NEHTA Board

Steve Hambleton Chair NEHTA
Dr Steve Hambleton MBBS FAMA FRACGP (hon) GAICD - NEHTA Chair

Dr Steve Hambleton is the former Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), a position he assumed in May 2011 after serving a two-year term as Federal Vice President. Dr Hambleton is a University of Queensland graduate (1984) and an experienced General Practitioner serving at Kedron in Brisbane since 1988. He was President of AMA Queensland in 2005-6 and served on the AMA Council of General Practice at a State and Federal level for more than 15 years. Dr Hambleton was the AMA representative on the National Immunisation Committee from 2006-2010, and was a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. He joined the AMA Taskforce on Indigenous Health in 2005 and was Chair from 2009 to 2014. Dr Hambleton is on the Board of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company and he served on the Australian National Preventive Health Agency's Expert Committee on Alcohol from 2011 - 2014. He served as a Member of the Clinical Care Standards Advisory Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is a current member of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group. Dr Hambleton was appointed Chair of the National E-Health Transition Authority in June 2014. For his services to general practice he was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the RACGP in September 2014. Dr Hambleton joined the Board of Avant Mutual Group Limited in November 2014. In April 2015, he was appointed by the Federal Government to lead a Primary Health Care Advisory Group to investigate options to provide better care for people with complex and chronic illness; innovative care and funding models; better recognition and treatment of mental health conditions; and greater connection between primary health care and hospital care. Dr Hambleton was awarded the AMA's Gold Medal in May of 2015 for services to his profession.

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Mr Martin Bowles PSM

Mr Martin Bowles was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Health in October 2014. Previously he was the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Prior to this role Mr Bowles held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence respectively. In 2012 he was awarded a Public Service Medal for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programmes for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programmes. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Mr Bowles held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sector. He has a Bachelor of Business degree, a Graduate Certificate of Public Sector Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

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Ms Nicole Feely

Ms Feeley is the ACT Health Director-General. Her most recent position was as Partner, Health and Human Services at KPMG Australia. Her previous positions included CEO of Western Australia's South Metropolitan Health service, CEO of Victoria's St Vincent's Health, CEO of the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), General Manager Football for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) and Chief of Staff to The Hon John Howard MP Prime Minister of Australia from 1992 to 1997. Ms Feely also worked as a Barrister. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws.

Dr Mary Foley
Dr Mary Foley

Prior to being appointed NSW Health Director-General Dr Mary Foley was the National Health Practice Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia. She was foundation Chief Executive of St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney (2001 -2008), leading the merger of public and private hospitals and affiliated medical research institutes. Previous to this Dr Foley held senior corporate positions in private health care and was awarded Business Woman of the Year (NSW) for her achievements in this sector. She was also awarded the Centenary Medal by the Federal Government for service to Australian society in business leadership (2003).

Prior to her corporate career, she was a senior public servant, commencing with the Federal Public Service in Canberra and subsequently with the NSW Public Service attaining the position of deputy head of the NSW Department of Health and department head status as the Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy.

Dr Len Notaras
Dr Len Notaras AM

Dr Len Notaras is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families. Previous to this he was the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) from 2009–2014 and currently retains overarching responsibility for the organisation. Dr Notaras is a Senior Lecturer with the Northern Territory Clinical School and Associate Fellow of the College of Health Service Executives, and former Northern Territory Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) President. He was directly involved in the development of the Northern Territory Clinical School, the development of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and as Deputy Chair of the Northern Territory Medical Board. He has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Law and Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in History and Hospital Management.

In 2003 Dr Notaras was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in recognition of his work in the Bali Assist Response.

Ms Lynda OGrady
Ms Lynda O'Grady

Ms O’Grady provides consultancy and advisory services to organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors. Ms O’Grady has held senior executive roles at Telstra, Australian Consolidated Press (PBL) and Alcatel Australia. She also served on the Board of TAB Queensland, Australian Mobile Technology Association and on the Information Technology and Telecommunication Board of Advisors to the New South Wales Treasurer. Ms O’Grady is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority and Non-Executive Director of Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree gained at the University of Queensland.

Mr Michael Pervan
Mr Michael Pervan

Mr Pervan is the Acting Secretary of Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services whilst still performing the duties of Deputy Secretary of System Purchasing and Performance with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for the implementation of Activity Based Funding and other funding and performance reforms in Tasmania. Prior to this appointment he was the CEO of the Royal Hobart Hospital from September 2008 and became the inaugural CEO of the Southern Tasmanian Area Health Service at its creation in July 2009. He previously occupied key reform roles including Director Acute Care Strategies and Reform with the DHHS in Tasmania and Director of Western Australia's Health Reform Implementation Taskforce as well as the statutory position of Commissioner of Health. Mr Pervan is a Churchill Fellow and has also worked in areas such as ethics and accountability, and change management.

Dr Pradeep Philip
Dr Pradeep Phillip

Dr Pradeep Phillip commenced as Secretary, Department of Health Victoria on 10 July 2012. Prior to working for the Department of Health, Dr Pradeep Phillip was Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has extensive experience in both state and Commonwealth Government, including as Director of Policy in the Prime Minister’s Office and as Associate Director-General in the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet. He first joined government as an economist with the Commonwealth Department of the Treasury, having been a tutor and lecturer at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Australian National University.

Professor Bryant Stokes
Professor Bryant Stokes AM

Professor Bryant Stokes is the Acting Director General of Health leading the provision of public health services in Western Australia. Professor Stokes is an eminent Professor of Neurosurgery, with a strong professional clinical profile and has a proven track record at the executive and operational levels of the organisation. He has previously acted in the role of Commissioner for Health; Examiner in Neurosurgery; and is the immediate past Chairperson of the WA Council on Safety and Quality in HealthCare. He is currently the chair of the Governing Council for South Metropolitan Health Service.

Mr David Swan
Mr David Swan

David Swan is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Department of Health. Mr Swan spent four years as the Executive Director of Operations for the South Australia Department of Health before taking up the position of CEO. Mr Swan has over 30 years experience as a Chief Executive in the public and private healthcare system in Australia, including two years as Chief Executive of the Southern Adelaide Health Service and over four years as Chief Executive of the Women's and Children's Hospital. Mr Swan has also been National Executive Director of Calvary Healthcare Group, responsible for a range of public and private hospitals in four states of Australia. Mr Swan is an Associate Fellow of the  Australian College of Health Service Executive and has also held Director positions at the Women's Hospitals of Australasia, the Australian Private Hospitals Association and State President of the Private Hospitals Association of Tasmania.  Mr Swan has a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Health Science.

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Mr Michael Walsh

Michael is the Director-General Queensland Health. 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. Commencing his career as a maths and science secondary teacher, Michael subsequently qualified as a psychologist. Following completion of an MBA, Michael has worked extensively in a range of policy, service delivery and leadership roles.