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Corporate Governance Statement

While there is no single model of corporate governance, the Brisbane South PHN model is built around the following ASX Corporate Governance Principles 2010, underpinned by regular reviews for continual improvement:

  • Strategic direction, planning and monitoring of vision and strategic objectives and clear corporate values
  • Lay solid foundations for management and oversight of the organisation
  • Clear roles and responsibilities of the Board and CEO, with effective Board and committee structures
  • Efficient planning and policy setting, particularly around risk, financial, information and people management
  • Clear lines of accountability to local communities, the Commonwealth and to the National Performance Authority
  • Quality of performance monitored against national and local standards in the delivery and contracting of services
  • Reporting arrangements that are simple, relevant and robust; with timely and balanced disclosure
  • Effective governance to ensure probity and value for money
  • Compliance with statutory obligations.

Board of Directors

Brisbane South PHN is led by a formidable team of leading healthcare experts with hands-on experience in our region. The board is supported by Brisbane South PHN’s executive team and 18 chartered member organisations representing different primary care disciplines.

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Dr Ian Williams - BSPHN Chairperson

Dr Ian Williams - BSPHN Chairperson

Dr Ian Williams is the founding Principal of a group general practice. During his 25-year tenure, the centre has grown from a solo practice to one which currently employs 17 doctors. Ian also holds a medical advisory position Queensland Health Statewide Falls Prevention Committee. In addition, Ian is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Medicine.

Mrs Cheryl Herbert - BSPHN Deputy Chairperson

Mrs Cheryl Herbert - BSPHN Deputy Chairperson

Mrs Cheryl Herbert now works exclusively as Non-Executive Director and was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthy Communities Australia. Prior to this, she was founding Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality and Complaints Commission after spending 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Spiritus Care Services, which she transformed into one of Queensland's largest not-for-profit community service organisations. As a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Cheryl has worked in community, aged care and acute settings as well as in academic and management positions. Cheryl is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland and is a member of various boards and committees.

Mrs Patrice Cafferky

Mrs Patrice Cafferky

Mrs Patrice Cafferky trained and worked as a General Nurse in the Queensland public hospital system and went on to train and work as a Midwife at the Mater Mothers' Hospital Brisbane. In 1998 she established a partnership in a general practice with a strong focus on training, education and research. Patrice holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma of Practice Management and she is a graduate of AICD. Patrice has served on the board of South East Primary HealthCare Network (SPHN) as a Director since 2006 and was Chair from 2009/10 to 2011/12. She continues to serve on the SPHN Board. Patrice was a founding director of GMSBML and re-elected for a three-year term as a director in 2013. Patrice served as a director on GPQ (now CheckUp) from 2010 -2011. Patrice is an active member of APNA and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. She also maintains active membership with AAPM.

Mr Eugene McAteer

Mr Eugene McAteer

Eugene McAteer is currently a Director at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. He has held a range of director positions across Queensland Health since 2006 in areas which include primary health care and subacute services. Eugene is also a director at Inala Primary Care. Driven by systems change and innovation, and collaboration to improve health outcomes, Eugene has over twenty years health sector experience in Australia and the UK, working at a strategic and operational level.

Dr John O’Donnell

Dr John O’Donnell

After some years in general practice, Dr John O'Donnell embarked on a career in management of public and private hospitals and health services. He has held a variety of roles including public teaching hospital and private hospital CEO, regional hospitals CEO, and national responsibilities for clinical practice and governance in large hospital groups. Dr O’Donnell was Chief Executive Officer of Mater Health Services Brisbane from 2001 to 2015, and led this organisation through a period of rapid re- development and expansion of services. During this period John was Director of Mater Medical Research Institute Ltd., Mater Appeals Ltd (t/a Mater Foundation); Mater Education Ltd., Health Round Table Ltd., Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute Ltd., Catholic Health Australia Ltd and Chair CHA Health Policy Committee, and Assistant Commissioner of Qld’s HQCC. John is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology. Current roles include Chair of Mercy Super (a $~1 bn. corporate fund); Director of Catholic Health Australia Ltd. and Brisbane South Primary Health Network Ltd., in addition to a number of advisory roles for major national companies.

Dr John Kastrissios

Dr John Kastrissios

Dr John Kastrissios is a General Practitioner principal in a group general practice. John is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with skills and experience in effective governance, health policy development and clinical leadership. John is a Board Director of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service and is a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate.

Mr Graham Carpenter

Mr Graham Carpenter

Graham Carpenter is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial management, strategy and governance experience. He is currently Chairman of Construction Skills Queensland and is a member of the Council of CQ University. He chairs or is a member of a number of finance, audit, risk and compliance committees. He is a former Partner of chartered accounting practices and also has held senior executive positions in Queensland and Victorian Treasuries and was Northern Territory Auditor-General.

Mr Nino Di Marco

Mr Nino Di Marco

Nino Di Marco is CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) and has over 20-years experience in leadership and management. As part of his role within the RFDS, he also sits on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. He holds an Economics degree from the University of New England, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of an affordable housing company.

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island. In 2011, Cindy was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at The University of Queensland. Cindy was previously the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland and Cindy also has an ongoing affiliation with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South East Queensland. Professor Shannon has been a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and chaired its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Advisory Committee. Cindy has also chaired the national Indigenous Australians’ Sexual Health Committee for the period 2001 to 2008, and from 2008 to 2012 was chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis. Cindy participated in the 2020 Summit as a member of the group advising on a long-term national health strategy. Other key appointments include Member of the Health and Hospital Fund Advisory Board, Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, and CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategic Advisory Committee.

Community Advisory Council and Clinical Council

Brisbane South PHN’s governance structure has Community Advisory Councils and Clinical Councils that provide advice to the PHN Board. Each will have a genuine ‘consumer representative’ included in its membership.

  • The  Community Advisory Council includes members from community services, peak bodies, foundations and aged care. This skills-based council will provide high-quality community- and consumer-focused advice to the PHN Board.
  • The  Clinical Council provides the clinical perspective to PHN Boards to ensure that decisions, investments, and innovations are patient-centred, cost effective, locally relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations’.