Mia has significant experience in primary care and population health, with particular expertise in the assessment of current and projected population and workforce need, and in providing recommendations for cost-effective and equitable responses to health system challenges.
Mia has more than 10 years’ experience working in primary care and population health. Her early career in education and youth justice gave her the opportunity to work with young Aboriginal people in remote communities and justice facilities, and in inner city high rise public housing with recently arrived African families. This diverse background affords Mia a strong understanding of the interplay between health, education and social service systems, and is the foundation that enables her to operate effectively across multiple sectors and with a broad range of stakeholders.
During 2014 and 2015, Mia was engaged in the development of two successful Primary Health Network (PHN) tenders, and in supporting the establishment of PHNs in NSW and Victoria including the development of a Commissioning Capability Strategy for North West Melbourne PHN. In 2015, Mia worked closely with GP Training providers and their stakeholders across NSW to submit three Australian General Practice Training tenders, and developed a Knowledge Management framework and a range of other resources for the Western NSW Health Intelligence Unit. Mia has led various multi-stage evaluations for Western NSW Medicare Local, Marathon Health, Capital Health Network and Southern NSW PHN, and has been instrumental in the development of a data informed decision support tool to assess population and workforce need need and drive registrar placements across ACT and NSW for GP Synergy. More recently, Mia has been working closely with Marathon Health and Birrang Enterprise Development Company to prepare for the rollout of the NDIS in Western NSW, and has worked with Eastern Melbourne PHN on the development of a consumer centred, co-designed stepped care framework. Mia has a particular interest in the impact of changing funding models in Australia – the rollout of consumer directed funding models in disability and aged care, the impact of primary care commissioning, and the opportunities arising in the areas of social impact investment and social enterprise.
As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Mia serves as a non-executive director on two not-for-profit boards in the disability and international aid sectors. She is also a conjoint lecturer in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle and regularly lectures in evaluation, health care reform and public health intervention approaches. Mia has formal qualifications (Prince2) and significant experience in project management.
Project management, cultural understanding, primary health care, business case development, evaluation, research, health care reform & planning