Jewish Care appoints new Chief Medical Officer

February 25, 2022 by Elana Bedwell
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Jewish Care Victoria has announced the appointment of Dr Simon Grof as its inaugural Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Simon Grof

The CMO will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is part of the senior executive leadership team.

With extensive medical experience, Dr Grof has been a Consultant Geriatrician at Eastern Health since 2014 and is also Clinical Director of their Coordinated Care, Aged Medicine Program. He is a lecturer at the School of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health at Deakin University and also works across Aged Medicine and Ambulatory Care to maintain his clinical skills and evidence-based knowledge.

Simon recently completed an Associate Fellowship through Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (2021), Leadership and Innovation in Health program (run by Monash University & Harvard Macy Institute, 2020) and graduated from the Williamson Community Leadership Program (2017).

Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly said: “This significant investment cements Jewish Care’s desire to be best in class in the provision of high-quality, innovative care, and support of our community.

Simon will provide strong medical leadership at both the governance and operational level supporting the organisation in the provision of high-quality clinical services within our residential aged care homes, active living centres, and in-home support services.

He brings a wealth of clinical expertise and is well placed to strengthen our clinical care delivery and education to support GPs and our staff. His desire to improve the healthcare outcomes for elders aligns with Jewish Care values, ethos, and our philosophy of care and support.”

His appointment comes at a pivotal time when the aged care sector faces numerous care challenges and opportunities in the wake of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety findings.

Dr Grof is passionate about quality and safety in healthcare and is an advocate for older Australians and their carers. He is interested in medical education and has been involved in mentoring registrars and clinical supervision of Geriatric Medicine Advanced Trainees.

Dr Grof will assume his role on March 1.

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