Louise McLaren

Head, Program & Discipline Support


Louise has a diverse background in healthcare, as a midwife and a sales and marketing director in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She has designed and delivered patient centred programs and medical educational symposiums within Australia and across Asia Pacific and has a special interest in delivering outcome-based education in cross cultural settings.

Louise is a passionate advocate for consumer groups in diabetes and thalassaemia and has worked with patient organisations in Australia, Indonesia and China.

Louise is the Institute’s Program Engagement Manager, working with Program Directors and the Deputy Director, Programs to lead communications and develop approaches to engagement & collaboration and innovation across Burnet Institute’s Programs – Disease Elimination; Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Health Security and Behaviours & Health Risks.


  • 2021- ongoing: Partnering with Consumers Committee Member, Ambulance Victoria
  • 2020- ongoing: Consumer Representative Complex Care Panel Workshop, Ambulance Victoria
  • 2021- ongoing: Program Engagement Manager, Burnet Institute
  • 2019-2020: Head of APAC, Global Rare Disease, Chiesi Farmaceutici
  • 2014-2019: APAC Director Marketing, Sales and Business Development, ApoPharma
  • 2014-2014: National Marketing Manager, Aspen Australia
  • 2010-2013: Senior Business Manager, Orphan/Sigma/Aspen Australia, Melbourne
  • 2009-2010: Marketing Manager, Australian Centre for Health Innovation
  • 2008-2009: Sales and Marketing Manager, Creative Promotions
  • 2008-2008: ANZ Sales and Marketing Manager, Dansac
  • 2006-2007: State Sales Manager, Sanofi Aventis
  • 2004-2006: Group Product Manager ANZ, Abbott Diabetes Care
  • 2003-2004: Regional Product Manager, ANZ, Abbott Diabetes Care
  • 2002-2003: Product Manager Diabetes, Abbott Diabetes Care
  • 2002-2002: Clinical Consultant Team Manager, Eli Lilly
  • 2000-2002: Diabetes Product Manager ANZ, Novo Nordisk
  • 1998-2000: Regional Sales Director VIC/TAS/ACT, Women’s Health and Diabetes, Novo Nordisk
  • 1998-1998: State Sales Manager VIC/TAS, Women’s Health and Diabetes, Novo Nordisk
  • 1994-1998: Manager, Novo Nordisk GP/ Specialist Sales
  • 1988-1992: Sales Representative, Roussel UCLAF
  • 1985-1987: Registered Nurse & Midwife, Sandringham Hospital


  • 1987: B.App.Sc AdvN (Midwifery) Lincoln Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1985: Dip. App Sc N (General Nursing), Lincoln Institute, Melbourne, Australia