Executive and Health Service Board

CAHS Executive

Robyn Lawrence
Dr Robyn Lawrence
Chief Executive
Dr Victor Cheng
Dr Victor Cheng
Executive Director
Mary Miller
Mary Miller
Executive Director
Organisational Development
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Sue Kiely
A/Executive Director
Child and Adolescent Community Health
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Debbie Chiffings
Executive Director
Perth Children's Hospital Commissioning
Kavitha Vikayalakshmi
Kavitha Vijayalakshmi
Clinical Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
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Wade Emmeluth
Executive Director
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Katie McKenzie
Katie McKenzie
Executive Director
Nursing Services 
Kylie Mulcahy
Kylie Mulcahy
Office of the Chief Executive
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Leah Bonson
Aboriginal Health
Dr Meredith Arcus
Dr Meredith Arcus
Executive Director
Medical Services
Tony Loiacono
Tony Loiacono
Executive Director
Finance, Contract Management and Procurement

Daniel Staer
Youth Advisory Committee Representative

Health Service Board

The Health Services Bill 2016 was enacted on 1 July to establish the State’s Health Services as separate, board-governed statutory authorities.

The Child and Adolescent Health Service Board is legally responsible and accountable for the oversight of the acute and community services within CAHS and is chaired by Ms Debbie Karasinksi.

Debbie Karasinski, Board Chair

Debbie Karasinski has held Chief Executive Officer Roles in a number of disability service organisations over the last 24 years, initially with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA and now with Senses Australia. In these positions she is responsible for developing strategic direction, and implementing the operational systems and the systems of review for the legislative compliance, financial activities, internal and external audit, clinical safety, risk management and quality of services.

Debbie initially started in the Health Sector as an Occupational Therapist, and later as the Chief Occupational Therapist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. She has also gained considerable experience working for, and participating in, not for profit and government Boards which most recently have included The National Disability Services (NDS) Board, The Disability Services Commission Board and The Noongar Boodja Trustee Selection Taskforce.

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Professor Geoffrey J Dobb, Deputy Board Chair

Professor Geoff Dobb is currently the Head of Intensive Care at Royal Perth Hospital and a Board member of the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

He is past chair of the Southern Country Local Health Network Governing Council (WA), a past national Vice President of the AMA, AMAWA State President, past President of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and past President of the Asia Pacific Association for Critical Care Medicine.

For eight years Professor Dobb was the Treasurer of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care medicine. He has a long standing interest in nutrition and public health and is currently a member of the Food Health Star Rating Advisory Committee and Chair of the DonateLife Advisory Council and the national agency for organ and tissue donation. 

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Brendan Ashdown

Brendan Ashdown has a Bachelor of Law from UWA and is a barrister at the independent bar specialising in civil and commercial litigation, practising for over 22 years.  His areas of practice include equity and trusts, banking finance and insolvency disputes, commercial law and trade practices.

Brendan is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, examining the legal principles and protections relevant to children and those affected by mental health issues.

Brendan is a member of the Mental Health Human Research Ethics Committee (NMHS).  He was previously a member of the CAHS Governing Council.  In addition, Brendan is a member of the Legal Costs Committee, the Law Society’s Professional Standards Scheme Committee, as well as being a member of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of WA and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Kathleen Bozanic

With over 20 years of experience in her field, Kathleen is a senior finance professional who has spent the majority of her career as a partner at Deloitte in both Sydney and Perth in the Assurance and Advisory practice.

More recently, Kathleen has worked in a number of finance teams of mining and civil construction companies some of which included BGC, Atlas Iron Limited and Mount Gibson Iron Limited where she held roles such as Acting Chief Finance Officer, General Manager of Finance and Financial Controller. 

Kathleen has a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance from UWA and is also a current member of the Board of the WA Deaf Society, a member at Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Audit and Investment Committee of the WA Marine Science Institution.

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Anne Donaldson

For the last 10 years, Anne held the position of Director for the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office which involved strategic leadership in the oversight management of health, mental health and disability complaints. Anne was also  the Director for Communities First in the South West Area Health Service, responsible for developing the capacity of the 16 defined ‘communities’ to support the provision of an integrated set of services to improve the health of the population.

