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Our purpose is to lead the uptake of eHealth systems of national significance and to coordinate the progression and adoption of eHealth by delivering urgently needed integration infrastructure and standards.

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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 the same general practice 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 eHealth Transition Authority in June 2014 and for his services to general practice was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the RACGP in September 2014. Dr Hambleton joined the Board of Avant Mutual Group Limited in November 2014.

NEHTA-Board Martin-Bowles
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.

Dr Peggy Brown
Dr Peggy Brown

Dr Peggy Brown is currently the Interim Chief Executive, ACT Health. She is also a Member of the Health Workforce Australia Board. She trained in Medicine and specialised in Psychiatry, and has significant clinical and administrative experience, having worked both within Australia and internationally. She has provided leadership in national mental health policy development and implementation over the past decade, including chairing the committee that oversees key national mental health safety and quality initiatives. From 2007 – 2009, she led a national project to reduce, and where possible, eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health services across Australia. Dr Brown is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian National University, a surveyor with Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and a former state winner of the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year award.

Dr Michael Cleary
Dr Michael Cleary PSM

Dr Michael Cleary is the Acting Director-General of Queensland Health. Previous to this, he was the Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Director-General, Health Service and Clinical Innovation. Other roles have included Deputy Director-General Policy, Strategy and Resourcing; Executive Director & Director Medical Services, Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals and Executive Director of Medical Services for the Prince Charles Hospital Health Service District. Dr Cleary has a medical degree from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Health Administration. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He also has qualifications in disaster medicine, trauma care, pre-hospital care, and is a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

In 2014, Dr Cleary was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to healthcare innovation improvement and reform in Queensland.

Mr Matthew Daly
Mr Matthew Daly

Mr Matthew Daly has worked in the Health System in Australia for over 30 years. These roles have been broad, covering appointments in both the public and private sectors, community and acute care, metropolitan, rural, and teaching hospital settings. Matthew has tertiary qualifications in Health Administration and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Charles Sturt University.

He has been particularly active in management training through involvement in Academic courses at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Tasmania, whilst supervising trainees in workplace based graduate training programs in Sydney South West Area Health Service and the Australian College of Health Service Management.As Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor since 2007 with the University of Tasmania, Mr Daly has worked with the Faculty of Health Sciences on numerous projects including undergraduate student placements, teaching methods developed through the use of Simulation Centres, and translating research into workforce redesign.

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.

Ms Lynda OGrady
Ms Lynda O'Grady

Ms Lynda O'Grady is Principal of the management consultancy firm, Advanced Management Services, which provides consultancy and business advisory services on strategic and organisational issues for clients across a wide range of industries and sectors. Lynda most recently held roles at Executive/Managing Director level at Telstra. These included Executive Director of Convergent Solutions and Chief of Product. Prior to that, Lynda was Commercial Director of Australian Consolidated Press; and General Manager of the Business Systems Division of Alcatel Australia. Ms O'Grady is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a member of the Council of Bond University; a member of the Board of Advisors of Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre; and director of Screen Queensland and Auscript Group Pty Limited. She also served on the Board of TAB Queensland for five years prior to its listing and on the IT&T Board of Advisors to the New South Wales Treasurer. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree gained at the University of Queensland.

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 current 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

Mr David Swan is the current Acting Chief Executive, SA Health and has extensive experience in the health industry, including four years as the Executive Director, Operations, SA Health. He has over 20 years experience as a Chief Executive in the public and private health care 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, Adelaide prior to his current appointment. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executive, and has also held Directors positions on the Women's Hospitals of Australasia; Australian Private Hospitals Association; and State President of the Private Hospitals Association of Tasmania.