We understand the challenges and opportunities before you. We have worked for governments, peak bodies and health services – organisations just like yours.
Our expert consultants have qualifications in health economics, nursing, education and training, social work and pharmacy.
Most importantly, we know how to navigate competing priorities, multiple funding sources, risk, and change to build a stronger primary health system.
Meet our team
Peter Larter – Managing Director
Graduate Diploma in Health Economics & Evaluation, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts (maj. Government Studies & Economics)
Peter is a health economist with seventeen years’ experience in the primary health sector. He has worked in national and state government health departments, Medicare Locals, peak bodies and divisions of general practice.
His extensive contacts in the health sector, knowledge of health funding, government experience and ability to empathise have positioned him to help general practices, community health services, Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and integrated rural health services to seek additional funding to deliver more services, and to optimise their business models.
He also has experience working with governments, Medicare Locals and Primary Health Networks on health needs assessments and commissioning.
Peter has governance experience as a former board member of APNA and Eating Disorders Victoria, and as President of charity Health Australia & Tanzania (HAT) from 2008-13.
Contact Peter on 0402 125 567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Grzelinska – Principal Consultant
Jo is a health systems consultant who works with service providers, funders and communities, often to effect person-centred practice change and/or quality improvement goals.
Recent campaigns have included place-based prevention (suicide, cancer screening, smoking, opportunistic screening), co-design for service innovation (e.g. palliative care), service access re-modelling including for vulnerable populations, evaluating place-based innovations, LGBTI inclusion, IAP2 community participation, recovery-oriented complex mental health, aged care staffing, rural and regional outreach services, the primary prevention of violence against women, timely dementia diagnosis in primary care and Aboriginal health.
Penny Anderson – Principal Consultant
Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Arts Degree (Politics, Asian Studies, Developmental Studies), Master Public Policy and Management, Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
Penny is a health and community services consultant with over 22 years’ experience in the health, community, welfare and government sectors in both Victoria and New South Wales.
Her diverse experience has enabled her to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of public health care reform and the nous to support change management at the coalface of human services delivery.
Penny is motivated by a commitment to social justice and is a leader in providing strategic, organisational and change management support.
Holli Davis – Business and Project Support Officer
Wendy O’Meara – Associate Education Consultant
Wendy has worked in the general practice sector for 17 years, with the last 7 years as a Senior Operations Manager in a large regional general practice in Victoria. This practice won the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award for excellence in 2018. She provides direction and mentoring for new doctors, medical students, nurses and administration staff.
Wendy is responsible for coordinating the day to day operations including IT, chronic disease clinics, bookings, recalls and reminders. She has a strong interest in Medicare interpretation and chronic disease, and has excellent knowledge of the Medicare guidelines, and how to maximize them within a general practice setting.
Wendy is an experienced general practice educator, she enjoys sharing her knowledge to improve processes that maximise outcomes in general practice. Most recently she has delivered MBS for Chronic Disease Management to rural general practices and an aboriginal health service.
Riwka Hagen – Associate Consultant
GAICD, FAAPM, CPM, B.App.Sc(Med Sc), Dip. Project Management
Riwka is a medical practice management consultant and educator. She has over 20 years experience in business management and as a general practice Accreditation Surveyor. Riwka also has a deep knowledge of public primary health services and is currently a Director and the Chair of a Victorian community health service.
As an accomplished business and project manager, Riwka’s capabilities include helping organisations adapt sound business management principles and practice, optimising private practice business models, assisting or delivering business and succession planning and quality improvement, and writing and delivering education to general practice audiences. She fully understands quality management, financial management and control systems, funding systems (e.g. MBS, PIP, PNIP), and digital technology in healthcare.
Riwka Hagen is an associate consultant who works with Larter.
Jane Canaway – Associate Consultant
Graduate Company Directors Course, Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation, Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Health Counselling), Midwifery Training Program, General Registered Nurse Training.
Jane has held executive and senior leadership roles in the government, health and community support sectors prior to moving into consultancy in 2018.
As a consultant she has worked with local government, health services, community health, PHNs, and vocational education, family violence and emergency services.
In her most recent operational role at cohealth she was responsible for a budget of $50m and led a large diverse team spanning medical, dental, aged and disability, allied health, nursing, mental health and health promotion.
Tessa Moriarty – Associate Consultant
Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing , Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment and member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
Tessa is a Mental Health Nurse Consultant with over 30 years experience across public, private and primary health care, mental health and drug and alcohol services. She has worked in a variety of senior leadership and executive roles and undertaken numerous service governance, risk management and clinical practice reviews. She also has expertise in report and tender writing and has lead organisations with implementation of significant practice changes.
Tessa undertakes consultancy work that supports organisations to grow and develop a workforce culture that embraces continuous quality improvement, service development and change – which ultimately improves and always places the client, their families, carers and communities at the center of care.