Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC
Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC is a Western Australian barrister and philanthropist. After completing an LLB degree at the University of Western Australia he practiced as a barrister for over 50 years, chaired the WA Legal Aid Commission for 27 of those years, and was the inaugural Chairman of the Advisory Board of the WA Constitutional Centre. In 1982 he was appointed Queens Counsel.
From July 2011 – June 2014 Malcolm served as Governor of Western Australia. He has always had a strong interest in medical research and was the inaugural Chairman and now Patron of the McCusker Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research. Malcolm chaired one of the fundraising committees that helped establish WAIMR (now Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) and is co-Patron of the Ear Science Institute of WA. He holds honorary doctorates from The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Curtin University.
Professor Shirley Bowen
Professor Shirley Bowen is the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, having been appointed in June 2017. Prior to joining the hospital she was Dean, School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame.
Shirley has more than 20 years’ experience in executive management of Hospitals and Public Health, including roles as Chief Medical Officer of the ACT and Director of Communicable Diseases for Western Australia. She has also maintained her practice as an Infectious Diseases Physician (FRACP). Shirley holds a Fellowship in Sexual Health Medicine and a Master of Medicine. She is passionate about delivering patient-centric care and is committed to visible and authentic leadership.
Ms Pip Brennan
Pip Brennan is the Executive Director of the Health Consumers Council of WA. She began her paid career as a health consumer advocate at the Health Consumers Council and has worked at the Office of Health Review (now the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office), Community Midwifery WA and WACOSS. She returned to the Health Consumers Council in 2015 to take up the position of Executive Director and apply her knowledge of community service organisation management, outcomes-based contracting, consumer representation and advocacy to continue the work of this unique and important organisation. This is Pip’s third career: she has also been a museum curator in Perth and London and an English language teacher in Greece and London.
Mr Paul Forden
Paul is a Certified Accountant who joined the health sector over 22 years ago. He started out as a Director of Finance before becoming a Chief Operating Officer then 17 years ago a Chief Executive.
Paul has been Chief Executive of a number of UK teaching hospitals and large hospitals. He also spent 3 years in the private sector as Managing Director for Health for a number of non-hospital European health businesses.
Paul came to Perth almost 3 years ago as Executive Director of Fiona Stanley & Fremantle Hospital Group. In December 2017 he was made Chief Executive of the South Metro Health Service. Paul has a passion for improving clinical quality and creating engaged organisations.
In his spare time Paul enjoys the fantastic outdoor facilities Perth has to offer and still tries to participate in a number of sports. He also enjoys travel.
Professor Eeva Leinonen
Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Murdoch University as Vice-Chancellor and President in April 2016, after 3 years of service as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong. Eeva has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally. Her academic research focuses on pragmatic deficits of children with autistic spectrum disorders as well as higher education topics relating to curriculum and use of technology in learning.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, she held the position of Vice-President (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College, University of London. Eeva has been actively involved in national and international higher education debates and advisory groups, including: Chair of the UK Higher Education Funding Council/Quality Assurance Agency advisory group into Employer Engagement in Learning, Trustee of IntoUni Charitable Trust, Member of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in Australia, Director and Board Member of Future Directions International and a member of the Forrest Research Foundation Governors Committee.
Associate Professor Dan McAullay
Associate Professor Dan McAullay is the Director of the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children and Families (ISAC). He runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and is a Director with the majority Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed communication consulting company, Mode Black.
Dan has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications. He has a strong research track record including presentations, publications and grants. Dan’s primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.
Professor Bill Morgan
Professor Bill Morgan MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO is Managing Director of The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) and has been a leading ophthalmologist and medical researcher at the LEI for 25 years. Professor Morgan is a glaucoma specialist and his research interests include studying the response of the optic nerve and retinal veins to pressure gradients including cerebrospinal fluid pressure, glaucoma surgery and the epidemiology of blinding eye disease.
Professor Morgan has recently secured a $680,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to study orbital pressure alteration and interactions with intracranial and intraocular pressure. Professor Morgan was part of the team at the LEI that developed the basis for XEN glaucoma surgery – a surgical treatment that successfully reduces intraocular pressure and now implanted in over 100,000 eyes. He regularly teaches in Indonesia, and co-invented the Virna Glaucoma Drainage Device now implanted in 1,000 patients. Professor Morgan is also a consultant ophthalmologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, a Professor at The University of Western Australia, the University of Udayana and co- director of the LEI McCusker Glaucoma Centre.
Dr James Williamson
Dr James Williamson is Assistant Director General for the WA Department of Health, leading the Clinical Excellence Division. James recently returned to WA from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia’s first major ‘digital’ hospital, where he pursued his interest in data analytics. James established the WA Drug Evaluation Panel and was appointed Clinical Lead for the State eHealth Program and the Musculoskeletal Health Network. He has served the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in General Medicine and as member of the Committee for Physician Training.
Professor Gary Geelhoed (Ex Officio)
Professor Gary Geelhoed MBBS, FRACP, FACEM, MD is Executive Director of WAHTN. Prior to commencing at WAHTN, Gary was Western Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Director General of Clinical Services and Research at the WA Department of Health. A UWA graduate, Gary worked as Director of the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for 22 years.
Gary has a keen interest in health reform, particularly in the area of clinical research and innovation. A highlight of Gary’s career involves his ongoing work to forge closer ties between our hospitals and the research community to promote greater innovation and best practice in clinical care and to establish and embed a robust framework for safety and quality along with teaching, training and research, into the day to day operations of the State’s hospitals and health services.
Gary’s past achievements include helping to introduce the Four Hour Rule Program to WA public hospitals, reducing delays in our emergency departments and streamlining hospital processes for admission and discharge. Gary has held roles on numerous state and national committees including the National Health and Medical Research Council, President of the Australian Medical Association (WA), Board Member of Healthway, member of the Western Australian AMA Council and Chair of the WA Drug and Alcohol Authority.