee at St John of God Ballarat Hospital. During this time she has attained a Diploma of Management, MBA, and nearing completion of Master of Theology.

Stephen Vale, Treasurer

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), La Trobe University (1987), Postgraduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurological), University of Melbourne (1993), Master of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne (1997), Graduate Diploma of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2003), Master of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2004)

Mr Stephen Vale was appointed to the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics on 1 June 2009 shortly after his commencement as Executive Director for Medical Services, Aged and Community Care at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in April 2009. He took up the role as the Centre’s Treasurer on 7 March 2012.

Stephen commenced his career in health following his graduation in 1987 as a physiotherapist and had 8 years working as a clinician across a number of hospitals including Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea and St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne. He was later appointed as Chief Physiotherapist and Associate Clinical Dean (Physiotherapy) with The University of Melbourne through St. Vincent’s Clinical School, and then Group Manager for Allied Health and Community Programs at St. Vincent’s. During this time he was seconded to the Policy and Strategic Projects Division within the Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor assisting with the development of the Victorian workforce strategy for the allied health professions.

In his current role as Executive Director, Stephen has a broad range of responsibilities including Emergency, General and Special Medicine Units, the Cancer Centre, Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Correctional Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Aged Psychiatry, Community Services and four Residential Aged Care facilities across inner Melbourne. Stephen has an interest in bioethics and currently is the Chairman for Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc.

Karen Clark

Karen Clark is currently the General Manager/Director of Nursing at the St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne. She was previously the Director of Nursing and Operations at Melbourne Health from 2010 to 2013.

Karen has been on the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics on two occasions. She has been a Board Member since September 2013, representing St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne. Before that, Karen also served as a Member of the Centre’s Board from 2009 to 2010 on behalf of Mercy Health. From 2007 to 2010, Karen was a Centre Member, attending the Centre’s Annual General Meeting each year as a representative of Mercy Hospital for Women.

Karen’s knowledge and experience as a senior manager have been very helpful for the Centre’s strategic planning and decision making processes.

Anne Coghlan

Anne Coghlan is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a graduate in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

From 1988 to 1994, Anne was the National Convenor of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal. She was responsible for setting up that tribunal as a decision making statutory body, and was its first convenor.

Anne has extensive experience in the area of Tribunal decision making and Merits Review.

She became a member of the Victorian Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 1994. In 1998 she was appointed a Deputy President of the newly formed Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She has fulfilled the role of Deputy President in charge of the Credit List, the Anti-Discrimination List, the General List and the Occupational and Business and Regulation List. Most recently she was Deputy President in charge of the Human Rights Division of the Tribunal, until her retirement from full-time positions in 2014. She is now a sessional senior member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Rev Jim Curtain

Jim is a deacon of the Melbourne Archdiocese, presently appointed part-time to Nazareth parish, Rickett’s Point. His main ministry is as Director of Mission for St John of God Accord, a service that provides support to adults living with an intellectual disability. Previously he was in mission and pastoral care roles in civilian and military hospitals - most of Jim’s working life has been spent in the Royal Australian Air Force. For the first half of his Air Force career he worked in ground support, and then following ordination as a deacon he worked as a full-time Air Force chaplain for 13 years. He served at RAAF bases in NSW, VIC, Malaysia, SA and QLD and has seen active service in the Middle East and East Timor. He has tertiary qualifications in theology, ministry, music, education and administration and particular interests in ethics, inter-faith issues and spirituality.

Maria Egan

Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma (TESL), Bachelor of Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity), Master of Education, Qualified Spiritual Director (Siloam)

Maria Egan is Director Catholic Identity and Mission at Villa Maria Catholic Homes. Maria is assigned with the important task to lead and shape the Catholic identity and mission of the Villa Maria Catholic Homes as  becomes an integral part of the mission of the Catholic Church of Melbourne. To that purpose, Maria has been developing significant strategies to ensure that Villa Maria Catholic Homes has a tangible Catholic identity which is visible to all who come in contact with the organisation. 

Previously, Maria was the Director of Mission at Calvary Health Care, ACT.

Maria was appointed as a Member of the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics in October 2015. She represents Villa Maria Catholic Homes.

Catherine Garner

Cath Garner is the Executive Director Mission and Strategy at Cabrini Health.  She holds a Masters of Applied Science (Innovation and Service Management), Graduate Diploma of Theology, Graduate Diploma of Applied Information Systems, Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has extensive experience in the Catholic health care sector spanning clinical, education, and management roles.  She served on the board as Cabrini Health’s representative from 2004 –2011 and rejoined the board in 2015.

