Berry Street announces new Board President

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Berry Street’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr Joanna Flynn AM has been appointed as President of the Berry Street Board, effective 1st of August 2019.
 
Dr Joanna Flynn commenced her professional life as a GP and has worked in urban and rural practice settings in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, and most recently for over 20 years in West Brunswick. She was State Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Family Medicine program in Victoria for nine years, President of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria from 2000-2008 and President of the Australian Medical Council from 2003 to 2008. 
 
In June 2009, Dr Flynn was appointed Chair of the Board of Eastern Health, one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan health services, now with almost 10,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1 billion. She concludes this role at the end of June.  In August 2009, she was appointed the Inaugural Chair of the Medical Board of Australia and served in this role for nine years. In December 2015, she was appointed to the Board of Ambulance Victoria and chair of its Quality Committee. 
 
Dr Flynn chaired the working party which developed Good Medical Practice – the code of conduct for doctors in Australia, and led the Medical Board of Australia through a time of major change from state boards to an integrated national scheme which has enhanced public protection and professional standards. In 2011 she was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for service to medical administration and the community.  
 
“I have a strong belief that people working together can achieve great things when they have a clear sense of purpose and an inclusive, respectful dialogue. I am honoured to be joining Berry Street to build on the legacy of over 140 years supporting vulnerable children, young people and families in our community,” said Joanna.
 
“Jo has extensive experience in clinical practice, as well as leading large organisations operating in complex environments. We are delighted to have someone of Jo’s calibre, skills and experience helping to lead Berry Street as we seek to create a better future and improved care for children and families,” said Michaela Healey, Berry Street Board Member and Acting President.
 
“We would also like to acknowledge the commitment, dedication and expertise of Berry Street’s former President and current Chair of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Mental Health, Penny Armytage,” said Michaela. 
 
While we were sad to lose Penny from her leadership role with the Berry Street Board of Directors, we are heartened at the role she will be playing in redeveloping the Mental Health system to benefit all Victorians."