Day Hospitals Australia Team
The Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors is comprised of industry peers nominated from the member States to represent the day hospital industry as well as Independent Directors. The Board has eight members comprising of Directors from Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory representing all day hospital members. There are also two Independent Directors.
The Chief Executive Officer, Jane Griffiths, supports the work of the Day Hospitals Australia Board, Committees and Staff.
There are State or Territory Chapters in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA and in the ACT. They are local networks that share knowledge and information at a local and national level and are working to develop and strengthen State Government and stakeholder relationships. Click here for information on State Chapters meeting dates.
A copy of the Day Hospitals Australia Organisational chart can be seen on the About Us page.
Scroll down to view the Profiles of Board and Committee Members or click on the name below.
Chief Executive Officer
Jane Griffiths (Chief Executive Officer)
Jane Griffiths (BAppSc(Dist), MCNA, AIMM, RN) was appointed to the inaugural CEO position on 1 July 2014. Previously she was the Day Hospitals Australia President from 2010 to 30 June 2014 and served on the Board of Directors and the former Management Committee of Day Hospitals Australia since 2008.
Previously she was the Business Manager/DON of Perth Dermatology Clinic and conducted JG Consulting. Prior to that Jane was the Business Manager of The Women’s Clinic Day Hospital for 7½ years, McCourt Street Day Surgery for 7 years and Nursing Coordinator, Perioperative Services at St John of God Hospital Subiaco for 10 years. Whilst a Senior Nursing Executive at St John of God, Subiaco Jane was sent on 7 week sabbatical to the USA in 1997 to explore latest trends in same day surgery visiting Santa Barbra, California, Chicago Ill & Pittsburg Pennsylvania.
Jane is passionate about same day surgery and care.
- Mr Philip Truskett AM (Chairperson)
- Rodney Fox (Independent Director)
- Michael Chalk (SA Director & Chair, SA State Chapter)
- Gabrielle Moreland (ACT Director)
- Cheryl Stewart-Richardson (VIC Director)
- Dr David Harris (QLD Director)
- Scott Bell (NSW Director)
- Dr Tony Caccetta (WA Director)
Mr Philip Truskett AM (Chairperson)
Mr Philip Truskett AM MB BS FRACS FACS FASGBI (Hon) FAICD FRCSEd (ad hominem) was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors on 4 March 2019. Mr Truskett is a General Surgeon with an interest in Upper GI and HPB Surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, where he is a senior staff specialist.
He has taken an active role in both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and General Surgeons Australia. He is a past President of General Surgeons Australia. As a College Councillor he has served on many College committees. He was the Chair of the Board of Surgical Education and Training and then served as Censor in Chief. He is the immediate past President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is the current Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).
He is a strong advocate for sustainable surgical service and professionalism. “The provision of patient-centred care in a safe, clinical environment is the benchmark by which we are all judged as professionals and how we should judge one another. It is education in the non-technical skills of surgery which will strengthen our place in the community.” This education is a current focus.
He is a proud patron of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and a committed advocate for equity of access for indigenous Australians to medical schools and specialty training.
Rodney Fox (Independent Director)
Rodney is currently the General Manager of Day Surgeries at Vision Eye Institute (VEI).
VEI has 10 Day Surgeries catering for multiple specialties. Rodney has broad health experienced as detailed below and when considered with his general commercial experience, including risk management and governance means he brings value to the Board and to represent the interests of Day Hospitals Australia’ members.
Rodney has in excess of 15 years’ experience in the Health sector primarily in CFO roles with the inherent financial and commercial management skills necessary to succeed in those roles. He has developed strong skills in other areas including:
- stakeholder management
- risk management;
- legal; and
- project management.
Rodney holds a Masters of Business Administration (AGSM), Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Accountant.
Rodney joined the Board of Directors on 2 September 2019 as an Independent Director, and took on the additional role of Treasurer on 15 October 2019.
Michael Chalk (SA Director & Chair, SA State Chapter)
Michael (LLB Hons, AGIA, ACIS) is a professional administrator and manager who has worked in the private health sector in Australia for more than 29 years. He is currently CEO of a company called Adelaide Unicare which owns and operates a network of primary health care facilities in South Australia.
