Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

All

Zac

I am a young and active health con­sumer advo­cate and rep­re­sen­ta­tive with a CALD back­ground, who has par­tic­i­pat­ed in a vari­ety of health-relat­ed projects con­duct­ed by gov­ern­ment author­i­ties, uni­ver­si­ties, and NGOs. In recog­ni­tion of my vol­un­teer­ing effort to date, I have received var­i­ous acco­lades high­lights of which include being the win­ner of the Glob­al Youth Parliament’s Glob­al Youth Lead­er­ship Award 2022 in Aus­tralia, the rights activism cat­e­go­ry of the Dis­abil­i­ty Lead­er­ship Insti­tute’s Nation­al Awards for Dis­abil­i­ty Lead­er­ship 2022.

Roman

My name is Roman, and I am 19 and liv­ing in SA. I am cur­rent­ly study­ing a cer­tifi­cate III in lab tech with the aim to work in health­care. I have cho­sen this career path­way and have joined the YAG so that I can help con­tribute to improv­ing health out­comes of young South Australians.

Max

My name is Max and I’m 20 years old. I decid­ed to join the youth advi­so­ry group because I’ve got lots of expe­ri­ence in the health sys­tem as a patient and as a fam­i­ly mem­ber. I also have lots of friends, fam­i­ly and oth­er con­nec­tions with com­mu­ni­ty groups who have many ideas on how to improve our health­care sys­tem and I want­ed to be able to rep­re­sent them. I am cur­rent­ly not study­ing due to my health, but I enjoy cro­chet and knit­ting, and I absolute­ly love to learn just about any­thing I can.

Aeisha

My name is Aeisha, I joined YAG because I’m pas­sion­ate about improv­ing health­care in South Aus­tralia. I believe that every­one should have equal access to ade­quate ser­vices designed to assist them in their health and med­ical needs. I’m excit­ed to con­tribute to ini­tia­tives that improve young peo­ple’s health­care expe­ri­ences and expand my knowl­edge of the South Aus­tralian health system.

As I near the end of my high school jour­ney, my top pri­or­i­ty is to ful­fill my ambi­tion of pur­su­ing a career in med­i­cine. How­ev­er, in my leisure time, I val­ue spend­ing qual­i­ty moments with my fam­i­ly, espe­cial­ly my younger sis­ter. Along with my aca­d­e­m­ic pur­suits, I’m also ded­i­cat­ed to per­son­al growth and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in my com­mu­ni­ty, which I ful­fill by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Aus­tralian Army Cadets and Surf Life Sav­ing. I love explor­ing the great out­doors through camp­ing and 4×4 dri­ving with my Mit­subishi Tri­ton. I also have a keen inter­est in trav­el­ing and immers­ing myself in dif­fer­ent cul­tures, which allows me to expand my world­view and meet peo­ple from diverse backgrounds. 

Work­ing on the Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Frame­work with CEIH and ATC­SCN is an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to con­tribute to improv­ing the health­care expe­ri­ence for young peo­ple in South Aus­tralia. I am thrilled to be a part of a team that is ded­i­cat­ed to devel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive frame­work that will enhance the con­ti­nu­ity of care and ensure a smooth tran­si­tion for these vul­ner­a­ble groups.

Isobella

I am Iso­bel­la Bar­rett and I am 19 years old. I joined the YAG as I hoped to imple­ment some change in the way care is tran­si­tioned in South Aus­tralia as I have had a dif­fi­cult and neg­a­tive expe­ri­ence with ado­les­cent tran­si­tion myself. I have a pas­sion for all things his­to­ry relat­ed includ­ing his­tor­i­cal dress­mak­ing and the gen­er­al study of his­tor­i­cal clothing.

Benjamin

My name is Ben and I real­ly like to charm peo­ple. I have 2 busi­ness­es that I have run for near­ly 4 years, in appar­el and con­tent cre­ation, and I make tough deals. 

Any­thing that is organ­i­sa­tion­al is good for me. 

I am think­ing of becom­ing a guid­ance per­son. I like to ques­tion peo­ple to know more and see how the world works, and I like to believe in peo­ple. My words are not always very good, and I am not always cor­rect in the words I use. 

My per­son­al­i­ty can some­times be chal­leng­ing for oth­ers but I’m just a love­ly guy with a sense of humour, and like every­body I love a good laugh (Tee hee!). I love dogs and have two at present. I am look­ing for­ward to mov­ing into a new house soon. 

Hannah

Hi, my name is Han­nah Joseph I am 16 years old and cur­rent­ly a year 10 stu­dent at Faith Luther­an Col­lege in the Barossa Val­ley. I am extra­or­di­nar­i­ly grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ty that has been giv­en to be me to be rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Tran­si­tion­al Health­care Youth Advi­so­ry Group and am an advo­cate for mak­ing sure the voic­es of Youth in the health­care sys­tem are heard. 

