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Chris Blake begins as new SVHA CEO

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Chris Blake has formally begun his role as St Vincent’s Health Australia’s CEO, taking the reins of Australia’s largest, not-for-profit health and aged care services provider.

Blake, who joins St Vincent’s after stints in leadership roles at the National Australia Bank and Latitude Financial Services, led one of the largest cultural transformation programs in Australia at Australia Post between 2010-2018.

While coming from a financial and professional services background, Chris has a long connection with healthcare. He is a Board Member of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP), and was previously Chair of the Brain Research Institute. 

Best known for its iconic hospitals – St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne – the St Vincent’s Health Australia group entity generates $2.8bn in annual revenue, consists of 16 hospitals and 23 aged care services, and has 22,000 employees across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

St Vincent’s has been providing health care in Australia for 165 years since its first hospital was established in Sydney in 1857 by the Sisters of Charity, who arrived in Australia from Ireland in 1838.

Chris said he was both excited and humbled by the challenge of leading one of Australia’s oldest and prominent health and aged care organisations.

“There aren’t too many organisations in Australia that have as long and proud a history and are as admired for their work as St Vincent’s,” said Chris.