President

Adam Stormont FCHSM CHE

Vice President

Mark Upton AFCHSM CHM

Treasurer

Greg Allen FCHSM CHE

Secretary

Cody Yuen MCHSM

Branch Councillors

Briana Baass FCHSM CHE
Prof Sandra Leggat FCHSM
David Naughton FCHSM CHE
Amanda Quealy FCHSM CHE
Adj A/Prof John Rasa FCHSM
Marg Way FCHSM CHE
Margaret Cadenhead AFCHSM CHM
Michael Giuliano AFCHSM CHM
Birgit Goetz AFCHSM CHM
​John Kirwan AFCHSM CHM
Jan Pannifex AFCHSM CHM
Deb Stuart AFCHSM CHM
Paul Butler MCHSM
Andrew Dean MCHSM

EHM co-representatives

Hannah Kennedy MCHSM
Cassie Moore AFCHSM CHM

In attendance at Branch Council meetings

Ex-officio members

Julie Owen (Executive Officer Vic/Tas ACHSM) 

Profiles

Adam Stormont

FCHSM/CHE

President Victorian/Tasmanian Branch

Adam leads the National Heart Foundation’s heart health program development and implementation in Victoria and Tasmania. He has over 15 years of experience in health service delivery in Australia. He has held roles as a clinical pharmacist, project manager and program director within the Victorian health system.He has the lead in the implementation of electronic medical records in two Victorian hospitals and has also presented and published on this topic. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Health.Services Management from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Victorian Branch Councillor for the ACHSM since 2017 and is currently Vice-President. He has a keen interest in improving the equity of health care delivery and experience for disadvantaged parts of the population and is also passionate about quality and safety in healthcare.

Mark J Upton

AFCHSM, CHM

Vice President Victorian/Tasmanian Branch
Statewide Manager – Health Information Management Services (HIMS)
Tasmanian Health Service, Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH)

Mark holds a Bachelors of Health (Professional Honours) and a Masters in Health and Human Services.Mark has previously been an Executive Director on the Board of the Health Information Management Association Australia (HMAA).Mark is an Associate Fellow Australasian College Health Service Management (ACHSM) where he is a Certified Health Manager (CHM). Mark is a passionate patient/client advocate and believes in a person-centered approach. Mark’s current management and leadership role is varied, including the overall management of the states HIMS Department. This includes over 380 front line and back office clerical and administration staff across the corporate and clinical administration streams. Mark has undertaken and lead multiple major health related statewide projects and information systems, based on his expertise in information and informatics operations and governance. Mark is the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) representative on a number of Department of Health (DoH) committees at the state and national level.

 

Greg Allen

FCHSM CHE

Treasurer Victorian/Tasmanian Branch
BSc (Melb) MBA (Monash) FCHSM CHE Mobile: 0403 185 234
email: greg.allen@epworth.org.au

Greg Allen is a professional Health Service manager in Melbourne, with nearly 30 years’ experience in the Public, Private and Not-for-Profit hospital sectors. His career as a Health Manager has progressed through roles in Public Hospitals (Angliss Health Service, Barwon Health/Geelong Hospital), and then at Healthscope for 5 years as General Manager of Geelong Private Hospital and then John Fawkner Private Hospital. He is currently the Finance Manager at Epworth Freemasons Hospital in Melbourne, where he has been part of the Epworth Healthcare management team for 10 years.

Issues of particular professional interest currently include financial sustainability and innovation in Private Healthcare (particularly now in a post-COVID environment), excellence in Customer Service and the Patient Experience, and development of health management skills in mid-level clinical managers and clinicians. Greg has been actively involved with the Australasian College of Health Service Management since 1997. His commitment to the College stems from a strong belief in lifelong learning, and the importance of peer support, technical competency and professional recognition amongst managers in the Health Industry.

Briana Baass

FCHSM, CHE

Chief Allied Health Officer and Executive Lead for Partnerships, Northern Health

Briana has over 20 years of experience in the health sector across Australia. She currently holds the role of Chief Allied Health Officer and Executive Lead for Partnerships, Transcultural and Language Services and Aboriginal Support at Northern Health. With a background in clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, her experience spans health service leadership and operations, various roles in a government department and seven years of health and human services consulting in a global firm.

Briana is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a graduate of the College’s Management Residency Program. She is a National Board Director and the current Victorian President for the College. Briana has conducted research into Low Intensity Cognitive behavioural Therapy programs in collaboration with beyondblue; and has published on Business Continuity Management in Hospitals.

Briana is passionate about developing the health system and supporting emerging health managers to enable healthy communities across the country.

