Australian Digital Health Agency Board
A new Australian Digital Health Agency Board was announced on 3 April 2019. This page was updated on 24 April 2019 at the commencement of the new Board’s term.
Dr Elizabeth Deveny (Chair)is currently the CEO of South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN). Before her appointment at SEMPHN, Elizabeth was Chief Executive of Bayside Medicare Local (BML) from its formation in 2012. Her emphasis on mutual respect and accountability of each and every staff member was a key factor in the nationally-recognised success of BML. Amongst her other current appointments she chairs the Southern Metropolitan Partnership which brings community, industry and local government together to provide the Victorian government advice about regional priorities. Elizabeth Deveny is an experienced and well-respected senior executive with a strong commitment to providing sustainable health outcomes for all Australians, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive, productive partnerships with key stakeholders and the broader community. She holds a Masters degree in vocational health education and a PhD in Medicine (clinical decision making), both from Melbourne University.
Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSMwas appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017. Ms Beauchamp has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission. Prior to her current role, Ms Beauchamp was Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–2017) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009). Ms Beauchamp has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government. Ms Beauchamp was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Ms Beauchamp has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.
Dr Zoran Bolevichis Chief Executive of eHealth NSW and Chief Information Officer of NSW Health. With a background in medicine and business administration, Dr Bolevich has worked in a number of senior health system management, health IT and data analytics leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand. Leading a team of more than 1,250 staff, Dr Bolevich is focusing on implementing the eHealth Strategy for NSW Health, streamlining governance of eHealth NSW’s key programs and activities, and developing a highly effective, customer-focused Health IT organisation. Dr Bolevich is passionate about improving the health system through meaningful and effective use of digital technologies, data analytics, research and innovation in partnership with patients, clinicians, health organisations, government and industry partners.
Professor Learne Durringtonis Chief Executive Officer, WA Primary Health Alliance. Learne is known as a strategic leader and has a strong blend of skills and knowledge in both government and not for profit sectors. Key areas of executive leadership and responsibility include: - Health, mental health and primary care - Child protection and family services; and - Disability and ageing. Learne's leadership has developed throughout her career in roles where the dynamic environment and changing policy environment contributed to her tenacity, resilience and ongoing learning. The notion of curiosity and collaboration have been vital to her achievements. Learne has balanced the humility to learn and make mistakes, but also the confidence to provide a focused direction for the organisations she leads. Her current role as the inaugural CEO in establishing a whole state primary health network (three) has been a complex assignment and subject to a lot of scrutiny given the degree of innovation at hand. However, this has been a pivotal time in her career providing the opportunity to lead and influence system change at each level of delivery, service type and sector across metropolitan and rural/remote communities. Learne is an Adj. A/Professor of Health Science (Curtin University) holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy, Bachelor Social Work (Hons), GAICD, FAIM and FACHSM.
Dr Samuel Heard OAMis primarily a rural general practitioner. He is currently the Medical Director of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, a 45 year old community controlled health service with 400 staff and 11 clinics across Central Australia. He is also the Medical Director of the Flinders University Regional Training Hub in Central Australia, where he is an Associate Professor. Sam grew up in Naracoorte, South Australia, and studied medicine at Adelaide University, graduating in 1978. He completed his general practice training in London and was a part time academic with London University. He returned to Darwin in 1992 working with Menzies School of Health Research but staying involved with European eHealth research projects. He developed the openEHR methodology with Thomas Beale, an engineer in the late 1990s. Key elements of this work have been adopted as an international (CEN and ISO) standard. Sam has been a founding Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics and a founding director of the openEHR Foundation, with appointment as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at University College London. He continues to be a director of Ocean Informatics, an Australian company that first implemented the openEHR methodology and provided the NT My eHealth Record software. Sam has worked extensively in education and standardisation, representing Australia in international eHealth standards development. He has been a delegate to CEN (European), ISO (International) and HL7 (International) standards organisations. Sam worked on technical committees at IHTSDO (International terminology) as a UK nominee.
Ms Emma Hossackis the CEO of the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA). MSIA represents over 90% of the providers of all the providers of health software in Australia. Over 91% of all MBS/PBS transactions involve MSIA member software. Prior to this appointment in December 2018, Emma was the CEO of Extensia, a leading Australian supplier of software solutions and technologies for the health care sector. Additionally, Emma was the CEO of Binder, an information logistics platform used across all industry sectors. Extensia deployed a number of implementations of privacy by design shared electronic health record systems across Australia over the past decade. Extensia responded to the global need for systems to more effectively exchange information in aged care, chronic disease, indigenous care and disability sectors. Extensia achieved this through the deployment of inter operable flexible software. Extensia’s platform enables individual autonomy and dignity as well as improved health outcomes and efficiencies. Before acquiring Extensia, Emma practiced as a commercial lawyer as a Senior Associate with a National Law Firm based in Melbourne and in 2007 she completed a Master of Laws at Queensland University of Technology, majoring in consent models and privacy compliant sharing of health information. Now based in Brisbane, Emma’s other interests and positions include membership of the Health Informatics Society Australia, Past President and current member of iappANZ (Australian and New Zealand International Association of Privacy Professionals) and representative on many jurisdictional and Commonwealth Government reference groups and boards.
