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Anna BlighPremier Anna Bligh

Anna Maria Bligh made history on 21 March 2009, when she became the first popularly elected female Premier in Australia. Prior to the election, she served as Queensland Premier from 13 September 2007, following the resignation of Peter Beattie.

Ms Bligh was born in Warwick, Queensland, on 14 July 1960. She grew up on the Gold Coast, attending Catholic primary schools and Miami State High School, before completing the last six months of her schooling at Nowra State High School.

She became Deputy Premier of Queensland in July 2005 - the same month she celebrated 10 years as Member for South Brisbane. As Deputy Premier she was also Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, running the $33 billion Queensland State Budget and leading construction of the $9 billion South-East Queensland Water Grid.

Ms Bligh was formerly Minister for Finance, State Development, Trade and Innovation. Prior to that she was Queensland's first female Education Minister, spending almost 5 years overseeing the most significant reforms to the state’s education system in decades.

The reforms saw the introduction of a preparatory year of schooling and requirements for all young people to be “learning or earning”. During that time she also had responsibilities for the Arts portfolio, overseeing construction of the Millennium Arts Precinct.

Following the election of the Beattie Labor Government in June 1998, her first ministerial responsibility was as Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care and Disability Services.

Prior to her election, Ms Bligh worked in community organisations, in the Queensland Public Service, and in employment, training and industrial relations policy.

Ms Bligh graduated with an Arts Degree from University of Queensland in 1980.

Ms Bligh and her family have lived in South Brisbane for more than 20 years. She is married to Greg Withers, a senior public servant, with whom she has two sons (Joe born in 1987 and Oliver born in 1993).

Michael ReidMichael Reid

Michael Reid has had many years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  For five years until 2002 he held the position as Director General of NSW Health in Australia.

Subsequent to that, he was Director of the Policy and Practice Program at the George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney, principally working with the Chinese Ministry of Health.

In 2006 he was appointed as Director General of the Ministry for Science and Medical Research in New South Wales with responsibility for planning and coordinating science, innovation and medical research in the State. 

In January 2008 he took up a short term position as Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon primarily to initiate national health reform.

He was appointed Director-General Queensland Health in June 2008.

He holds Adjunct Professorships in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Public Administration at the University of Western Sydney. 

When not engaged in the public sector, Mick has been Managing Director of a consulting company which undertook numerous projects throughout all States in Australia, for governments in Asia and the Pacific and with UN organizations.  Principle areas of consultancies included health system design, clinical service planning and organisational reform.

Rosemary BryantRosemary Bryant

Rosemary Bryant commenced in the position of Commonwealth Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer in July 2008.  She was formerly Executive Director of Royal College of Nursing, Australia, a position she held for eight years. 

She has had a broad career in acute hospital and community nursing, as well as in government relations.  Executive positions she has held include Director of Nursing at Royal Adelaide Hospital and also at the then Child, Adolescent and Family Health Service in SA and the chief government nursing position in Victoria.  She also spent some time in private consulting undertaking projects on nursing and health.  During this time she was a consultant to the World Health Organisation. 

Rosemary has had a broad experience in policy development both in nursing and the broader health sector.  Since taking up the position in the Commonwealth, Rosemary led a review of maternity services which culminated in a report to the Minister in March 2009.

Rosemary was elected as President of the International Council of Nurses in 2009 and was made an Emeritus Director of Nursing at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2007.

Professor Terry NolanProfessor Terry Nolan

Professor Terry Nolan BMedSc MBBS PhD FRACP FAFPHM is Head of the Melbourne School of Population Health, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is Head of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo), a joint programme of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and the Melbourne School of Population Health, and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Child and Adolescent Immunisation

Professor Nolan attended medical school at the University of Western Australia. He trained in paediatric medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Montreal Children's Hospital, Canada, where he also obtained a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University.

Professor Nolan’s research group conducts clinical trials of new vaccines, as well as epidemiological studies of known respiratory viruses and virus discovery, and mathematical modelling of vaccine-preventable diseases. He has more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Health, and of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Professor Nolan is Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s principal advisory group on immunisation policy, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), and is a member of the Australian Government’s Scientific Influenza Advisory Group (SIAG) and its Pandemic Vaccine Advisory Group.

Dr Sharon Goldfeld

Dr Sharon Goldfeld is a consultant community paediatrician, specialising in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, senior research fellow in child health services research at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She is currently National Director of the Australian Early Development Index Program. She is also Principal Medical Advisor to the Victorian government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Her research has focused on issues of policy interest such as the development of indicators and data, improving health care delivery and factors related to health service utilisation. She has been the recipient of the prestigious international Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and the Aileen Plan Medal in Public Health Research. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally. Dr Goldfeld is a member of several national and state committees that focus on children’s issues. In both her policy and academic roles she has spoken about the  facets of child health to many varied audiences in an effort to promote the importance of children.

Dr Christine BennettDr Christine Bennett

Dr Christine Bennett was appointed as Chief Medical Officer of Bupa Australia in June 2008.  Prior to that she was MBF’s Group Executive, Health and Financial Solutions and Chief Medical Officer since 1 May 2006.

