Dr Zena Burgess has a doctorate in psychology and is registered as a clinical and organisational psychologist. Dr Burgess holds both a Masters of Business Administration and Education, is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has worked in health for over two decades, delivering front line services to both regional and urban communities.
Dr Burgess is currently CEO of the Australian Psychological Society and is focused on system wide linkage of mental health outcomes through reform of psychology service delivery. For over a decade she led the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) as CEO during a period of growth and professional recognition as a patient-focused organisation contributing to health reform, standard setting, and innovation in primary care.
Dr Burgess has a reputation for leadership during periods of change and is committed to health equity through a social determinants framework. She has been a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT), the Victorian Disability Review Board and the Victorian Psychologists Registration Board. Dr Burgess is currently a Director on the Board of Victorian Farmers Federation and Bully Zero.