Tom Symondson
Victorian Health Association

Tom Symondson has been CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association, the peak body for Victoria’s public health services, since 2015.He has led the organisation through the development of a new strategic plan, expanded VHA’s services and revitalised member engagement.

Tom’s commitment to serving the VHA’s members has been a hallmark of his leadership. Advocacy on their behalf has led to significant policy change and a stronger voice for the public health sector.

Tom has almost 15 years’ experience in public policy development and advocacy. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held senior roles at the VHA, the Property Council of Australia and was principal advisor in Southwark Council, for one of the UK’s largest local authorities.

In 2005 he became one of the UK’s youngest councillors after being elected to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

He sits on the Victorian health sector taskforce for family violence, is a board member of the Deeble institute for Health Policy and Research and is chair of the International Federation of Community Health Centres.

He is also CEO of the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance, an arm of the VHA which supports the health and community sector to improve their clinical and corporate governance.


Right data, right outcomes.

  • Healthcare organisations generate an enormous amount of data each and every year. While much of this is used for compliance and reporting purposes, there are opportunities to use it to even greater effect – to drive better outcomes for people and to inform a narrative to support advocacy efforts. Chief Executive of the Victorian Healthcare Association, Tom Symondson, will share his insights drawing on real-life examples from across public healthcare.