Lance Emerson is the new Chief Executive Officer Victorian Agency for Health Information at the Department of Health and Human Services

Dr Lance Emerson is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Lance has a background in primary healthcare and quality improvement, has worked in senior Government positions, as a private consultant and as CEO of several national member-based health organisations.  Lance’s PhD focused on utilisation of health metrics to guide evidence-based clinical decisions. He has experience in the development and maintenance of measurement and information systems to monitor clinical practice and systems, notably a metrics report on Child and Youth Health and Wellbeing, which has been used as a framework by health and community services to measure impact of service provision. Most recently, Lance was the CEO and Company Secretary for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia where he overlooked all operational aspects of the Society, including board and governance, all corporate services activities, marketing and communications, education, and policy and standards.  Under Lance’s leadership the PSA secured Peak Pharmacist Body status with the Federal Government, grew membership following a prior downturn, and delivered budget surpluses for each year of his appointment. Before this Lance spent nearly seven years as the CEO for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), an organisation focused on enhancing the futures of children and young people in Australia.  In this role Lance built a credible organisation such that the childhood agenda quickly became front and centre for government. Prior to this, Lance was at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia initially as National Project Director, before taking on the role of General Manager, Professional Services where he was pivotal in securing funding for and overseeing the implementation of approximately $550M worth of Community Pharmacy Agreement programs and projects.

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