BHI is a board-governed statutory health corporation, led by Chief Executive Dr Diane Watson, which produces independent reports and information about the performance of the healthcare system in NSW.
Our people are health services researchers, biostatisticians and data analysts, graphic designers, communication and data visualisation specialists, and corporate support staff.
BHI is divided into teams that collaborate to publish independent reports and information products:
- Surveys team
- Performance Reports team
- Data Management and Analyses team
- Communications and Strategic Relations team
- Corporate Affairs team.
Each is supported by BHI's management team.
BHI Management Team
Dr Diane Watson – Chief Executive
Dr Diane Watson is the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) in NSW. She has led the establishment of three reporting agencies in Australia that use big data to drive decisions on healthcare provision nationally and locally.
Prior to joining BHI, Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information, established in 2016 to monitor and report on public and private services that stimulate quality and safety improvements, increase transparency and accountability, and inform the community. She was also the inaugural Chief Executive of the National Health Performance Authority, established by the Australian Government to monitor, and report on, the performance of 1000+ public and private hospitals and 300+ health regions.
Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive of BHI from 2009 to 2012. She has held senior management positions for more than 25 years measuring, monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare systems to drive improvements in health, patient care and productivity. During this time, she has set the future direction of high profile, board-governed agencies and inspired a strong sense of purpose among a highly talented and specialised workforce.
Amanda Mulcahy – Senior Director, Performance Measurement and Reporting
Amanda Mulcahy joined the Bureau of Health Information in January 2019 as its Senior Director, Performance Measurement and Reporting. Amanda previously led the Planning, Performance and Regulatory Directorate at the Mental Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health.
At the Ministry, Amanda monitored mental health system performance, drove mental health reforms, oversaw work to model demand for new services and undertook regulatory functions for mental health. Amanda has a strong interest in clinical engagement and quality improvement, sparked by an earlier role at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
She is experienced in implementing activity based funding programs and has a strong understanding of health information systems and performance reporting.
Amanda is also a registered practicing physiotherapist, past President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA WA Branch) and elected member of the APA Board of Directors.
Hilary Rowell – Senior Director, Communications and Strategic Relations
Hilary Rowell joined the Bureau of Health Information in June 2017 to strengthen engagement with key stakeholders and maximise the value and impact of our information. Hilary leads strategy development and is the Senior Director responsible for the communications function.
Her previous experience includes extensive work in healthcare policy and strategy, principally in the United Kingdom (UK). Improving healthcare through the effective use of information has been a recurrent theme in her work, particularly in terms of better measurement, greater transparency and clearer alignment between people’s needs for information and what is available to them.
Hilary’s career has included leadership roles in the UK healthcare regulator, Dr Foster Intelligence, ZPB and the NHS consumer-facing digital service. She has provided board-level advice to organisations including Picker Institute Europe, Academic Health Science Networks and The Kings Fund. She has been responsible for a number of influential publications, including the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, the Intelligent Board report series and thought leadership on topics such as outcomes-based healthcare and the central role of effective staff engagement in the quality and safety of patient care. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Science in Politics and Economics from the University of Bristol in the UK.
Ros O'Sullivan – Director, Corporate Affairs and Chief Audit Executive
In 2010, Ros O'Sullivan was seconded to the Bureau of Health Information to set up the corporate and statutory compliance functions of the new statutory authority. Ros brings to BHI high level skills and extensive experience over more than twenty five years in senior management and health executive roles.
Ros was appointed Director, Corporate Affairs and Chief Audit Executive in 2012. The role includes corporate governance, finance, workforce, audit, risk management, project and contract management. Most recently her experience has included Clinical Group Manager of Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Services within a local health district, and Director of Corporate Services for numerous health services and public hospitals in NSW. Ros has a strong professional commitment and is focussed on promoting the improved performance, quality and safety of healthcare services. She is an experienced Accreditation Assessor of hospitals in both the National Standards and ACHS EQUIP program for hospitals throughout Australia.
Ros has a Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Health Administration, and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW. Ros is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.