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Executive team

Princess Alexandra Hospital is led by a local Executive team that reports to the Metro South Hospital and Health Board through the Health Service Chief Executive.

Dr Michael Cleary

Dr Michael Cleary

Position: 
Executive Director
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.

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Dr Anthony Falconer

Position: 
Deputy Director, Medical Services
Start date: 
January 2015

Dr Anthony Falconer was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Medical Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital in January 2015. His previous appointment was Director of Medical Services at Logan Hospital. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) and has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW. Anthony has previously worked in a range of different roles and settings including Deputy Director of Medical Services at Frankston Hospital, the inaugural Director of Medical Services at Caboolture Hospital, Medical Director of Queensland Corrective Services and five years in the private sector with International SOS. He has provided medical management in diverse areas such as detention centres and remote mining and energy sites. He has also provided private consulting services. His interests are in the areas of patient safety and integration of clinical services.

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Ms Veronica Casey

Position: 
Executive Director, Nursing Services
Start date: 
March 2015

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.

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Dr David Evans

Position: 
Deputy Director, Medical Services
Start date: 
April 2015

Dr David Evans has been the Director of Medical Services at the QEII Hospital in Brisbane for the last 17 years and before that The Prince Charles Hospital. He is a specialist in medical administration and has academic qualifications in health administration, information technology and occupational health and safety. He has a 20-plus year involvement in Health Informatics and has contributed to the National Electronic Health Record Taskforce, Health Connect, Queensland Health’s Enterprise Discharge Summary and Viewer projects, and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record’s development. Dr Evans is passionate about safe, effective information technology and secure, meaningful communication across the continuum of clinical care. Current interests are focused around knowledge management and clinical systems safety.

Dr Georga Cooke

Dr Georga Cooke

Position: 
Acting Deputy Director, Medical Services
Start date: 
March 2018
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Ms Kathy Grudzinskas

Position: 
Executive Director, Clinical Support Services
Start date: 
April 2015

Kathy has been continuously employed as a physiotherapist in hospital and community settings in South Australia and Queensland since 1981. She joined the Princess Alexandra Hospital as Director of Physiotherapy Services in 1995 and was appointed as Executive Director of Clinical Support Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital, in December 2015.

Kathy has a strong interest in governance, and has served as a practitioner member of the Physiotherapy Board of Queensland, Physiotherapy Board of Australia, and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Recently, Kathy chaired the Steering Committee for the review and development of the Physiotherapy practice thresholds in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, which were published in May, 2015. She is a current Director of the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

Praneel Kumar

Mr Praneel Kumar

Position: 
Acting Senior Director, Corporate Services
Start date: 
September 2016

Mr Praneel Kumar brings a wealth of government and non-government experience into this broad and challenging portfolio. He is a strategic thinker with a strong focus on collaborative style of leadership, change management and reforming business processes.

Praneel has an extensive background at a senior level within Qld Health including his involvement in Ministerial Taskforce Committee, inaugural implementation of activity based funding (ABF) in Queensland Public Hospitals and developing innovative models to benchmark services in clinical settings. Praneel has a background in Molecular Genetics and has worked over 8 years as the Statewide Coordinating Scientist for Paediatric and Metabolic disorders at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Praneel also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Queensland (UQ) and was a recipient of the Dean’s Prize in Corporate Finance from the UQ Faculty of Business and Economics. He is also a member of CPA Australia. 

At the PAH he is responsible for overseeing operational services, administrative services, and the strategic planning and development of key capital projects that aligns with the objectives and goals of Metro South Health.

Mr Alister Whitta

Position: 
Finance Director, PAH/QEII Health Network
Start date: 
March 2013

Alister was appointed Finance Director, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Jubilee Hospital Health Network in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Alister is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and Health Financial Management Association of Australia.

Alister has held senior financial and business management roles with the Princess Alexandra Hospital, The Princes Charles Hospital and Department of Community Safety over the past 15 years. He was also responsible for the successful establishment of the statutory, financial management reporting and financial governance systems of Metro South Hospital and Health Service as the interim CFO in 2012 when the HHS was established.

Last updated 26 March 2018