Previously he ran his own consultancy company through which he provided consultancy services to free standing day surgeries and private specialist practices.
In earlier years he has held a wide variety of roles including being a director and part owner of Glenelg Day Surgery, General Manager of Memorial Private Hospital and Provider Relations Manager for Mutual Community health insurance fund. Having worked in the primary healthcare sector, private hospital sector, free standing private day hospital sector, private specialist sector & private health insurance sector he has a thorough understanding of how the private health sector operates and the issues facing it.
He has been the a member of the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as SA Director since October 2011, and was also the former SA Chapter Chair from May 2011 until September 2019.
Gabrielle Moreland (ACT Director)
Gabrielle is the Chief Executive of Canberra Microsurgery and Canberra Eye Laser.
Gabrielle is a qualified Orthoptist and Health Administrator. Her post-graduate studies include a Bachelor of Health Management and, more recently, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. She is a member of the Australian Association of Practice Managers, the Australian Orthoptic Association, the ACT Practice Managers Network and an associate member of RANZCO.
Whilst maintaining her clinical role as an Orthoptist, Gabrielle has almost 20 years of experience managing a day surgery environment, developing sound relationships with consumers, health funds, accrediting agencies and statutory bodies.
She is a strong advocate of the quality process.
Gabrielle has been on the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as ACT Director since July 2015.
Gabrielle also represents Day Hospitals Australia on the Prosthesis List Advisory Committee.
Cheryl Stewart-Richardson (VIC Director)
An experienced health service CEO.
CEO of Gastro West PL, Keilor since 1997 (rebuilt and rebranded as Keilor Private in 2013). Over that time the practice & hospital has evolved from a small day procedure hospital into one of Melbourne’s most respected independent private day hospitals with state of the art facilities and a reputation for excellence in the specialist area of gastroenterology.
A very strong focus on best practice and best outcomes for customer health and their experience in our facility.
In 2016-2018 Cheryl was the Day Hospitals Australia nominee to the Standards Australia Technical Committee reviewing AS/NZS 3003 – Wiring of Medical Treatment Areas in hospitals.
Cheryl has been on the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as VIC Director since August 2016.
Dr David Harris (QLD Director)
David Harris is the CEO of Robina Procedure Centre on the Gold Coast in QLD.
David is a doctor with a diverse background in ophthalmology, anaesthesia, general practice, acute trauma and sports medicine.
Hospital administration and programming are now a full time commitment. David is a self-taught computer programmer and has personally written the software that runs the hospital.
Previously David ran a practice in a French ski resort for 10 years.
David was appointed to the Board as QLD Director on 2 September 2017.
Scott Bell (NSW Director)
Scott is the Chief Operating Officer for Nexus Hospitals and has extensive experience in growing strong healthcare businesses. With a track record of achieving value for doctor shareholders, Scott is adept at developing healthy surgeon relationships and identifying opportunities for business improvement. During a broad healthcare career in profitable day hospitals and specialist group practices, Scott has worked with specialist surgeons to bring together top class teams and facilities and deliver outstanding patient care.
Scott has achieved landmark negotiations with private health insurers and suppliers, and has supported a number of specialist surgeons and day hospital operators on strategy and business development.
Prior to its merger with the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists, Scott was a Director of the Independent Ophthalmic Network. He remains involved in supporting and advocating for surgeons and day hospital operators alike.
Scott Bell was seconded to the Board of Directors as the NSW Director on 8 February 2018 and was endorsed for a full term by the membership at the 20 September 2018 AGM.
Dr Tony Caccetta (WA Director)
Dr Tony Caccetta MBBS (Hons) FACD is the Medical Director/CEO of Perth Dermatology Clinic and Day Hospital.
Perth Dermatology is a small private independent specialist dermatology practice and day hospital facility located in Perth, Western Australia.
Dr Caccetta is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and works in private practice as a Specialist Dermatologist.
Dr Caccetta is the current Chair of the WA Faculty of Dermatology and a strong advocate of day hospitals within and outside his speciality. He values the quality and safety afforded to patients treated in day hospitals and the high levels of patient satisfaction experienced. He understands and values strong and meaningful partnerships between patients, doctors, private health insurers and government in the private day hospital sector. Dr Caccetta is focused on achieving collaborative health care solutions.