Mr Paul Butler

MCHSM

Executive Director, South East Metro Cluster

Paul has had an extensive career in the Victorian public health system, including executive and senior management roles at Alfred Health, in the Victorian Department of Health (and formerly Health and Human Services) in regional and program management, and in disability services. His interests include health system and service planning and management and, particularly, the intersection of primary health care and acute hospital services. Paul has been a Board director on a variety of non-government organisations in the health and human services fields.

Paul’s current role as ED of the South East Metro Cluster involves leading system-wide reform across south east Melbourne in a partnership of the major Public Health Services (Alfred, Monash and Peninsula) and the Primary Health Network.

 

Margaret Cadenhead

AFCHSM CHM

Health service manager with expertise in business operations, innovation, and transformation. Experience in public and not for profit health organisations across regional, rural, and remote Australia. Reputation and passion for the delivery of sustainable safe quality and integrated health care, including the reshaping of service delivery to respond to new business models and adaption to emerging technologies. Motivated by influencing organisations and system change to improve health equity.

Andrew Dean

MCHSM

I am an Aged Care, NDIS and IPC consultant as well as a qualified Nurse Immuniser in Victoria. ACFI and NDIS funding are part of my skill specialties. Graduating with a master’s degree in Nursing Practice I have worked in senior management positions within residential aged care facilities (RACF), Community Nursing and NDIS. Prior to Nursing, I worked as an Engineer and IT Consultant working with large mining and financial firms. With this prior experience I bring an extensive knowledge on project management and implementation on the small and large scale. I am also a specialist in flow process discovery, documentation, design and implementation.

My latest work was to provide the Commonwealth a first response option for COVID 19 outbreaks in Residential Aged Care and NDIS SDA’s. The role was to provide initial support to the facility with a COVID 19 outbreak. This initial response included assessing and providing recommendations on management structure, staffing requirements, Infection-Prevention-Control (IPC) and PPE required during a COVID 19 outbreak. During the Outbreak the role was also responsible for recommending, designing, deploying and managing emergency response teams to facilities in need. I was heavily involved in managing COVID 19 outbreaks in a large number of RACF’s and NDIS facilities across Victoria.

My major interest is researching and developing alternative care models for Aged Care, NDIS and Community Care in Australia focusing on human centred design as I see the current care climate as unsustainable. The care models aim to incorporate all aspects of holistic caring for the aged including building design, staffing and IT implementations to improve consumer care. The pandemic has highlighted several critical areas of IPC knowledge and staffing regimes which need to change to ensure quality of care and lifestyle.

Michael Giuliano

AFCHSM CHM

Mr Giuliano joined ACHS International in 2017 from St John of God Health Care in Melbourne. There he established the group’s Transformation function and lead large complex, organisational programs such as divisional divestments and workforce optimisation. Prior this private hospital operational experience, Michael served as a healthcare management consultant both in Perth and New York focusing on tertiary hospital commissioning and operational improvements for a range of hospital providers and life sciences companies. Michael also has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma with a focus on healthcare.

Michael holds a joint master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with a focus on health system planning, policy, and financing. His thesis focused on the reasons for the rising prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the United States. He also received his bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated in operations and information management as well as healthcare management and policy.

He has lived abroad in Seoul, South Korea as part of his undergraduate studies and worked for Asiana Airlines. He combines his passion for healthcare with his interest in international policy to continue to build and strengthen ACHS International’s impact globally.

Birgit Goetz

AFCHSM CHM

Birgit Goetz is the Chief Executive Officer of a NFP 139-bed residential aged care facility and retirement village in Eastern Metro Melbourne, Australia. In the ever-evolving aged care environment, Birgit has led her organisation through an unprecedented period of growth, including the planning and implementation of multi-million Dollar construction projects. In addition, Birgit’s innovative care concepts have also played a key role in her organisation’s success at various industry awards, including the prestigious ACSA - Aged Care Provider Of The Year Award

Since the start of 2020, Birgit has successfully steered her organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic while operating in the hardest-hit sector in Australia’s worst-affected outbreak area, Victoria. Until this day, the aged care facility and retirement village remain Coronavirus free. In addition to her expertise in the aged care sector, Birgit is a passionate advocate for the multicultural community and, until May 2020, she volunteered as President of the Australian-German Welfare Society in Melbourne. She also contributes to several committees in the aged care and multicultural space, including organisations such as ECCV, LASA and ACSA.

Prior to taking on a CEO role in aged care, Birgit’s career had a clear focus on clinical services planning. She played a pivotal role in the development of large tertiary hospitals in Adelaide and Perth. Birgit’s professional leadership is based on an early hands-on career in midwifery and nursing as well as a broad tertiary and international education in the fields of health and business management. These qualifications include Diplomas and Certificates from Germany and the UK as well as a BSc(Hons) from the Anglia Polytechnic University and an MBA from Deakin University in Australia.

