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Governance

Leading with
compassion
and wisdom

We’re privileged to have a rich blend of experience, knowledge and expertise driving Bethesda Health Care

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have many years of combined experience in leading and managing successful businesses. As a group, they have held senior positions in health and aged-care-related entities and private companies, having influence on the future of healthcare in Australia.

Chairman

Dominic contributes strong legal skills in his position as Director, boasting a long and distinguished career practising in the commercial litigation field, specialising in medical defence work and insurance law.

Becoming a partner at Clayton Utz in 1978, he has had extensive experience in Coronial matters and has acted as Counsel in numerous inquests, appearing for medical and dental practitioners and also for clients in the mining and refining industries. Due to his comprehensive knowledge, he has significantly influenced developments shaping the Coroner’s Act and Coronial system.

Deputy Chairman & Director

Tri brings extensive experience to the Board in business strategy, financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, investments, corporate finance and organisational design. Tri’s experiences span multiple industries including manufacturing, resources, fast moving consumer goods, transport/logistics and home building. Tri is also a long-standing member of the Wesley College Endowment Fund management committee and had helped steer the fund to become one of the largest school endowment funds in the state (by asset size). Tri is a 2012 winner of the WA Business News Top 40 under 40 award.

Executive Director

Bringing high level corporate and leadership skills to the role of Executive Director, Neale currently manages his own consulting company Australis Health Advisory and holds a number of other non-executive board roles. He is Chairman of the WA Country Health Service, National President of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Director at Digital Health CRC. He was formerly Project Director for the establishment of the Curtin Medical School, CEO of St John of God Hospital Subiaco and Director General of the WA Department of Health.

Director

Colin Barnett was the local member for Cottesloe for 27 years and Premier of Western Australia for nine years. His experience in politics, economics and government brings a new depth to the Bethesda’s Board. During his time as WA Premier Barnett was instrumental in the developing a raft of new state infrastructure projects including Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Perth Children’s Hospital, Midland Health Campus, Optus Stadium, Elizabeth Quay and the Curtin Medical School.

Director

Professor Jill Downie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at Curtin University. Jill has held the role since 2012 and was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Nursing at Curtin University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previous Non-Executive Director experience at Bethanie Group Ltd, Perth Central and Eastern Medicare Local, Australian General Practice Network, Perth Primary Care Network and Bethesda Hospital in 2007-2010. Jill is also currently the Education representative on the Australian National Commission of UNESCO.

Professor Downie is an experienced executive in higher education, with well-developed strategic, leadership and management skills. She has a demonstrated history of working in the education, hospital, health, community and aged care industries.

Director

Grant is a former Partner of KPMG in the Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting Division, a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and has years of experience as a Board/Committee member of a range of organisations, with a particular focus in the Health, Ageing and Human Services sector. His current and recent board roles include North Metropolitan Health Service, Juniper, Zoological Parks Authority (Chair), Netball WA (President), Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Deputy Chair) and Perth Festival.”   Grant’s skills in financial analysis, compliance, governance and risk management along with his sector experience are of great value to Bethesda.

Hospital Management Committee

Bethesda has an extremely committed team of individuals who form the Hospital Management Committee. As a group, they are responsible for ensuring the various business activities of their respective departments are aligned to the strategic direction of the organisation.

Chief Executive Officer.

Bringing high level corporate and leadership skills to the role of CEO, Neale currently manages his own consulting company Australis Health Advisory and holds a number of other non-executive board roles. He is Chairman of the WA Country Health Service, National President of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Director at Digital Health CRC. He was formerly Project Director for the establishment of the Curtin Medical School, CEO of St John of God Hospital Subiaco and Director General of the WA Department of Health.

Executive Manager, Clinical Services / Director of Nursing.

Deborah commenced with Bethesda in 2007 and is responsible for both the day-to-day running of the clinical aspects of the organisation as well input into strategic planning of clinical services. She oversees improvements to the patient experience at Bethesda and has taken on a primary role in the planning and operationalising a theatre redevelopment. Her previous experience includes Manager, Operating Theatres at Glengarry and St John of God Hospitals and the set-up of the Murdoch Surgicentre.

