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Dr Hal Swerissen is a Fellow at the Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University. He holds postgraduate qualifications in clinical psychology, business administration and organisational management. He conducts research and consultancy in health, human services and tertiary education

Hal was previously Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) and 

Executive Dean of Health Sciences and Professor of Public Health at La Trobe University where he was responsible for the University’s regional campuses and the Faculty of Health Sciences. 


Hal has been instrumental in significant innovation, growth and expansion on regional campuses and across health sciences in Northern Victoria.

He has conducted consultancies and evaluations for national, statewide and local health and human services programs using a range of methodologies. He was Director of the Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing from 1997 to 2005.  


Hal has also worked in senior roles in government as a senior advisor to the Commonwealth and State Governments on health and community services, including; primary care and disability services; health insurance and financing and Commonwealth-State relations.   


Hal has conducted a number of public consultations on health, aged care, disability and acute care services for government. He has completed consultancy reports and provided advice on the development, organisation, funding and effectiveness of health and community services for government and non-government organisations. 


He is currently a non-executive Director the Bendigo Kangan Institute for TAFE of the Murray Primary Health Network. He was previously Director of Alfred Health, one of the largest health services in Australia and Dental Health Services Victoria. He is the author of over a 100 papers, chapters and reports.