Dr Tony Caccetta was seconded to the Board of Directors as the WA Member Director on 5 November 2018, and nominated and was endorsed by the membership for a full term as WA Member Director at the AGM in September 2019.
Chapter Chairs & External Committee representatives:
- Corrine Allison (SA Chapter Chair)
- Peter Bailey (VIC Chapter Chair)
- Deanne Day (External Committee representative on ACSQHC Private Sector Group)
- Dr John Napoli (Chair, NSW Chapter)
- Frances Ross (QLD Chapter Chair)
- Samantha Sanders (External Committee representative on ACHS Council and ACHS Day Surgery Indicators & Standards Committee)
- Marie Sheehan (Chair, WA Chapter)
- Cheryl Taylor (Chair, ACT Chapter)
- Natalie Taylor (External committee representative on the National Procedure Banding Committee)
Corrine Allison (SA Chapter Chair)
Corrine is a Business Management Consultant providing strategic, operational and change management services to healthcare businesses throughout Australia.
As the founder of Lionheart Business Management, Corrine has over 15 years General Management experience in the Specialist and Day Hospital sector and innovatively works across numerous accreditation standards. Corrine works with business leaders and managers to develop the business acumen and creative vision that is required to facilitate a high quality health care service in an increasingly challenging fiscal and regulatory environment.
Experienced in executive healthcare management, Corrine has a demonstrated ability to excel in business governance and is able to anticipate change and provide strong leadership, sensitivity and rigour in mentoring and upskilling professional and administrative staff. With a focus on combining strategic, operational and change management processes, she works in a collaborative and positive way that assists the Board and Business Owners to innovatively meet their objectives.
Corrine is passionate about the role of day hospitals in the private health sector and believes working collaboratively with Day Hospitals Australia is imperative for the ongoing success and sustainability of our facilities.
Corrine was appointed, and endorsed by the membership, as the SA Chapter Chair at the September 2019 AGM.
Peter Bailey (VIC Chapter Chair)
Bio to be uploaded soon …….
Peter Bailey was seconded to the position of VIC Chapter Chairperson on 4 November 2019 on a temporary basis until the September 2020 AGM is held.
Deanne Day (External Committee representative on ACSQHC Private Sector Group)
Deanne is the CEO and Director of Nursing Buderim Gastroenterology Centre on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. She has held this leadership position for 14 years. Deanne has project managed the opening of 3 Day Surgeries, including the new Buderim Gastroenterology Centre that opened in May 2006.
She is a Registered Nurse and has completed a Bachelor of Science. Deanne has 24 years’ experience in managing Day Surgeries with a keen interest in quality management.
Deanne represents the day hospital sector on a variety of industry Committees: ACSQHC – Private Hospital Sector Committee, ACSQHC – Day Hospital Working Group. Deanne has been associated with Day Hospitals Australia and under its former name of the Australian Day Hospital Association since 2004. Deanne was the long-standing Chair of the Conference Committee from 2007 to August 2016.
Dr John Napoli (Chair, NSW Chapter)
John is a Gastroenterologist and Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney. John works both in the public and private sectors of medicine.
John is Governing Director and owner of Pennant Hills Day Surgery in NSW since 2006.
He has been a committee member of the Day Hospitals Australia since 2006 and currently is the Chairman of the NSW Chapter of the Day Hospitals Australia. John has a keen interest in advocating the growth and advancement of day surgeries throughout Australia.
In May 2015, following a nomination by Day Hospitals Australia, John also took on the role of Australian representative, alongside an ADSNA representative, on The International Association of Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) General Assembly. There are only 2 Australian representatives permitted on IAAS.
Frances Ross (QLD Chapter Chair)
Frances Ross, Registered Nurse, has in her 20 years as an RN worked in almost every aspect of healthcare. Mainly focusing in women’s health within the Perioperative environment. Early in her career she worked predominantly within the maternity environment, continuing into gynaecology and reproductive services.
Frances currently works at RiverCity Private Hospital in Auchenflower, QLD.
