The BHI board is led by Board Chairperson, Professor Carol Pollock.
Professor Carol Pollock
Professor Carol Pollock has an international reputation and has published over 280 papers in clinical medicine and basic science. She is a renal medicine specialist with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, lecturer, mentor and advocate.
Professor Pollock is an inaugural Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2015), was conferred a Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (2012), recognised as a ‘Distinguished Professor’ by the University of Sydney (2012) and received the Ministerial Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research (2014).
Her health leadership roles have included inaugural Chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Chair of the Clinical Excellence Commission, inaugural Chair of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board and Director of Kidney Health Australia since 2014.
Professor Pollock chairs the NSW Cardiovascular Research Network and chairs the International Society of Nephrology Meetings Committee, responsible for delivering research and educational meetings and policy forums across the globe. She was the Scientific Chairman of the World Congress of Nephrology in Hong Kong in 2013.
Mr Ian Gillespie
Mr Ian Gillespie has an extensive background in the public and private sectors, holding senior executive positions covering finance, administration, strategy and general management.
His previous appointments including senior Finance Director positions at the Department of Education and Communities; General Manager, Finance at the NSW TAFE Commission; Director, Finance and Administration and also Director, Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs; and Chief Accountant at the NSW Department of Motor Transport.
Mr Gillespie has undertaken independent consultancies covering service outcomes, risk management, policy setting, financial management and corporate restructuring. He has been appointed to various government committees where service enhancement, strategic risk management, probity issues and compliance with government regulatory requirements were paramount. He is currently appointed to several government committees addressing audit and risk management.
Mr Gillespie is a Fellow with CPA Australia; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Andrew Goodsall
Mr Andrew Goodsall is the Head of Healthcare Research with financial services firm UBS Australia. He has worked as a healthcare analyst since 1999 leading the top-rated team in the area of healthcare equities research. Prior to this, Mr Goodsall was chief of staff to a health minister with the Victorian Government, providing advice on 120 public hospitals, episodic funding, medical research funding and privatisation programs (hospital and pathology).
Mr Goodsall holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma (Asian Studies) and is a Director of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
Professor Jane Hall
Professor Jane Hall is the founding Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) and Professor of Health Economics in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Professor Hall is a past president of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) and the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Professor Hall was recently a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee which advises the Minister for Health and Ageing on the funding of new medical technologies in Australia. She has represented Australia on many international health policy forums, is actively involved in policy analysis and critique, and is a regular commentator on health funding and organisational issues in Australia. Among her current research are studies of unpaid health care and of the nursing workforce.
Professor Louisa Jorm
Louisa Jorm is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. She is an Australian leader in epidemiological research using linked administrative health data, including hospital inpatient, mortality and Medicare data.
From 2007 until November 2014, she was Foundation Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre for Health Research at the University of Western Sydney, and Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute. Prior to this, she spent more than 15 years in senior positions in public health policy and service roles. She has played a leading role in the establishment of major infrastructure and capacity for health big data research in Australia, including the Centre for Health Record Linkage, the 45 and Up Study and the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) data laboratory. In the last 5 years Professor Jorm has published more than 60 scientific papers, been awarded almost $10M in research funding and given invited plenary presentations at five international and 11 national conferences.
She represents the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on the international Public Health Research Data Forum convened by the Wellcome Trust and chairs the NHMRC's Data Reference Group. She is a member of two NHMRC Principal Committees: Research Committee and Prevention and Community Health Committee.
Professor Mohamed Khadra
Professor Mohamed Khadra is a Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Sydney and a consultant Urologist at Nepean Hospital, New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and his urological training was at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he was appointed to the Gordon Craig Fellowship. Professor Khadra has received the inaugural Bruce Pearson Fellowship, the Alban Gee Prize and the Noel Newton Medal in Surgery.
Professor Khadra has held positions as the Inaugural Chair of Surgery at the Australian National University, Pro Vice Chancellor for Health, Design and Science at the University of Canberra, and Professor and Head of the School of Rural Health at the University of NSW. He has published research articles in the field of urology and education and authored three books about compassion and the patient journey. He has also been co-author with David Williamson for a play about end of life issues 'At any cost?’. His latest book is called Honour Duty and Courage and is about doctors and nurses who serve in wars.
Dr Nigel Lyons
Dr Nigel Lyons has almost 30 years’ experience in the NSW Health system as a clinician, manager and executive. He is the Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Resources at the NSW Ministry of Health where he is responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations and funding strategies, system-wide planning of health services including mental health, setting the direction for child and family health policy and driving the whole of government strategy for Women NSW.
He has also held other executive roles in the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Health Services including Chief Executive of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and Chief Executive of Hunter New England Area Health Service.
Dr Lyons has been actively involved during his career in many other roles which demonstrate a commitment to postgraduate education, rural health and clinical service improvement at regional, state and national level. He has held a number of Board appointments relating to these areas during his career.
Mrs Mary Elizabeth Rummery AM
Mrs Mary Elizabeth Rummery has extensive experience in health as Chair of the Northern Rivers Area Health Service Board until 2004, as a former Director of Catholic Health Care Limited and a former Director of HCF. She is a Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation and has also held the position of Deputy Chancellor at Southern Cross University. Mrs Rummery has retired from legal practice after 30 years specialising in Property and Commercial Law.
Mrs Rummery was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to health and education, and was granted an Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University.
Associate Professor John Worthington
John Worthington is a clinician-researcher and founder of the Stroke and Health Services Research Unit in South Western Sydney and co-lead of the Heart and Brain Collaboration at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
John trained in Neurology and Thoracic-Sleep Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is Senior Staff Specialist in Neurology at Liverpool Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales South Western Sydney Clinical School. A former co-chair of the NSW Stroke Network, John holds advisory roles with the Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency of Clinical Innovation. His research interests include neuro-epidemiology, stroke prevention, the translation of evidence into bedside care and health service performance. As well as using routinely collected and linked data to assess health service delivery and patient outcomes, John has pioneered a process of audit, analysis and feedback in stroke care, which has been widely adopted by the Agency of Clinical Innovation, to address unwarranted clinical variation.
Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque - BHI Chief Executive
Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque joined the Bureau of Health Information in March 2013 as Chief Executive.
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Dr Levesque held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system. He was previously Scientific Director, Analyses and Evaluation of Health Systems at the National Institute of Public Health and the inaugural Deputy Commissioner, Performance Appraisal and Analysis, at the Health and Welfare Commission in Quebec. He is currently a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information.
Dr Levesque's research focuses on healthcare performance, particularly in terms of how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care, and on the analysis of healthcare reform. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Levesque is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the University of Montreal, Canada.