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HPC membership

Collectively, we have significant expertise in academia, health administration, epidemiology and monitoring and evaluation. We use our knowledge and expertise to be independent, unbiased and academically and scientifically rigorous in the work we do. There are nine members on the the Health Performance Council, including a Chair and Deputy Chair.


Health Performance Council membership


Mr Steve TullyHPC Chairperson Steve Tully – Chairperson

Steve Tully was appointed to the role of the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner on 30 April 2012.

Previous to this role and for many years, Steve was the state Electoral Commissioner in South Australia and Victoria. Steve has many years' experience in the executive service within the state public service in SA, principally within the arts, mental health and the Department for Local Government.

In his current role, Steve aims to improve the safety and quality of health and community services in South Australia. Through the provision of a fair and independent means for the assessment, conciliation, investigation and resolution of complaints; as well as the expert evaluation, investigation and reporting on systemic issues of concern, Steve hopes to achieve service wide improvements for all South Australians.

Steve values honesty, transparency, open disclosure and integrity. He strongly believes that every person is important and that every person has a right to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve when seeking, using and providing health and community services in South Australia.


Ms Mary PatetsosHPC Deputy Chairperson Mary Patetsos – Deputy Chairperson

Mary Patetsos is a non-executive Director with a blend of academic qualifications and employment experiences covering economic, infrastructure and social policy areas. She has experience and skills in auditing and financial modelling and particularly Aged Care and Housing.

Mary is Chair of the South Australian Housing Trust, Chair of the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission and previous Member of the South Australian Social Inclusion Board. As Chair of the Audit Committee of the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion, Mary is required to apply rigorous scrutiny to sensitive and critical areas of government spending.

Mary holds a number of non-executive board positions including Deputy Chair, Aged Care Housing Group, Power Community Limited and Board member, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.

Mary's skills and experience combined with an extensive national network enable her to add significant value to organisations at many levels. In particular, her commitment to achieve positive experiences for people drives her ambition. Mary contends that a strong belief in the worthiness of learning and work have become her key motivators.


Mr Rick CallaghanHPC Member Rick Callaghan

Rick Callaghan is an Aboriginal man from an extended Potarwutj family that comes originally from the Padthaway region of South Australia. He is passionate about the ongoing improvement in Indigenous health and the social and cultural development of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The way forward is for Aboriginal people to be engaged in the discussion about the level of further education in health services, outcomes, quality of life, quality service delivery, diversity and long-term sustainability, culturally appropriate health service and actions. He has worked in all States and Territories of Australia during his 20 year consulting career.

Rick’s business and consulting has focussed on the health, native title and government sectors. This has involved, health and business reviews and evaluations, native title negotiations, heritage management and best practice and quality health outcomes, research and policy advice, mediation, providing business advice, cross cultural awareness training, employment and training outcomes.


Professor Stephen DuckettHPC Member Stephen Duckett

Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute in Melbourne, Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University and is one of two interstate Council members with the Health Performance Council of South Australia. He has held senior health care leadership positions in Australia and Canada, with a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas as diverse as hospital funding (introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals) and quality (new systems of measurement and accountability for safety of hospital care).

Stephen is an economist with a Masters and PhD in Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a higher doctorate, the DSc, awarded on the basis of his scholarly contributions, from the Faculty of Medicine of the same University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Institute of Company Directors.


Professor Jennene GreenhillHPC Member Jennene Greenhill

Jennene Greenhill is the Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies School of Medicine and Director of Flinders University Rural Clinical School. She started her career as a registered nurse in Queensland, and took on a range of roles including nurse educator, senior project officer, research fellow, and senior lecturer whilst in Queensland.

As Director of the Flinders University Rural Clinical School, Jennene oversees rural programs for medical, nursing, paramedic, speech pathology and dietetics students and short term rural placements for health professional students, and researches in the areas of clinical and rural education.

Jennene is Chairperson, Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) for 2017-2018, working with stakeholders in rural medical education to ensure students receive both quality education and relevant rural experience to develop the necessary skills for rural practice.


Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AMHPC Member Lisa Jackson Pulver

Professor Jackson Pulver is a proud Wiradjuri Koori woman with connections to south western and northern NSW, South Australia and beyond. She is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health and prominent researcher, educator and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Education.

As the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership), Professor Jackson Pulver leads the University of Western Sydney's work relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outcomes at the Western Sydney University and beyond. She is also a Group Captain in the RAAF Specialist Reserve (Public Health Epidemiologist) and is currently posted to the Director General, Personnel Air Force as specialist advisor to the Chief of Air Force.

Professor Jackson Pulver has committed to a career that translates her work into research capacity building for health care workers and improved health status for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including partnerships with co-investigators in both adult and child health studies and life-cycle risk factors. She is a member of a number of strategic committees and working groups, including Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council's (AHMAC) National Advisory Group Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data (NAGATSIHID), and a ministerial appointment to the Australian Statistical Advisory Council.


Ms Debra Kay PSMHPC Member Debra Kay

Debra Kay is a consumer representative. She originally trained as a teacher and has undertaken health curriculum development, policy and research. Debra has worked with The Smith Family and was CEO of Asthma Australia. Debra is currently a Research Fellow in the Faculty of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); has several government committee appointments including Chair of the MBS (Medicare) Review Consumer Panel; is an NPS: Medicinewise Director; Chairs the Board of the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia; and undertakes pro bono roles with a wide range of community organisations.


Professor David Roder AMHPC Member David Roder

David Roder is Chair of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of South Australia. He has been a Senior Population Health Advisor and Consultant Epidemiologist for Cancer Australia since 2007 and Cancer Institute NSW since 2004.

David is a Senior Principal Research fellow and holds the Beat Cancer Research Chair with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). David is also an Adjunct Professor at Flinders University and Monash University.

David is affiliated with over 20 lead committees, standing as Chair on five of these, including the National Quality Safety Monitoring Committee, Cervical Screening; Interactive Atlas Advisory Group, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; the Prostate Cancer Outcome Register; ANZ Steering Committee and CanTeen Youth Cancer Service Data Advisory Committee. He is on the Executive of the Asia Pacific Organization of Cancer Prevention and works with the Pacific Regional Hub of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


Mr Brett RowseHPC Member Brett Rowse

Brett Rowse worked for 35 years in Treasury and Finance Departments at both the national and state level covering a diverse range of public sector policy issues. He retired from the position as Under Treasurer, Department of Treasury and Finance on 30 November 2015.

Brett chaired the SAFA Board and was also a Board member of the Adelaide Festival, Motor Accident Commission and Funds SA.  From July 2016 Brett is Chair of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia.