Board of Directors

Michael Wright

Dr Michael Wright (CHAIR)

MBBS, MSc, FRACGP, GAICD

Michael is a general practitioner working in Woollahra, Sydney. Michael is also a researcher with the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology Sydney, where he is currently a PhD candidate analysing the association between continuity of care in Australian general practice and health outcomes. Michael has previously worked in Queensland and spent four years in the UK, where he worked in private and NHS general practice and was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Michael is Deputy Chair of the NSW/ ACT RACGP Faculty Board and a member of the Evaluation Working Group for the Health Department's Health Care Homes Program. Michael was previously Chair of the CESPHN Clinical Council, and a member of the Federal Government's Primary Health Care Advisory Group. Michael is keen to improve coordination in our health system, including reducing fragmentation of care and maximising the benefits of high-quality primary care.  

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Dr Teresa Anderson

B.App Science (Speech Pathology) PhD

Dr Teresa Anderson has worked in the NSW public health system for more than 30 years. She is Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, providing services to more than 640,000 people in Sydney and beyond. Dr Anderson has extensive experience as a clinician, manager and health service leader. She has held positions as the Director, Clinical Operations, Sydney South West Area Health Service, General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director of Community and Allied Health Services for the Liverpool Health Service.

She serves on the boards of the Ingham Institute, Centenary Institute, Heart Research Institute, ANZAC Research Institute and Healthshare, and is also the Chair of the Sydney Research Council.

Dr Anderson is focused on supporting collaboration and building partnerships to provide excellent health care. She is widely acknowledged for supporting and mentoring her staff in fostering new ideas to drive efficiencies and best practice.

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Ms Trisha Cashmere

BAppSc (Phty)(Hons), LLB, GAICD

Trisha Cashmere has practised as a physiotherapist in the public and private sectors, and as a lawyer specialising in Environment and Administrative law for more than a decade at a leading Australian commercial law firm.

Trisha now has a management role in a growing health business, is a member of a UNSW ethics committee and sits on the NSW Board of the Psychology Board of Australia. She is a former board member of South Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (SESML) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Having strong business and financial management skills, as well as being a passionate community advocate, has meant she contributed very effectively to a number of board sub committees, including Chair of the SESML Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Trisha assisted with the establishment of the Central and Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network and is a member of the Parent Advisory Council, Sydney Children’s Hospital.

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Professor Mark Harris

MBBS, MD, FRACGP, FAAHMS

Mark Harris is foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW. He has a five year NHMRC Senior Professorial Research Fellowship 2011-2015 and was appointed Scientia Professor 2013-18. He is director of COMPaRE-PHC - the Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in PHC. He has substantial experience in health services research and trials on chronic illness prevention and management in primary health care. He is a member of the NHMRC Academy 2010-2013 and the Prevention and Community Health Committee 2013-2015. He has 311 publications and 2900 citations in peer reviewed journals. He is a life fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice in recognition for his work for general practice on diabetes and preventive medicine including editing the RACGP Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice and the SNAP Guide. He received Australian Association for Academic Primary Care “Charles Bridges-Webb Medal” in 2010.

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Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Hespe

MBBS(Hons), FRACGP, DCH, FAICD, GCUT

Charlotte Hespe is a GP principal and supervisor in an 18 doctor, patient-centred family medical practice in Glebe, Sydney. She is actively engaged in medical education and quality improvement initiatives at the local and national level. Charlotte is Associate Professor and Head of General Practice and Primary Care Research for University of Notre Dame, Australia (Sydney). Charlotte is currently doing a PhD in the area of "Reducing CV disease: Translating an evidence based quality improvement tool into 'real-world' general practice". Charlotte is Deputy Chair NSW/ACT Faculty RACGP and Board Director for Asthma Foundation NSW.

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Mr Steven Kouris

BEc/ LLB, LLM

Non-executive lawyer, commercial advisor and lawyer. Steven has extensive corporate governance and leadership, strategic planning and risk management expertise as a non-executive director and board committee member across the health, infrastructure, housing and NFP sectors, and augments this with commercial and legal expertise arising from 25 years in private, corporate and government practices. He has worked for major national law firms such as King and Wood Mallesons and Allens, advised government departments, and has substantial expertise in major projects, infrastructure and development, building and construction, and property. Steven also Chairs the Finance and Audit Risk Committees. He is also a director of Guide Dogs NSW/ ACT, where he chairs the Corporate Governance Committee.