Hannah Kennedy

MCHSM

EHM Co-Chair
Masters Health Administation, B Health Science (Public Health)

Hannah has a proven track record working, and delivering successful projects in the tertiary health setting.Hannah has worked as a project manager across several tertiary and government health settings, including Cabrini Health, Alfred Health and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Hannah has demonstrated her expertise on a variety of projects, including design, implementation, evaluation and reviews within the acute health setting, with a strong focus on improvement.

Hannah currently works for management consulting firm, Impact Co. that deliver projects with a positive social impact. In her previous role at Cabrini Health, Hannah worked in the business development team; working closely with medical staff and General Practitioners (GPs). Hannah played a part in Cabrini Health's COVID-19 operational response, as a COVID-19 project lead. Assisting with project managing and implementing many of the DHHS guidelines and health service directives across multiple health service sites.

Hannah has been the chair of the Emerging Health Manager (EHM) committee in Victoria since 2019. The EHM is a sub-committee of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) Victorian State Branch Council.

John Kirwan

AFCHSM CHM

John has over 40 years of IR, HR and operational health experience. He has been the Commissioner for Public Employment in the Northern Territory, the Executive General Manager responsible for the Acute, Community, Public and Aboriginal Health areas of the Health Department of Western Australia (HDWA), and the General Manager responsible for Health Workforce Reform in HDWA. John was also a full time union official. John has held CEO positions at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH), Northern Area Health Service (NAHS), the Tasmanian Health Organisation – North (THO-N) and is the inaugural CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania, having been at the RFDS for over 6 years.

John is a former Board member and Vice President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and holds Fellowships of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australian Human Resources Institute. John has been a member of ACHSM since the 1980s and is former Tasmanian Branch President.

Professor Sandra G. Leggat 

FCHSM

Education Sector Representative
BSc (Physical Therapy) Toronto, MHSc (Health Administration) Toronto, MBA York, PhD (Organisational Behaviour) Toronto, Graduate Certificate (Higher Education) La Trobe, CHE, FCHSE, GAICD

Dr. Sandra Leggat is an Emeritus Professor of Health Services Management at La Trobe University, retiring in 2020. Sandy worked as a Physiotherapist, is a Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Managers. At La Trobe University Sandy was Head of School of Human Biosciences and Public Health and Director of the Building Health Communities Research Program. Prior to joining La Trobe University, Sandy was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she managed large health care and broader public sector engagements throughout Asia Pacific. She has extensive experience as a senior manager and Board member in the Canadian and Australian health systems.

Dr Leggat has a strong track record in research in management in the public sector, with an emphasis on clinical leadership, teamwork, quality management and planning and performance management for public sector organisations. Her doctoral research examined the transformation in the practice of medicine and human resource management resulting from a change in financial incentives provided to a group of paediatricians. She was a past Editor of Australian Health Review and is currently an Associate Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management.

 

Cassie Moore

MCHSM

EHM Co-Chair
Masters Health Management; Masters Public Health; B Health Science (Health Promotion)


Cassie has extensive experience in rural health and primary health care and is passionate about bringing a community centred approach to management and service planning. Having lived and worked in rural and remote Australia, Cassie has experienced firsthand the difficulties faced by communities to access the care they need and s driven by this purpose.

Cassie has been with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria for over 6 years and has held a number of roles across the organisation, most recently the Quality and Impact Manager. Cassie has worked in many program areas, most notably developing the prototype for the telehealth platform adopted nationally by the Royal Flying Doctor Service; establishing a Community Transport service in Heathcote; achieving National Standards accreditation and increasing the footprint of RDF Primary Health Care services by 209% over 3 years.

Cassie has been a member of EHM since 2018, and has recently accepted the role of Co-Chair. She looks forward to furthering the success of EHM and contributing to the college.

David Naughton

FCHSM CHE

David is a Registered Nurse with a Certificate of Mental Health Nursing and holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Public Health from Edith Cowan University plus is a Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management,. He also has extensive experience in strategic planning and service planning and has led several major health service capital works redevelopments. Throughout his career, David has had operational oversight for acute care, aged care, mental health, community health and public health services. David and his wife Kerrie have made the move to Victoria to be closer to family and they are looking forward to calling regional Victoria home.

