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Hospital and Health Board

The Metro South Hospital and Health Board sets the strategic direction for Metro South Health and tracks our performance to ensure we meet our targets as set out in our service agreement with the Department of Health.

The statutory role and requirements of the Board are set out in section 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (PDF, 1.2MB) and part 2, division 2 outlines its powers and functions. The Board consists of seven independent non-executive Directors. The Governor-in-Council is responsible for selecting the Directors, based on their experience and knowledge, and determining their remuneration.

The Board reports to the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Honourable Steven Miles MP. The  Board Charter (PDF, 4.12 MB) specifies the role and responsibilities of the Board in detail. There are four sub-committees in place to assist with monitoring the health service's systems of internal control, financial reporting and clinical safety and quality. Board Charter (PDF, 4.12 MB)

Janine Walker AM

Position: 
Chair
Start date: 
October 2017

Janine Walker is a human resources expert with a background in health, academia and broadcasting.

Janine previously held senior management positions including Human Resources Director for Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Director of Industrial Relations for Queensland Health, and Industrial Director and General Secretary of the Queensland Public Sector Union. She also worked as a broadcaster and columnist, and served for six years on the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for four years as Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee. She has held a range of board and committee appointments including membership of the Vocational Education Training and Employment Commission, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Foundation, and Board Member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Janine is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Business School, chairing events, providing guest lectures and supporting research. She is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute and Australian Institute of Management and currently serves as a Council Member at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School.

Dr Marion Tower

Position: 
Deputy Chair
Start date: 
June 2012

Current Term: 18 May 2016 to 17 May 2021

Dr Marion Tower, is a registered nurse and an academic. She is currently the Director of Undergraduate and Pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery programs at the University of Queensland’s School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work. Marion is also a Fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation at UQ and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has a PhD from Griffith University which focussed on the health and healthcare needs of women affected by domestic violence and a Master of Nursing (Women’s Health) from QUT.

She has a strong interest in interprofessional education and in preparing current and future health professionals to deliver contemporary, safe and high quality person-centred care. Marion researches and publishes in this area.


Marion has a long history of service to the Metro South community. From 2003-2011 she was a member of the QEII Health Community Council and was a member of the QEII Health Service District Safety and Quality Committee.

Marion has been a member of Metro South Hospital & Health Services board and the Metro South Safety and Quality committee since their inception. Marion is also a member of the Brisbane Boys College Council.

Dr Helen Benham

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2019

Dr Helen Benham is an experienced Rheumatologist who divides her time between clinical practice at Princess Alexandra Hospital and translational research into rheumatic diseases. Helen is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland and a previous NHMRC Translating Research into Practice fellow with a strong research interest in implementation science.

Helen is currently on the board and vice-president of Arthritis Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry), a PhD from the University of Queensland, is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 

Mr Brett Bundock

Mr Brett Bundock

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2018

Brett is one of the Asia Pacific region’s most influential contributors to the geospatial technology industry. His is a company director with a spatial industry career spanning more than three decades, across four continents.

He is currently the Group Managing Director for Esri Australia and Esri South Asia, and is also an active contributor to various community and industry groups.

Ms Helen Darch

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2017

Helen Darch is a prominent consultant with wide-ranging experience across a variety of industry sectors. She established and is the Managing Director of the Nedhurst Consulting Group in Brisbane. Prior to this she was a partner at Niche Consultants, Group Manager, Communication Services at Rowland Communication Group, and consultant at SMS Management and Technology.

Helen has extensive strategic planning, strategic communication, change management, market research, and management consulting experience. She has consulted widely in the education, health, government, not-for-profit and resources industries.

Helen is currently Deputy Chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and Chair of the Foundation’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee. She is also the Interim Chair of the Children’s Health Research Alliance, an initiative of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland. Until 2015, she chaired the Cerebral Palsy League, Queensland Board, and its Nominations Committee and Executive Appraisal Committee.

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2017

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming a law academic for more than 20 years, specialising in mediation and dispute resolution. Iyla is currently a Director of Mercy Community Services, Chair of All Hallows' School and a Director of Emmanuel College within UQ. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, UQ.

Iyla has previously held a number of community leadership roles as National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, Director of Legal Aid Queensland, National President of University Colleges Australia and a Member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Queensland Law Society. In addition, she has held senior university positions as Assistant Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Law, QUT and as Head of College and Chief Executive Officer of the Women's College within UQ.  

Iyla holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Master of Laws. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Peter Dowling AM

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
June 2012

Peter Dowling is an accountant and company director. He is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia and a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was formerly a Partner with international accounting firm Ernst & Young. He is a Centenary of Federation Medal recipient and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to accountancy and the community.

Peter has a number of other board and audit and risk committee appointments.

He is a Director of TAFE Queensland, Healthdirect Australia and Lexon Insurance. He is also Chair and / or member of a number of State and Local Government Audit and Risk Committees. Peter is also the Queensland Honorary Consul for Botswana.

Ms Donisha Duff

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2016

Ms Donisha Duff has a background in health policy and management with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. She has worked in various health organisations including senior roles within the Department of Health and Ageing and Queensland Health. Donisha has also worked for the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. She is currently the national Manager for Indigenous Affairs for Kidney Health Australia.

Donisha was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2014, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Bob and June Prickett Fellowship in 2015. She holds a range of board and committee appointments including as a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, member of the Policy and Systems Committee of the Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, and as Deputy Chair of the Stars Foundation.

Donisha’s family are descended from Moa and Badu Islands (Torres Strait) and the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people (Cape York).

Professor Eleanor Milligan

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2019

Professor Eleanor Milligan is a leader in healthcare ethics, with extensive experience on committees and boards in many facets of health. Professor Milligan has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including healthcare ethics, education and professional regulation, and a strong academic background with studies in Philosophy, Education and Science. 

Mr Paul Venus

Mr Paul Venus

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
May 2017

Paul is the Brisbane Managing Partner of law firm Holding Redlich Lawyers. He has more than 22 years’ experience in complex litigation and providing commercial law advice. He specialises in intellectual property, information technology law, commercial law, privacy law, franchising and competition and consumer law issues.

Paul is a recognised industry expert in relation to intellectual property law and technology, media and telecommunications law. He represents ASX listed companies, multinational chemical and technology companies, government agencies and private companies.

Paul is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation and an accredited and highly experienced mediator with the Office of Franchise Mediation Adviser.

Last updated 11 September 2019