Dr Bennett has over 25 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning and senior management. Prior to joining MBF Dr Bennett was the CEO of Research Australia and she has held chief executive positions in public, private and social enterprises including Chief Executive at Westmead – Australia’s largest teaching hospital.

Dr Bennett also has experience as a commercial consultant and advisor in health and biotech industries for KPMG Australia, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on the board of HeartWare, a publicly listed medical device company.

Dr Bennett has an active commitment to and involvement in medical professional issues, social policy and medical research.

In February 2008, Dr Bennett was appointed by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to be Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission that provided advice to governments on a long term blue print for the future of the Australian health system.

Dr Janet FanslowDr Janet Fanslow

Dr Janet Fanslow is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Promotion at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. She has been engaged in violence prevention research since 1989.

She is author of the NZ Ministry of Health Family Violence Intervention Guidelines: Child and Partner Abuse; and co-author on the related MOH guidelines on Elder Abuse and Neglect

She also wrote “Beyond Zero Tolerance: Key issues and future directions for family violence work in New Zealand,” a commissioned report by the Families Commission.  

 Her is principal investigator of the New Zealand Violence Against Women Study, the largest epidemiological study on this topic yet undertaken in New Zealand.

Dr Fanslow’s background is in psychology and public health. She worked with the Family and Intimate Violence Prevention Team of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1997-1998, as part of a post-doctoral fellowship.

Advocates, practitioners, and policy makers pay her the compliment of using her research work on a regular basis.

Paul BarachDr Paul Barach

Paul Barach, B.Sc., MD, MPH, has over 15 years experience in researching, teaching and applying human factors and has been integrally involved as a clinician, educator, researcher and policy maker in enhancing healthcare improvement and patient safety policy in the United States, Europe and, more recently, Australia. His major research focus is on developing and extending theoretical work in the areas of child injury prevention, patient safety and quality improvement, with a particular focus on patient transitions, resilience of teams and assessing the role of human factors in enabling safe patient care. He is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, with fellowship training in Cardiac Anesthesia, Critical Care medicine and human factors, at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he trained and practiced. Dr. Barach spent a sabbatical year at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands where he worked at the Patient Safety Center, Utrecht Medical Center. He is a chief investigator of a European Union FP-7 research program, which was awarded $5 million in 2008 to fund a 6 country, multi-center project to improve patient handover processes. He was recently recruited as endowed Professor of Risk and Safety Science, and Director of the New South Wales Injury Research Management Center, and acting Head, School of Risk and Safety Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Sue KildeaSue Kildea

Sue is the Professor of Midwifery holding a joint appointment between the Mater Health Services Brisbane and the Australian Catholic University. Sue is a midwife with experience across both tertiary and primary health care settings. Sue’s interests are in safety, quality and professional collaboration in maternity care. Sue has a particular interest in increasing the capacity of the health workforce to maximise their effectiveness to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

Professor Judy SearleProfessor Judy Searle

My recent roles as Foundation Dean of Medicine at Griffith University and member of national bodies such as Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Medical Council, Medical School Accreditation Committee and the working group for the National Code of Professional Conduct have provided me with a wealth of experience and opportunity to learn about the Australian health and education sectors.

I maintain a research profile and my current research projects include a 3 phase longitudinal cohort study examining the predictive factors that impact on medical graduates workforce decisions and ‘Environments for Healthy Living’ – a 25 year birth cohort study examining the social determinants of health in populations of SE Queensland.

My other hats include part-time obstetrician, partner, mother of an enthusiastic poodle and obsessed golfer.

Throughout my career I have remained strongly values driven and this supports my love of creativity, effecting change, tackling socio-economic inequalities and taking risks. I don’t like micro management and a ‘can’t do’ mentality.

Resume of career to date:

I graduated with a BMBS from Flinders University of South Australia in 1983. After spending 2 years as a confused house officer trying to work out what I wanted to be when I grew up I found women's health. However, I lasted only 8 months in the community sector and was clearly in search of something more. I returned to 7years of speciality training in obstetrics and gynaecology. Whilst working part-time as a specialist in the public sector I then 'found' public health and studied full-time for a Master of Public Health and eventually a Doctor of Medicine. In view of a long umbilical cord to Flinders, I returned to the university as a senior lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology. It was during these 4 years that I was well and truly smitten with medical education and training. My roles included coordinator of the major clinical year of the Flinders medical program, coordinator and co author of a distance education program and examiner for my College. I completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education and the Harvard Macy Physician Educators Program. I then moved to the UK to be part of the development and implementation of the new Peninsula Medical School as one of the Associate Deans. During this time I also completed a Professional Certificate in Management. The next natural step was to return to Australia to take up the role of Foundation Dean of Medicine at Griffith University.

After 5 years at Griffith, our first graduates entering the workforce, a strong team on board and a sustainable program, it was time to hand over the reigns and find another challenge.

I continue to learn.

