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.
Day Hospitals Australia actively represents its members through industry committees and task forces, impacting and influencing the direction of key activities within the sector. In addition, Day Hospitals Australia also has established State or Territory Chapters in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA and ACT. Click here for information about our Chapter Chairs, and click here for our Committee Members & External Committee representatives.
A copy of the Day Hospitals Australia Organisational chart can be seen on the About Us page.
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.
In 2021 Jane was appointed as one of the three Australian representatives on the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) General Assembly, along with Dr John Napoli and a member from ADSNA.
Jane is passionate about same day surgery and care.
Chairperson & Independent Director
A/Prof Philip Truskett AM MB BS FRACS FACS FASGBI (Hon) FAICD FRCSEd (ad hominem) was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors and an Independent Director on 4 March 2019. A/Prof 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 both organisations. 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 a past 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.
NSW Member 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 was seconded to the Board of Directors as the NSW Member Director on 8 February 2018 and was endorsed for a full term by the membership at the 20 September 2018 AGM.
Treasurer & 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.
Rodney was also appointed as the external committee representative for Day Hospitals Australia on the ACSQHC Private Sector Committee on 1 February 2020.
QLD Member Director
David Harris is the CEO of Gold Coast Eye Hospital 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 Member Director on 2 September 2017.
ACT Member 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 a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. She is a member of the Australian Orthoptic Association and an associate member of RANZCO.
Whilst maintaining her clinical role as an Orthoptist, Gabrielle has almost 25 years of experience managing a day surgery environment, developing sound relationships with consumers, health insurers, 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 Member Director since July 2015.
Gabrielle represents Day Hospitals Australia on the Prostheses List Advisory Committee, various prostheses reform working groups and most recently the Ophthalmology Liaison Implementation Group following the Ophthalmology MBS review.
SA Member Director
Andrew Taylor is the Business Operations Manager at Oromax Day Surgery and has a wealth of business expertise and healthcare administration experience across multiple day hospitals.
With a passion for delivering well managed and efficient outcomes for business, Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of senior management and operational positions within the corporate finance and private healthcare sectors.
With a focus on embracing technological change and developing hospitals equipped for the future, he is responsible for providing effective overall leadership and governance, with major focuses in finance management of capital works, facilities, quality management systems, health information services and patient logistics.
Andrew has a keen interest in the role of day hospitals within the private healthcare sector and advocates for an increased awareness on the benefits to patients in lieu of larger inpatient hospital offerings.
Andrew was appointed as the SA Member Director on the Board of Directors at the AGM on 20 October 2020, endorsed by the membership.
WA Member Director
Natalie is currently a Health Consultant working independently and contracting services to Day Hospitals, Department of Health and Health projects.
She holds a Bachelor in Science (Nursing) , post graduate studies in preoperative nursing and health administration.
Natalie has worked for 35 years across clinical, management and senior executive roles in the healthcare settings focusing the last 15- 20 years in managing small and day hospital environments.
She has extensive knowledge and experience in the strategic management, quality/risk, advanced clinical leadership skills, HR and performance management and highly developed understanding of healthcare legislation and standards.
She is a very strong advocate for the consumer well being and passionate about quality of care delivered in Day Hospital settings.
She has a special interest in National procedure banding and has represented Day Hospitals Australia on the National Procedure Banding Committee since November 2017.
Natalie was appointed as the WA Member Director on the Board of Directors at the AGM on 11 October 2022, endorsed by the membership.
Until recently, Peter was the CEO of Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital and COO of Wyndham Health Services and has left Wyndham to take his family traveling around Australia.
Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital is the first comprehensive Day Surgery and Inpatient Mental Health service in Melbourne’s West located Werribee, the modern purpose-built facility includes dedicated inpatient units for adult mental health, drug and alcohol treatment and youth mental health. It also has two state of the art Day Surgery theatres, with surgeons from a wide range of Specialties providing surgical care. Wyndham Health Services (WHS) is the largest provider of private health services in Australia’s fastest growth region, Wyndham. WHS is made up of three distinct Businesses streams including Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital, Wyndham Private Specialist Consulting Suites and WP General Practice, trading as Hoppers Lane General Practice & the Women’s Health Hub.
Peter has over 20 years experience in health industry management, he has experience in health care design, quality and system improvement, accreditation, incident investigation, and the development of responses and action plans. Past experience has provided experience in conducting reviews of administration, financial and clinical data, sentinel events and critical incidents. In addition, Peter has worked with external agencies and within commonwealth advisory committees. Past experience has allowed Peter to develop an analytical mindset, with the ability to review different points of view, manage internal and external stakeholders and develop high level communication skills
Peter was appointed as Independent Director by the Board in March 2023 and was previously the VIC Chapter Chair and VIC Member Director.
VIC Member Director
Sarah is a Registered Nurse and has been working in healthcare industry for more than 20 years and the Day Hospital sector for more than 15 years. Sarah was a Director of Nursing for about 10 years before stepping up into her current position as Executive Director of Nursing of Melbourne Endoscopy Group overseeing their 5 Day Hospitals.
Sarah believes that working as a collaborative team is the best way to achieve success. Sarah often steps back into the nursing role, which helps her to understand the way the hospitals are run from the coalface.
Sarah is passionate about providing high quality patient care and has a keen interest in occupational health and safety. Sarah considers the Day Hospital sector has an extremely important factor in accomplishing what is required to keep the Australian healthcare sector functioning.
She then moved overseas to the UK to live and worked in charge of a Medical Ward in West Sussex. From there she moved to the Greek Island of Rhodos, where she worked in a medical centre, then onto Dublin where she worked in St James’s Hospital in a variety of fields.
After a year or so, Sarah then moved back to England where she began her interest in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. After a few more years, it was time to return to Australia, where she began work at Monash Medical Centre in Endoscopy. It was from there that she moved to Melbourne Endoscopy Group in 2007 as 2IC in the Melbourne centre, then Bayside as Director of Nursing for approximately 10 years, and is currently Executive Director of Nursing for Melbourne Endoscopy Group.
Sarah is a current member of Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA) and has an interest in Quality and Safety.