Fran Gore

Fran Gore is Manager/Deputy Director of Nursing Mercy Palliative Care Services, which involves management of the community service as well as the twelve bed inpatient unit at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Fran has had over 20 years’ experience in community palliative care, firstly as a nurse, and then later in the role of Clinical Nurse Consultant/Team leader. Prior to this she worked with Royal District Nursing Service in their haematology/oncology program, where she gained valuable experience in paediatric palliative care, helping many young children to die comfortably at home with their families. She has a post graduate certificate in Palliative Care. 

Fran has been involved with many initiatives to improve access to palliative care in the Western region of Melbourne including establishment of an outreach program and is committed to assisting people to die in their place of choice. She has a keen interest in quality improvement and improving the provision of palliative care in the aged care setting.

Fran joined the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics in March 2011. She represents Mercy Health.

Dr Mark Lubliner

B. Med Sci (Hons), MBBS, MBA, FRACMA. Group Director, Medical Services, St John of God Health Care

Mark has extensive medical and health administrative experience, spanning strategic planning and execution, clinical operations and quality improvement, medical workforce and enterprise risk management.

Previous roles include Medical Director at the Alfred Hospital, Strategy and Planning Consultant for the UK NHS South-East London Strategic Health Authority, and, most recently, Executive Director Strategy and Performance Improvement at Cabrini Health

Kevin Mercer

Mercy Health, Chief Executive Aged and Community Care

Kevin commenced as Chief Executive, Aged and Community Care in November 2015. Kevin is responsible for all residential aged care and home and community care services throughout Mercy Health. Before coming to Mercy Health Kevin was the Chief Executive Officer for Holy Spirit Care Services for seven years and has more than 30 years of commercial business experience across many sectors. He has holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Bridget O'Shannassy

Bridget O’Shannassy is Acting Director Catholic Identity and Mission at Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH). Responsible for implementing the Catholic identity and mission of the organisation, Bridget’s focus is to ensure that Catholic principles are interwoven through the business highlighting VMCH’s commitment to continuing the caring ministry of Jesus.

Bridget’s usual role is Senior Manager of Pastoral Care Services where she leads a growing team of Pastoral Care Workers across Victoria.

Bridget was appointed as a Member of the Board of the Caroline Centre for Health Ethics in March 2017 where she represents VMCH.

Dr Megan Robertson


Dr Megan Robertson is currently the Director of Research at the St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She was previously the Executive Director of Research at Epworth Healthcare from 2010 to 2014.

St Vincent’s undertakes world-class medical research and integrates research into clinical patient care at every opportunity. As Director of Research, Dr Robertson seeks to further build on St Vincent’s unique strengths to promote and facilitate research and to take these advances to the community locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr Megan Robertson has been on the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics since June 2014.

Her wide experience within healthcare and research, her keen analytical skills, and her capacity to ask important questions have been greatly valued in the Centre’s strategic planning and decision making.

Karan Smith

Karan is currently Executive Manager Mission Integration & Pastoral Care at Southern Cross Care (Vic). Karan has worked in various settings and has extensive experience in community development, healthcare and formation in Australia and internationally in developing contexts. Her foundational qualifications are as a Nurse and Midwife after which she gained a BA in Theology & Education Studies and a MA in Leadership.

Karan joined the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics in October 2016.

Anne Spence

Anne is a Board member representing Cabrini Health since 13 May 2009.

Anne has worked at Cabrini Institute (Cabrini’s research and education arm) for 13 years and is currently the Director of Infrastructure.

Dianne Taveira

Dianne Taveira has been involved with Secondary education for 40 years. This has included her involvement with Jesuit Education over the last 30 years. Currently, Dianne teaches Senior Ethics to Secondary classes at Xavier College, Kew. She has done so for the last 12 years.

Dianne has been an independent Member of the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics since March 2006. She has been re-elected to the Board at the 2009, 2012 and 2015 Annual General Meetings.

Dianne’s knowledge, experiences and insight into education along with her teaching background have added considerable value to the Board of Management of the Centre in the processes of decision-making, promoting the Centre, and development of the Centre’s strategic Management Plan.

Dr Nicholas Yap


Nicholas is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, and is based at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne where he serves as the Deputy Medical Director.

He is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Nicholas was appointed to the Board of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics in November 2016.