Our team

We understand the challenges and opportunities before you.  We have worked for governments, peak bodies and health services – organisations just like yours.

Our employed consultants have qualifications in health economics, social sciences, nursing, public policy and management, psychology and education and training.

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 twenty 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.  He has governance experience as a former board member of the Australian Primary Health Nurses Association and Eating Disorders Victoria, and as President of registered charity Health Australia & Tanzania (HAT).

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.

Peter has been consulting to industry since 2008.  He particularly enjoys connecting organisations to the funding, ideas, and people that will help them make an impact for the communities they serve.

Contact Peter on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Jo Grzelinska – Principal Consultant

Jo-web-newBachelor of Arts (Criminology)/Bachelor of Science (Psychology), PhD Candidate

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.

Her key focus is service establishment, quality improvement, and sector reform, with significant experience in regional and rural Victoria. Current delivery includes implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Recent campaigns include mental health and AOD commissioning, stepped care mental health service establishment, co-design with community for service innovation (after hours mental health support, suicide prevention, social prescribing), commissioning co-design with service providers, service access re-modelling (including lived experience and vulnerable populations), place-based prevention (suicide, cancer screening, smoking, opportunistic screening), evaluation of after hours services, rural and regional outreach services, and Aboriginal health.

Contact Jo on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Shantanu Sheshgir – Evaluation Consultant

Master of Public Health, BHMS (Medicine)

Shantanu is a public health researcher and evaluator with extensive experience delivering large scale consulting projects particularly in the Indigenous, aged care, mental health, and disability sectors.

His work has included the co-design of evaluation strategies and indicators, health program planning, as well as evaluation and research in place-based approaches including collective impact work. He is highly skilled in the use of SPSS, MS Excel, and Stata for quantitative research as well as NVivo for qualitative analysis.

Prior to starting with Larter, Shantanu has held consulting and research positions with Australian Healthcare Associates, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Hepatitis Victoria, and the City of Whittlesea.

Shantanu holds a Teaching Associate position at University of Melbourne where he teaches health program evaluation and project management to Master of Public Health students. He has governance experience as a director of Open Health, a health-tech startup based in Melbourne.

Contact Shantanu on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Mario Gupta – Primary Health Consultant

Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma in Business Coaching

Mario is an experienced executive manager with a passion for improving health services through innovation. He specialises in supporting organisational development and growth, project management, relationship management and has held positions in both the health care and banking sectors.

Prior to starting with Larter, Mario was General Manager at the Victorian  Centre for Mental Health where he fostered service growth through the PHI, NDIS and HeadtoHelp mental health services, undertook HR management, negotiated and managed several contracts. From 2018-2020 Mario was Practice Manager then General Manager of a large rural general practice, assisting them to establish new businesses such as a skin cancer clinic, medical specialist centre and respiratory/COVID-19 clinic.

Mario also worked alongside the Rural GPRC National Leaders Network and was on the PHN taskforce to establish respiratory/COVID-19 clinics across rural Victoria. Mario’s experience has led him to working with both Commonwealth and State-funded services through a commitment to quality, patient centric approach, friendliness and in-depth knowledge of primary health care.

Contact Mario on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Marianne Shearer – Senior Associate Consultant

Master of Business Leadership (change management), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Grad Cert Commercial Law, Grad Dip/s Business and Computing

Marianne has 35+ years’ experience in healthcare governance, executive and medical administration roles. She has also had a wide range of research papers published in peer reviewed journals. Marianne has a strong focus on cultural leadership, change management and data driven collaborative solutions working with diverse communities to co-design sustainable health systems. Most recently her health and business management consulting has supported non-profit, community and national peak organisations, health services and general practices in rural and metropolitan areas of Victoria. These projects include medical clinic economic modelling and workforce reviews, mental health and chronic disease program evaluations, sector consultations, and strategic development. Marianne is a board member for health and education organisations including Omeo District Health and Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria.

Previously she was CEO of the Gippsland Primary Health Network, a non-executive Director of the Latrobe Health Assembly, and earlier the CEO of a division of general practice and a Medicare Local. While working in Eastern Melbourne Marianne helped establish General Practice Support Services (VIC), a company specialising in supporting general practice business development.

Contact Marianne on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Holli Davis – Business and Project Support Officer

Certificate IV in Business Administration, Diploma of Events

Holli has worked within primary health care with Divisions of General Practice and Medicare Locals in project officer roles and program support roles since 2007. Her experience includes administrating programs including the Continuing Professional Development Program and the Quality Use of Medicines Program for the National Prescribing Service.

Holli is credentialed to endorse GP education with RACGP and has significant experience organising and facilitating educational events for health professionals.

Since joining Larter, she has worked on Larter’s internal processes including customer relationship management, process mapping and education module accreditation as well as supporting consultants working on projects for Family Planning Victoria and Gippsland PHN.

Contact Holli on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Cheryl Mills – Business Lead – HR

Bachelor of Speech and Hearing, Masters Qualifying in Audiology, Graduate Diploma of Business, Graduate Diploma of Law, Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Health Management)

Cheryl is an experienced human resources consultant with over twenty years experience working in senior management, policy or consulting roles in the health, university, not-for-profit, and aged care sectors. With expertise across all people and culture disciplines she is able to tailor remuneration, recruitment, retention, performance management, inclusivity, and wellbeing solutions to meet the size and complexity of an organisation. She has specialist skills in employee and industrial relations, advising on management of complex employee cases, award interpretation, governance and policy writing, and workplace investigations.

She commenced her career working as a speech pathologist and audiologist, including as Senior Researcher and Audiologist for the University of Queensland/Queensland Health Indigenous Hearing Treatment Program.

Contact Cheryl on 1800 527 837 or larter@larter.com.au

Yash Kapoor – IT support – casual

Yash is an international student pursuing a Masters of Business at Griffith University. He has worked as a customer service agent for more than 5 years in a range of different industries. At Larter Yash provides IT support and troubleshooting to assist health professionals undertaking Larter’s moderated online education.

Wendy O’Meara – Associate Education Consultant

Wendy has worked in the general practice sector for 22 years, with the last twelve 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 optimize Medicare for patient benefit within general practice settings.

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 and metropolitan general practices and for staff of an Aboriginal community controlled health service and a series of General Practice Triage workshops for receptionists and Practice Managers.

If you are interested in working with us please complete the form below and attach your CV.

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