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Vanessa Janissen

Vanessa Janissen

Chief Executive

Awabakal . Vanessa Janissen

As a for­mer senior exec­u­tive at NSW Health Pathol­o­gy, Vanes­sa Janis­sen brings a wealth of expe­ri­ence and a proven track record in pub­lic and pri­vate health services.

Vanes­sa held a num­ber of lead­er­ship posi­tions at Cal­vary Health­care, most recent­ly as the Nation­al Direc­tor, Strat­e­gy and Ser­vice Devel­op­ment lead­ing their growth strat­e­gy across hos­pi­tal, aged care, com­mu­ni­ty and vir­tu­al care services.

She was also NSW Health Pathology’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Strat­e­gy and Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Trans­for­ma­tion between 2013 and 2019. Pri­or to that she held mul­ti­ple oper­a­tional roles in Hunter New Eng­land Local Health District.

Her exper­tise in strat­e­gy, plan­ning, dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, and ded­i­ca­tion to enhanc­ing human-cen­tered care will strength­en NSW Health Pathology’s posi­tion as a lead­ing pathol­o­gy and foren­sic ser­vice provider for the peo­ple of NSW.


Leadership Strategy & Transformation



Our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) enacts the strategy of NSW Health Pathology and directions of the NSW Health Pathology Board. Members ensure we deliver quality, human-centred pathology and forensic and analytical science services across NSW.

Strategy & Transformation

Sets strategic direction and drives service transformation to meet the evolving needs of patients and partners in healthcare. Responsible for planning, performance and innovation, and operational management of genomics, point of care testing and six clinical streams.

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