Russel Harrison awarded Honorary Enterprise Professor

We celebrate the recent award given to Russell Harrison as Honorary Enterprise Professor within the Melbourne School of Health Sciences.

Russell Harrison is currently Chief Executive Officer of Western Health, which operates four acute public hospitals and five community health centres employing over 11,000 staff. Russell has worked in high-level strategic leadership roles in healthcare across Australia and the United Kingdom for almost two decades, including various major health infrastructure projects.

Russel Harrison headshot

As a provider of critical health services in a rapidly growing domain, Russell's work promotes significant collaborative opportunities and workforce development to meet the critical need for highly qualified healthcare professionals. Importantly, Western Health fulfils a vital role in education working with The University of Melbourne to deliver postgraduate specialist education to nurses and allied health professionals. His appointment will also provide potential for industry placements beyond health professionals to complement the large business, engineering and legal support teams within Western Health. This appointment creates new opportunities for executive networking across nursing, allied health and medical professions to broaden and enrich our respective academic, research and professional communities. Additionally, our professoriates will be working directly with Russell to identify, prioritise and implement a strategic plan focused on building capacity and capability within the profession for leadership in research and innovation with translational impacts. These impacts will be focused on evidence-based health policy reform and improved health outcomes for populations.

Recognised for his record of influence in health service innovation, health policy reform, and strategic leadership, Russell possesses in-depth knowledge of international health systems. His work focuses on the nexus between clinical researchers, health service administrators and academia with the primary objective to foster interdisciplinary health-leadership innovation through education and research. Russell has also facilitated valuable partnerships with the university including the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences, the Western Health Innovation Acceleration Program, and the ASKIT lab addressing healthcare sustainability.