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Darren's resume

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Professional ​

I am a former executive and CEO with extensive experience in the health, mental health and disability sectors. 

Able to deliver individual or collaborative consultancies. I place an emphasis on relationship building and stakeholder management, with a key skill being the ability to build positive working relationships over short timeframes. Throughout my career, my ability to communicate and present strategic directions to influence outcomes has been a key feature.


Australasian Evaluation Society

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


Health Q Consulting

Director, ​2019 - current

Health Q has been created by Director, Darren Button, to provide support to the disability, mental health, alcohol & other drugs, health care and human services sectors.  Health Q commenced in May 2019 ... our journey is just beginning.

Minda Incorporated

Acting CEO, ​2018 - 2019

CFO, ​2016 - 2018


Minda Incorporated, established in 1898, provides support to children and adults with disability in South Australia and is the largest non-Government disability support organisation in the state.  The business employs approximately 2,000 people supporting approximately 3,500 South Australians with disability in the areas of accommodation (at its Brighton site and in the community), supported employment, lifestyle services and respite. Minda Inc also operates a range of commercial and social enterprises.  Minda Inc group annual revenue is approx. $110m (30 June 2018)



Health Outcomes International

​Associate Director

2010 - 2016


HOI is an Adelaide-based specialist consulting firm providing high evaluation and consulting services to a broad client base in Australia, and New Zealand.  HOI services the health, disability, and community care sectors as a specialist consulting firm, as has major clients in each Australian state and territory, and New Zealand.



Southern Adelaide Health Service

Executive Director, Finance and Business Services

​2008 - 2010


​SAHS was part of the SA Department of Health and had a catchment population in excess of 300,000 people, employed more than 5,500 FTE and had an operating budget of approximately $700 million. Services included Flinders Medical Centre, The Repatriation General Hospital, Noarlunga Health Service, Drug and Alcohol Services, Southern Mental Health and Southern Population and Primary Health Care.

Vulnerable people

National Police Check

Children related employment clearance (DCSI)

Vulnerable person related employment clearance (DCSI)

Aged care sector related employment clearance (DCSI)

Key projects
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service Capital Funding (National Blood Authority) 

  • National Mental Health Activity Based Costing Study (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority)

  • National Emergency care services costing and classification project (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority)

  • Stocktake and research on the Australian Private Hospital System (Department of Health and Ageing)

  • Review of the Nationally Funded Centres Pancreas Transplantation Program (Department of Health and Ageing)

  • Review of the Nationally Funded Centres Paediatric Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation program (Department of Health and Ageing)

  • Community Nursing Program review (Department of Veteran’s Affairs)

  • Evaluation of the Positive Futures Initiative (including Evaluative Research on Outcomes for People with an Intellectual or Cognitive Disability who Exhibit Severely Challenging Behaviours) in Queensland (Department of Communities)

  • Research to inform service delivery models that include the application of smart assistive technology (Department of Communities, Queensland)

  • Evaluation of St John of God Health Care community-based early intervention perinatal and infant mental health services (Raphael Services) that are located in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales

  • Evaluation of the SA Returning Home Program (SA Health)

  • Review of the Opiate Pharmacotherapy Program (OPP) (Department of Health, NT)

  • Review of the HIV/HCV Workforce Development Model in South Australia (SA Health)

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