Executive Manager, Finance and Support Services.

Julia joined the Organisation at a critical time, taking a lead role in the implementation of our new financial management information system (FMIS) and ensuring that the Organisation is building its capacity for strategic growth. She brings senior level financial experience in the private hospital, health and disability sector, having worked in such organisations as St John of God Health Care, Mercy Care, Ability Centre and South Perth Hospital. Julia’s recent experience includes working closely with management, executive team and boards on improving management reporting and KPI scorecard reporting.

Manager, Quality and Risk and Infection Prevention and Control.

Libby is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating systems to prevent and manage healthcare-associated infection, complying with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3, Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections. She has extensive healthcare experience in a variety of settings including Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, Calvary Health Care Tasmania (CHCT); Clinical Nurse Manager Endoscopy Unit, CHCT; Nurse Unit Manager Day Surgery and Endoscopy Unit, The Hobart Private Hospital and Hand Hygiene Coordinator Tasmania, Hand Hygiene Australia.

Manager, Procurement and Logistics.

Glen is responsible for the overall management of procurement and logistic activities at Bethesda, ensuring that all goods used and acquired by the Organisation are fit for purpose, cost effective and mobilised efficiently. Glen has over 25 years of health industry experience including significant exposure within health supply management and medical device sales management. His previous role as Operations Manager, Western Region with St John of God Health Care involved the management of logistic requirements for six hospitals and the ongoing operation of the Group Distribution Centre.

Clinical Nurse Manager, Palliative Care.

Well known in palliative care circles in WA, Glenys has worked in the specialty for over 25 years. She is responsible for both the inpatient and ambulatory palliative care service at Bethesda, overseeing a multidisciplinary team consisting of physicians, registrars, nurses, patient care assistants and social workers. Glenys was instrumental in the planning and establishment of the palliative care unit at Bethesda in 2006 and the ambulatory service in 2010.

Manager, Perioperative Services.

Helen joined Bethesda in 2012 and has over 28 years’ experience and a post graduate qualification in perioperative nursing. Originally from the UK, Helen worked for a large NHS hospital in the Midlands for 10 years before relocating to WA in 2004. Since arriving in WA, Helen has worked for private hospitals with previous experience coordinating theatres before joining Bethesda. Helen is now responsible for leading and coordinating Bethesda’s nine operating theatres. She works closely with medical staff and manages all the human and financial resources required to provide the highest standard of care to every perioperative patient.

Manager, Learning and Development.

A registered Nurse for more than 30 years specialising in the area of intensive care, Marie has a passion for education and ensuring that everyone has access to the training and development they need to excel in their work. Marie is responsible for all staff mandatory training and competencies, and provides education to clinical staff to ensure nurses practice safe, high quality patient care. Marie is the coordinator of the Medical Emergency Response (MER) and is responsible for reviewing all episodes of clinical deterioration and “Code Blue” calls.

Manager, Work Health and Safety.

Melody has over 25 years’ health industry experience, specifically in OSH and injury management, environmental management, quality and risk and human resources. Mel is responsible for the implementation of programs and processes that ensure improvement activities are directed towards achieving safe patient care and the prevention of harm whilst also maintaining legislative requirements. Mel was responsible for coordinating activities that resulted in Bethesda achieving Worksafe WA Platinum Award status four consecutive times. Her previous experience includes Group Manager OSH and Environment, St John of God Health Care, and Director, Quality and Risk, Mount Hospital.

Manager, Human Resources.

Michelle is an HR practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in employee relations. She works with the Hospital Management Committee to provide advice, policy, tools, coaching, and hands-on administration relating to recruitment, selection, orientation and performance management. She supports staff, assisting them to attain their goals and oversees the organisation’s wellness program. Michelle plays a crucial role in the planning for future workforce needs, including succession planning, to ensure that overall strategic goals of Bethesda are met.

Manager, Engineering.