I joined the YAG as I feel pas­sion­ate­ly about improv­ing the lives of those nav­i­gat­ing the health­care sys­tem espe­cial­ly in the tran­si­tion from pae­di­atric to adult ser­vices. I was born with a phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty called Char­cot Marie Tooth Dis­ease type 3 which has meant I have spent a great por­tion of my life in phys­i­cal and occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­py and as both an inpa­tient and out­pa­tient at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 

I believe hav­ing these first had expe­ri­ences with­in both pub­lic and pri­vate prac­tice is ben­e­fi­cial to the work the YAG is hop­ing to achieve in help­ing youth nav­i­gate tran­si­tion­al health­care. Some hob­bies of mine also includ­ing debat­ing and pub­lic speak­ing and swim­ming, I now work as an assis­tant swim instruc­tor. I am very much look­ing for­ward to the future of the YAG and the YAG’s impact on the health­care system.

Dr Peter Allcroft

BMBS FRACP M Palliative Care

Dr Peter All­croft is a Senior Staff Spe­cial­ist at South­ern Ade­laide Pal­lia­tive Ser­vices, based at Flinders Med­ical Cen­tre South Aus­tralia. He ini­tial­ly trained in Res­pi­ra­to­ry and Sleep Med­i­cine, com­plet­ed his Mas­ters of Pal­lia­tive Care at Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty, and is cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing a PhD at UTS, explor­ing the unmet pal­lia­tive care needs of frail old­er patients with heart fail­ure. He is active­ly involved with clin­i­cal teach­ing and research pro­grams. He has an inter­est in Mod­els of Pal­lia­tive Care for patients with com­plex chron­ic med­ical con­di­tions. He co-found­ed the Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease Clin­ic which is based at Flinders Med­ical Cen­tre, and is the Deputy Chair of the Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease Asso­ci­a­tion of South Australia.

Dr Jemma Anderson

Staff Specialist and Medical Unit Head, Adolescent Ward, Women's and Children's Hospital

Dr Jem­ma Ander­son is a staff spe­cial­ist and med­ical unit head of the ado­les­cent ward at the Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and the first Ado­les­cent Physi­cian in South Aus­tralia. She also holds a spe­cial­ist qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Pae­di­atric Endocrinol­o­gy and is a senior lec­tur­er with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. She is the cur­rent edi­tor for ado­les­cent med­i­cine with the Jour­nal of Pae­di­atrics and Child Health. Jem­ma has a long­stand­ing pas­sion for sup­port­ing healthy ado­les­cent devel­op­ment and is com­mit­ted to com­mu­ni­ty and youth engage­ment in devel­op­ing mod­els of care and research for young peo­ple. She is the lead for Pae­di­atric Eat­ing Dis­or­ders and Gen­der Med­i­cine at the Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and has a spe­cial inter­est in sup­port­ing and empow­er­ing young peo­ple in their tran­si­tion across health services. 

Professor Christopher Barnett

Clinical Geneticist

Prof Christo­pher Bar­nett has dual fel­low­ships in neonatal/​perinatal med­i­cine, clin­i­cal genet­ics and is the head of the Pae­di­atric and Repro­duc­tive Genet­ics Unit at the Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Ade­laide. He is the lead of the NHM­RC fund­ed Genom­ic Autop­sy Project and on the expert advi­so­ry com­mit­tee of the Genomics Health Futures Mis­sion. Christo­pher trained at the Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Ade­laide and at The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Toron­to. He has research inter­ests in pre­na­tal genet­ics, fetal pathol­o­gy and rare child­hood diseases.

Caroline Bartle

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Car­o­line has worked with­in SA Health as a Clin­i­cal Dietit­ian and for the Sun­rise EMR Project, giv­ing her unique per­spec­tives on patient-cen­tred care, stake­hold­er engage­ment and change man­age­ment. She has post-grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions in Health Eco­nom­ics and Pub­lic Health. Car­o­line is pas­sion­ate about health equal­i­ty, heavy met­al and the poet­ry of the Wu Tang Clan. On the week­end, Car­o­line loves noth­ing more than cook­ing a roast, hav­ing a glass of red and argu­ing about cur­rent events with her friends and family.

Professor Jayme Bennetts

BMBS, FRACS, FCSANZ, FANZSCTS

Jayme is a Car­dio­tho­racic Sur­geon trained in Adult and Pae­di­atric Car­diac Surgery. He is cur­rent­ly Direc­tor of Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery at Flinders Med­ical Cen­tre, a Direc­tor of Ade­laide Car­dio­tho­racic, and Staff Spe­cial­ist at Women’s and Children’s Hos­pi­tal (Ade­laide) and Roy­al Dar­win Hos­pi­tal. He was recent­ly pro­mot­ed to Pro­fes­sor, Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery at Flinders University.

He has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the out­comes of Car­diac Surgery for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples and sur­gi­cal man­age­ment of Rheumat­ic Heart Dis­ease and con­tin­ues to pro­mote and strive for improve­ment of out­comes in Car­diac Surgery more broadly.

He is cur­rent­ly Pres­i­dent of Aus­tralia and New Zealand Soci­ety of Car­diac and Tho­racic Surgery (ANZSCTS), and over the last 10 years has led sig­nif­i­cant reform on behalf of the Soci­ety. He also sits as a mem­ber of mul­ti­ple Advi­so­ry Boards and Gov­ern­ment com­mit­tees across Aus­tralia and Internationally.

