Health Performance Council membership

The fifth term membership of the HPC has now been appointed. Board members are:

Professor Stephen Duckett,  Chair

Chair term: 2 February 2021 to 1 February 2025
Membership term: 2 February 2021 to 1 February 2025 

Stephen has recently concluded a decade as Director of Grattan Institute’s Health and Aged Care Program. He is an Honorary Enterprise Professor in the School of Population and Global Health and in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. He also chairs the Board of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health network. Stephen has held senior health care leadership positions in Australia and Canada, with a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas as diverse as hospital funding (introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals) and quality (new systems of measurement and accountability for safety of hospital care.

Stephen is an economist with a Masters and PhD in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a higher doctorate, the DSc, awarded on the basis of his scholarly contributions, from the Faculty of Medicine of the same University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Judy Searle, Deputy Chair

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Judy’s resume demonstrates a diverse range of skills and experiences. She started her career as a medical specialist before moving primarily into leadership and management positions in academe both in Australia and the UK. She then took up the opportunity to expand her experiences more broadly as she moved to senior health advisory positions within Government both Federal and Territory and then to CEO of a national and cross-Tasman professional organisation. Currently, she provides leadership and independent expertise in the health and aged care sectors as a Non-Executive Director with particular skills in governance, risk management and safety and quality. This includes providing governance and financial oversight of a large, complex $1.7B public hospital and health service as the Board’s Deputy Chair and Chair of its Safety and Quality Committee. She also provides independent advice on health system performance and medical practitioner regulation at a state government level.

Dr Daniel Tyson, Member

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Dan is chief executive officer (CEO) of Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) and Managing Director of the Desert Knowledge Research Institute (DKRI) in Alice Springs. These organisations aim to improve the wellbeing of Desert Peoples, support economic development, and work towards environmental sustainability in the desert regions of Australia.

Previously he was CEO of Aboriginal community-controlled Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation based in Katherine, which provides comprehensive primary health and related services to 4,000 Aboriginal people in a large area immediately south of Arnhem Land. Along with having been a director of the peak body Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT), and director and vice-chair of Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services. Dan continues as an independent Indigenous Member of the AMSANT Research Sub-Committee. He is a member of the Central Region Executive of the Chamber of Commerce, NT, and a board director of the Commonwealth-funded ‘Inspiring Australia’

Dr Diane Watson, Member

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Dr Diane Watson is the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information in NSW. She has led the establishment of three reporting agencies in Australia that use big data to drive decisions on healthcare provision nationally and locally. Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information between 2016 and 2018. She was the inaugural and only Chief Executive of the National Health Performance Authority, established by the Australian Government in 2012 to monitor, and report on, the performance of 1000+ public and private hospitals and 300+ health regions. Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information from 2009 to 2012. She has held senior management positions for more than 25 years measuring, monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare systems to drive improvements in health, patient care and productivity.

Kae Martin, Member

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025 

Kae Martin has worked over 40 years within the health and community services areas and has included roles within clinical, management, policy at health service (rural and metropolitan), regional and corporate levels.

Kae’s leadership and management style stems from a philosophy that views the people of the organisation as its greatest asset, tempered by the belief that business and customer services must be effective, efficient and afforded within the parameters and resources available. 

Kae has had extensive experience in strategic, capital and clinical service planning for a range of health and community programs across the continuum of care for public and non-government sectors.  This has included working with a range of public, private and non-government organisations in the development of specific programs. 

Kae has had a strong emphasis on the delivery of patient / resident / consumer centred care.  This has included strategically managing and supporting the development of governance systems to support clinical governance processes, community and consumer participation, strategic priority directions, regional policies and procedures and achieving Accreditation through systems such as Corporate EQUiP.

Professor Martin Hensher, Member

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Martin Hensher is the Henry Baldwin Professorial Research Fellow in Health Systems Sustainability at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research of the University of Tasmania. His research focuses on integrating the economic, environmental, and societal dimensions of improving the sustainability of health care systems. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has led work on estimating the likely impact of Long COVID in Australia, the application of digital technologies, and the problems of privatising knowledge in a pandemic.

Professor Hensher has over thirty years’ experience in health economics, planning and financing in the UK, Australia, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. He was the senior economic adviser in the South African National Department of Health and in the Department of Health England, before moving to Australia where he spent seven years as a Director in the Tasmanian Department of Health. He is a member of the South Australian Health Performance Council, a board member of Glenview Community Services, and is a search and rescue specialist with the Tasmanian State Emergency Service

Mohammad Al-Khafaji, Member

Membership term : 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Mohammad Al-Khafaji is the CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Fluent in three languages, Mohammad’s personal experiences as a former refugee from Iraq and as a migrant also mean he can uniquely relate to so many issues facing multicultural communities.

In addition to his experience working with numerous multicultural groups and on many community boards, Mohammad has a Bachelor of Software Engineering and worked for several years in the corporate sector. He has also served on the SBS Community Advisory Committee and the Advertising Standards Bureau community panel and is a member of the newly established CALD Health Advisory Group on COVID-19, advising the commonwealth government.

Tanya Lehmann, Member

Membership term: 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2025

Tanya has over 23 years’ experience leading large scale organisation and systems change within the rural health and aged care sectors in South Australia and nationally. A clinician by background, experienced project manager, executive director, board chair, coach, mentor, trainer and leadership program facilitator. Tanya is a Consultant in her own business, Aurora Meliora Pty Ltd, and as an Associate with CulturAlchemy, Pique Global, LeadersHP and Board Accord.  Tanya specialises in culture change, leadership development and strategic alignment.

From 2015 – 2018, as Regional Director of health and aged care services serving a population of over 65,000 people in rural and remote South Australia, Tanya was responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of 12 hospitals (including 11 integrated residential aged care facilities); community aged care, nursing and allied health services; and 2 medical practices.  Whilst Regional Director, Tanya also led the development and implementation of an integral Performance Framework for all of country South Australia, which was recognised with an SA Health Award and invitation to peak at an international Wisdom Economies conference in Iceland.