Upon coming to work as an RN in Australia she found extended roles within the perioperative suite which included most disciplines, this also expanded into education and leadership roles, Frances said she found her niche in nursing as the perioperative environment provided an opportunity to uphold and improve standards. It also enables her to work with other nurses and satisfies her desire to teach and support them through their work experiences. Frances says that what also drew her to this particular field of nursing was the challenge it affords her every working day.
“…nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that my patient has received the best and safest care possible, it just doesn’t get any better than that”
Frances received her degree in nursing from Dundee University in Scotland.
In her free time, Frances likes to spend time with family and friends, this also includes her menagerie of animals who she adores.
Frances was appointed as QLD Chapter Chair for Day Hospitals Australia in September 2017, endorsed by members at the 2017 AGM.
Samantha Sanders (External Committee representative on ACHS Council and ACHS Day Surgery Indicators & Standards Committee)
Samantha was appointed to represent Day Hospitals Australia on these 2 ACHS committees in May 2016).
Passionate about the delivery of safe quality healthcare for Day Hospital patients Samantha has worked most of her 25 years in the healthcare industry in the day hospital setting. She was the former Chief Risk and Clinical Governance Manager for Icon Cancer Care and has also held several other roles including Educator, Nurse Manager and General Manager in both Perioperative and Oncology environments.
Samantha is a Registered Nurse who also holds qualifications in Quality and OHS and is currently completing further studies in Management. She has a specific interest in technology and innovation and its future use in day hospitals.
Marie Sheehan (Chair, WA Chapter)
Marie Sheehan is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Directing of Nursing of Cambridge Day Surgery, a private 23hr day hospital that caters for both adult and paediatric surgeries in Perth Western Australia. Marie holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and also holds a double degree in Exercise Physiology/ Biomechanics (Hons). As a RGN, Marie has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare, 18 of those years working in various executive positions in the private hospital sector. Marie has travelled extensively around the world, completing studies in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as working in various clinical roles in private, public hospitals and nursing posts in Australia and around the world.
Marie’s experience and current responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Business growth and development
- Legislative compliance and policy development
- Licensing & accreditation
- Health-fund negotiations
- Building and design
- Human Resources
- Work place safety
- Implemented ISO: 9001-2015 Quality Management System Requirements
- Implemented the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
- Maintenance of high healthcare standards and the delivery of safe, quality care to the organisations consumers.
In her spare time Marie enjoys traveling, swimming, cycling and a good book.
Marie has been the WA Chapter Chair for Day Hospitals Australia since August 2011.
Cheryl Taylor (Chair, ACT Chapter)
Cheryl Taylor is the CEO of The Canberra Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Clinic. The CAPS Clinic is an award winning, multifaceted unit incorporating a boutique, licensed and accredited long stay hospital. The CAPS Clinic was one of Australia’s first accredited facilities performing Local anaesthetics only and has grown over the years to opening Sole’vita Surgery in 2011.
Cheryl has in-depth knowledge of what it takes to own and run a hospital and understands the complexities of the legislative and health fund challenges we are all very familiar with. She is passionate about patient care and delivering excellence in the health care space.
Cheryl was been the ACT Chapter Chair for Day Hospitals Australia since March 2016.
Natalie Taylor (External committee representative on the National Procedure Banding Committee)
Natalie is CEO/DON of a 25-bed private independent day hospital with a 23hr licence & CEO of a small 45 bed overnight facility.
Natalie is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and has worked in many areas of Western Australia including rural facilities. Natalie spent a period of 18 months working in the United Kingdom in various positions in the NHS and private hospital sector.
In 2007 Natalie became CEO/DON of Westminster Day Surgery and Waikiki Private Hospital located north and south of the river in Perth. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the quality, management and financial aspects of Day and small hospital Management.
Natalie has an interest in National Procedure Banding, she was actively a member of the WA Banding Committee and PHAWA since 1998 until the disbandment of the WA Banding Committee. Her understanding of the Procedure banding model and the functionality is extensive and how the WA banding model has been adopted by the National Procedure Banding Committee in recent times.
Natalie was appointed to the role of Day Hospitals Australia representative on the external committee, the National Banding Committee (NPBC) in November 2017.
External Representation Committee
In accordance with Day Hospitals Australia’s objective to actively represent its members through industry committees and task forces, Day Hospitals Australia currently has representation on numerous external committees, details of these can be seen on the External Committee representation page.