Philippe is responsible for overall asset management of the Hospital, ensuring the efficient running of all operating mechanical and electrical plant machinery, inclusive of planned and corrective maintenance programs. A key part of his role is to oversee the project management and/or construction of Hospital works. Coming from an electrical service contracting background, Philippe has extensive experience in managing challenging technical projects in the public and private hospital sector.

Manager, Hotel Services.

Roh completed a Diploma in Hotel Management from Ceylon Hotel School and has had 39 years of experience in hospitality. Much of that time was in executive chef positions, winning a Gold Plate Award whilst working at Crown Casino and catering for HRH Queen Elizabeth ll and the Crown Prince of Japan when they were hosted by the then President of Sri Lanka, Mr J R Jayawardena in 1981. Roh commenced at Bethesda in 2006 and is responsible for all aspects of hotel services — catering, cleaning, laundry and café. 

Clinical Nurse Manager, Surgical.

Sally’s role includes the overall management of the surgical ward, Riviera and Day Procedure Unit (DPU). She has responsibility for ensuring the patient experience from admission to discharge is of the highest quality, collaborating with patients and their families to provide an inclusive and excellent environment. She takes an active role in the application of the Bethesda values and works closely with visiting medical officers to enhance patient care. Sally’s past roles included Clinical Nurse Manager, Theatre, CSSD, Emergency Department and Day Surgery, Narrogin Regional Hospital (WA Country Health Services).

Manager, Information and Communication Technology.

Tuyen started as an ICT Administrator with Bethesda in 2009 and is now responsible for the ICT department and ensuring the smooth running of all Bethesda’s ICT systems and operations. Tuyen has a wealth of experience in ICT, having previously worked for Western Power as a Senior Desktop Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of E-Commerce and is passionate about engaging modern technology to improve the efficiency of business operations.

Manager, Analytics and Project Lead.

Rebecca joined Bethesda in April 2019 and has been involved in driving analytics, process improvement and capital projects for the organisation. She has a passion for data and has helped bring analytics into hospital decision-making. Prior to starting at Bethesda, Rebecca worked as a management consultant, gaining broad industry experience in the not-for-profit, disability services, healthcare, research, mining and oil & gas sectors. She holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from UWA, and undergraduate qualifications and experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Medical Advisory Committee 

Our Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of Visiting Medical Officers who broadly represent the specialties at the Hospital. This Committee meet every two months, working collaboratively with the CEO to ensure the clinical standards and patient care at Bethesda are at superior levels. 

Chairman.

Toby completed his Orthopaedic Fellowship training in Perth in 2008 and then Fellowships in knee surgery and limb reconstruction in the eastern states of Australia. Toby specialises in all aspects of knee surgery, including arthroscopic surgery, sports knee injury, ligament reconstruction, primary and revision knee replacement. His interest is in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and Toby is currently involved in research on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and management. Part of the Coastal Orthopaedics Group, he established the Perth Knee Clinic and the Acute Knee Injury Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Deputy Chair.

David completed his initial training in general medicine followed by Cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital. He has a PhD from the University of Western Australia in Vascular Function and Diabetes and a fFellowship in Echocardiography from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. David sits on several national boards, is a founding director of Vascular West and Sleep Studies Australia and has been a Cluster Lead and Clinical Senator for the WA Health Department. David is also a member of the Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees at Bethesda.

Silke completed her medical education at the University of Western Australia, graduating with honours in 2004. She then worked as a Medical Officer in critical care areas before completing anaesthesia specialist training and becoming a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2012. She has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist in public and private practice in Australia and Canada, where she held the positions of Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and Staff Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital.

Grant Booth trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a shoulder surgery fellowship with internationally respected Shoulder Surgeon Dr. Alex Castagna in Milan, Italy learning advanced arthroscopic and arthroplasty techniques.
Grant founded the Perth Shoulder Clinic along with Sven Goebel with the aim of establishing a center of excellence for the treatment of disorders of the shoulder in Western Australia.
Grant holds a public appointment at Royal Perth Hospital where he performs trauma surgery and elective shoulder surgery and has accreditation and operates at Bethesda Hospital in Claremont and St John of God Hospital in Subiaco, while also consulting regularly in Kalgoorlie

John is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, completing his degree at the University of Western Australia in 1987. He completed his training at King Edward Memorial Hospital, WA and St James University Hospital in Leeds, UK before entering private practice in 2000. John has been working extensively in all aspects of fertility and IVF since 2000 and is a long-standing consultant with Fertility Specialists of WA, based at Bethesda. He also has consulting rooms, and delivers babies at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco.