Ms Lyn McGrathis the Group Executive Retail Banking at the Bank of Queensland. Lyn was recently the Executive General Manager, Wealth Advice at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Prior to this role Lyn was Executive General Manager, Retail Sales leading the largest financial services distribution business in Australia for 6 years. Before joining the CBA in 2007, Lyn held roles with St George in Retail Banking. Lyn has extensive senior management experience in strategic and operational roles within the utilities and media industries and over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Lyn is highly regarded for her transformational leadership, financial management experience and customer experience strategy thought leadership. Lyn holds an MBA and BA from Macquarie University as well as a Dip PR (Hons). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lyn is a Senior Fellow with FINSIA, a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and a member of Chief Executive Women Ltd. In 2012, she was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Australia by the Australian Financial Review.
Dr Bennie Ngis a specialist hospital administrator and general practitioner, with senior management and policy experience in Australia and abroad. He is currently the General Manager, Partnerships and Strategy at Healthscope, a leading healthcare provider which operates 45 private hospitals across every state and territory in Australia and 63 pathology laboratories across New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The company employs over 18,600 people, with another 17,500 accredited medical practitioners working on sites. Bennie commenced his career as a General Practitioner in Western Australia before becoming the Managing Director of General Practice Registrars Australia, a national body advocating for better primary care workforce, education and training policies. Bennie has extensive experience in providing advice to the Australian Government. As an adviser to the Minister of Health, he oversaw the introduction of chronic disease management and mental health programmes into primary care and Medicare. He was later appointed as Head of Social Policy at the Office of the Prime Minister and had responsibilities across health and hospitals, aged care, disabilities/NDIS and indigenous affairs. Bennie has held senior positions in strategy, services planning and general management in the public hospital sector. He was the Head of Clinical Services Planning at the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, a government statutory body managing 42 public hospitals across the territory. In Australia, Bennie held roles as General Manager of Cancer Medicine and Director of Medical Services at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, one of the world’s leading cancer research, education and treatment centres and is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer. Bennie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Bennie is currently a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Mr Michael Walshis the Director-General Queensland Health where he leads a public health and hospital system for a population of nearly 5 million people. Prior to this role, Michael was the inaugural Chief Executive / CIO of eHealth NSW, providing eHealth and ICT services to the NSW Health System. Michael has also worked as Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW, the NSW Health shared service provider. Michael has extensive experience at the Government Senior Executive level in both NSW and Queensland and has worked in the private sector including for a leading consulting firm. Michael has led large organisational strategy and change programs including major departmental integrations; significant ICT programs; and, large hospital infrastructure programs such as the $10 billion Queensland Hospital rebuilding program including the Gold Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Queensland Children's Hospital. Michael has a strong background in public sector governance and leadership. Michael also has strong experience in portfolio, program and project management, business case development and implementation of major government initiatives.
Adjunct Professor Kylie Wardis the CEO of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and is a renowned nursing workforce leader and a passionate CEO who has shaped ACN to become a prominent and influential professional organisation. Kylie leads ACN’s strong collective voice for the nursing profession, promoting nursing involvement in advocacy and policy development at the state and federal levels. She continues to drive nursing influence in broader professional issues to the next level, both locally and internationally. Kylie’s distinguished career spans almost three decades, during which time she has been awarded honorary Professorships from Monash University, Deakin University, University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University, as well as holding Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery positions in the largest health services in NSW and Victoria. Kylie currently sits on the Aged Services Industry Reform Committee (IRC) and the Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC) of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).A highly accomplished CEO, Kylie has had responsibility for multi-million dollar budgets throughout her career. Her commitment and professionalism have been recognised through the multiple awards she has won throughout her career, including the 2017 ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Social Purpose and Enterprise and 2018 Western Sydney University Prestigious Alumni’s Award for Professional Excellence.
Professor Michael Woodsis a Professor of Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology Sydney and Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University. He is a member of the Aged Care Financing Authority. Professor Woods’ research focus is on aged care reform, the delivery of palliative care, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the health workforce and the economics and financing of health systems. He draws on current and developing sources of health information and on novel data linkages to undertake health research and develop policy. In 2016 he was appointed as the Independent Reviewer for COAG Health Council Commissioned Review of the Workforce Education Accreditation System under NRAS. Professor Woods was previously Deputy Chairman of the Productivity Commission and Presiding Commissioner on over 20 national Inquiries. He led several landmark Reports including Caring for Older Australians, Science and Innovation and Australia’s Health Workforce. Since 2001 Mike has held senior research and policy advisory roles in East and South East Asia, including as a Senior Expert to assist the OECD’s outreach to ASEAN (2016-17) and as a Staff Consultant to the World Bank, advising Vietnam on re-setting its Growth Strategy (2018-19). Previously Professor Woods was the Under Treasurer for the Australian Capital Territory, guiding the development of the ACT’s economic policy and fiscal management.