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Our Board

Our new organisational structure was adopted in December 2016 to align to our strategic plan and ensure we respond effectively to our purpose of understanding needs, engaging and working within the healthcare system and local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

Board of Directors

Brisbane South PHN is led by a highly qualified and accomplished team of leading skills-based experts with hands-on experience in our region. The Board is supported by Brisbane South PHN’s Executive Team and 24 member organisations, representing different primary care disciplines.

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Chairperson, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Finance and Audit Committee, Member of Nominations Committee

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendant of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay region in Queensland. She is Professor of Indigenous health at Queensland University of Technology, and has previously held senior positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland. Professor Shannon is the chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health and has played a key role in policy advice and implementation for the sector, at the national, state and community levels for the past 20 years. Professor Shannon has also played a leading role in Indigenous health workforce development, having led the development of Australia’s first degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. She has been a member of the Council of National Health and Medical Research Council and currently chairs the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation. Professor Shannon has led numerous reforms in service delivery to Indigenous communities and was recognised with a Queensland Great Award in 2017 for her contributions to Indigenous health and education.

Nino Di Marco

Nino Di Marco

Deputy Chairperson, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Nino Di Marco was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) (RFDS) and has over 20-years’ experience in leadership and management. As part of his former role within the RFDS, he sat on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. Mr Di Marco is now a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation. 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, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of an affordable housing company.

Joanne Jessop

Joanne Jessop

Chair of Community Advisory Council, Member of Nominations Committee

Joanne Jessop joined Multicap, a high needs disability service provider, as Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and has significant leadership and senior management experience within the health care and human services sectors both internationally and within Australia. Ms Jessop has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is an alumni of the Social Leadership Australia program, and was an inaugural member of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal. Ms Jessop has been a member of the National Disability Services Queensland State Committee since 2007 and has held the role of State Chair since 2015. Ms Jessop is a member of the National Disability Services Board and a member of the NDS National Governance Committee. She is a current member of the Queensland Transition Advisory Group advising the Minister on the Queensland transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Dr John Kastrissios

Dr John Kastrissios

Chair of Clinical Council

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

Dr Ian Williams

Dr Ian Williams

Chair of Nominations Committee, Member of Governance Committee

Dr Ian Williams is the Principal of Camp Hill Healthcare, which is a group general practice. During his over 30 year tenure the centre has grown from a solo practice to one where 16 General Practitioners work in a multidisciplinary team with a wide range of allied health practitioners, nurses and non-dispensing pharmacists. The centre was named Practice of the Year in 2015. Dr Williams sits on the steering committee of the Queensland Health statewide older persons health clinical network, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine

Eugene McAteer

Eugene McAteer

Chair of Governance Committee

Eugene McAteer is a Director with Metro North Hospital and Health Service, after having recently been a Director within the Corporate Services Division of Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Previously Mr McAteer held a range of director positions across Queensland Health in areas, including primary health care and subacute services. Mr McAteer is a former director at Inala Primary Care. Driven by systems change and innovation, and collaboration to improve health outcomes, he has over 20 years’ health sector experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, working at a strategic and operational level.

Hamza Vayani

Hamza Vayani

Member of Governance Committee

Hamza Vayani has extensive experience in committee and board-level positions both in government and non-government organisations. He has a passionate focus around co-design of high quality integrated health care; and evidence-based improvements in equity of health care
access particularly in respect to migrant and refugee populations. Mr Vayani is a board member of World Wellness Group Medical Centre which focuses on delivering health equity access for multicultural communities in the Brisbane South PHN catchment area, an advisory council member for the Queensland Mental Health Commission appointed by the Minister for Health & Ambulance Services and a member of the Health Consumers Queensland Collaborative. He is also an adjunct research fellow for the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University focused on multicultural health workforce capability development.

Patrice Cafferky

Patrice Cafferky

Member of Finance and Audit Committee

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. Ms Cafferky holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma of Practice Management and she is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors. She 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. Ms Cafferky was a founding director of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and re-elected for a three-year term as a director in 2013. She served as a director on General Practice Queensland (now CheckUp) from 2010 -2011. Ms Cafferky is an active member of Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and was elected to the Board
of Directors in 2014. She holds a qualification of Certified Practice Manager from the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Chris Townend

Chris Townend

Member of Nominations Committee, Member of Finance and Audit Committee

Chris Townend is a chartered accountant currently working as a consultant focusing on governance and strategic financial management. He has had extensive work experience with a wide range of government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations throughout Australia,
New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has been the Chief Financial Officer in organisations covering health, higher education and a diverse not-for-profit. Mr Townend currently holds board appointments with entities operating in professional services, health and community services. Previous board roles included superannuation, construction and education. He is a volunteer member of the Uniting Church’s Synod audit and risk committee and the Finance Committee of the Presentation Sisters in Queensland. Mr Townend is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has a Master of Business Administration. He is married with five children, two of whom are pursuing health careers.

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.
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