Ramsay Health Care
Kate Munnings joined Ramsay Health Care as Chief Operating Officer in January 2016 and is responsible for Ramsay’s extensive hospital operations across Australia.
Kate qualified as a registered nurse in the 1980’s, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2003, she was appointed as a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, specialising in contract and construction law. Kate then joined the partnership at international firm Baker McKenzie where she held a number of leadership positions.
In 2006, Kate moved into a corporate role at international company; Transfield Services Limited and was accountable for Legal & Corporate Governance, Risk & Commercial Management, Procurement and Corporate Communication. Kate was later appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Operations where she had operational responsibility for the Logistics, Construction & Consulting businesses which provided services, largely for State and Commonwealth Governments.
Kate has also served as a Board Member for South East Sydney Local Health District for 4 years from 2012 – 2016.
Andrew has extensive experience in executive roles in a variety of hospitals and health care settings; and within the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services as the Director for the State’s mental health system, as Regional Director for Health, Housing and Community Services and as Director of Strategy. Immediately prior to joining Monash Health, he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Alfred Health.
Hirondelle Private Hospital
Laura is the CEO at Hirondelle Private Hospital. With over 7 years’ experience in clinical leadership, Laura has supported her team to develop a values based, patient centred organisational culture. Most recently, Laura was awarded the Luye Medical 2018 outstanding employee award for contributions to Hirondelle. In October 2018, Laura commenced as CEO/DON at Tuggerah Lakes Private a Greenfield hospital on the Central Coast, commissioning the $32 million hospital in April 2019, which officially opened in June 2019. In August 2019, Laura returned to Hirondelle to lead the team through accreditation with the ACHS meeting all criteria with no recommendations.
Sydney Local Health District
Dr Teresa Anderson has more than 35 years experience as a clinician and health service executive. She has a well-established reputation for implementing strategies to foster innovation and best practice, supporting collaboration and building partnerships.
She is an internationally recognised Speech Pathologist and is passionate about developing programs and services to support and improve the health and wellbeing of all people in the community. Dr Anderson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018.
Dr Anderson is a member of seven Medical Research Institutes, Health and Primary Health Network boards and is an active member of the Sydney Health Partners Governing Council and Executive Management Group, one of the first four centres in Australia designated by the NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research Translation Centre
Westmead Rehabilitation Hospital
Amanda commenced her career in Nursing over 20 years ago in Emergency and Intensive Care. She moved into management 12 years ago with roles including Nurse Unit Manager with Medibank Workplace Solutions and Director of Nursing of a private cardiology hospital before joining Healthe Care as Director of Clinical Services at Mayo Private Hospital in Taree. Whilst at Mayo, Amanda assisted with project managing the implementation of a catheter lab and Intensive Care Unit.
Amanda joined Westmead Rehabilitation Hospital as General Manger \ Director Nursing 2.5 years ago and was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer / Director of Nursing.
Amanda has a strong focus on leadership, and integrity whilst ensuring her facilities deliver an excellent standard of clinical care. She is currently undertaking her MBA studies.
Forster Private Hospital
Deanne Portelli has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare, including private and public. Leadership roles during this time include critical care nursing with a Masters Degree,
academic lecturing, quality management, work health and safety, organizational management, leadership and management training including coaching, lifetime practitioner
for Human Synergistics, human resource management, healthcare strategy planning and workforce development, service alignment and restructure, corporate clinical analyst, senior project management, CEO. Outside healthcare, Deanne has worked as a General Manager in a multi-franchise automotive business.
A career of high pressure work challenges and personal commitments has brought many wins and failures.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Bronwyn has worked in the public and not for profit health industry for over 25 years and is currently the Executive Director – Operations, Royal Adelaide Hospital where she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for South Australia’s largest health service, a role she has been in since June 2019. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Royal District Nursing Service SA, part of the Silver Chain Group, a national not for profit organisation which leads in the delivery of home based care.
Bronwyn holds a strong belief and passion for public health services and the provision of equitable, accessible and affordable services. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and gardening.