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Dr Gary Nicholls

MBBS, FRACGP, MRCGP, MRCP, MA, BA(Hons)

Dr Gary Nicholls trained in the UK at Cambridge University and St Bartholomews’ Hospital Medical School, University of London. He has extensive experience in acute general hospital medicine, community health and general practice in both the UK and Australia. He is especially passionate about developing ways to ‘join up’ services between primary and community care, and hospital care – aiming to improve the health care of patients whilst improving service efficiency.

He holds positions as a Staff Specialist Physician for NSW Health and as a general practitioner in Sydney. He has special interests in the health care of disadvantaged patients, quality use of medicines, patient safety and medical education. Gary is a Conjoint Lecturer in Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School, University of New South Wales.

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Mr Robert Ramjan

AM, BA, BSocStuds

Rob Ramjan is CEO of One Door Mental Health and was the inaugural Executive Director of the Schizophrenia Fellowships Council of Australia Inc. He has worked for the Fellowship for more than 20 years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to people with mental illness.

Rob has extensive experience in the provision of mental health services, especially in the non-government sector. His previous roles have included delegate to the Mental Health Council of Australia Inc and member of the NSW Mental Health Priority Task Force and the Guardianship Tribunal.

He is a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Centre for Cognitive Disorders Advisory Committee, Macquarie University. He is a Trustee of the Psychosis Australia Trust. Rob is the author of a book on mental health residential services and was project director for 'The Schizophrenias: guidelines for an holistic approach to clinical practice guidelines', commissioned by NSW Health.

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Assoc. Prof. Anthony Schembri

BSW(Hons) GradDipPubAdmin, MPP, FCHSM, MAASW

Anthony Schembri is the CEO of the St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Anthony holds appointment as Board Director for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Board Director of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and Co-Chair of Australian Catholic University/St Vincent’s Nursing Research Institute. Anthony is an Adjunct Professor in Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University and Associate Professor of the St Vincent’s Clinical School of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Prior to this Anthony was employed as General Manager roles at Liverpool Hospital, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and Fairfield Hospital. Anthony has also held the role of Clinical Director for Allied Health and hospital social work roles.

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Dr Tim Smyth

MBBS, LLB, MBA, FCHSM

Dr Tim Smyth is well known in the Australian health sector. With degrees in Medicine, Law and Business Administration, Tim has extensive experience at operational and senior executive levels, including as Deputy Director General with NSW Health. Tim provides management consulting services to a range of clients in the health and government sectors and is Practice Principal of a corporate and commercial law practice, Health Sector Law. In addition to serving on the EIS Health Ltd Board, Tim was appointed Chair of the Western NSW PHN in August 2015 and he is also a Director of the Black Dog Institute and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

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Mr Chris Tzarimas (Tzar)

MSc(Ex. Rehab.), BSc(HMS), FAAESS, MBA

 

As the founding director of the Lifestyle Clinic - a local health service operating as a division of the Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW) - Chris has been involved in numerous local, state and federal health initiatives. He commenced his career as an accredited exercise physiologist coordinating evidence-based chronic disease management programs including PLWHA and mental health. He is the current Chair of the Multi-Disciplinary Group within the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) in Sydney. His previous posts include Chair, Exercise Is Medicine – Australia (the Australian arm of the global health initiative), Board Director of the Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (ESML), Executive Committee of the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre and the primary care representative to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). He is also a member of the Central & Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network (CESAHN) and was previously a Board Director of the Eastern Sydney Allied Health Network (ESAHN).

An advocate for allied-health services playing an integral role in person-centred care, Chris is passionate about translating research into practice to promote healthy lifestyles and keep people out of hospitals. He has contributed extensively to the Central & Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CEPSHN) through Board Sub-committees including the Finance Committee (November 2017 to current), Audit and Risk Committee (November 2016 to current) and Nominations Committee (Chairperson – August 2016 to November 2017), as well as the Board representative to the Clinical Council (June 2016 to current).

Special responsibilities Finance Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Nominations Committee

 

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