YSAS Acting Chair
General Counsel, Australia and New Zealand
Luke, a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, joined YSAS as a non-executive director in 2011.
As a senior lawyer at Verizon – a global provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services – Luke is responsible for advising on a wide range of corporate, commercial and technological matters. Prior to joining Verizon, Luke held in-house legal positions in Australia and the United Kingdom. He started his career in private practice at DLA Piper in Melbourne and Gilbert and Tobin in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with honours.
Executive Director of Strategy & Organisational Improvement, The Royal Children's Hospital
Jane Miller is the Executive Director of Strategy and Organisational Improvement at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne with responsibility for hospital systems for planning, risk management, quality improvement and information management as well as the Centre for Adolescent Health and Centre for Community Child Health. Jane has worked in clinical and hospital management roles for more than 25 years, including leading the planning and implementation of service redesign and change management activities for service delivery in the new RCH. Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences and Master of Health Management. Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
RN, ADN, BHS(Ngs), PgDipHSc(Mgmt), MN(Hons), GAICD
Bernadette is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, with overall responsibility for clinical operations, and the Hospital Incident Commander during emergency codes.
Bernadette has more than 19 years’ experience working in senior leadership and management roles in Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, Bernadette was appointed to the role of Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
Bernadette has been a member of the Board of Children’s Healthcare Australasia and was the first non-medical Chairperson of the Board. Bernadette is a registered nurse, an authorised Nurse Immuniser, YSAS Board Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has published on advanced practice nursing in Australia and her professional interests include emergency management, informatics, workforce and clinical governance.
Executive Director Medical Services, Aged and Community Care, St Vincent’s Hospital
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), La Trobe University (1987)
Postgraduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurological), University of Melbourne (1993)
Master of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne (1997)
Graduate Diploma of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2003)
Master of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2004)
Stephen commenced his career in health following his graduation in 1987 as a physiotherapist and had 8 years working as a clinician across a number of hospitals including Port Moresby General Hospital in PNG and St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne. He was later appointed as Chief Physiotherapist and Associate Clinical Dean (Physiotherapy) with The University of Melbourne through St. Vincent’s Clinical School, and then Group Manager for Allied Health and Community Programs at St. Vincent’s. During this time he was seconded to the Policy and Strategic Projects Division within the Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor assisting with the development of the Victorian workforce strategy for the allied health professions.
In his current role as Executive Director, Stephen has a broad range of responsibilities including Emergency, General and Special Medicine Units, the Cancer Centre, Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Correctional Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Aged Psychiatry, Community Services and four Residential Aged Care facilities across inner Melbourne. Stephen has an interest in bioethics and currently is the Chairman of Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc.
Physician in Addiction Medicine and Adolescent Medicine
Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo is an experienced Physician at Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Parkville Youth Justice Precinct and Head of the Women’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS). She is a Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Her clinical, teaching and research interests are in early intervention in alcohol and drug use and she has published book chapters and peer-reviewed papers in the areas of addiction and adolescent medicine. Her experience includes work at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, the Youth Substance Abuse Service, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre and Western Hospital Drug Health. She is Board Member of the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), past Member of the Board of the Australian Drug Foundation and she has also filled a number of roles at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) including Chair of Education and President of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine.
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Threefold, a strategic marketing consultancy.
Sean has worked in marketing and advertising for nearly two decades across Australia and the UK. Prior to founding Threefold, he was the Melbourne Managing Director of the global communications agency, SapientNitro. In his current role at Threefold, Sean works with leading organisations across the private sector and government to drive more effective marketing and customer experiences. Sean holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics/Marketing) from Swinburne University.
Effective from 24 June 2019, Professor Margarita Frederico will represent JSS on the YSAS Board. Professor Frederico teaches Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, is a Graduate Research Coordinator in Social Work and Social Policy, and is a Principal Research Consultant at Berry Street’s Take Two Program, a partnership with La Trobe University, Mindful, and the Victorian Aboriginal Child care Agency. An experienced social work practitioner, Professor Frederico teaches and researches in social work, with a focus on child and family wellbeing, child protection and trauma, and community empowerment leadership and governance in Human Services and evaluation. Given Professor Frederico’s considerable experience in the area of social justice, I am confident that her contributions will complement the skills that already exist on our Board, and I welcome her appointment.
Effective from 14 October 2019, Tara Schultz has been appointed to the Board as an Independent Director. Tara first knocked on the door of a small YSAS office in Frankston around the age of sixteen – seeking to address many of the issues sadly all too common for young women in her demographic. Struggling with dual diagnosis, homelessness and a complex range of trauma, she developed a close working relationship with YSAS. Her youth worker being a pivotal part of her life to this day.
From that point onward her relationship with YSAS has been integral not just in supporting her way forward in the world; but also in walking alongside them to ensure that no one else struggling in her community is left behind. Having grown up experiencing first-hand the health and social impacts of marginalization, social exclusion and disadvantage she sought to address the factors that contributed to these issues.
She completed her undergraduate in Human Services, electing to complete her student placement at that same YSAS office in Frankston.
Tara is currently working towards her thesis within social science with a focus on preventing the factors that can contribute to cycles of trauma. She is very active and works as a consultant, writer and speaker within community advocacy and consumer engagement in the sector. She volunteers her time with many committees including the Association of Participating Service Users, and with organisations supporting young people. She is passionate about inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged groups.
Effective from 26 August 2019, Cathy Buckmaster has been appointed to the Board as an Independent Director. Cathy is Senior Manager of Investor Relations at Perpetual Limited and has been an independent member of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee since 2017. Cathy’s background is diverse, having worked with organisations ranging in size and in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. Cathy has a background in professional and financial services and has strong technical knowledge of accounting, finance, risk and compliance matters. Cathy has been a vital member of the Risk and Audit Committee and we look forward to having her insight and expertise as part of the Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Bruun is the Chief Executive Officer at YSAS, the Director of The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry.
He has worked in the field of adolescent health as practitioner, educator and researcher since the mid-1980s. His special interest is in young people and families experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems and is committed to enabling service providers and policy makers to better understand and respond to their needs.
Dom (PostGrad Diploma Adolescent Health, Diploma AOD, Diploma Community Services) has been a manager and practitioner in the Youth AOD field since 2000, working in and managing community based programs, intensive support withdrawal units and specialized projects. Dom’s entire youth work experience spans over 20 years and includes roles in youth housing, family support and out of home care.
Most recently Dom was responsible for development, design and implementation of the state-wide Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) service.
Dom is especially interested in the development of innovative service responses that challenge traditional notions of treatment and that incorporate evidence regarding what young people need to develop resilience.