Since return­ing to Ade­laide in 2006, Jayme has par­tic­i­pat­ed in over 15 inter­na­tion­al aid mis­sions to Fiji and Tan­za­nia pro­vid­ing Car­dio­tho­racic sur­gi­cal ser­vices to pop­u­la­tions unable to access heart surgery, or to help improve qual­i­ty of heart surgery in these communities.

Iain Bertram

Senior Data Scientist

Before join­ing The CEIH Iain spent his time using machine learn­ing on extreme­ly big data sets to inves­ti­gate the fun­da­men­tal prop­er­ties of the Uni­verse, such as the struc­ture of the pro­ton, Why is the uni­verse made of mat­ter instead of anti­mat­ter?”, and is there some­thing weird lurk­ing just beyond reach. Iain is now using this expe­ri­ence to use machine learn­ing to improve health out­comes in South Aus­tralia. Away from the office, Iain enjoys walk­ing in the Ade­laide Hills, los­ing him­self in a good book, and deli­cious food.

Katie Billing

Executive Director Consumer and Clinical Partnerships

Katie has worked in the health sec­tor in SA for over 20 years as a nurse in ED, gen­er­al areas and aged care. She has also worked in clin­i­cal lead­er­ship and led major sys­tem change includ­ing hos­pi­tal rede­vel­op­ment and eMR projects. Her pas­sions include well designed process­es, good gov­er­nance, build­ing equi­ty into the sys­tem, wine and choco­late, but she will def­i­nite­ly take a pass on liquorice.

Professor Anne Burke

Clinical and Health Psychologist

Anne is a reg­is­tered Psy­chol­o­gist with dual endorse­ment in the area of Clin­i­cal and Health Psy­chol­o­gy. With over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the health ser­vice deliv­ery, she has a proven track record of ser­vice inno­va­tion and clin­i­cal­ly focussed research.

Anne is a Past Pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Pain Soci­ety (20192021) and a Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor with The Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. She is also the Co-Direc­­­tor of Psy­chol­o­gy and Allied Health Lead — Sur­gery 3 in Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Network.

Anne has a strong inter­est in trans­la­tion­al research and is keen for health sys­tem infor­ma­tion to be lever­aged more effec­tive­ly to sup­port sus­tain­able improve­ments in health­care delivery.

Justin Chai

Project Manager

Justin is a neu­ro­log­i­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist with over a decade of expe­ri­ence work­ing in clin­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion and more recent­ly in oper­a­tional man­age­ment with SA Health. He is pas­sion­ate about embrac­ing inno­v­a­tive ways to address the myr­i­ad of chal­lenges fac­ing the health sys­tem to ulti­mate­ly effect sus­tain­able, scal­able and pos­i­tive change to patient health out­comes. His oth­er work inter­ests also include lead­er­ship mod­els, high-per­for­mance work sys­tems and strate­gies to facil­i­tate effec­tive organ­i­sa­tion­al change. Out­side of work, he enjoys film, music and videog­ra­phy; cook­ing and gas­tron­o­my; and shar­ing life with fam­i­ly and friends.

Marc Currie

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Marc has expe­ri­ence as a Gen­er­al and Men­tal Health Nurse in clin­i­cal, qual­i­ty and man­age­ment posi­tions. He has been exten­sive­ly involved in the imple­men­ta­tion and ongo­ing devel­op­ment of clin­i­cal infor­ma­tion sys­tems, out­come mea­sures, ana­lyt­ics and sys­tem / ser­vice inte­gra­tion for men­tal health over the past 20 years and was the SA juris­dic­tion­al rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Men­tal Health Infor­ma­tion strat­e­gy for the past 9. Marc is look­ing for­ward to focus­ing on the con­sumer voice as part of the PRMs pro­gram. Marc has been to Japan more times than he can count and is still seek­ing to craft the per­fect ricot­ta salata.

Lou de Booij

Project Manager

Lou has worked in Health­care for over 17 years. She under­took her nurs­ing train­ing in The Nether­lands, then packed up and moved to Aus­tralia. Her wide range of nurs­ing expe­ri­ence includes aged‑, sur­gi­cal- and acute care but Lou spent most of her career in the emer­gency depart­ment. In 2017, she jumped ship to the Out­pa­tient care set­ting where she stream­lined refer­ral man­age­ment process­es and worked as a Project Man­ag­er. Lou has a strong pas­sion to dri­ve inno­va­tion in health­care to improve qual­i­ty of care pro­vid­ed, stream­line care path­ways which will enable a pos­i­tive health care expe­ri­ence for the con­sumer and empow­er­ing con­sumers to feel they are in charge of their health. Lou is a well-estab­lished yogi, she loves to be active and out­doors, prefer­ably climb­ing a rock or two and spend time with her fam­i­ly and friends. 

Zora Doukas

Business Operations Manager

Zora has almost 2 decades expe­ri­ence in the pub­lic sec­tor, most­ly in Min­is­te­r­i­al Offices and man­age­ment roles. She has a pas­sion for estab­lish­ing excel­lent busi­ness struc­ture and effec­tive process­es that are stream­lined and achieve out­comes. Zora also loves work­ing with peo­ple and cre­at­ing pos­i­tive team cul­ture. Out­side of work Zora has a pas­sion for music, trav­el, cook­ing (need­less to say has a sweet-tooth) and vol­un­teers her time on com­mu­ni­ty radio which she finds reward­ing and fun.

