Paul joined Western Health as the Chief Medical Officer in February 2018. He joined us from Austin Health, where he held the position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director Quality and Patient Safety. He was also acting in the role of Clinical Services Medical Director of the Anaesthetics, Perioperative and ICU Division. Paul also served as the Acting Chief Medical Officer for Austin Health for a period of time.
After initially training in surgery, Paul chose to follow a career path in medical leadership and management, initially through Epworth Healthcare, where he received national recognition for his contribution to the practice of medical administration and for his initiatives around improving medical accreditation processes.
Paul completed his Master in Health Administration through La Trobe University in 2015 and has undertaken a wide range of high-level courses to support his role as a medical administrator committed to innovation, quality improvement and achieving improved patient outcomes.
He also has a strong interest in medical education and research developed through appointments at the Florey Neurosciences Institute where he commenced a PhD in Traumatic Brain Injury, the University of Melbourne, and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. To reinforce his passion in mental health and self-management for clinicians, Paul is also an ambassador and speaker for beyondblue.
Royal Flying Doctor Service QLD
Dr Abby Harwood was a remote area General Practitioner for almost 20 years, before moving to Queensland in 2016 to join the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She was Chief Medical Officer from February 2017 until November 2019. She is a thought leader in remote health, and is passionate about enabling accessible, equitable and culturally appropriate health care for those in rural and
remote Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and holds a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice, in addition to a Master in Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management, Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Diploma of Child Health and the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine.
She feels most at home in the most isolated areas of Australia’s north, and enjoys photography, camping, fishing, cooking and spending quality time with her dog.
Cate was appointed as Chief Medical Officer, Melbourne Health in February 2016 and has significant experience in multiple academic, tertiary health services.
Cate received her basic medical degree from the University of Sydney. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons – Pharmacology), a Masters of Health Administration and a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Her long term interests are in clinical informatics, clinical governance of new technologies and medical education. She has published multiple papers about health system management and leadership with a focus on medical education and new technology / clinical practice.
Dr Lee Hamley is responsible for clinical governance, risk management and patient safety, the development of the clinical workforce across Alfred Health, professional medical issues, investigative services (pathology, radiology and nuclear medicine) and pharmacy.
Lee chairs the Alfred Health Infection Control Committee, Medical Appointments Committee and Credentialing Committee. Her external appointments include being a member of the Council of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Metro South Health
Stephen Canaris is the Senior Director – Office of the CIO, for Metro South Health – Australia’s first fully Digital Health Service. With over 14 years’ diverse experience in the Digital Healthcare environment, Stephen currently leads the delivery of strategic and innovative Digital Health programs of work, including analytic services and products for five hospitals – specialising in real-time and strategic visualisation, advanced analytics and transformative use of health data to affect health outcomes.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne
Jenny is an innovative senior member of a hospital executive team, with strong operational, strategic planning, team leadership, stakeholder engagement, management and problem solving skills. She focuses on deliverables, both financial and operational with this capability supported by broad nursing expertise in tertiary health care – both private and public hospital environments.
Outcome, people and patient focused, she empowers teams with a consultative, collaborative, and supportive approach. She is a natural creator of improvement solutions, and has designed and delivered several significant efficiencies.
Western Private Hospital
Jane is the Director of Nursing at Western Private Hospital. Over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector, she has spend the last 10 years in leadership roles across education, academic and healthcare management. Her strong strategic planning, problem solving and team leadership skills were well utilised in a recent successful version 2 NSQHS accreditation, against complication of a cyber security attack.
Gosford Private Hospital
Jennifer is the Director of Clinical Services at Gosford Private Hospital. With over 17 years of experience in the private health sector, 10 of these have been in leadership roles, Jennifer has engaged the hospital team in developing an organisational culture that supports a patient-centered model of care. With a focus on staff engagement, Jennifer believes that a positive patient experience is the direct result of strong organisational culture.
Western Private Hospital
Val Dudok was awoken to ‘ Lean’ systems thinking when working at Toyota, with a career in the Public/Private sectors and financial industries utilising Lean 6 Sigma, Business and Project Management skills.
Val has a passion in improving health outcomes for the vulnerable in our communities through analysing performance data and collaborating with others in doing things better.
Val also is committed to the community and currently volunteers at a Women’s Crisis Refuge just hanging out with the women and playing with the children.
The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland
Donna Hickling is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and qualified Diabetes Educator. She’s currently a Dietetics Team Leader at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. She’s the past president of Wounds Australia (Queensland), and Chairing the Australian Wound Management Association national Conference in 2014.
As the co-chair of the hospital’s Tissue Viability Committee, her involvement in Accreditation has included being hospital lead for Standard 8 (Pressure Injuries) under the previous standards, and recently as Dietetics lead for the Version 2 of the National Standards, and in particular Comprehensive Care, also being a team member of the newly formed Comprehensive Care Committee. Donna is passionate about ensuring multi-disciplinary engagement spans from patient care all the way through to Governance systems and structures.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital & NorthWestern Mental Health
Sally Martin is the Director of Quality, Improvement and Patient Experience at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She has 30 years’ experience in the public and private health sector ranging from clinical physiotherapy, leadership at an executive level and running her own private practice. She has a proven acumen in creating a positive workplace that focuses on patient centred care and innovation. She has both operational and quality improvement experience developing and implementing large scale transformational change. This has included the development and implementation of a person centred care framework which included consumer recruitment, training and integration into operational services; the implementation and embedding of improvement science methodology into organisational divisions.
Epworth HealthCare - Geelong
Angela has worked in ICUs in Melbourne and London. She is part of a 2 person team to set up the ICU liaison program at Epworth HealthCare Richmond, which is the 1st private hospital in Australia to have an ICU liaison team.
She coordinated and developed the new track and trigger charts for Epworth across 4 sites. Previously she was the Quality Coordinator for 3 years at Epworth HealthCare Richmond and the Quality Manger at Epworth Health Care Geelong.
Angela was also part of the senior leadership team that opened the Epworth HealthCare – Geelong green fill site.