Fiona McAlinden

Director Hearth Allied Health

B.Sc. Social Administration & Social Work (Hons) MBM

Fiona has an incredibly relevant lifetime of experience for the role. Hearth operates in a fast-paced environment that has a relentless desire to improve and evolve the participant experience and outcomes. There was no doubt early on that Fiona would not only “fit the culture” but would continue to evolve it bringing a blend of very different experiences, recently leading one of the largest therapy teams within Monash Health in Victoria.

Fiona is a qualified Social Worker and has a Master’s in Business Management. Complimenting her qualifications Fiona also has over 20 years of leadership experience in the disability and health sectors leading large-scale allied health workforces, the provision of therapy services, service development, innovation in models of care and client driven advocacy.

At Very Special Kids, Fiona led a large-scale expansion of support services, to families with children with complex disabilities and life-threatening illnesses, across Victoria and was instrumental in the development of the model of care for the first children’s hospice in Australia. In the disability sector, Very Special Kids plays an essential role for some of the most complex participants.

Fiona’s experience also includes 9 years as Allied Health Director across multiple programs at Monash Health. There is a shortage of great therapists in Disability, so we need a leader who can not only attract leading therapists but also importantly develop a work force from within over time. Fiona’s experience in one of the leading “teaching hospitals” and working with the universities is exceptional. As a result, Fiona has an established reputation for excellence in allied health service delivery, education and research and is highly regarded by her professional peers.

With a deep understanding of the role Allied Health plays in the holistic care of our community, Fiona has already created an innovative working environment and conditions to inspire Allied Health professionals to achieve excellence in therapy services for our clients.

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