Rhonda Galbally

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Rhonda Galbally (born 1948) is an Australian working in health development, disability, social and health policy in Australia. Galbally was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991 for services to the community. She was awarded honorary degrees in health and social science from RMIT 2005 and La Trobe 1999, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her service to the community.

Galbally began her career in the early 1970s as a teacher at secondary and tertiary levels. In the late 1970s she was senior policy analyst for the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS). In the early 1980s Galbally was appointed CEO of Australian progressive philanthropic grantmakers the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation. Since the mid-1980s, Rhonda has been the foundation CEO of five new Australian organisations, including in the mid 1980s the Australian Commission for the Future, in the late 1980s. For 10 years Galbally was CEO the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation ( VicHealth). During this time VicHealth established a number of research centres including the Centre for Adolescent Health Melbourne University, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) Latrobe University, the Centre for research into Mother and Child Health Latrobe University, Onenda VicHealth Koori Health Centre Melbourne university.[1] In the late 1990s, Galbally established the Australian International Health Institute. In 2000 Galbally was appointed as the Independent Chair of the Review of Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Legislation ( the Galbally Review).

From 2000 to 2010 Galbally was co founder and CEO of Our Community Pty. Ltd. In 2004 - 2013 Galbally was Chair of the Royal Women's Hospital. During that time the hospital established the Research Centre for Women's Mental Health funded by the Pratt Foundation. In 2005 Galbally was a member of the expert panel that developed the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (2006).

In 2011, Galbally was establishment CEO of the newly created Australian National Preventive Health Agency - involving developing the first five-year strategic and operational plans.

In 2012 Galbally chaired the International Evaluation Committee for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

from 2008 to 2013 Galbally was the Chair of the National People with Disability and Carer's Council. In 2012 Galbally was a member of the independent Advisory Panel for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into a lifetime care and support scheme for people with a disability and chronic illness.

Since its establishment, 2013 Galbally has been a Board member of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Principal Member of the Independent Advisory Council.

Galbally was a trustee of Reichstein Foundation 1985-2010; trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria; 1985-1995 member of the Malthouse Theatre 1983-1992; board member of the Alfred Hospital 1990-1995; council member Monash University 2002-2007; council member RMIT University 1992-1997; member of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission Advanced Education Council 1983-1987; chair of Philanthropy Australia 1982-1985.

Galbally is Patron Compassionate Friends and WISA Wellbeing in Schools Australia.

Pluto Press published her book, Just Passions (1-86403-296-0) in 2004. Just Passions was republished by Yooralla in August 2012.


  1. ^ The story of VicHealth: a world first in health promotion, VicHealth (www.vichealth.vic.gov.au), November 2005, p. 84, ISBN 0-9757335-1-6, retrieved 2009-10-14 

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