Cranbourne East Ambassador
Dan Romanis has been Chief Executive Officer at Royal District Nursing Service since 1994. A significant not-for-profit charity, RDNS is Australia’s largest provider of home nursing and the largest employer of community nurses, with a total staff of about 1,500, including over 1,000 nurses. Dan’s previous roles encompassed leadership and management positions with state government in Education, Public Works and State Treasury.
With strong skills and interests in leadership, technology and governance in the not-for-profit sector, Dan has led a major re-shaping of the organisation during his time at RDNS, marrying the essential traditional healthcare qualities of caring and compassion with a comprehensive range of business initiatives.
Under Dan’s leadership RDNS was one of the first community care organisations in the world to implement state-of-the-art hand-held field based computing for community nurses enabling the delivery of safer nursing care to the over 9,000 people who receive RDNS services at any given time.
More recently Dan has been driving the growth and diversification of RDNS, extending services beyond the greater Melbourne “home” of RDNS, to country Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and New Zealand.
Dan's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Economics and Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Management.
Having served on several not-for-profit Boards and Committees, Dan is currently a Board member of Peninsula Hospice Service, a leading not-for-profit provider of palliative care services on the Mornington Peninsula.
For a number of years Dan was a volunteer surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards as a result of his interest in and commitment to improvements in quality standards in healthcare provision.
In 2003, Dan was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through the Royal District Nursing Service.
An Australia Day Ambassador since 2005, having migrated here in 1974, Dan describes his interests as reading, DIY, exploring rural and remote Australia and enjoying his family, Dan is married with four children and (currently) three grandchildren.