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 currently nine members of the the Health Performance Council, including a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Short biographies of our members are below.
Health Performance Council membership
- Mr Steve Tully (Chairperson)
- Ms Mary Patetsos (Deputy Chairperson)
- Mr Rick Callaghan
- Dr Stephen Duckett
- Ms Ellen Fraser-Barbour
- Prof Jennene Greenhill
- Prof Lisa Jackson Pulver AM
- Prof David Roder AM
- Mr Brett Rowse
Mr Steve Tully – Chairperson
Steve Tully is the immediate past South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner.
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 South Australia, principally within the arts, mental health and the Department for Local Government.
Steve over the past six years has aimed 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 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 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 Local Government Grants Commission, Chair of Aged Care Housing Group, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia 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 positions including Power Community Limited and council member, University of South Australia. Her skills and experience combined with an extensive national network enable her to add significant value to organisations at many levels. In particular, Mary's commitment to achieve positive experiences for people drives her ambition. She contends that a strong belief in the worthiness of learning and work have become her key motivators.
Mr Richard (Rick) Callaghan
Rick Callaghan is an Executive Director and Chairman of the Yaran Group of Companies and is an Aboriginal man from an extended Potaruwutj family that comes originally from the Padthaway or Tatiara region of South Australia. His experiences cover economic, corporate and trust administration, quality management, mediation and negotiation involving native title, commercial development and social policy areas. He is an executive and non-executive director on several private company boards including as an independent director on the Regional Anangu Services Aboriginal Corporation for the APY Lands for the past 8 years. He is a current member of the Health Performance Council and the South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
He has experience in quality auditing and business systems. He is passionate about the ongoing improvement in Indigenous economies, health and the social and cultural development of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The way forward is for Aboriginal people to be engaged in their ongoing and further economic development of Indigenous peoples and this is he believes best gained by improved education, health service outcomes, quality of life, quality service delivery, diversity and long-term sustainability, culturally appropriate health service delivery. He has worked in all States and Territories of Australia during his 20 plus year consulting career.
Dr 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.
Ms Ellen Fraser-Barbour
Ellen is a full time PhD Candidate funded by the Australian Postgraduate scholarship at Flinders University in South Australia. She is also a casual academic. Before starting her PhD in 2017 Ellen worked in a range of different roles in the disability sector including as a Disability Developmental Educator (Allied Health), Specialist Support Coordinator, team leader, family support worker and therapy assistant. Ellen is passionate about disability and human rights and has a particular focus on safety and prevention of discrimination, harm and neglect. She identifies as a person with lived experience of disability herself and has been involved in various peer-led advocacy groups including Julia Farr Youth, Deafblind Association, the board of Deafness Forum of Australia and others.
Professor 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 AM
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.
Professor Jackson Pulver is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services at the University of Sydney. 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 has served as 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.
Professor David Roder AM
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 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.