Russell Harrison

Adjunct Professor Russell Harrison

CertHCM MBA Board Director
Alliance position: Chief Executive Officer, Western Health

Russell Harrison is the CEO of Western Health and commenced his career in Britain with the National Health Service. Over a period of 16 years Mr Harrison held numerous executive roles ranging in all sectors, such as mental health, acute care, community care and as a commissioner of health services.

He moved to Melbourne to join Western Health as Executive Director Operations in February 2013.

Mr Harrison has overseen the commencement of construction works for the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and addressed significant challenges around access and capacity in Western Health’s emergency departments, as well as creating acute services at Sunshine.

He has a strong interest in working towards improvements in patient care aimed at helping the health system support the patient in the way which is best for the patient, rather than from a system perspective.

Mr Harrison is also committed to use of the best possible technology to benefit patients.