Ray Messom

Chief Executive Officer

Ray is the CEO of WentWest which leads primary health care system integration in Western Sydney. As the Primary Health Network, WentWest commissions services into targeted areas of need and supports improvements in clinical services across a diverse catchment area. Prior to joining WentWest, Ray led System Information and Analytics (SIA) Branch for the NSW Ministry of Health which supports the data and analytical needs of the $22 billion NSW public health system. It leads data governance system-wide and research on and evaluation of incentives, key performance indicators and health care improvement initiatives. 

Ray has also work with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Canada and PwC Australia where he advised government, private, NGOs and academic sectors across Australia and Canada on several transformational reform agendas. As a health economist and senior administrator for more than 15 years, Ray has dedicated his career to the translation of evidence into policy and policy into outcomes for citizens. Ray seeks to collaborate, partner and empower people. An advocate for equitable access, system improvement and patient centred approaches Ray often finds himself breaking down complex, entrenched barriers or perverse incentives to alleviate siloes and enable integration of care. He is passionate about bringing together multi-disciplinary cross-organisation teams; investing in and monitoring evidenced based policy and programs through innovative uses of data and analytics; contemporary models of care which leverage new technologies; patient/practitioner experience and patient reported outcomes to drive a value-based health system across the continuum and diversity and inclusion. Ray has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and a Master of Arts in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada). He is also a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified accountant. 

Michelle Quinn

Senior Director, Strategic Commissioning

Michelle has worked in the UK for the most part of 20 years, with a focus on strategic commissioning for the past 12 years. She has recently returned to Australia and will continue to pursue her notable career in the commissioning space. With deep experience in the UK health and social care market, underpinned by clinical and operations management experience, Michelle is well positioned to work with WentWest to progress our strategic commissioning vision.

Michelle has a clinical and operational management background, having started her career as a speech pathologist, working in Australia and the UK. As the Head of Service across adult provider services in a London borough, Michelle led a team of 600 people working in 15 teams and sites. She is highly experienced in direct clinical service delivery across health and social care, known for developing collaborative partnerships that share learning and best practice so good ideas reach into communities. She has been involved in developing personalised services for vulnerable people across London’s diverse communities, developing services across aged care, mental health, children and adolescents, neurological conditions, and learning disability fields. Michelle holds a Master of Science in Human Communication (Acquired Neurological Disorders) from City University London and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Sydney University. She is also a Prince2 registered Practitioner.

Jane Assange

Director, Primary Care Transformation and Integration

Jane has worked in the health care sector for the last 14 years, prior to this she worked across several industries, from large corporates to running a small family business. Her health roles have spanned across practice management, project management and pharmaceutical sales and management. Jane has a long-standing history with general practice and GPs in Western Sydney, firstly through her role with the Hawkesbury-Hills Division of General Practice, overseeing the mental health project (formerly ATAPS) and co-designing the first ATAPS funded group counselling model. After the Division, Jane moved to Pharmaceutical sales, (Medical Devices: Diabetes Care). She commenced as a Territory Manager partnering with GPs across Western Sydney implementing the “Connect Program” supporting the benefits of Structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose, introducing Nurse Lead Patient Education Clinics in the General Practice and the adoption by practices of technical solutions to support GPs in the management of their patients with Diabetes. During her time Pharma, Jane moved into team-coaching and management roles.

She joined WentWest in 2016 as the Primary Care Quality Improvement Manager, leading the Practice Development team whose primary goal is to partner with general practice, building capacity and capability, by way of the adoption of numerous Primary Health Network programs such as the Western Sydney Integrated Care Program, Joint Specialist Case Conferencing and the Psychiatric Liaison Service. In this role Jane’s responsibilities included the management of the Health Care Homes team and the Digital Health team, who largely focused on the My Health Record Opt-Out expansion. More recently, Jane has moved into the Director, Primary Care Transformation and Integration role. In her portfolio, she continues to have oversight of the Practice Development team and brings in to the fold, HealthPathways and the Health Intelligence Unit, whose aim is to capture, interpret and share data with internal and external partners to inform reporting, research and evaluation to improve the health and wellbeing of Western Sydney.

Michael Fasher

GP Clinical Director

Michael has been a general practitioner in Blacktown for 40 years. That means he has had the opportunity to care for three generations of many families and enjoys being reminded of that in common encounters on the street. The passing decades have seen his satisfaction in the work increase. He recognises the potential of general practice to help families flourish whilst they raise healthy, happy and well-adjusted children and young people.

His professional joy in working with individual children, young people and their families is tempered by the recognition that business as usual has not, is not and will not make a favourable impact on health and wellbeing at the population level. The life chances of an Australian child (at the population level) depend on the postcode in which they are raised. This inequity is an iniquity beyond the reach of individual clinicians and of individual general practices. It is the fact that has driven Michael – along with GP colleagues who inspire and sustain – to work in and with WentWest in pursuit of the quadruple aim. He is confident that WentWest is ready, willing and able.

Anthea Markham

Director, People and Culture

Anthea is a highly accomplished HR professional with over 20 years’ experience across national, Asia Pacific and global organisations. She brings extensive experience to WentWest from both the strategic and operational levels in corporate, government and not for profit sectors, with a focus on employee engagement, developing leadership, leading organisational change and driving performance and development to help deliver strategic objectives. Anthea played a key organisational redesign role in WentWest’s transition from Medicare Local to Primary Health Network in 2015 and has supported the process of review and alignment of company values designed to guide appropriate behaviour and business decisions. Her past employers have included Jarden Global, Sunbeam, Coleman and TAFE Digital.

During her time at WentWest she has played a key role in achieving high levels of employee engagement (current survey 79.5%) over a continued period as depicted in the results of a national Employee Engagement Survey of similar organisations. Anthea has established and maintained a solid platform of HR policies and procedures that reflect best practice whilst creating a fair and professional culture, along with a Workplace Health and Safety framework aligned to the industry needs and that is focused on the health and wellbeing of employees. She established the WentWest competency framework which describes the  behaviours the organisation values, which it requires to help achieve its objectives and also undertook a comprehensive review of the compensation and benefits strategy to ensure fair and equitable remuneration and ensured the attraction and retainment of high quality staff. Anthea holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sydney University), a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (University of Technology), Foundations of Human Resources (Charles Sturt University), Professional Diploma of Human Resources (Deakin University) and is a Certified Professional Member (CAHRI) from the Australian Institute of Human Resources. Anthea also works with TAFE Digital in mentoring and developing future HR professionals.

Alison Rooke

Director, Marketing and Communications

Alison is an award-nominated copywriter, content editor, and senior marketing, events and communications/media manager with over 15 years’ experience across a range of sectors including travel, higher education, finance and not-for-profit. She specialises in delivering high quality print collateral along with digital and television content. Alison also has extensive experience in communications strategy and planning along with events management. Past employers include Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, AMP Financial Services, Western Sydney University, Sydney Olympics Ceremonies Team, Fox Studios, Redkite and Camp Quality.

Alison is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter with over 15 productions nationally and internationally. In 2016 Alison was a finalist for Best Travel Writer of the Year at the national AFTA Awards. She currently teaches writing at NIDA, Darlo Drama and the Australian Film, Theatre and Television School. Alison is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She also has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology and is a published author. Alison has worked at WentWest for two years.

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