REB judge

Iresha Herath

General Counsel
Western Health

I am General Counsel for Western Health (WH), and member of the WH Executive Team and WH Audit & Risk Committee.

Employing nearly 6500 staff, WH manages Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital, Williamstown Hospital, Sunbury Day Hospital, and the Hazeldean Transition Care Program. WH provides a comprehensive, integrated range of services from its various sites, ranging from acute tertiary services in areas of emergency medicine, intensive care, medical and surgical services, through to subacute care and specialist ambulatory clinics. WH also provides a combination of hospital and community-based services to aged, adult and paediatric patients and newborn babies, and a drug and alcohol abuse treatment service.

My previous roles include Transport Safety Victoria General Counsel, Ministerial Adviser to the Honourable Peter Batchelor MLA, and King & Wood Mallesons Senior Associate. I have served on a number of boards and committees in both legal and non-legal spheres, including as a Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Young Lawyers’ President, LIV Council Member and Director, member of the Australia Corporate Lawyers' Association Victorian Executive, board member of the ALSO Foundation, and co-director of 9minds theatre company. I have also contributed to various leadership forums as participant and speaker, including the Federal Government’s 2020 Summit, Cranlana Justice and Society Symposiums, the ACLA and Victorian Women Lawyers Women in Leadership Forum and the ACLA Corporate Counsel Day.