Anthea Hamilton

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Anthea’s 15 years in the health sec­tor has includ­ed man­ag­ing a state-wide clin­i­cal net­work, and she has par­tic­u­lar­ly enjoyed work­ing with clin­i­cians and con­sumers in lead­ing ser­vice improve­ment projects and see­ing the results of this work. In a pre­vi­ous life Anthea was a con­cert event man­ag­er (there are some amus­ing sto­ries!), but her favourite events these days are vis­it­ing our hills wineries.

Tina Hardin

Executive Director, Clinical Informatics

Tina Hardin has worked for almost 20 years as a future think­ing data ana­lyst with a pas­sion for using data and tech­nol­o­gy to inform excel­lence in clin­i­cal care. She has led a range of busi­ness intel­li­gence relat­ed projects and has a weak­ness for cats and lasagne, which might make her the human form of Garfield?

Skye Hayes

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Skye has spent the last two decades work­ing in pri­ma­ry health care and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment roles across the pub­lic sec­tor, dri­ven by her pas­sion for con­nect­ing with peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties to improve health and lifestyle out­comes. As some­one who lives in a small coun­try town, she is acute­ly aware of the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties faced by rur­al and remote pop­u­la­tions. Giv­en the extra trav­el time under­tak­en each week as a neces­si­ty of region­al life, Skye has a long list of pod­casts she can rec­om­mend. Skye returned to the CEIH in 2023 with an enthu­si­asm for high­light­ing the con­sumer expe­ri­ence to inform health care deliv­ery. Out­side of work she loves cap­tur­ing life’s moments through pho­tog­ra­phy and enjoy­ing a good meal with loved ones. 

Dr Ruth Holmes

MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS (Ed) FRCEM FACEM AFRACMA

Ruth is a Senior Emer­gency Depart­ment Spe­cial­ist with­in Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Net­work and the Statewide Vir­tu­al Care Ser­vice. She grad­u­at­ed from Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don in 2000 and com­plet­ed her train­ing in Emer­gency Med­i­cine in 2013

Her clin­i­cal expe­ri­ence is broad, hav­ing worked in Emer­gency Depart­ments both in the UK and Aus­tralia. This broad expe­ri­ence has pro­vid­ed her many oppor­tu­ni­ties to observe and be part of dif­fer­ent sys­tems. Ruth’s clin­i­cal inter­ests are var­ied, but all align with her desire to opti­mise patient care with­in our sys­tems, includ­ing Elder­ly Trau­ma, Enhanc­ing cul­tur­al safe­ty with­in Emer­gency Depart­ment and human factors. 

Ruth has always had a pas­sion to see health­care deliv­ered in an effi­cient, com­pas­sion­ate, patient cen­tred manner. 

Kathryn Hourigan

Consumer Representative

Kathryn is a con­sumer advo­cate and com­mu­ni­ty leader with a pas­sion for improv­ing health­care. She has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in lead­ing com­mu­ni­ties and advo­cat­ing for the voice of the con­sumer, and she is com­mit­ted to mak­ing health­care more acces­si­ble, afford­able, and equi­table for all.

Kathryn pro­vides a con­sumer voice on many aspects of pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for all South Aus­tralians. She is a mem­ber of the SA Pal­lia­tive Care Nav­i­ga­tion Pilot Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, the Grief and Bereave­ment fea­si­bil­i­ty Project Board and the Pal­lia­tive Care Research Col­lab­o­ra­tion Project Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. She also Co-Chairs the Statewide Pal­lia­tive Care Clin­i­cal Advi­so­ry Committee.

Kathryn has recent­ly con­tributed to the Con­sumer and Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment Com­mit­tee for the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Net­work. She is also a for­mer pre­sid­ing mem­ber of the Hills Area advi­so­ry coun­cil and the regions rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the pre­sid­ing mem­ber pan­el with the for­mer Coun­try Health, South Aus­tralia Local Health Network.

Kathryn is a mem­ber of the Human Research Ethics Com­mit­tee at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia. She is a for­mer reg­is­tered nurse, has a post­grad­u­ate in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion, and has a bachelor’s degree in Archi­tec­ture. Kathryn under­took research for the Cen­tre for Health Assets Aus­trala­sia, Fac­ul­ty of the Build Envi­ron­ment, Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales where advice was pro­vid­ed to Fed­er­al, all State Gov­ern­ments and the Gov­ern­ment of New Zealand on health facil­i­ty design.

Kathryn’s par­tic­u­lar research inter­est is hos­pice archi­tec­ture and the design of ther­a­peu­tic environments.

Cally Jennings

Project Manager

Cal­ly has inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ence work­ing in health pro­mo­tion with­in gov­ern­ment, aca­d­e­m­ic, and non-gov­ern­ment set­tings. Com­plet­ing a PhD at CQUni­ver­si­ty Aus­tralia in the area of health pro­mo­tion through phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, she has expe­ri­ence work­ing across a vari­ety of health areas, includ­ing men­tal health (youth and adult), alco­hol and oth­er drug, phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, nutri­tion, abo­rig­i­nal health, employ­ment sup­port and home­less­ness. Cal­ly is pas­sion­ate about work­ing in part­ner­ship with con­sumers and stake­hold­ers and embed­ding imple­men­ta­tion research prac­tices into health­care with the aim of dri­ving con­tin­u­ous improve­ments and inno­va­tion. Out­side of work Cal­ly loves spend­ing time with her fam­i­ly, enjoy­ing good food and stay­ing active.

