virtual health


Virtual Health is a specialist health consultancy and project management firm based in Western Australia servicing both the government and non-government health sectors.

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Tim Shackleton BPE Post Grad Dip Health Admin AFACHSM GAICD

Tim Shackleton has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public and private non-government health sectors. His strengths lie in strategy development and implementation, health services planning and project management.


Mr Shackleton has a wide network of health, political and community leaders both within Western Australia and Australia.

In 2006, Mr Shackleton was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations). On Mr Shackleton’s commencement with the RFDS, the organisation employed 170 people, operated 11 aircraft and had annual expenditure of approximately $30 million. On his departure after five years, the organisation employed 230 staff, operated 15 aircraft, including Australia’s first RFDS aeromedical jet, and had annual expenditure of over $60 million. Today, RFDS Western Operations is recognised as a world leader in the provision of emergency aeromedical services.

Prior to joining the RFDS, Mr Shackleton was WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt Regional Director. In this role, Mr Shackleton oversaw all state government health services in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia including 24 public hospitals, regional public and mental health services, residential and community based aged care services, visiting medical service arrangements and all health infrastructure. He was responsible for approximately 800 full time equivalent employees and an annual budget of $90 million. Stakeholder management was a key component of this role as the Wheatbelt contains over 100 small communities in 45 local government authorities and six state seats of parliament. Prior to undertaking this role, Mr Shackleton was Regional Director of the Pilbara Gascoyne Health Region in the Northwest of Western Australia. In this role Mr Shackleton oversaw state government health service provision from eight acute hospitals, regional public and mental health services and aged care services. He was responsible for 850 full time equivalent employees and an annual budget of $85 million.

Mr Shackleton has also held other senior health posts, including General Manager of the Murchison Health Service and Executive Director of the Asthma Foundation of WA.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement and post-graduate qualifications in health services management and company directorship.