Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
LaVerne Bellear is from the Bundjalung Nation (North Coast NSW) where she grew up in and around the Minjungbal region before moving to Sydney. Strongly believes that empowering Aboriginal people will create opportunity to make better informed decisions and choices regarding personal management of health care, ultimately resulting in better health outcomes.
LaVerne’s background involves management and strategic planning, currently, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern. LaVerne was the former Director, Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District. Where her role was to develop various Aboriginal Health models of care along with development and implementation of regional, strategic health plans that meet the needs of the local Aboriginal community.
Ms Bellear has extensive experience in health as such has worked in community health for the former Northern Rivers Area Health Service and managed the Aboriginal Health Management Training Program, Australian College of Health Service Executives (NSW Branch).
Currently Board Director, National Aboriginal Community Control Health Organisation (NACCHO) Co-Chair Sydney Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Health Partnership Agreement and recently elected Board Director, Thirrili Limited.
Ms Bellear has a Bachelor of Business, is a member of the Alumni at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus; has a Professional Certificate, in Indigenous Research in Training and Practices, University of Melbourne; along with Graduate Diploma of Public Health, University of NSW.