Bronwyn is a graduate of Flinders University with a Bachelor of Commence and Masters in Health Service Management. Bronwyn is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers and is a scholarship recipient through the Women & Leadership Australia and in 2018 completed the Advanced Leadership Program through Monash University.
Ramsay Health Care
Melanie Gates is the Head of Business Transformation for Ramsay Healthcare, Australia’s largest Private hospital Operator treating around 1 million patients each year and employing 30,000+ staff. The Ramsay business transformation program aims to change the operating model from a largely, decentralised collection of 72 independent hospital and day procedure units to a standardised network of hospitals. Guiding aims of the business transformation program are to improve the customer and doctor experience and to instil a culture of innovation and continuous improvement across the hospitals.
Previously Melanie has held roles as Hospital Chief Executive Officer for three of Ramsay Health Care’s hospitals across the NSW/Victoria border as well as being an Executive Manager in a large Public/Private Ramsay hospital.
Melanie’s background as a management consultant has created the key building blocks for her time in healthcare, with her focus being to assist organisations to improve their performance through the implementation of tactical and transformative change.
Melanie is an innovative, outcome-oriented leader with a track record of delivering successful and lasting outcomes in organisational improvement. She is passionate about building constructive and empowered workplace cultures and supporting future generation of leaders.
Claire Harrison is the Founder of ThriveU. Claire is an Executive Coach and Vedic Meditation teacher and holds a Diploma in Positive Psychology. Claire’s areas of expertise include resilient leadership, building emotional intelligence capability, mindfulness-based strengths training & executive coaching with a focus on leadership, career and business, particularly in the ICT & Digital arenas. Claire is the former NSW Director for Women in Digital International and has held several senior leadership roles across the private sector, including REA Group, Mamamia Women’s Network, Women’s Agenda, Pacific Magazines and Getty Images and has over 15 years’ experience leading teams and developing workplace culture.
Private Healthcare Australia
Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Private Healthcare Australia, the industry peak body representing health funds. Formerly a medical practitioner, she is dedicated to harnessing medical best practice and policy to improve health outcomes in the community. Previously a senior advisor to the Federal Health Minister between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.
Dr David has worked with the international pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries for more than a decade, including Australian biotech leader CSL, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. On the senior management team of CSL Ltd, she played a pivotal role in making the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil available to Australian women, and later boys. She has also been a founding practice manager of the McKinsey & Company health and government sector practice in Australia.
In her current role, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.
Western Sydney Local Health District
Moureen is a well-rounded professional who has successfully managed complex and politically sensitive projects in Australia. Her ethical leadership, results-driven persistence, business acumen and emotional intelligence are demonstrated in the outcomes delivered in the past 20 years. Qualified in Accounting, Ph.D in Organizational Psychology, Moureen has lived/worked in 6 international cities, is proficient in 5 languages, which had partly contributed to her success in stakeholder liaisons, change management and complex project management.
In her current role, Moureen manages significant capital redevelopment programs, strategy work to transform the Westmead Innovation Precinct into an international landmark of health, research, education and training. Her main portfolio includes the Parramatta North Growth Centre, Cumberland Hospital East & West Campus (largest concentrations of mental health services in Australia), involved in the $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment. As such, Moureen is also responsible for strengthening key relationships with precinct partners (research institute, government, universities and the private sector).
Passionate about innovation, Moureen is also pioneering a virtual health care model.
The complexity of Moureen’s portfolio increases with Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) being delivered as part of a record $73 billion NSW infrastructure program – provide a direct link from Westmead Station to the Westmead Innovation Precinct, Cumberland Hospital, Parramatta North and Parramatta CBD. Moureen is responsibility for ensuring the PLR project is integrated with affected hospitals services. In particular, Moureen works closely with PLR, Health Infrastructure and Mental Health Executives to solve 28 facility planning projects, vis-à-vis various models of care.
Complementing her experience in Health, Moureen brings with her experience in the private sector (investment), Local Government (Economic Development) and Academia.
Metro North Hospital & Health Service
Led by Tami Photinos, Women’s and Newborn Services provides a wide range of healthcare services to women and their babies in Queensland. The dedicated team has an impeccable reputation for providing quality care, research and education and has established RBWH as a premier centre for obstetrics, gynaecology, gynaecology oncology, maternity and neonatology, which is renowned for its specialist care of premature and sick newborn babies.
