About enliven

Enliven Victoria (Enliven) is the trading name of SEHCP Incorporated.

Originally established as part of the Victorian Government’s Going Forward: Primary Care Partnership Strategy in 2000 by a voluntary alliance of health and social services, the membership set up the not for profit association in December 2012.

With a strong commitment to community and over 12 years experience in partnership innovation, enliven has a unique capacity to understand complex health and social issues and to deliver new and effective solutions that contribute to enhancing health and wellbeing.

enliven is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a maximum of 4 elected members and 3 co-opted members.

Board of Directors

Chairperson - Gregg Nicholls

Originally from Adelaide he was formerly an academic and social researcher. He started his working life in Victoria with the then Community Services Victoria (now Department of Human Services) based in Dandenong where he held several positions in the child protection and disability sector. He has worked in the health and primary care sectors for 22 years in Bendigo and Melbourne. He is past Chair of the Inner East PCP and a member of several other committees and Boards.

Vice Chairperson - Phillip Toovey

Phillip has worked in the disability services sector for over 25 years, in direct service and management roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer with The Bridge Inc., a not-for-profit organisation which provides a broad range of services to people with a disability across south eastern Melbourne metropolitan area. Services include open and supported employment, community participation, respite and leisure services, through both individualised and shared support approaches.

Director - Mary Rydberg

Mary has over 25 years of management experience with a number of government, community and health organisations. She currently is the Manager of Community Care with the City of Greater Dandenong. She has been a member of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Human Research Ethics Committee for over 10 years and a past Chairperson. She is currently a member of the RSPCA Animal Ethics Committee and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director - Joan Andrews

Joan is the Manager of Aged and Disability Services at Bayside City Council. Joan has extensive senior management experience and has been involved in local government and the community services sector for more than 20 years. She chaired the Kingston Bayside Primary Care Partnership (KBPCP) for four years and was instrumental in achieving the merger of KBPCP and Inner South East Partnership in Community Health (ISEPICH) in July 2014. Joan also participates on a range of local, regional and statewide strategic and service development committees and networks. Joan is passionate about understanding community needs and in identifying and developing innovative and quality driven responses to identified issues and gaps. She has a history of collaborating with local, regional and statewide organisations to achieve successful outcomes for the local and broader community sector.

Director - Samantha Kolasa

A registered psychologist in the state of Victoria with an MBA, and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Samantha has over 15 years’ experience in the community services sector with a focus on marginalised disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families. She brings with her a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement across all levels of government within the not for profit sector and experience in the development and implementation of programs within a partnership context.

Our People

Rob Macindoe – Executive Director Strategy & Development

Rob works with the Board to determine strategic priorities, oversee stakeholder engagement and has oversight of the day to day operations of enliven. Rob has an extensive career in a variety of senior management and CEO roles across Local and State Government and the broader health sector with a focus on social planning, community health and wellbeing. His interest stems as a geographer within the context of people in place.

Cinzia Theobald – Director, Programs and Communication

Cinzia has worked in the pharmaceutical, education and health sectors in Australia and the UK. More recently she has held senior roles in health both at Monash Health (Director Access Improvement and Performance, Ambulatory and Community Services) and South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local (Clinical Governance Senior Projects Manager). Cinzia and her team were responsible for the implementation of the No Wrong Door Framework and Defined Point of Access for Ambulatory and Community Services at Monash Health. Cinzia has experience in strategic planning, service redesign, access model development, risk management and clinical governance and holds an LLM Masters in Medical Law.

Dr I-Hao Cheng – Consultant Advisor, Refugee Health

Hao has a broad interest in public health and is an experienced GP. He is the Refugee Health Consultant Advisor at enliven. He brings together multi-sector stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions to improve the health of refugees and asylum seekers through partnerships and integration, workforce development, health service delivery, community strengthening, research and policy. His work has contributed to improvements in the delivery of primary health care to refugees and asylum seekers in south eastern Melbourne and across Australia.

Heather Lawson – Early Intervention & Integrated Care (Service Coordination) Coordinator

Heather is contracted by enliven to coordinate the EIIC Alliance and support organisations in the South East in service coordination. Her consulting experience builds on service provision and management roles across the health and community services sector in Local Government, Health services and with DHHS. She has a broad knowledge of aged care, CHSP, HCP, oral health and Primary Care Partnerships and has also worked with organisations to improve access for people with a disability, people from CALD and Indigenous backgrounds and women and girls.

Sharron Anderson – LGBTI Reference Group & Project Manager

Sharron holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and is passionate about universal health care with over 20 years’ experience working in a range of health settings particularly in Melbourne’s south east. She has a developed technical and professional expertise across a diverse range of senior project management and program management roles with recognised experience in leading the design, development, implementation and evaluation of projects and community initiatives.

Helen Cocks – Projects Manager

Helen has held senior management roles in Local Government, Community Health/Primary Care and animal welfare. In her role as Executive Manager - Animal Services at RSPCA Victoria, Helen combined a long held personal interest in animal welfare and brought about significant cultural change by instilling across the services the significance of the human/animal bond and initiating a range of proactive animal welfare strategies. She has a keen understanding of the dynamics between local and State Government services and brings her broad expertise into this role.

Anna Brazier – Acting Program Manager, Refugee Health

Anna has an extensive and diverse background in health policy and planning, program design and implementation, and organisational development. With over twenty years’ experience working in government and community-based organisations and most recently in small business. She has experience working in primary health, Aboriginal and refugee health and the disability sectors. She is passionate about working alongside communities to build and strengthen their capacity to access the services they need. She particularly enjoys learning new things, problem solving and looking for effective solutions. She thrives on building successful relationships and has significant expertise in working with a range of stakeholders.

Mitchell Bowden – Project Manager, Refugee Health

Mitch is a health promotion practitioner and social worker by training, and has dabbled in lots of different projects to improve community health and wellbeing. Most recently he was working for a local Council in northern Melbourne in one of the NDIS roll-out sites. Prior to this he was working at South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, and supported both the Afghan Community Engagement and Tamil Health Champion projects in their earlier iterations. He is passionate about community engagement and consultation, and then integrating this information into the planning and implementation of projects, services and programs. He is excited to be back in the south east and working with its wonderful diversity!

Dr Sayed Wahidi – Project Officer, Refugee Health

Wahidi holds Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Community Health degrees. He has additional qualifications and experience in Public Health management, Health Care in Developing Countries, the Anthropology of Health and Health Care, Mental Health Integration in Primary Health Care, and Health Systems Strengthening in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan with the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health. He has master’s level research experience and a small publication record as a research assistant and cultural adviser at Monash University. He was a Refugee Health Program Officer with the former South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local and has been extensively involved community engagement activities in south east Melbourne.

Kumar Narayanaswami – Project Officer, Refugee Health (secondment)

Kumar is a bi cultural worker in the community strengthening project at enliven and has been seconded to enliven for one day per week to support the Tamil Health Champions project. He is a case manager for the Asylum Seeker Program at South East Community Links and has worked in this role for over 3 years. He has also worked with AMES as the housing support worker and executive member with the Tamil Refugee Council. This organisation works very closely with the Tamil community helping to integrate and support new arrivals and families in the settlement process.

Margaret Robb – Administrative Officer

Marg is a highly-experienced PA with extensive administrative experience in the fields of health, law, finance, local Council and education. Since emigrating from Scotland to Melbourne in 2006, she has supported senior staff within the public and private health sectors. All roles have involved liaising with stakeholders to improve communication and administrative processes supporting the provision of inpatient and community health care. Margaret currently works one day a week with enliven with a focus on our communications and some broader administrative support to the team.