Anne has over 35 years’ experience in the health sector initially as a social worker and then in management.  As the Manager for the Bunbury Health Service, Anne was involved with the management of a Capital Works programme associated with the construction of the South West Health Campus and operational commissioning.

Anne has a Masters in Health Management, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Post Grad Diploma in Business. Anne is also a member of the Resolution Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

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Dr Alexius Taylor Julian

Alexius is a graduate of medicine from the University of Western Australia (UWA) who started his career as a junior medical officer at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He has represented his medical colleagues on numerous health department committees as well as serving in an advisory role for UWA's MD Curriculum Development Committee.

Appointed as Clinical Lead in ICT for the Fiona Stanley Hospital commissioning team, Alexius served as a liaison between clinical staff and IT technical staff. Working concurrently as a Medical Leadership Advisor at the Health Department's Institute for Health Leadership, Alexius focused on embedding leadership and service improvement methodology into medical school curricula.

Currently, Alexius serves as the inaugural Chief Medical Information Officer for St John of God Health Care.

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Dr Daniel McAullay

Dr McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. His qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master’s of Applied Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Science. He has an extensive health research background and his primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.

He has been an advisor to a number of State and Commonwealth Government departments and non-government organisations. He currently sits on the NHMRC Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee.

Dr McAullay currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (Princess Margaret Hospital / University of Western Australia) and as the Principal Research Consultant at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research at Edith Cowan University. He also runs his own consulting company and consults with the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed consulting company, DDMC Partners.

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Daniel Morrison

Daniel Morrison has held the position of CEO of the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service (AADS) for six years and has worked with passion and care to empower the community through delivering an award winning service. Before AADS, Daniels ’experience includes the ATSIC Perth Noongar Regional Council, Chair for Youth Committee, representing government on development of policy, strategy and specific initiatives as Senior Policy Officer at Dept. of Indigenous Affairs, planning and managing cultural awareness and cultural security programs for Dept. of Indigenous Affairs and Dept. of Health, providing expert analysis and advice to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs for policy and equity on the development of Aboriginal policy.

Daniel sits on a number of executive boards including, WA Homelessness Council, Social Investment WA (co-chair), WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA); the WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS); the Aboriginal Family Law Service (AFLS); and Noongar Mia Mia. 

In June 2016 he won the prestigious NAIDOC Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition for his significant contribution to the development and empowerment of Perth’s Aboriginal communities over a five year period.


Peter Mott

Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hollywood Private Hospital in March 2013. Prior to this, he worked as the Executive Director, Perth Southern and Regional WA Hospitals at St John of God Health Care. With over 35 years’ experience in the public and private health care sector, Peter has also worked as Director Policy and Industrial Relations at the AMA WA and Director Employee Relations at the WA Department of Health.

Peter holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations, a Bachelor of Business Degree, a Diploma in Health Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Catholic Culture.

He is a member of the Western Australian Chapter of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council and Deputy Chairman of the Australian College of Health Service Management WA Branch Council. He has been the President of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) WA, Chairman of the AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education Advisory Board and past Chairman of Lifeline WA.

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Professor Di Twigg

PhD, MBA, B Health Sc (Nsg) Hons, RN, RM, FACN, FACHSM

Professor Di Twigg is Executive Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia and Research Consultant in the Centre for Nursing Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Previously, Professor Twigg spent most of her career in the health industry and has held several senior health executive roles, most notably as Executive Director of Nursing Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a 600 bed Magnet designated teaching hospital. 
Professor Twigg combines her extensive experience in Health Service leadership with more recent research and policy development to make a research contribution to issues related to nursing workforce, hospital staffing and cost effective care. She is recognised for her work in relation to nursing workforce and patient outcome research which specifically relates to safe staffing levels and the relationships between staffing, patient, organisational and economic outcomes. Since joining academe in 2010, this work has attracted over $1,650,000 research funding, resulted in over 30 peer reviewed papers, a number of key note presentations and has been used by industry and industrial organisations to argue for safe staffing levels.

Professor Twigg currently holds an appointment to the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN) which is an advisory body responsible for the provision of advice to Health Ministers on issues relating to the planning and coordination of education, employment and immigration for nurses and midwives. She also received the Life Time Achievement Honour at the 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards for her contribution to the profession over many years.

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