Final Annual Report - Health Workforce Australia

HWA Board

Page last updated: 18 May 2015

During the Reporting Period, the following Directors held appointments with the Board:

The Hon. James McGinty AM

Qualifications: BA, BJuris (Hons), LLB

Mr McGinty was appointed as inaugural Chair of the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded his term on 31 January 2014. He brought skills and experience to this role, drawing on his 19-year term as Member for Fremantle in the Western Australian State Parliament, where he held the positions of Minister for Health (2003-08), Attorney General (2001-08) and Leader of the Opposition (1994-96). As Health Minister, Mr McGinty was responsible for developing and implementing a health reform plan which saw rebuilding of tertiary and regional hospitals – including the Fiona Stanley Hospital and new children’s hospital; public health initiatives against smoking and junk food; and a shift in funding and service emphasis toward ambulatory and primary healthcare, including mental health. As Western Australia’s Attorney-General, Mr McGinty was recognised for his contribution to law reform – creating new legal institutions and modernising the law to reflect 21st century standards and values. In 2013, he was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the Parliament of Western Australia, to law reform and to the community. He is on the boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Australian Medicare Local Alliance and Fremantle Medicare Local, and is a volunteer with Fremantle Sea Rescue. Mr McGinty was the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Professor Mary Chiarella

Qualifications: RN, RM, LLB (Hons), PhD

Professor Chiarella’s career spans 40 years in both the United Kingdom and Australia across a variety of nursing services. She is Professor of Nursing at the University of Sydney. In 2003-04, she was the Chief Nursing Officer at the NSW Health Department, and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health. For many years, Professor Chiarella has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments. Examples include a review of professional practice and boundary issues for Justice Health in the NSW Health Department, and membership of the NSW Law Reform Commission Division Working Group on minors’ consent to medical treatment. She was a founding member of the Australian Bioethics Association and the Australian Institute for Health, Law and Ethics. She was Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council from 2007-09 and is currently a member of the Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel for NSW Health, the NSW nominee on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and Chair of its Policy Committee. Professor Chiarella was appointed as an independent member of the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded her term on 31 January 2014. Professor Chiarella was the Chair of the Standing Advisory Committee for Health Professions and a Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Dr Peggy Brown

Qualifications: MB,BS (Hons), FRANZCP

Dr Brown is Director-General of ACT Health, and has previously been the Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health in the Australian Capital Territory and in Queensland. She was a National Health Service International Fellow in the United Kingdom. She has held multiple roles on professional bodies, including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the National Mental Health Working Group and as a member of the Psychiatry Workforce Working Group of the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee. She is currently Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and a director of the National E-Health Transition Authority. Dr Brown was appointed as the Australian Capital Territory’s nominee to the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded her term on 31 January 2014. She was the Chair of the Standing Advisory Committee for Higher Education and Training, and a Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Professor Sandra Capra AM

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), DipNutr&Diet, MSocSc, PhD, FDAA

Professor Capra has had an extensive career in allied health generally and in nutrition and dietetics specifically. She has held positions with clinical nutrition, community, food service, management, research and teaching roles in Australia as well as overseas. She was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2003 for her contribution to community health, nutrition and dietetics education and research. She is currently Professor of Nutrition at the University of Queensland. She broadened her interests more generally in allied health through previous roles such as Head of School at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle and Professor of Allied Health Research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has held many representational roles and has served on a number of local, state and national committees addressing issues in health, workforce and tertiary education. She has always been actively involved in professional associations, having previously served as President of the Dieticians Association of Australia. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations. Professor Capra was appointed as an independent member of the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded her term on 31 January 2014. Professor Capra was a Member of the Finance Committee.

Ms Heather Gray

Qualifications: BEd, DipTeach

Ms Gray commenced as the Chief Executive of the Health Education and Training Institute in March 2012. She has extensive leadership experience in education and health, which includes being a chief executive of metropolitan and rural health services in New South Wales and South Australia. Ms Gray was previously the Chief Executive of Sydney West Area Health Service, Chief Executive of Greater Southern Area Health Service and has held a range of senior executive roles at South Australia’s Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, New South Wales’ former Wentworth and Far West Area Health Services and the New South Wales Departments of Health, and Education and Training. Throughout her career, Ms Gray has driven reforms and change programs. She is committed to the delivery of high-quality health outcomes, which is evident in the innovations of healthcare delivery she has initiated in remote New South Wales, metropolitan Sydney and throughout South Australia. Ms Gray was appointed as New South Wales’ nominee to the HWA Board in October 2012 and resigned from the Board following the Government’s announcement on the closure of HWA. Ms Gray is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Professor John Horvath AO

Qualifications: MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA (Hon)

Professor Horvath was the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer 2003-09. He continues to advise the Department of Health and the School of Medicine, University of Sydney, and holds the position of Honorary Professor of Medicine. He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair of the Healthcare Committee until 30 June 2012. He is Chair of the Prosthesis Listing Advisory Committee of the Australian Government and a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Authority. Professor Horvath is an independent non-executive Director of Crown Ltd and Crown Melbourne Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher. Professor Horvath was previously a clinical professor of medicine at University of Sydney, a specialist renal physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), and Area Director of Renal Services for the RPA Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. He is also known as a leader in a range of medical training and workforce organisations and is a former President of the AMC and the NSW Medical Board. He was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in 2001 for his services to medicine. Professor Horvath was appointed as the Commonwealth’s nominee to the HWA Board in May 2012 and resigned from the Board following the Government’s announcement on the closure of HWA. Professor Horvath is a Member of the Finance Committee.

