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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, The Honourable Cameron Dick MP. The Board Charter (PDF, 116.83 KB) 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.

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Mr Terry White AO

Position: 
Chair
Start date: 
May 2012

Terry White is a pharmacist with extensive board and business experience including roles as a Member of Parliament, Minister of the Crown, President of the Pharmacy Guild and consultant to healthcare companies such as Faulding, Mayne and Symbion.

Terry established the Terry White Chemists franchise group in 1994 which has grown into a billion dollar business employing more than 4500 staff and is currently Chair of Terry White Chemists Group Investments. He served as Deputy Chair of the Workcover Board (from 1997–2012) following the Kennedy Inquiry into the Workers Compensation Scheme.

In 2006, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the retail industry, the community and to Parliament. In 2011 he was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in recognition of his exceptional entrepreneurship and innovation in national retailing, as well as his significant contributions to public leadership and the community. In 2012, Terry was recognised as a Queensland Great for his contributions to the State as a business and community leader.

His personal and business achievements are the topic of his biography A Prescription for Change—The Terry White Story, published by the University of Queensland Press and authored by Walkley Award-winning Tony Koch, a journalist of The Australian.

Adjunct Professor Janine Walker

Adjunct Professor Janine Walker

Position: 
Deputy Chair
Start date: 
May 2016

Adjunct Professor 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.

Ms Helen Darch

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.

Assoc Prof Iyla Davies

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.

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Mr Peter Dowling AM

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
June 2012

Peter Dowling is an accountant and company director. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in 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 CUA and CUA Health, CPA Australia, Q-COMP, Lexon Insurance, Superior Coal Ltd, the Cooperative Research Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management among others. He is the Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's Audit and Risk Committee, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Road's Audit and Risk Committee and the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission's Audit Committee. Peter is also the Queensland Honorary Consul for Botswana.

Ms Donisha Duff

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).

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Dr John Kastrissios

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr John Kastrissios is a general practitioner (GP) who has a special interest in the management of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes and mental health. He is a former National Asthma Council clinical educator and is a current board member of the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local.
John works as a GP supervisor for graduate registrars in training with General Practice Training Queensland. He also teaches medical students from Griffith University, Bond University and University of Queensland.

John is a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate and a former member of the National e-Health Transition Authority’s Clinical Leads and Queensland Health’s Clinical Informatics Steering Committee.

John was previously the chair of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local, the South East Primary Health Care Network and General Practice Queensland, and deputy chair of the Australian Medicare Local Alliance Board.

In 2008 he received the John Aloizos Medal for outstanding individual contribution to the Australian General Practice Network.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Professor John Prins

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
June 2012

Professor John Prins is an active clinician-scientist, a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia and sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non-government organisations and industry.

John undertook his clinical training in endocrinology in Brisbane and then completed a PhD in adipose tissue biology at the University of Queensland (UQ).

His first post-doctoral research appointment was at the University of Cambridge, UK, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He returned to Brisbane in 1998 after being awarded a Welcome International Senior Research Fellowship.

In 2004 he was Founder/Director of the UQ Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, one of the most prominent and successful groups on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, which merged with the UQ Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR) in January 2007 to form the Diamantina Institute.

As Chair of the Centre of Health Research on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus from 2005 to 2009, his role involved coordinating the campus-wide research strategy, fostering research, facilitating the recruitment of researchers to the campus and integration of research and clinical activities.

In 2009 John was appointed CEO/Director of the Mater Medical Research Institute.

John has substantial commercialisation experience, holds two international patents and was founder and scientific director of a spin-out biotech company-Adipogen Pty Ltd.

John is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training and has ongoing research interests in obesity and diabetes.

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Dr Marion Tower

Position: 
Board Director
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr Marion Tower is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Head of School at the University of Queensland’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Prior to becoming a lecturer in nursing and midwifery in 2002, Marion was a registered nurse working in various public and private organisations in emergency, critical care and community health areas. She has a strong interest in safety and quality in healthcare and in nurse education.

Marion was a member of the QEII Health Community Council from 2003–2011 and was a member of the QEII Health Service District Safety and Quality Committee.

Marion has a PhD from Griffith University for research on the health and healthcare for women affected by domestic violence.

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 18 May 2017