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.

Helen Rizoli
Helen Rizzoli | General Manager, Sector Capability

Helen Rizzoli, has an extensive background in nursing and health service management. Her career, spanning over two decades, has seen her excel in both government and non-government roles, focusing on policy development, program management, and stakeholder engagement.

At VHA, Helen is dedicated to enhancing sector capability, ensuring member organisations are well-equipped to deliver exceptional healthcare services. Her leadership is characterized by a strategic approach to fostering collaboration and innovation within the health sector.

Contact Helen Rizzoli

Email: helen.rizzoli@vha.org.au

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.