Sravs Jonna

Senior Data Engineer and Architect

Sravs is a BI whiz with over 16 years of expe­ri­ence help­ing busi­ness­es make bet­ter deci­sions with data. Before join­ing CEIH, she was a Lead BI Devel­op­er at the Depart­ment of Infra­struc­ture and Trans­port, where she designed and built end-to-end BI solu­tions. She’s also spent the last few years work­ing on data pipelines and infra­struc­ture in the cloud.

Sravs is an expert in all aspects of the BI life­cy­cle, from strat­e­gy and plan­ning to data inte­gra­tion, mod­el­ing, ware­hous­ing, ETL, data visu­al­iza­tion, and advanced ana­lyt­ics. She’s also pas­sion­ate about data gov­er­nance and compliance.

In short, Sravs is a data rock­star. She is pas­sion­ate about util­is­ing data to help busi­ness­es make bet­ter deci­sions, and she has the skills and expe­ri­ence to do it.

Sarina Kondapuram

Program Support Officer, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Sari­na is new to health but has worked for the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices since 2016. She has a lot of expe­ri­ence work­ing in pri­vate sec­tor in roles such as project man­age­ment, report­ing and cus­tomer ser­vice. If she isn’t at work, then she loves to trav­el. Sari­na is also our res­i­dent office food­ie who loves cook­ing new dish­es. Any requests?

Katie Maiolo

Networks Program Director

Katie has worked in health for 15 years with the last 12 of those being in SA Health. A nurse manger orig­i­nal­ly, Katie also has a strong back­ground in Elec­tron­ic Med­ical Record (EMR) projects and clin­i­cal data man­age­ment, specif­i­cal­ly in secu­ri­ty and gov­er­nance. Katie has a pas­sion for estab­lish­ing effec­tive process­es that are patient-cen­tred with qual­i­ty out­comes. Out­side of work Katie enjoys water ski­ing on the Mur­ray and gin tastings. 

Keith McNeil

Commissioner

Pro­fes­sor Kei­th McNeil is a health­care pow­er­house with a 42-year career spent on the front­lines of patient care and inno­va­tion.

Kei­th joined us from his posi­tion as Chief Med­ical Offi­cer of Queens­land Health.

He has pre­vi­ous­ly served in a num­ber of senior lead­er­ship roles in the health sec­tor, includ­ing Chief Clin­i­cal Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer roles in the NHS and Queens­land, hos­pi­tal and health ser­vice CEO roles in Queens­land and Cam­bridge UK, and as Act­ing Deputy Direc­tor Gen­er­al of Clin­i­cal Excel­lence Queensland.

Ali Mohtasham

Clinical Informatics Director

Ali is a sea­soned Data Sci­en­tist with over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the field of busi­ness intel­li­gence, hav­ing worked in both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors. For the last 13 years, he has been lead­ing Busi­ness Intel­li­gence teams in the health indus­try, specif­i­cal­ly in SA Ambu­lance Ser­vice and SA Den­tal. Ali holds a dou­ble degree in Com­put­er and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and Mul­ti­me­dia Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia, and a post­grad­u­ate degree in Data Sci­ence from Monash University.

Ali’s exper­tise spans across var­i­ous areas such as busi­ness process, SQL Serv­er inte­gra­tion ser­vices, data ware­house archi­tec­ture and devel­op­ment, Tableau, peo­ple man­age­ment, machine learn­ing, and data analy­sis. He’s a skilled pro­fes­sion­al in the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of data-dri­ven solu­tions that pro­mote health well­ness and emer­gency services.

Apart from his pro­fes­sion­al pur­suits, Ali is an avid fan of every­thing sci­ence fic­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly Frank Her­bert’s Dune series.

Maxwell Mussared

Data Scientist and Analyst

Max worked at the Depart­ment for Health and Well­be­ing upgrad­ing IT sys­tems and improv­ing data col­lec­tion, report­ing and ana­lyt­ics capa­bil­i­ties. He comes from a back­ground in sta­tis­tics and data sci­ence, hav­ing worked for the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics devel­op­ing new meth­ods to get the best insights from data, by using sta­tis­ti­cal and machine learn­ing meth­ods. Max is pas­sion­ate about using data to get the best out­comes from our health sys­tem and make a pos­i­tive impact on peo­ple’s lives.

Out­side of work you can find him in the gar­den dig­ging for worms, or out on the rug­by pitch (often face down in the mud, inad­ver­tent­ly dig­ging for worms!).

Georgina Neill

Project Manager

Georgina has worked in health for over 20 years and spe­cialised as a clin­i­cal edu­ca­tor before join­ing SA Health as a pro­gram lead for Can­cer Clin­i­cal Net­work. Join­ing the Part­ner­ships team at CEIH feels like a full cir­cle, thanks to the col­lab­o­ra­tions with researchers, clin­i­cians, and con­sumers. Her pas­sion is for per­son cen­tred care and inter­pro­fes­sion­al edu­ca­tion, a top­ic she also teach­es to med­ical stu­dents, who claim to enjoy her par­ent­ing anec­dotes. Out­side of work, she likes lis­ten­ing to The Cure, vis­it­ing nation­al parks and hol­i­days with friends in Tasmania.

