Chapter Chairs

Day Hospitals Australia has established State or Territory Chapters in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, TAS 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.

Michelle Bibby

VIC Chapter Chair

Michelle Bibby is an Infection Control Consultant offering clients over 20 years of Infection Control experience and is the Sole Director and Founder of Infection Prevention Australia.

Michelle is a Registered Nurse having practiced in the public, private and aged care sector and also consulted to private dialysis clinics and specialist day surgery centres.

Michelle is also the Project Manager for the Day Hospitals Australia workforce shortage program providing opportunities for student and graduate nurses to gain experience working in day hospitals around Australia.

Michelle was appointed as the VIC Chapter Chair at the October 2023 AGM.

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 is the founder and past owner of Pennant Hills Day Surgery in NSW.

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 represents Australia on the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS) General Assembly along with the Day Hospitals Australia CEO Jane Griffiths.

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 has been the ACT Chapter Chair for Day Hospitals Australia since March 2016.

Fiona Svamvur

TAS Chapter Chair

Fiona, previously the General Manager/DON of Hobart Day Surgery for 23 years.

Fiona was born in Scotland and is married with two children and has six grandchildren.

Fiona trained in Southern Africa and worked in Day Surgery Units from 1988 to 1997 then moved to Tasmania and worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital  Day Surgery Unit until 1999.

Fiona was the National Tasmanian Representative of ADSNA in 2001 and assisted in developing Day Surgery Guidelines.  Fiona is also a Representative of DHHS Clinical Expert Work Group – Skin Cancer Surgery.

Fiona was appointed as the TAS Chapter Chair at the October 2023 AGM.

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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