Leading health systems expert Raj Verma has joined Nous Group as a Principal, strengthening the award-winning management consultancy’s Health and Ageing practice.

Raj offers Nous clients his deep executive-level experience in the Australian health sector. He has previously designed and delivered local and state-level transformation, including new models of emergency access, ambulance reform and integrated chronic disease management.

During his career in the NSW health system, Raj has driven the strategy, testing and adoption of alternative settings for care, including hospital in the home and telehealth. He has championed consumer engagement at the core of healthcare innovation.

Tim Orton, Founder and Managing Director of Nous Group, said: “Raj brings to Nous a great mix of deep thinking, practical experience and a commitment to positive influence. He will be a wonderful asset to our Health and Ageing practice, supporting our clients as they navigate challenges in the sector.”

Raj, who joins the Sydney office in August, said: “I am grateful to Nous for the opportunity to work in Health and Ageing to enhance its value proposition: to be bold and engaging for performance and influence. I look forward to joining a highly credible team with a great reputation to help policy makers and service providers to improve the health of the population, the experience of receiving care and the sustainability of health systems.”

Raj served as an Executive Director in the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation for seven years and as a Director in NSW Health for four years. During this time he undertook an executive secondment to Medibank Private.

Raj is a leading expert in value-based health care, patient-reported outcome measures, healthcare redesign, telehealth and consumer engagement. Raj holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and is a graduate of the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.