Monica Novick

Partnerships Program Director

Mon­i­ca has over 30 years expe­ri­ence in the health and com­mu­ni­ty sec­tor, work­ing across local, state and com­mon­wealth in health and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice pol­i­cy, gov­er­nance and reform. She is pas­sion­ate about part­ner­ship, col­lab­o­ra­tion and inte­gra­tion to deliv­er bet­ter out­comes for con­sumers and how we inno­vate and embed change in the won­der­ful­ly chal­leng­ing and com­plex sys­tem that is health. Out­side of work, she enjoys time with her yoga, book read­ing, walk­ing and good eat­ing com­mu­ni­ties of prac­tice and lazy week­ends pre­tend­ing to be a ded­i­cat­ed gar­den­er whilst con­tem­plat­ing where to trav­el next.

Dr Michael Osborn

Cancer SCN Clinical Lead

Con­sul­tant Oncologist/​Haema­tol­o­gist

Dr Michael Osborn works at the Women’s and Children’s Hos­pi­tal and has also led the South Aus­tralian Youth Can­cer Ser­vice at the Roy­al Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal since its incep­tion in 2011. His main clin­i­cal and research inter­ests are leukaemia in chil­dren, ado­les­cents and young adults (AYA), as well as exer­cise in can­cer, and improv­ing health­care deliv­ery for chil­dren and AYA with can­cer. He was active­ly involved in the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of Youth Can­cer Ser­vices in Aus­tralia at a nation­al and state lev­el. He is cur­rent­ly the Aus­tralian prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor for a relapsed acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia clin­i­cal tri­al, as well as being involved in a num­ber of oth­er clin­i­cal research stud­ies. Michael is com­mit­ted to work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to improve the expe­ri­ence and out­comes for all South Aus­tralians with cancer. 

Grace O’Donohue

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Grace has spent two decades work­ing in data and project man­age­ment roles. Grace honed her skills at the AOA Nation­al Joint Replace­ment Reg­istry, where she was respon­si­ble for broad­en­ing the reg­istries end to end project deliv­ery capa­bil­i­ty. Grace led and deliv­ered on a range of projects to imple­ment and sup­port data col­lec­tion and report­ing ini­tia­tives in hos­pi­tals at a nation­al scale. She has a pas­sion for work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with stake­hold­ers to achieve strate­gic and project objec­tives and a desire to dri­ve projects that improve patient out­comes. When she is not at work she loves being sur­round­ed by fam­i­ly (and South Aus­tralian wine!), keep­ing active and going on adven­tures with her boys.

Kym Peoples

Implementation Manager, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Kym is a Reg­is­tered Nurse with over a decade of expe­ri­ence in SA’s pub­lic health sec­tor, most recent­ly with­in SA’s Elec­tron­ic Med­ical Record Project. She has enjoyed the priv­i­lege of car­ing for adults and chil­dren when they are at their most vul­ner­a­ble, includ­ing birthing moth­ers and peo­ple at the end of their life and is pas­sion­ate about car­ing for the whole per­son – body, mind and spir­it, help­ing them to feel safe and have a voice in their care. Her expe­ri­ences in the EMR Project have equipped her with insight into how tech­nol­o­gy and data can be lever­aged to improve patient care and patient out­comes. She is also a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for the well­be­ing of the health­care work­force. Kym loves exer­cise, cook­ing and eat­ing, a good glass of wine and lis­ten­ing to the sto­ries that peo­ple choose to share.

Scott Pointon

User Interface/Experience Developer

Scott can often be found at the water cool­er talk­ing about the lat­est UX prin­ci­ples to any­one who’ll lis­ten. He brings 20 years of expe­ri­ence in IT, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Dig­i­tal roles in gov­ern­ment and has deliv­ered a range of suc­cess­ful cus­tomer-first dig­i­tal solu­tions. Whether it’s design­ing a dash­board, web appli­ca­tion, or giv­ing advice on the best tech­nique for bicep curls, Scot­t’s enthu­si­asm and ded­i­ca­tion guar­an­tees he’ll get the best out­comes for his cus­tomers. He puts the you’ in UX.

Megan Scott

Program Director, Statewide Patient Reported Measures Program

Megan has 25 years’ expe­ri­ence as a nurse in the health sec­tor, pri­mar­i­ly with­in pae­di­atrics and most recent­ly with the imple­men­ta­tion of elec­tron­ic med­ical records. Megan is pas­sion­ate about improv­ing health out­comes by focus­ing on the needs of the patient dur­ing their jour­ney. Out­side of work Megan spends her time tak­ing pho­tos under­wa­ter (don’t get her start­ed on rhinopias and nudi­branchs) and col­lect­ing cac­ti. She’s also known to bake for friends and col­leagues but only when they’re well behaved!

