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.

Prior to May 2016 there were 3 internal National Advisory Committees, these were were disbanded recently as they had met their brief.  It is intended to move towards time-liited taskforces in the future for specific subjects.

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.

Board Directors

Professor Gab Kovacs AM (Board Chairperson & Independent Director)

Professor Gab Kovacs AM, MBBS Hons, MD, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, CREI, FAICD, Grad DIP Mgt (macq), was appointed Chairperson on 2 March 2017.

Professor Kovacs brings considerable experience to this role.  He is a  Gynaecologist with 40 years experience in Reproductive Medicine; IVF, subfertility, contraception and menopause.  Professor Kovacs spent 16 years as Director of O & G at Eastern Health/Box Hill Hospital.  His clinical experience has included working in several day hospitals.

Professor Gab Kovacs brings considerable Board experience to the role,  as the past President of Family Planning Australia and The Fertility Society of Australia, past Chair of IVF Directors’ Group,  past Councillor RANZCOG and has served a three year term as Board Director at Northern Health.

Currently Professor Kovacs is the  Director of O & G Institute, Epworth Healthcare,  and Professor of O & G Monash University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Day Hospitals Australia is excited about the future strategic direction of the organisation under the leadership of Professor Gab Kovacs AM.

Martin Leonard (Treasurer & Independent Director)

Martin Leonard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Having qualified in public practice, Martin spent 12 years working in a variety of service industries in Hong Kong, London and has now settled in Brisbane following two years living in the USA.

Martin was the Finance and Administration Manager for the Queensland Eye Hospital from his arrival in Australia in 2005 until August 2011.  He then became Executive Manager of Chermside Day Hospital until the hospital was acquired by the CURA Group in July 2015. During his career, Martin has managed a variety of financial and administration teams and believes in a strong customer service ethos.

Martin joined the Day Hospitals Australia Board in November 2012 as the QLD Director and also undertook the role of Treasurer until 13 October 2016.  Martin was then appointed as an Independent Director, and Treasurer, on 14 October 2016 for a one-year term under the amended Constitution (endorsed by the membership on 12 October 2016).  Martin was re-appointed for a further one-year term until October 2018 by the Board in August 2017.

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 27 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 is Chairperson of its SA Chapter.

Tony Geftakis (NSW Director)

Tony Geftakis is Chief Executive Officer of the family owned and operated Liverpool Day Surgery (LDS). Tony has held the position of CEO at LDS since 1991 and takes a hands-on approach to all areas of the organisation.  Overseeing a significant refurbishment in 2004, Tony doubled the operating capacity of LDS and been effective in growing the Surgery from humble beginnings to a renowned Australian private facility.

Tony was a Member of the Member Value committee since August 2010 and took over the role as Chair in November 2011 until the committee was disbanded in May 2016.

Tony has been a member of the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as NSW Director since November 2012.

Andrea LeGuier (WA Director)

Andrea is the Chief Executive Officer of the Perth Eye Centre Pty Ltd, Management Company for Perth Eye Hospital.

Andrea has previously held senior management roles in the Information Technology and Private Education sectors both in Australia and abroad.  Andrea specialises in business growth, development of organisational capability and excellence in customer service. She continually asks ‘how can we do better’ and leads by doing.

Perth Eye Hospital (formerly known as the Eye Surgery Foundation) is a free standing Ophthalmic Day Hospital located in West Perth. It provides services to 30 surgeons and over 7500 patients per annum. The team of 70 staff members are enthusiastic, committed to best practice and demonstrate consistently a whatever it takes attitude.

Andrea has been on the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as WA Director since 1 July 2014.  Andrea was also a member of the Conference & Workshops National Advisory Committee in November 2014 until it concluded in August 2016.

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.

Throughout, the approach has been consultative and team based, with a very strong focus on best practice and best outcomes for customer health and their experience in our facility, as well as the financial success of the business.

Cheryl has been on the Day Hospitals Australia Board of Directors as VIC Director since August 2016.

Cheryl is also the Day Hospitals Australia external committee representative on the Standards Australia Technical Committee reviewing AS/NZS 3003 – Wiring of Medical Treatment Areas in hospitals.

Dr David Harris (QLD Director)

David Harris runs 2 small day hospitals – Robina Procedure Centre on the Gold Coast in QLD and Ballina Day Surgery in Northern NSW.

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 both practices.

Previously David ran a practice in a French ski resort for 10 years.  David says “It was a dream job as I only worked 6 months a year – a bit different to now!”.  David misses the French wine and cheese but now enjoys all the challenges that come with 2 day hospitals.

Despite knowing all about ‘winter breaks’, he still risks the odd skiing trip in Australia and abroad.

David’s latest project has been setting up a robust, semi-automated system for resending unpaid and underpaid health fund claims.

David was appointed and endorsed by the membership as QLD Director in September 2017 at the 2017 AGM.

Committee Members & External Committee representatives:

External Committee Representation

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Valerie Boukouras (Chair, VIC Chapter)

An action orientated, proactive and resourceful individual with a background providing corporate governance support and program delivery predominantly across the health sector.

Currently the Development Manager for Icon Cancer Care and responsible for the establishment and delivery of Integrated cancer centres. Icon is Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care, managing more than 77,000 patient treatment visits each year across six day hospitals, with the support of more than 80 doctors.

Valerie has been with Icon for just under 5 years and some of her past roles include Executive Officer appointments with Therese Rein (entrepreneur), a Biotechnology start up based in Queensland, Executive & Science liaison with the Baker Heart Research Institute, Melbourne. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research) RMIT University and Prince2 project management certification.

Valerie has recently returned to her home town of Melbourne after 10 years of working in Queensland with her husband and two children and looks forward to the challenges of her role within a new market.

Valerie has been the VIC Chapter Chair for Day Hospitals Australia since September 2015.

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)

CEO/DON of a small private independent day hospital & Medical Audiology Services located in the heart of the Perth CBD.  Marie is a RGN with over 25 years experience in healthcare, 12 of those years working in various executive positions in the private hospital sector. In 2005 Marie become CEO/DON of Colin Street Day Hospital located in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Current responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Business growth and development for both facilities
  • Legislative compliance, licensing & accreditation, policy development & health-fund negotiations
  • Responsible for building and design
  • Work place safety
  • Implemented ISO: 9001-2008 International Standards in Safety and Quality
  • Implemented the 10 Australian National Standards on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Maintenance of high standards in both healthcare facilities and the delivery of safe, quality care to patients, consumers & service providers.

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 Chair for Day Hospitals Australia since March 2016.

Natalie Taylor (External committee representative on the National Procedure Banding Committee)

Natalie was appointed to the role of Day Hospitals Australia representative on the external committee, the National Procedure Banding Committee (NPBC) in November 2017.

Natalie’s bio will be uploaded soon.


Natalie succeeds Julie Pescod who was our long-term NPBC representative since 2010.


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.