19 January 2024

Appointment of ADAVB CEO, Ilsa Hampton

The ADAVB is pleased to announce that Ilsa Hampton has been appointed to the position of CEO.


Ilsa is an experienced health sector leader who has held senior executive and CEO roles across multiple member associations. Her previous roles include CEO of Optometry Victoria/SA, where she drove positive change within the organisation including delivering the O=MEGA23 - World Congress of Optometry here in Melbourne. Prior to that, Ilsa was CEO at Meaningful Ageing Australia and held senior and strategic roles at Baptcare, including as the acting general manager. Ilsa is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Midwifery and Nursing at La Trobe University and Chair of Victorian Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Ilsa will commence with the ADAVB on Monday 29 January, 2024.

Ilsa says her first priority will be to actively listen to the team, the Council, our committees, the wider membership and other stakeholders in order to best understand the strengths and challenges ADAVB is facing. Longer term priorities will include a focus on aligning with the needs of our members and on improving community oral health. As CEO, Ilsa’s goal is to ensure that our organisation is thriving. This means a happy and productive team who are delivering outstanding, contemporary services and support for members, and kicking goals on our advocacy objectives. “Being CEO means I have the opportunity to get to know members from a wide range of backgrounds, and in doing so I can ensure that our work is informed by the realities being faced by our members and the communities they serve.”

We sincerely thank Eithne Irving for stepping in to lead the Victorian branch over the last few months. Eithne has been a positive stabilising force and her efforts have been gratefully appreciated.