Subspecialties of the service have grown to include areas such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetric medicine, paediatric adolescent gynaecology, reproductive endocrinology, various models of care including midwifery group practices, breast health, telehealth, trophoblastic management, neonatal retrieval services (NeoRESQ) and Queensland’s only public milk bank.
Commencing her career as a registered nurse, Cassandra has over 20 years experience in healthcare and has held senior management and leadership roles within NSW Health since 2007. Passionate about governance, resource allocation and performance management, Cassandra has worked with senior executive teams across NSW Health to build a positive culture focused on improving outcomes and performance.
In recent years she has informed, guided and educated staff with rostering responsibilities in relation to planning, developing, maintaining and operating rosters that meet patient, staff and organisational needs.
In 2018 Cassandra completed the Executive Masters of Public Administration via the prestigious Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). The program brings together a select group of the best emerging public sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand with outstanding teachers and practitioners from around the world.
With more than 13 years of corporate communications coaching, a degree in Performance and over 16 years of international performance training, Arabella Macpherson specialises in advanced communication skills. These skills ensure her clients are more effective leaders and able to influence others easily while increasing their enjoyment measurably. Arabella’s coaching is skill-based, ensuring her clients have the right formats, processes and techniques to deliver the results they need. Leaders learn how to decode behaviour and understand how to connect, motivate and inspire others.
Gender Gap Gone
Cath is an Executive Coach with over 16 years’ experience in organisational and professional development. Cath has consulted to over 350 organisations globally, including both public and private sector. Cath has coached over 5000 individuals and addressed over 25,000 through workshops and conferences, using the latest research and practical frameworks to inspire action.
Cath’s greatest strength is helping people to gain greater leverage from the messages they tell themselves and those they tell others.
Sara joined Austin Health in 2003 as a part time Physiotherapist after experience in public and private roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. She held a number of clinical roles, and was successful in transitioning to a management role in 2014.
Sara leads a number of diverse programs from acute inpatients to the community, employing over 250 people from a wide range of disciplines, from allied health, medical and nursing.
Sara is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is Deputy Chair of the Board of OC Connections which provides services to people with intellectual disability, and is a Director on the Board of West Gippsland Healthcare Group.
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.
Rachel Fojtik is the Director of Analytics and Performance at Mater Health Services Brisbane, with nearly 20 years in Business Analysis and Intelligence in a variety of industries. She has created and managed a number of Business Intelligence teams and platforms. Her team of analysts at the Mater Hospital deliver a tool which looks at variation in care and analyses the patient journey from presentation to discharge. There are many subjects of analysis available.
Under Rachel’s leadership the team at the Mater Hospital manage analytics in a way that is different. They provide a hub environment for members of the organisation, whether clinicians or administrators to develop targeted analysis that suits the needs of their area. The hub provides training, support, systems access and governance to those that participate. Since the inception of this program the delivery of analytics through the environment and team has multiplied dramatically as has the usefulness of the applications that are produced.
Metro Rehab Hospital
Denise is an accomplished senior health care executive having held senior executive roles in both public and private sector health care and in independent hospitals, publicly listed groups and government organisations. In the private sector Denise has managed large scale national and international projects and has worked in senior executive roles in acute and sub acute hospitals, radiology and pathology businesses. In the public sector Denise has directed statewide screening programs and implemented programs to establish clinical services in areas of need. A highly adaptive executive with broad experience Denise has a unique mix of skill in leadership, strategy, operational management and project management.
Virtus Specialist Day Hospitals
Finny Staples is the Director of Business and Nursing Services, NSW Specialist Day Hospitals for Virtus Health
An experienced business specialist with a demonstrated history of success in the healthcare industry. Finny is skilled in strategic management of day hospitals with proven results in: building, commissioning, licensing & accreditation of various day hospitals; business development; procurement & management of resources & service contracts; implementation of customer focussed initiatives; Enterprise Agreement negotiations; & corporate level reporting. Finny joins us today to share her approach to Creating your authentic leadership style.