David has over 27 years’ experience as a senior manager and leader within the healthcare sector, predominantly in regional Western Australia and more recently in metropolitan South Australia. As a private sector service and facility planning consultant, David has also had the opportunity to work in the Northern Territory and in New Zealand. David’s most recent role was Clinical Program Delivery Manager in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), with executive responsibility for 16 different health programs/services across seven Adelaide sites. This included key aspects of CALHN’s Infectious Diseases response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this, David was Executive Director Mental Health and then Regional Director for WA Country Health Service in the Great Southern Region based in the regional town of Albany.

Jan Pannifex

AFCHSM CHM

I am an experienced health leader with knowledge and skills in delivering strategic and operational efficiency, leadership development, relationship and alliances building, process improvement and quality patient care. My leadership experience was gained during roles I have held over the last 20 years in both public hospitals and the Department of Health. These roles required delivering initiatives and organizational change in complex healthcare environments. The initiatives included improving patient care, building staff leadership capability and knowledge and increasing operational efficiency within the required timeframe and budget. I am highly motivated, creative, and informed healthcare leader. I have a passion for improving healthcare to achieve the desired outcomes by bringing patients, clinicians and organisations together. I am an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Adjunct Associate Professor John Rasa

BA, MHP, LMFCHSM, CHE, FAIM, MAICD, FAHRI

John is a psychologist and a highly experienced CEO of Hospitals and Health Services in both Sydney and Melbourne, and has been CEO of General Practice Victoria and Networking Health Victoria. John is currently Unit Chair Hospital Financing in the MBA (Healthcare Management) at Deakin University, having previously been Associate Professor & Sub-Dean of Health Services Management - Charles Sturt University in NSW.

John is presently ACHSM Chief Examiner (International and Alternative Pathway), but was the National President of the Australasian College of Health Service Management until 2016 and was previously awarded 2011 Gold Medal for Leadership and Achievement. Currently facilitating the ACHSM From Clinician to Manager Facilitated Learning Group. John has held Board Directorships positions in both health and education. He is the current Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Network for Australia (since 2018), Chair of health Ability Community Health Service Board (since 2018) and Deputy Chair Latrobe Regional Hospital (2014 to present) and Chair of both the Board Quality and Board Population Health Committees at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

 

 

Deb Stuart

AFCHSM CHM


Deb Stuart is a highly experienced health and human services Executive who operates from a values-based philosophy and has expert contemporary knowledge of acute, community and primary care services across the life span. She holds a BSc. in Community Specialist Practice - University of Sussex, UK and is an Alumni of the Folio Community Leadership Victoria Program in 2015 and a winner of the SACS Executive Leadership Award in 2014. She is currently the CEO of Central Bayside Community Health Services, a role she commenced in 2018. Prior to this appointment Deb held a number of significant leadership roles at Monash Health. While her clinical background is in nursing, she has spent her professional life developing community based solutions and this, plus her strategic leadership style, has positively impacted decision making at an inter-disciplinary and inter-professional level within health, and health related organisations.

Deb has a strong track record in building collaborative relationships for mutually beneficial outcomes and instils a culture of excellence for patients, clients, staff and the broader community. In addition to her formal qualifications Deb is a lifelong learner and has completed programs in Board leadership development, Leadership Victoria Women in Leadership, Monash partners University of Virginia, School of Business, Executive Education, Design for Innovation Executive Healthcare Improvement Academy, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition to her current role, Deb was appointed as a Board Director for ermha Ltd from 2016 -2019, bringing her skills and knowledge in clinical governance and the health and community sector to the board.

 

Marg Way

FCHSM CHE

Dr Margaret Way is currently the Director of Safety and Quality at Barwon Health in Victoria. Prior to that she was the inaugural Executive Director Innovation, Quality, Research and Education at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service in Queensland. She is an experienced Health Service Leader, Researcher and Educator with significant expertise in health service management, corporate and clinical governance, strategic and clinical service planning and stakeholder engagement, working in government, not for profit and university sectors. Margaret is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University Department Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, where she is part of a collaborative research team and teaches in the Masters of Public Health Program.

Cody Yuen

Secretary - Victoria/Tasmanian Branch

Cody is a Senior Consultant in Melbourne EY’s Consulting Practice with a focus on the healthcare sector. He is a dedicated individual who is passionate about making a difference by improving people's lives through the work he does. Currently, Cody is leading program assurance reviews for health clients across Australia who are delivering complex healthcare ICT programs through the identification of keys risks and mitigation strategies. Cody is an experienced consultant who has worked across multiple hospitals in the Asia Pacific region implementing Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Patient Administration Systems (PAS). Prior to joining EY, Cody was an experienced consultant with Cerner. He assisted in the successful Go-Lives at Monash Health (VIC), Ipswich (QLD), Westmead (NSW) and Parkway (SGP) hospitals. Cody has been an active member of ACHSM since 2018.

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