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Executive Team

The Metro South Health Executive Team includes a Health Service Chief Executive and a group of Executive Directors who are each responsible for a service or portfolio within our health service. This team reports to the Hospital and Health Board.

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Dr Stephen Ayre

Position: 
Chief Executive
Start date: 
July 2017

Dr Stephen Ayre began his career as a general practitioner on the Sunshine Coast and has worked in several hospitals across the state. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School, has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW and is a Fellow and Jurisdictional Coordinator Training for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Dr Ayre has worked in senior management roles across health, including community health, medical superintendent and medical services. He also worked in Tasmania, where he was the CEO of the Launceston General Hospital from 2004 to 2008.

Dr Ayre worked as the Executive Director of Medical Services at The Prince Charles Hospital from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed as Executive Director, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Jubilee Hospital Health Network in May 2014, prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in July 2017.

Dr Michael Cleary

Dr Michael Cleary

Position: 
Executive Director, PAH-QEII Health Network
Start date: 
July 2017

Dr Michael Cleary is a respected and experienced leader, strategic planner and specialist at identifying and capturing business opportunities, leading transformational change and delivering improved performance. He has a strong focus on corporate governance and stewardship of organisations. He has an extensive background at senior level within health including his involvement on the boards of ACEM and ACHS.

He represented Queensland on AHMAC and the Hospitals’ Principal Committee. He has held the role of Deputy Director-General and Chief Operations Officer within the Queensland Department of Health. He is currently the Executive Director Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and President of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

Dr Jacinta Powell

Dr Jacinta Powell

Position: 
Executive Director, Logan-Bayside Health Network
Start date: 
November 2016

Dr Jacinta Powell was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Logan Bayisde Health Network in August 2017 after acting in the position for a number of months. Prior to this was the Director of Medical Services for Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals, the Medical Director for the Metro North Mental Health Service and Clinical Director for The Prince Charles Hospital. Her previous experience includes Director, Inner North Brisbane Mental Health Service, Director of Herston Mental Health Services and founder of the Eating Disorders service at Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital.

Dr Powell’s qualifications include the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (1994), a Masters of Health Administration from the University of NSW (2002) and a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (2011). Dr Powell has experience in working in state wide roles as the Principal Advisor in Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health for Queensland. She has been an active member of the Queensland Branch of the RANZCP for many years currently holding the position of Chair of the Queensland Branch Training Committee.

She is a surveyor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and has a keen interest in health care systems, patient safety and consumer and carer engagement. Dr Powell maintains an active clinical practice working with adults with severe, chronic and complex mental illness including providing a consultation liaison psychiatry service to the renal dialysis unit.

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Ms Veronica Casey

Position: 
Executive Director, Nursing Services
Start date: 
June 2012

Veronica has held nursing executive leadership positions in Queensland Health since 1998. She worked in nursing director roles at The Prince Charles Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nursing Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital. During her time at PAH, she has been instrumental in helping the hospital achieve re-designation under the Magnet® credentialing program, and the introduction of the Nurse Sensitive Indicator performance monitoring system. In 2010, she was appointed as one of three inaugural international commissioners for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre. Veronica was appointed as a Board Member on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in May 2014.

Professor David Crompton

Professor David Crompton OAM

Position: 
Executive Director, Addiction and Mental Health Services
Start date: 
June 2012

David worked in private practice as a rural general practitioner prior to commencing psychiatry training and spending 12 years in private psychiatry practice. David is a Professor within the School of Health Service and Social Work and holds academic titles with the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. He has held leadership roles in Queensland Health and New South Wales Health and is the coordinator for the Centre for Neuroscience, Recovery and Mental Health. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for development of community based mental health services for veterans, development of community post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and substance abuse treatment services. David’s research interest includes the impact of trauma and natural disasters, suicide and factors that influence recovery of individuals with mental illness.

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Dr Michael Daly

Position: 
Executive Director, Clinical Governance
Start date: 
June 2012

A graduate from University College Dublin, Michael commenced his senior management roles as the Executive Director Medical Services of West Moreton in 2002.

After leading the Bundaberg Hospital Emergency Response Team in 2005, Michael founded the Southern Area Clinical Governance Unit.   

Since 2008 Michael has been the Executive Director Clinical Governance, Metro South Health, incorporating a Tertiary and four General Hospitals.

At Metro South Health, Michael has developed and evolved a number of Australia-leading Clinical Governance systems, including Communication Training programs, Senior Medical Performance processes, Audit and Scorecard systems and Digital Hospital Safety systems.

Michael led the Accreditation against the 10 National Standards that saw Princess Alexandra Hospital achieve the best results in Australia. He is running collaborations with New Zealand and Norway and is a frequent invitee to provide Clinical Governance support and advice to other hospitals across Australia. Since 2014, 14 Hospitals have visited Michael and his team.