Annie Simpson

Innovation Support Officer

Annie is a grad­u­ate of the Bach­e­lor of Health and Med­ical Sci­ences (Advanced) from The Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide with a strong focus on health­care inno­va­tion. She is pas­sion­ate about human cen­tred design and the improve­ment of patient out­comes through inno­v­a­tive clin­i­cal solu­tions. Out­side of work Annie loves all things cre­ative, rang­ing from music to archi­tec­ture and on a nice day you can usu­al­ly find her down by the beach or in any SA wine region.

Narender Singh Sharma

Business Analyst

Naren­der has worked for over 20 years, pri­mar­i­ly in the Bank­ing and Finan­cial Ser­vices indus­try. He has MBA in Finance along with LEAN and Six-Sig­ma Green Belt cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. He has also worked with a Non-Prof­it Organ­i­sa­tion as an Oper­a­tions Man­ag­er, work­ing towards alle­vi­at­ing pover­ty and edu­cat­ing under-priv­i­leged chil­dren for high­er edu­ca­tion. Naren­der has also worked with Cen­tral Ade­laide Local Health Net­work (CAL­HN) to deliv­er crit­i­cal dig­i­tal health projects, deliv­er­ing a new Meals Man­age­ment Sys­tem for TQEH, an Inte­grat­ed Pros­the­ses Implant Data Man­age­ment Sys­tem, Dig­i­tal Patient Path­ways capa­bil­i­ties across CAL­HN, and Med­ical Stats Mea­sure­ment Devices.

Naren­der brings a 360-degree view to busi­ness process­es and has man­aged process­es, peo­ple and num­bers alike. He’s focused on deliv­er­ing val­ue through his projects by reduc­ing costs, improv­ing rev­enue out­comes and cre­at­ing greater val­ue for cus­tomers. Out­side of work Naren­der likes to play ten­nis, go for hikes, explor­ing new places and meet­ing peo­ple from var­ied back­grounds. He loves dri­ving around and cook­ing Indi­an Spiced Cur­ries spe­cial­ly Suc­cu­lent Air-Fried Masala Drumsticks.

Bianca Srpek

Executive Support Officer

Bian­ca joins the CEIH team from the Wom­en’s and Chil­dren’s Health Net­work, where she worked as an Admin­is­tra­tion Assis­tant with­in Sur­gi­cal Ser­vices for over three years. Pri­or to this, she start­ed her work­ing jour­ney back in 2017, com­plet­ing a trainee­ship through Jobs 4 Youth and com­menc­ing as a trainee with TechIn­SA. She loves spend­ing her free time with fam­i­ly and friends indulging in a wine or two, as well as vis­it­ing her hol­i­day home on the Yorke Penin­su­la or trav­el­ling to the South East.

Tony Stavrou

Project Manager

Tony has worked in in health sec­tor for 15 years in admin­is­tra­tive, project and man­age­ment roles and is pas­sion­ate about work­ing with oth­ers to improve health in SA. Whilst being an agent for improve­ment and change in his pro­fes­sion­al life, his music tastes haven’t changed since the 1980s, still rock­ing to bands like Whites­nake, Queen, Def Lep­pard and Aerosmith. 

Georgina Szabo

Data Scientist

Pri­or to join­ing CEIH, Georgie worked for the Depart­ment for Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices trans­form­ing how they used data to meet key strate­gic and oper­a­tional objec­tives. Before dis­cov­er­ing a love of data and study­ing a Mas­ter of Data Sci­ence, she worked as a Reg­is­tered Nurse across the pub­lic and pri­vate health sec­tors. Her nurs­ing back­ground includes roles in peri­op­er­a­tive and pri­ma­ry health nurs­ing, and her claim to fame is admin­is­ter­ing the 50,000th COVID vac­ci­na­tion at the Wayville vac­ci­na­tion clin­ic, fea­tured in the Adver­tis­er news­pa­per. Georgie is excit­ed to now be com­bin­ing her data sci­ence skills and clin­i­cal back­ground to tack­le the chal­lenges fac­ing the South Aus­tralian health­care sys­tem. Out­side of work she enjoys cook­ing, train­ing for fun runs and buy­ing too many houseplants. 

Emma Tolson

Networks Program Support Officer

Emma is rel­a­tive­ly new in her career start­ing with SA Health in 2017 after com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Health Sci­ences. She is pas­sion­ate about pub­lic health and work­ing in part­ner­ship to help improve health out­comes for all. Out­side of work you’ll find Emma at the beach dur­ing sum­mer, try­ing out new recipes in the kitchen, or tast­ing many of the fab­u­lous wines in South Australia!

Sofia Tsoukalas

Project Manager

Sofia has worked in Patient Admin­is­tra­tive (PAS) roles with­in the Pub­lic Health sec­tor for over 20 years, bring­ing expe­ri­ence in Patient Admin­is­tra­tion process­es in areas such as Med­ical Record Man­age­ment, Elec­tive Surgery Man­age­ment and Admit­ted Patient Care. Sofia recent­ly led a Patient Admin­is­tra­tion team as part of the imple­men­ta­tion of the Elec­tron­ic Med­ical Record (EMR) project and has a pas­sion for patient data integri­ty and nur­tur­ing a shared appre­ci­a­tion of its impor­tance. In her per­son­al time, she loves trav­el­ling, shop­ping and spend­ing time with fam­i­ly and friends. 