Mr Jeff Moffet

Qualifications: BSc (Physiotherapy), GradDip Business

Mr Moffet held the position of Chief Executive of the Department of Health in the Northern Territory from September 2010 to January 2014. Prior to this role, he held numerous positions within Western Australia Health, including the Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Western Australia Country Health Service. He has also managed a range of health service facilities in the north of Western Australia. Mr Moffet is a physiotherapist and has practiced in a wide range of settings and locations across the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Mr Moffet was appointed as the Northern Territory’s nominee to the HWA Board in February 2011 and concluded his term on 31 January 2014. Mr Moffet was Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Advisory Committee.

Dr Brendan Murphy

Qualifications: MBBS, Ph.D, FRACP, FAICD

Dr Murphy is Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in Victoria. Before this he was Chief Medical Officer and Director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne. He is a Professorial Associate at the University of Melbourne and a Director of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Dr Murphy was formerly a board member of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, a Director of Kidney Health Australia and President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology. Dr Murphy was appointed as Victoria’s nominee to the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded his term on 31 January 2014. Dr Murphy was Chair of the Finance Committee.

Ms Jan Phillips

Qualifications: B Soc Wk, GradDip Strategic Leadership, FAICD

Ms Phillips is Executive Director, Health Systems Innovation in the Queensland Department of Health. Her previous roles in the Department include Executive Director, Healthcare Culture and Leadership and Executive Director, Innovation and Workforce Reform. She has previously held executive and general management positions in a number of large public sector organisations, including central public sector management agencies and housing, local government, planning and public works departments. Ms Phillips was awarded the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management in 2007. She brings significant expertise in public service and healthcare reform and improvement, including leadership development, workforce reform, access improvement, clinical redesign, patient safety and quality improvement, innovation, human resource management and organisational development. She has national and international experience as an invited speaker and facilitator and has published a range of articles on clinical leadership and healthcare culture reform. She facilitates the National Clinical Workforce Action Learning Set program (CWEALS). Ms Phillips was appointed as Queensland’s nominee to the HWA Board in June 2013 and resigned from the Board following the Government’s announcement on the closure of HWA. Ms Phillips was a Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Clinical Professor Fiona Stoker

Qualifications: RN, DipN, BBus, Grad Cert PSM, MBA

Clinical Professor Stoker is the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania and has held this position since January 2001. She has a broad range of nursing experience both in Australia and in the UK and has worked within the Acute Care and Community environments. She has been heavily involved in strategic workforce and National Registration and Accreditation and is currently the Chair of the Tasmanian Clinical Education Network. Clinical Professor Stoker is a Board member of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council and is the Chair of the Board of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Clinical Professor Stoker’s interests are in evidence-based practice, ethics, strategic and workforce planning in aged care, organisational change and culture, literature and history. She was appointed as Tasmania’s nominee to the HWA Board in October 2012 and resigned from the Board following the Government’s announcement on the closure of HWA. Clinical Professor Stoker is Chair of the Standing Advisory Committee for the NGO and Private Sector.

Mr David Swan

Qualifications: BHSc, GradDipMgt, AFCHSM

Mr Swan is Chief Executive of the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing. Before taking up the position in March 2011, Mr Swan spent four years as the Executive Director of Operations within the Department for Health and Ageing. Mr Swan has 28 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. He has also been the National Executive Director of Calvary Healthcare Group, responsible for a range of public and private hospitals in four Australian states. Mr Swan is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives and has held Director positions on the Women’s Hospitals of Australasia, the Australian Private Hospitals Association and was the State President of the Private Hospitals Association of Tasmania. He is a Board Director for National E-Health Transition Authority and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Mr Swan was appointed as South Australia’s nominee to the HWA Board in February 2011 and concluded his term on 31 January 2014. Mr Swan was a Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Professor Simon Willcock

Qualifications: MBBS (Hons1), PhD, FRACGP, MAICD

Professor Willcock is a general practitioner who has worked in both rural and urban NSW. He is Discipline Head of General Practice at the University of Sydney and Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education and Training in the Sydney Medical Program. His educational and research interests include musculoskeletal medicine, the health workforce including generational change in the medical workforce, and the health of doctors. Professor Willcock is current Chair of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) and a member director of Avant Mutual Group. In 2012 he completed a six year term as the Chair of General Practice Education and Training (GPET), a Commonwealth company that oversees general practice vocational training around Australia. Professor Willcock was appointed as an independent member of the HWA Board in February 2010 and concluded his term on 31 January 2014.

Director attendance at HWA Board meetings during the reporting period

Board member
5 July 2013
6 Sept 2013
18 Nov 2013
21 Jan 2014
The Hon. James McGinty AM
Absent
Absent
Present
Present
Dr Peggy Brown
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Professor Sandra Capra AM
Present
Present
Present
Present
Professor Mary Chiarella
Present
Present
Present
Present
Ms Heather Gray
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Professor John Horvath AO
Present
Present
Present
Present
Mr Jeff Moffet
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Dr Brendan Murphy
Present
Present
Present
Present
Ms Jan Phillips
Present
Present
Present
Present
Clinical Professor Fiona Stoker
Present
Absent
Present
Present
Mr David Swan
Present
Present
Absent
Present
Professor Simon Willcock
Present
Present
Present
Present