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Australian Unity to grow Residential Communities with new executive appointment

23 Jun 2016

Australian Unity Independent & Assisted Living today announced the appointment of Suzanne Dvorak as Executive General Manager, Residential Communities.

Ms Dvorak, current CEO of Vivir Healthcare, one of Australia’s leading allied health groups, and former CEO of Save the Children Australia, has been appointed to spearhead Australian Unity’s growth in retirement and aged care accommodation and services, including the provision of associated housing, such as specialist disability housing.

Derek McMillan, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Unity’s Independent and Assisted Living business, comprising Aged Care, Retirement Communities and Home and Disability Services, said he is excited about the capabilities Suzanne will bring as the business looks to extend its reach in residential communities to complement its growing client base in home and disability services, especially following the recent acquisition of the Home Care Service of NSW.

“We are seeing the market significantly shift towards more consumer choice. Under Suzanne’s leadership, we see the opportunity to extend our Better Together model of service in new and exciting ways in response to consumer demand for more choice in both accommodation and services,” Mr McMillan said.

“While we have an active development program in place, our aspiration is to not only extend this further, but continue to deliver a continuum of services, linking our home services to our retirement and aged care communities.

“Suzanne brings unique perspectives on healthcare, social and community issues, so with consumer directed care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) becoming a reality, she will play an important role at Australian Unity in supporting the development of social infrastructure more broadly.”


Suzanne Dvorak Biography

Prior to joining Australian Unity, Suzanne Dvorak was CEO of Vivir Healthcare (part of the Chandler Macleod Group) a leading allied health group in Australia, overseeing the delivery of quality health care services to around 20,000 patients at 280 residential and community care facilities across Australia.

In addition to being Vivir’s CEO, Suzanne was Executive General Manager, Health at Chandler Macleod Group, and as part of this role, oversaw the People Insights team of Registered Psychologists - providing best practice assessment and development services for businesses. She also led Chandler Macleod’s Grafton Consulting business, delivering a broad range of human resource consulting services to both Corporate and SME clients throughout Australia and New Zealand. These services include organisational development, change management, career transition and HR help desk assistance.

Prior to her role with the Chandler Macleod Group, Suzanne was a consultant with Egon Zehnder, an international management consulting firm specialising in executive search, board consulting, leadership strategy services, CEO succession, family business advisory and diversity and inclusion.

Suzanne is also a distinguished leader in the not-for-profit sector. As CEO of Save the Children Australia, she was responsible for driving the Australian contingent of the 29 member nation Save the Children Alliance, delivering programs in over 120 countries. Under Suzanne’s guidance, the organisation increased its revenue from $52m to $80m - recruiting over 31,000 new committed donors during a global financial crisis and contributing to record income levels for committed giving.

Suzanne was Australian CEO of Marie Stopes International (MSI) for over a decade, opening the Australian clinic operations and, through strategic vision, partnerships and acquisitions, guiding MSI to become the leading national sexual and reproductive healthcare network it is today.

In her early career days, Suzanne worked for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia and Thailand overseeing the development of a domestic communications network. She has also worked for Telstra in Cambodia and Vietnam, and for the Australian Red Cross.

In 2005, Suzanne was recognised for her outstanding career achievements and was awarded the Hudson Community and Government Award in the National Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2005.

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