Richard has almost 20 years of surgical experience including two years post-fellowship training specifically in oncoplastic breast surgery encompassing all aspects of augmentation, reduction and reconstruction, as well as breast oncology and sentinel node biopsy. Richard also has experience and expertise in laparoscopic hernia surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy and vascular access surgery. Richard has published and presented both nationally and internationally and is dedicated to the development and progression of oncoplastic breast surgery in Australia and New Zealand.

David Sofield is a Fremantle-based Urological surgeon specialising in urological cancer surgery and urethral reconstructive surgery, including management of male urinary incontinence post radical prostatectomy. Trained in Western Australia, David spent several years in the UK undertaking further training, including cancer and reconstructive Fellowships. He introduced laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to WA in 2004 and has trained a large number of consultants and fellows in this procedure. David is member of the Bethesda Credentialing & Scope of Practice and Clinical Quality and Safety Committees.

Dr Duncan McLellan graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1991. He undertook Physician training (sub-specialty of Infectious Diseases) at Royal Perth Hospital and the University of Tennessee, USA, obtaining FRACP in 2000. He subsequently trained in Clinical Microbiology at RPH and PathWest, receiving FRCPA in January 2004. Duncan is currently Head of Department (Microbiology) at Western Diagnostic Pathology and works as a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Mount Hospital and SJOG Murdoch Healthcare.

Consumer Partnership Committee 

The Consumer Partnership Committee is committed to creating effective partnerships with Bethesda at all levels of the organisation, promoting positive consumer experiences and contributing to the delivery of high-quality health care and improved safety.

Executive Manager, Clinical and Support Services

Deborah commenced with Bethesda in 2007 and is responsible for both the day-to-day running of the clinical aspects of the organisation as well input into strategic planning of clinical services. She oversees improvements to the patient experience at Bethesda and has taken on a primary role in the planning and operationalising a theatre redevelopment. Her previous experience includes Manager, Operating Theatres at Glengarry and St John of God Hospitals and the set-up of the Murdoch Surgicentre.

Peter is recently retired from the service industry and is the Chairman of the Consumer Partnership Committee. Peter’s diverse background includes executive roles in sales, marketing and contract negotiation within the transport industry and setting up international freight services in Australia. Peter is dedicated to bring Bethesda a fresh look at certain details around the hospital and supplying the best possible service on behalf of Bethesda’s patients.

Lolitta Atkinson is a member of the Consumer Partnership Committee where her goal is to open the lines of communication between Consumers and Hospital Staff with the overall aim to improve the patient experience. Lolitta has worked in the Education Sector, in Allied Health and in Management. She is currently taking some time out to enjoy family, friends and travel.

Jan worked in the banking industry for 36 years, being a customer service officer for around 25 years and a financial planner for the remaining 10. Since retiring, Jan has volunteered with Seniors Australia in the office and overall really enjoys helping people.

Peter has lived in this area all of his life and has memories of Bethesda Hospital back in the fifties! After graduating in Dental Science from UWA he undertook further study in England and USA and had his own practice in West Perth for over 25 years.  Subsequently he was CEO of the Australian Dental Association (WA).  Active in Rotary, he has held local, national and international appointments, including as District Governor. He serves on a number of Boards and Committees.

Judy originally trained as a teacher and completed majors in Art and Sociology.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, Art Specialist and LOTE teacher in Japanese.  She has gone on to complete post graduate studies at Curtin University in Information Management, Business Administration and  is working towards her Masters in Accountancy.  She has been an owner/operator of small business and most recently spent 15 years working as the Business Manager of a large specialist medical practice.  Judy is currently both a volunteer and consumer partner at Bethesda.