Barb Dennis


Barb has extensive operational and governance experience spanning acute and sub-acute hospital services, primary care, mental health, aged care, palliative care and hospice services.

She has supported organisations across metropolitan and regional settings in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. She has been a board director for health services and not-for-profit organisations. Barb brings a passion for consumer-centred care and for evidence-based service delivery.

Influential work

  • Undertook a Victoria-wide consultation on improving reproductive health services
  • Devised a strategic plan for a national advance care planning organisation
  • Engaged in Victoria-wide consultation on end-of-life care, the final report from which has been used by the Victorian Department of Health to inform Victoria’s end-of-life and palliative care framework
  • Undertook stakeholder consultations for a national feasibility study of community and aged care palliative care guidelines.

Outside of Nous

Outside of Nous, Barb owns a large coastal restaurant and is a board member of Back to Back theatre. She is a former deputy chair of Barwon Health and the Geelong Palliative Care Association. She has also been a member of many other community organisations and committees.

Barb holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from Lincoln Institute and a Master of Arts (Occupational Therapy) from New York University.

In her spare time...

Barb enjoys living between Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula. Her three grown boys continue to provide immense joy. Barb’s interests include health and nutrition, child behaviour and tandem cycling.