The Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care was established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) in 2019. The Centre is not separately incorporated and operates in accordance with the AHHA’s Corporate Governance Charter.

The strategic direction of the Centre is determined under the advisement of the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care Advisory Group.

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Dr Deborah Cole – Advisory Group Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Dental Health Services Victoria

BDSc, GradDipHealthAdmin, MBA, GradCertLead&CathCulture, FAICD, FICD

Appointed in February 2011, Deborah has substantial experience in managing major public healthcare organisations. She has held CEO positions at Calvary Health Care and Yarra City Council as well as senior executive positions at Mercy Health and St Vincent’s Health. Deborah also holds the position of Chair of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

Anna Flynn - Centre Executive

Anna Flynn is the Director, Policy Development at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). She has worked at IHPA since it was established in Sydney in 2012, initially setting up the communication section, including the website and social media channels.

Prior to this, Anna held a number of roles in the NSW Government including Manager, Communication and Information at Industrial Relations and Manager, Communication at Family and Community Services. Anna has a Master of Arts in Communication Management and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics.

Most recently Anna has lead work at IHPA to investigate value based healthcare and how it can be adapted to the Australian public hospital funding system.

Ms Cathryn Cox

Executive Director of the Strategic Reform and Planning Branch in the New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health


Cathryn Cox is currently Executive Director of the Strategic Reform and Planning Branch in the New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health. Ms Cox has extensive services and capital planning experience from roles in the previous South Western Sydney Area Health Service, NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Health Infrastructure where she was the interim Chief Executive from December 2018 to May 2019.

In recognition of her contribution to health services planning in NSW she was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2018 Australia Day honours list

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Dr Rachel David

Chief Executive, Private Healthcare Australia


Dr Rachel David is an expert on healthcare policy and financing, and is currently the chief executive of Private Healthcare Australia, the industry peak body representing health funds.
Previously a senior advisor to the Federal Health Minister between 1996 and 2000, her relationships in the government sector and Australian business community extend to the highest levels.

In her current role, Dr David undertakes policy and advocacy work, as well as thought leadership for Australia’s major health funds.

Adjunct Prof Paresh Dawda

General Practitioner and Director and Principal of Prestantia Health

Paresh is a practising GP with a portfolio of roles spanning clinical, leadership, academic and consultancy domains. He is Director and Principal of Prestantia Health, a unique organisation providing outreach primary care services and consultancy services. He is the Editor-in-Chief for BMJ’s Integrated Healthcare Journal. He has a strong focus on large scale change and transformation centred on primary care and is committed to integration as a vehicle to enable value based care. Above all he has a passion for clinical leadership, quality and patient safety improvement centred around a vision of patient centred medicine as the golden thread that unites all his diverse interests

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James Downie

Chief Executive, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

James Downie is the CEO of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, and led the teams that introduced the first National Efficient Price in Australia in 2012.

He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.

Melissa Fox

Chief Executive Officer, Health Consumers Queensland Ltd.

Melissa Fox is a Brisbane health consumer and mother of 2 daughters, aged 11 and 14. Having worked in documentary and reality television, Melissa now works to improve the safety, quality and consumer-centredness of health services through her positions as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s peak health consumer organisation Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) and Vice President of the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC).


Adjunct Associate Professor Walter Kmet

Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie University Hospital and Clinical Services

Walter Kmet has over 25 years’ experience in health care and human services in Australia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. Walter’s experience spans a variety of organisational situations in the private, not for profit and public sectors. He is currently CEO of Macquarie University Hospital and Clinical Services having served seven years as CEO of WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network. During this time he established a leadership position in Australia and Internationally in Patient Centred Medical Home and Integrated Care developments. During his career Walter has advocated for and led service delivery reform, partnership development in the public and private sectors, and held formal advisory roles at the regional and national levels in a range of areas.


Dr Phuong Pham

Director, Health Reform, Health & Wellbeing Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Dr Phuong Pham has held a range of senior health policy, strategic and financial governance roles across the public and private sectors, and at Commonwealth and State levels.

His roles have included Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to several Commonwealth Ministers for Health, and senior budget and health policy roles with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has been Head of Strategy and Policy for Telstra Health, Australia’s largest provider of digital health solutions. From 2015 to 2019 he was a Board Director of Western Health.

He is currently Director of Health Reform for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.


Professor Christobel Saunders


Professor Christobel Saunders is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons. Christobel has substantially contributed to many aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research and is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer.

Christobel was awarded a $5m grant to undertake research into value-based healthcare in WA, has performed research for >25 years evaluating the efficacy and utility of therapy for early breast cancer, sits on boards of a number of cancer organisations and has been publicly acknowledged through numerous awards and honours.


Mr Nick Steele

Deputy Director-General, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance, Queensland Health

Nick Steele has held executive positions in the NHS and Queensland for the past 15 years. As the current Deputy Director-General of Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance in Queensland, he is responsible for managing a budget of $15 billion for purchasing health and hospital services and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of improved health outcomes through clinician and consumer engagement and service agreements with hospital and health services, NGOs and the private sector.

Nick holds an Economics degree from The University of Leeds, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has dual membership with CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy in the UK.


Dr Zoe Wainer


Head of Public Health & Medical Director

Dr Zoe Wainer is the Head of Public Health and Medical Director at Bupa Australia and New Zealand, Chair of the Board of Dental Health Services Victoria and a Director on the Board of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Her passion and expertise in public health has driven formal and informal collaborations with the ICHOM and Harvard Business School in value based health care across multiple organisations and she has a continued advocacy focus on the importance of sex differences across health from basic research to health systems. Zoe holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University, and has a clinical background in cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology. She has a PhD and a Masters of Public Health from The University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.