Dr John Ballard, Administrator of Djerriwarrh Health Services
Dr John Ballard was appointed Administrator of Djerriwarrh Health Services by Hon Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health, in October 2015 and reappointed to the role in 2016. He is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The ACU is the largest educator of nurses and teachers in Australia has 7 campuses in Australia, one in Rome and is the largest Catholic University in the English speaking world. John represents the ACU in Victoria and oversees the Melbourne and Ballarat Campuses.
John has more than 25 years of leadership experience of large organisations, predominantly in the health and aged care industries and more recently in tertiary education. Until 2011 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health for 11 years, operating public and private hospitals, mental health, palliative care and aged care services throughout Victoria, Southern NSW and the ACT. Prior experience included 8 years in senior executive roles with the former Sisters of Charity Health Service including General Manager of St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Sydney.
In addition to his current role, John has previously served on three separate occasions as the Minister for Health’s delegate to support Victorian health service boards. He is a board Member of the Catholic Development Fund for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale; a member of the Finance and Risk Committee of the University of Divinity; a member of the Business Advisory Group of the City of Yarra; a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA); former member of the Medical Advisory Committee University of Notre Dame Australia; former Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Health Steering Committee; former Chair of the Victorian Department of Health’s Industry Advisory Panel on Competitive Elective Surgery Funding; an alumni of the Cranlana Program and past member of its Medical Ethics Advisory Committee; along with multiple professional associations and former board roles.
Dr Ballard holds a Bachelor of Arts (ANU), Master of Health Administration (UNSW), and a Doctor of Business Administration (Macquarie). He is the recipient of a number of national awards for leadership of large organisations, including the Leading Chief Executive for the Employment of Women in 2008 and the Australian Institute of Human Resources Lynda Gratton Chief Executive Officer of the Year award in 2009.
The Health Services Act 1998 (Sec 61) states that an administrator “has and may exercise all the powers and is subject to all the duties of the board”. For the term of the appointment, the administrator is taken to constitute the board instead of the members.