Les WhiteProfessor Les White

Les White was appointed Executive Director of the Sydney Children's Hospital in 1996 following a distinguished career in clinical service and research with emphasis on childhood cancer. His curriculum vitae includes 110 publications, 175 abstracts, 150 awards, grants and invited presentations and participation in some 40 societies or organisations. He currently serves on over 10 state or national boards and committees related to child health and community support. In 1991, he was awarded a Doctorate of Science for contributions to the international scientific literature.  Professor White has taken on management as a major career commitment and has completed his Master of Health Administration.  From 1999 to 2004 he was President of Children’s Hospitals and Paediatric Units Australasia.  In 2001 he became convenor of the Greater Eastern and Southern NSW Child Health Network and in 2006 he was appointed Director of the Child and Adolescent Stream, South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service.  He also holds the John Beveridge Chair of Paediatrics at the University of New South Wales.  In 2007 he received an Order of Australia award for service to medicine in the field of paediatrics, to medical administration, and to the community through a range of organisations.

Roger Corbett

Roger CorbettBeginning his career in the early 1960s on the dock of Grace Bros’ newly completed Chatswood Store, Roger Corbett rose through the various ranks of management to become the company’s youngest full Director and subsequently held the positions of Merchandise Director and Stores Director.  Following the takeover of Grace Bros by Myer in 1984, Roger accepted an invitation to join the Board of David Jones Australia as Director of Operations.

In 1990 Roger was appointed to the Board of Woolworths Limited and the position of Managing Director of BIG W.

For the next decade, Roger’s hands-on experience and understanding of the unique Australian retail sector and changing consumer needs would define his career with Woolworths Limited.

Assuming the title of Deputy Group Managing Director of Woolworths in 1993, overseeing Rockmans and Dick Smith, Roger was appointed Managing Director - Retail in 1997, responsible for all trading divisions of Woolworths Limited including its supermarket divisions.

Recognised for his contribution to the company’s continued core business success and management market dominance throughout the nineties, Roger was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Woolworths Limited and CEO-elect in 1998. 

On 1 January 1999, Roger was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  In his role as Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Woolworths Limited, Roger has been directly responsible for the development and implementation of some of the country’s most successful new business acquisitions and strategic alliances, including the introduction of its Caltex/Woolworths branded petrol operations.

Achievements as CEO include the restructuring and introduction of Woolworths’ new back-end cost savings solution, Project Refresh, acquisitions of Tandy Electronics,, Australian Leisure Holdings, Foodland’s New Zealand assets and a number of Foodland stores in Australia, a renewed focus on core businesses and the establishing of the new Woolworths Australian Communities Foundation to support the company’s ongoing charitable work for local organisations across Australia.

Mr Corbett retired as CEO and a Director of Woolworths Limited on 30 September 2006 but will continue to work with Woolworths in a consulting capacity until 2011.

In June 2003, Roger was awarded a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for “service to the retail industry, particularly as a contributor to the development of industry policy and standards, and to the community.”  In June 2008, he was elevated to an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to business, particularly through leadership and executive roles in the retail sector and a range of allied organisations, and to the community.” 

In May 2004, Roger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business (Dbus honoris causa) from the University of Southern Queensland in recognition of his “outstanding leadership in the Australian business community and commitment to the development of business skills, ethical principles and social responsibilities in young people.”   In April 2008, Roger was awarded a Doctor of Business (honoris causa) from Charles Sturt University.

In January 2006 Roger was awarded International Retailer of the Year by the prestigious US MMR Magazine.

In May 2006 Roger was presented with the B’nai B’rith (Australia-New Zealand) Gold Medal.

Roger Corbett was educated in Sydney, completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of New South Wales and subsequently completed the Stanford University California Management Course.

Roger’s current Executive and Board responsibilities are:


Roger and his wife, Rosemary, have three adult children - Amanda, Sarah and Robert.  Roger is the grandfather of Georgia and Annabel, daughters of Sarah and Anthony.

Professor Christine Duffield

Christine DuffieldProfessor Duffield is internationally recognised in the field of nursing workforce and management. For many years she has worked on projects at both state and national levels and internationally, with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Her research has focused on management and leadership in nursing and more recently, issues related to nursing workforce, skillmix and patient outcomes. Currently Dr Duffield is a Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) where she has been the Foundation Director in the Centre for Health Services Management since 2000.  She has over 200 publications and conference presentations. Christine is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, the College of Health Service Executives and the Royal College of Nursing Australia. She is also a Director on the UnitingCare Ageing Sydney Region Board and Deputy Chair of the Board of War Memorial Hospital.

A/Professor Stephanie Brown

A/Professor Stephanie BrownA/Professor Stephanie Brown is a Principal Research Fellow and a Group Leader for the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and holds honorary appointments as Principle Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice and School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include women’s health after childbirth, maternal depression and intimate partner violence. Stephanie is particularly interested in methods for evaluating complex interventions in maternity, postnatal and primary care, and in the development of partnerships and participatory approaches to Aboriginal health research.