Chapter Chairs

Day Hospitals Australia has established State or Territory Chapters in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA and ACT and members are invited to regular meetings to discuss local activities, challenges and events. Click here for information about our Chapter Meetings.

Scroll down to view the Profiles of our Chapter Chairs or click on the name below.

Sarah Walsh

VIC Chapter Chair

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.

Bronwyn Grant

WA Chapter Chair

Bronwyn has over 20 years’ experience in both Senior and Executive Roles in all aspects of Health Care, and formal qualifications of a Bachelor of Administration, Business and MBD Degree.

She has extensive experience on a broad cross section of projects, companies and board experience and offer various business and acumen skills.

Strongly believing that mentoring is one of the key aspects as a key leader ensuring that professional growth and development is continuous and viable.

Bronwyn believes Day Surgeries play a key role in health care as they provide a high-quality personalised care in a professional and comforting environment.

In Bronwyn’s spare time she can be found reading, boating, keeping fit and cooking, a passion which in 1995 led to her founding the Women, Wine and Wisdom group, which neatly combines cooking classes and wine tasting with investment opportunities for women.

Bronwyn was appointed as the WA Chapter Chair at the October 2021 AGM.

Jane McLennan

QLD Chapter Chair 

Jane McLennan, General Manager/Director of Nursing at Pacific Private Hospital on the Gold Coast has over 30 years’ experience operating day surgery facilities, commissioning new facilities and establishing quality management systems. A diverse background in day surgery, operating theatre management and oncology/radiation nursing.

Previous technical expert for ISO9001 as a Lead Auditor and subcontractor to two leading auditing companies.

Previous NSW Department of Health auditor of operating theatre systems/management and improvements.

Responsible for the development and commissioning of five day hospital healthcare organisations.

Roles have included Director of Clinical Services, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Manager, Perioperative Services Manager and Business Manager.

Awarded Highest Staff Engagement Award across Healthscope in 2018 . Net promoter score consistently 98% for day surgery.

Jane believes day/short stay facilities are the future in healthcare as advancement in surgical techniques continues and main stream systems struggle to provide these services.

Carina Mathiasen

SA Chapter Chair

Carina is the Director of Clinical Services of Vista Day Surgery.

With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, the majority in senior or executive roles, Carina was appointed to implement strategic development and commissioning of the purpose-built stand-alone day hospital in 2013.

Combining core values of accountability, resourcefulness, loyalty and mindfulness with a strong bias to action, Carina is passionate about engaging all aspects of the organisation, its people and external stakeholders to drive change. She believes that the ‘hands-on’ approach underpins the ability to understand what energies are the driving factors behind successful outcomes.

Carina believes Day Hospitals are pivotal in providing high-quality care to patients in a supportive specialised environment.

Carina enjoys spending time with family and camping as a perfect way to relax and recharge outside of work.

Dr John Napoli

NSW Chapter Chair

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 has been the 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 is currently the Chairman of our NSW Chapter. John has a keen interest in advocating the growth and advancement of day surgeries throughout Australia.

In May 2015, John was nominated by Day Hospitals Australia as one of the Australian representatives on the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) General Assembly. John is one of 3 Australian representatives on the IAAS General Assembly along with Jane Griffiths (CEO of Day Hospitals Australia) and a member from ADSNA.

Cheryl Taylor

ACT Chapter Chair

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.

External Committee Representation

Day Hospitals Australia actively represents its members through industry committees and task forces, impacting and influencing the direction of key activities within the sector. Day Hospitals Australia currently has representation on numerous external committees, details of these can be seen here.

A copy of the Day Hospitals Australia Organisational chart can be seen on the About Us page.

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