Kate Turpin

Kate is a Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er who has pri­mar­i­ly worked in pae­di­atric haematology/​oncology. Kate has worked in a vari­ety of clin­i­cal man­age­ment and lead­er­ship roles and been involved in and led statewide and nation­al projects includ­ing the devel­op­ment of can­cer care plans, ser­vice capa­bil­i­ty frame­works, pol­i­cy and pro­ce­dures, and as a mem­ber of uni­ver­si­ty advi­so­ry boards. She has a pas­sion for pae­di­atrics and patient and fam­i­ly cen­tred care and has engaged and worked col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with con­sumers and car­ers on deliv­er­ing mul­ti­ple prac­tice improve­ments and ini­tia­tives. When she is not work­ing Kate enjoys spend­ing time with her fam­i­ly & friends, trav­el­ling, cook­ing and relax­ing at the end of the day with a nice meal and a glass of wine (when the kids permit). 

Joanna Vlachos

Assistant Project Officer

Joan­na has more than a decade expe­ri­ence at SA Health work­ing in project sup­port roles with clin­i­cians and con­sumers in a vari­ety of areas. She is dri­ven by her pas­sion to improve the health and well­be­ing of oth­ers to con­tribute to ser­vice improve­ment projects. She also has a degree in Social Sci­ence and has a pas­sion for improv­ing men­tal health out­comes. Out­side of work she enjoys spend­ing time with fam­i­ly and friends over some good food and a G&T.

Paul Williams

Con­sumer and Com­mu­ni­ty Lead

Paul Williams joins The CEIH as our new Com­mu­ni­ty and Con­sumer Lead. 

Orig­i­nal­ly from The UK, Paul has lived in South Aus­tralia for the last 15 years and has served Australia’s Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment as an Employ­ment Facil­i­ta­tor in the face of the COVID19 pan­dem­ic by tai­lor­ing approach­es to accel­er­ate reskilling, upskilling, and employment. 

As the Chair of The Local Jobs Pro­gram — Jobs and Skills Task­force’ Paul, along with a team of experts, devel­oped a Local Jobs Plan’ which iden­ti­fied work­force needs, job seek­er sup­port and place-based priorities.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, Paul has served The British Car­diac Patients Asso­ci­a­tion as Vice Chair­men to ensure the patient and car­er voice was con­sid­ered when gov­ern­ments and health net­works need­ed to imple­ment change espe­cial­ly when faced with crit­i­cal issues and evi­dence-based programs. 

Paul has sup­port­ed UK cen­tral and devolved gov­ern­ments espe­cial­ly in the design and deliv­ery of Nation­al Ser­vice Frame­works (NSF’s) with the first of these relat­ing to Car­diac Care and lat­er oth­er chron­ic dis­eases such as Dia­betes and Can­cer. These NSF’s iden­ti­fied long term strate­gies for improv­ing spe­cif­ic areas of care. They set nation­al stan­dards, iden­ti­fied key inter­ven­tions, and put in place agreed time scales for implementation.

Paul also cou­pled his qual­i­fi­ca­tions in com­put­er sci­ence and project man­age­ment in 2003 to help cre­ate a proof of con­cept for the Sin­gle Inte­grat­ed Health­care Record, the pre­cur­sor to today’s Local Health and Care Records deliv­ered by the NHS.

Pauls inter­est in health­care stems from his lived expe­ri­ence with Ray, his Dad, who suf­fered from Coro­nary Heart Dis­ease and was the first Patient in The UK to ben­e­fit from and Implantable Car­diac Defib­ril­la­tor and also his Sis­ter Kay who died sud­den­ly aged 34 after being undi­ag­nosed with Pul­monary Hyper­ten­sion.
More recent­ly Paul has been work­ing with fam­i­ly NDIS recip­i­ents and in the UK spe­cial­ist Demen­tia care providers.

Isla Woidt

Strategic Lead, Worker Wellbeing

Isla has worked in health pro­mo­tion and pre­ven­tion for over 15 years across the pub­lic, pri­vate and non-for-prof­it sec­tors. With a strong back­ground in work­place health and well­be­ing, Isla thrives on work­ing in part­ner­ship to dri­ve sys­tem change and achieve improved health, well­be­ing and safe­ty out­comes. She has been involved in the design and imple­men­ta­tion of large scale work­place health ini­tia­tives, includ­ing lead­ing the devel­op­ment of a state-wide strat­e­gy to sup­port the cre­ation of healthy, safe and thriv­ing work­places in South Aus­tralia. Out­side of work, Isla can be found at the beach with her hus­band, kids and dog in tow.

Dr Phil Worley

Consultant General Surgeon

Phil Wor­ley orig­i­nal­ly trained and worked as a rur­al GP before under­tak­ing Spe­cial­ist train­ing and spend­ing the last 20 years as a Con­sul­tant Gen­er­al Sur­geon in both the pub­lic and pri­vate systems.

He hopes to improve cross net­work col­lab­o­ra­tion with­in the state’s health sys­tem, and the sur­gi­cal jour­ney of all South Aus­tralians from diag­no­sis to discharge.

Phil recog­nis­es this requires the input and coop­er­a­tion of a broad cross sec­tion of stake­hold­ers and is look­ing for­ward to lead­ing an enthu­si­as­tic and com­mit­ted team to achieve this goal.