The Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance (ACHG) is an initiative of the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA), providing practical governance support to the health and community sector.

The ACHG assists directors of healthcare boards and executive management teams to fulfil their governance responsibilities by providing a tailored governance support program that meets the unique needs of the organisation.

In addition, the ACHG engages directly with individual health services and community organisations to provide an assessment and analysis of an organisation’s processes against industry governance requirements and best-practice standards to identify gaps and make practical recommendations for improvement.


The ACHG can help directors of healthcare boards to:

  • create effective corporate and clinical governance systems
  • assess board performance and development needs
  • review and evaluate existing governance processes
  • customise a quality and risk management framework
  • complete effective strategic planning
  • review practices against the Safer Care Victoria Clinical Governance Framework
  • develop an action plan to improve organisational governance.

Click here to download the ACHG flyer.

Jo-Anne Moorfoot | Executive Director

Jo-Anne began as an allied health clinician working in rural and metro sectors in acute, subacute and community health settings. She transitioned into management and developed a passion for quality and safety. She was Director of Quality and Risk for two of Melbourne’s largest metro health services.

Jo-Anne also managed a large operational clinical service and diverse workforce as Director of Continuing Care for Austin Health.

Contact Jo-Anne Moorfoot
Email: joanne.moorfoot@vha.org.au
Phone: 03 9094 7777

Julia Cookson
Julia Cookson | Associate Specialist Consultant

With a career spanning over 25 years, Julia has extensive experience in health-related organisations as an Executive, qualified Director and certified Board Advisor. She began her management career in Human Resources, guiding organisations as they navigated complex change.

From 2013 Jane has transitioned her career towards Advisory and Governance Board work, serving as a Director on Lorne Community Hospital’s Board, serving on F&A and Clinical Safety, Risk and Governance. She is currently the Independent Chair – F&A at Connect Health. These experiences stimulated her keen interest in governance, particularly the impact of consumer/employee engagement, culture, and operational performance on safety, quality and risk.

Julia works with the ACHG in our partnership with GovernWith.

Fiona Webster
Fiona Webster | Associate Consultant

With a career spanning over 30 years, Fiona has extensive experience in the health sector including ten years in executive leadership roles across public and private hospitals. Her most recent position as the CEO of the largest and busiest not for profit animal hospital in Australia.

Fiona has held senior roles within the Victorian Department of Health and the English National Health Service as well as several years as a successful private consultant. Fiona has held executive roles in strategy, quality and service redesign for two of Melbourne’s largest health services before taking up the executive operating officer role at a large tertiary hospital including a period as acting CEO.

Fiona works with the ACHG as an expert health governance consultant.

ACHG Board
ACHG Board

ACHG is governed by the Victorian Healthcare Association board of directors. To find out more about the board click here.