Michael is an Adjunct Associate Professor at QUT, and is a member of the National Model Clinical Governance Advisory panel. He is published in End of Life, Deteriorating Patients, Disaster Management and Communication Programs and is an International speaker on Senior Medical Performance and Digital Hospital Safety.

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Mr Michael Draheim

Position: 
Chief Information Officer
Start date: 
June 2012

Michael is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in intensive care, health administration and information systems. He has a background in clinical education, informatics and leadership positions across both the public and private sectors and has worked in health delivery roles in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Michael has experience in the implementation, management and delivery of ICT and its benefits in hospital and health care environments. He is passionate about working with clinicians in expanding the understanding and value informatics can bring to health care.

Mr Geoff Lau

Position: 
Acting Executive Director, Allied Health
Start date: 
May 2018

Mr Geoff Lau has worked extensively in adult mental health as an occupational therapist, clinical supervisor and manager since 1992; across acute to tertiary, inpatient and community-based services in Queensland and overseas. His core training in occupational therapy at The University of Queensland, combined with post graduate training in social science at the Queensland University of Technology, guided his clinical practice towards evidence-informed assessment and intervention. In 2006, Mr Lau was appointed the Acting Director of a large tertiary Occupational Therapy Department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Brisbane.

In 2010, Mr Lau was appointed the Director of Therapies and Allied Health, MSAMHS.  As a member of the Executive, this role leads allied health and other addiction and mental health professionals in the creation of contemporary clinical practice, whilst strengthening partnerships with Metro South Allied Health, consumer and carer networks, universities and primary health agencies.

Mr Lau graduated from the Australian Mental Health Leadership Program, The University of Melbourne in 2011.  He has fulfilled roles such as President of OT Australia Queensland, the Mental Health Australia delegate for Occupational Therapy Australia and a panel advisor for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  He is completing PhD studies at The University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  His research thesis is a mixed methods evaluation of the implementation of the Therapy Capability and Practice Framework, and its impact on the provision of psychosocial therapy in a large public mental health service.

Robert Mackway-Jones

Mr Robert Mackway-Jones

Position: 
Chief Finance Officer
Start date: 
June 2013

Robert has 22 years of health sector experience and more than 12 years of senior leadership experience within the New Zealand environment. He joined Metro South Health as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) in June 2013. Robert’s New Zealand health experience included various financial roles and sector leadership roles. From 2010 to 2013 he led the health needs assessment, strategic planning, funding and contracting for health services activities for the Southern District Health Board while concurrently fulfilling its Chief Finance Officer role.

Dr Susan ODwyer

Dr Susan O'Dwyer

Position: 
Executive Director, Medical Services
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr Susan O'Dwyer has worked in medical administration roles at various facilities across Queensland since 2001. Her experience includes a seven-year term (2005-2012) in the Department of Health, Queensland, with responsibilities for medical workforce, education and training.

Susan is currently the Chair of the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia, a Pracitioner Member of the Medical Board of Australia, and a Censor for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Prior to taking up her appointment with the Medical Board of Australia, Susan had been appointed to the Australian Medical Council expert IMG committee and prevocational accreditation committee. Susan’s current research interest is in doctors' health and wellbeing.

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Ms Kay Toshach

Position: 
Executive Director, Planning Engagement and Reform
Start date: 
June 2012

Kay has a background in physiotherapy and worked as a senior clinician within Queensland Health and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service before pursuing an interest in workforce, organisational development and change management. Both within the Princess Alexandra Hospital and more recently, across Metro South Health, she has been responsible for leading a range of broad change initiatives including workforce and performance models, critical service partnerships, planning frameworks and corporate governance models. Kay acted as the Metro South Health executive lead for the transition to an independent statutory body in line with national and state health reform in 2012.

Mr Dave Waters

Mr Dave Waters

Position: 
Executive Director, Workforce Services
Start date: 
October 2017

Dave is a senior human resources executive, having worked in a number of Queensland Government agencies, most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer at the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Prior to this, he was Chief Human Resources Officer at the Department of Health. In both of these roles he led the design of workforce strategies and frameworks to build capacity, capability and culture to meet current and future organisational needs.

He has a strong track record of implementing improvements across the spectrum of human resources, including HR business models, leadership capability, inclusion and diversity, staff attraction and retention, and employee culture and engagement. In addition, his previous experience as a professional journalist also provides a unique perspective on the engagement and communications opportunities for modern HR functions.

Dave has a Bachelor of Business with Distinction in Human Resources Management and Economics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics.

Last updated 3 July 2018