Melanie Eagle is the inaugural Board Chair for Respect Victoria - Victoria's first agency dedicated to the prevention of family violence. Her past roles have included working with the Department of Justice, in women’s advocacy, victim’s services and social policy including law reform in relation to family violence. She spent her early career as a lawyer specialising in discrimination and sexual assault in private practices, before working at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Ms Eagle is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Hepatitis Victoria, with associated roles as a Board Director of Hepatitis Australia, the Centre for Research and Excellence into Injecting Drugs Use (Burnet Institute) and the Victorian Government’s Hepatitis Working Group. Her Board experience includes Director, Alfred Health; Director, Star Health Service; Member, Victorian Disability Advisory Committee; Management Committee Member, Chronic Illness Alliance; Patron, Epilepsy Foundation and Mayor and Councillor of the then City of St Kilda. She has qualifications in Law, Arts, Social Work and International Development and is a Graduate of the AICD.