Management team

Meet our management team led by General Manager South East Melbourne Hospitals Lisa Norman.

Lisa Norman
General Manager St John of God South East Melbourne Hospitals
CEO - St John of God Berwick Hospital
CEO - St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital

Lisa Norman has worked for St John of God Health Care since July 2006. 

Lisa’s initial role at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital was the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Nursing. Lisa moved to St John of God Berwick Hospital in January 2010 as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Nursing.

Since starting at Berwick in 2010, Lisa has increased annual revenue from $15m to in excess of $70m.

In late 2014 her role transitioned to Chief Executive Officer in anticipation of the planned redevelopment of the Berwick Hospital.

Lisa has extensive experience in health care roles, with a strong track record driving hospital growth in services and activity. Her previous role as Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital saw her double the number of patients in three and a half years, while also improving patient and staff satisfaction.

Lisa is a member of the Victorian Clinical Council. This committee provides direction to Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian State Health Minister on health strategy.

Karen Ward - Director of Clinical Services (Rehabilitation)

Karen joined St John of God Health Care in December 2018 as the Nurse Unit Manager of the surgical unit at St John of God Berwick Hospital. Karen has worked on various projects over the past few years as well as managing the COVID unit at Berwick in 2020. Karen was appointed the role of Director of Clinical services in April 2022. 

Karen trained in the UK as a burns and plastic nurse prior to immigrating to Australia with her family in 2011. Karen is passionate about nursing and has a strong focus on clinical excellence and caregiver wellbeing. 

Dr Bruce Shirazi - Director of Medical Services

Bruce joined St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital in 2006 and was appointed Director of Medical Services in March 2014. Previously he helped establish the rehabilitation services at St John of God Ballarat Hospital and provided consultative services to private rehabilitation providers in Melbourne hospitals.

His areas of interest include chronic pain issues requiring complex analgesia regimen, general reconditioning, rehabilitation for the elderly, and orthopaedic and musculoskeletal multidisciplinary care. As Director of Medical Services, Bruce is actively involved in the administration and governance of clinical care. He is leading our service expansion of pain management and chronic disease programs.

Sara Crees - Director of Corporate and Hotel Services South East Melbourne Hospitals.

Sara joined St John of God Health Care in September 2021 and holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce majoring in Human Resources and Management at Monash University (BBusCom) as well as a Diploma in Business Management, Cert IV in Workplace Health and Safety and is a Certified Practitioner of Human Resources with the Australian Human Resources Institute (CPHR).

Sara is an innovative and passionate senior executive with experience in a number of roles across different industries and specialises in organisational development, talent acquisition, employee development, industrial relations, and team management.

Rhonda O'Connor - Director Mission Integration

Rhonda O’Connor joined St John of God Berwick Hospital following a long history of working in youth ministry, pastoral care, education, parish and diocesan ministry.

Rhonda is passionate about ministry and mission. She has been involved in social outreach in Timor Leste, youth mental health, refugee and asylum seekers, adult education and mission development.

She enjoys the joys and challenges of supporting and mentoring staff as St John of God Berwick Hospital continues to grow. She is passionate about ensuring all caregivers are supported in living out St John of God Health Care Values and delivering exceptional compassionate care in our community. 

In 2020 Rhonda took on the responsibility of mission integration across the South East Melbourne hospitals including St John of God Berwick Hospital, St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital and St John of God Langmore Centre.

Danny Antonopoulos – Director of Finance

Danny is an experienced finance leader and CPA with extensive knowledge across commercial private hospital operations.
In his most recent appointment, he was responsible for leading and managing the finance functions of two hospitals, including extensive involvement in strategic and operational direction. Prior to this role, Danny served in various senior Finance Director roles in medium to large sized hospitals for over 16 years.
Danny has a breadth of experience working closely with executive peers and frontline managers to help enable hospital and clinical service objectives.

Suzanne Hallifax  Business Development Manager South East Melbourne Hospitals

Sue joined St John of God Health Care in 2021.  With over twenty years’ experience being a member of senior hospital leadership teams, Sue has significant knowledge of the Victorian private health care industry and extensive experience in business development within this environment.

Sue’s focus is to identify and build strong working relationships with medical specialists, health executives, GP's and practice managers to continuously expand and grow the South East Melbourne Hospital services.