East Metropolitan Health Service Board

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

This involved establishing the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) as a separate statutory authority, governed by a Board that is legally responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality, efficient and economical health services to its local community.

The EMHS Board is legally responsible and accountable for the oversight of EMHS hospitals and health services and is chaired by Mr Ian Smith PSM.

The EMHS Board is comprised of 10 highly capable and committed professionals with a diverse range of experience across the fields of medicine and health care, finance, law, and community and consumer engagement.

Board Members

Mr Ian Smith PSM
EMHS Board Chair

Ian Smith PSM has held various senior roles in WA Health, including Chief Executive of WACHS and the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and has overseen multiple capital redevelopments of hospitals and health infrastructure. Mr Smith has extensive experience in delivering health services throughout regional WA including personal advocacy for the improvement of Aboriginal Health.

Mr Smith also chairs the Governing Council for the North Regional TAFE (Pilbara and Kimberley) and is a member of the Agency Management Committee for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA).

He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service for the provision of health services in Western Australia over many years.

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Mrs Suzie May
EMHS Board Deputy Chair

Suzie May is a lawyer and a trained welfare officer, working initially in psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals before establishing a private legal consultancy specialising in law reform and legal policy. Mrs May has experience in prison reform, court diversion, therapeutic jurisprudence and judicial case management. She brings a diverse range of skills and expertise to the Board and is an active consumer advocate and advisor, motivational speaker, university guest lecturer, board member, mentor and author of a non-fiction book on pregnancy and musculoskeletal disease.

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Ms Debra Zanella
EMHS Board Member

Debra Zanella has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, with significant experience in senior leadership roles in health and community services, particularly in the area of complex needs. Ms Zanella is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ruah Community Services, an organisation that provides a range of services to address circumstance of disadvantage and marginalisation in the community, including housing and homelessness, mental health and domestic violence.

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Mr Peter Forbes
EMHS Board Member

Peter Forbes is a chartered accountant and has held roles including CEO of specialist medical indemnity mutual MDA National, Managing Director of its wholly owned insurer, MDA National Insurance and was a founding partner and former Managing Director of the WA branch of chartered accountants HLB Mann Judd. Mr Forbes was also a Director of LawCover (the NSW statutory insurer for NSW solicitors), Chairman of Victorian health fund provider Transport Health and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Local Government Insurance Scheme WA. In 2014 Mr Forbes was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Lions Eye Institute and was later elected Chair in early 2017.

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Mr Ross Keesing
EMHS Board Member

Ross Keesing has worked in the health industry for 40 years, initially as a health facility architect and project director, then in a number of directorships and as an Assistant Commissioner for WA Health. Mr Keesing has experience managing WA metropolitan and regional health services, as well as private hospitals. As a consultant for nearly two decades, Mr Keesing has provided a wide range of tactical and strategic advice on health issues and directions to governments both in Australia and the Middle East.

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Professor Kingsley Faulkner AM
EMHS Board Member

Kingsley Faulkner has worked in a range of clinical positions in both the UK and Australia. As well as his widely acclaimed surgical work, he has also contributed to the broader community and health sector through health advocacy, along with a range of teaching roles at the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame. Professor Faulkner received a Member of the Order of Australia award in 2006 for service to medicine and is also a Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine.

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Ms Geraldine Ennis PSM
EMHS Board Member

Geraldine Ennis has over 30 years experience improving the delivery of health services in rural and remote communities. A registered nurse and midwife, Ms Ennis has been the Goldfields Regional Director of WACHS for the last 10 years and was formerly Director of Nursing and Health Service Manager of Katanning Hospital, where she was actively involved in establishing and working with the Board of Management for Katanning Health Service. Ms Ennis was also previously Chair of St Patrick’s Catholic School Board in Katanning.

Ms Ennis was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service in the provision of health services in rural and remote Western Australia.

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Dr Stephanie Trust
EMHS Board Member

Stephanie Trust is a Kidja woman, born and raised in the East Kimberley where she is currently a general practitioner at Kununurra Medical. Initially trained as an enrolled nurse, Dr Trust went on to work as an Aboriginal health worker in the Kimberley and Pilbara for nearly 12 years before becoming a doctor. Dr Trust has been an integral member of boards such as the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, the Kimberley-Pilbara Medicare Local and the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation.

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Mr Richard Guit
EMHS Board Member

Richard Guit is a partner in the infrastructure group at the global law firm Ashurst. With a diverse background in public-private partnerships and infrastructure, Mr Guit has extensive experience working with government agencies, investors and financiers across a range of infrastructure sectors. Mr Guit’s main area of focus is social and economic infrastructure and he has advised on health-related undertakings in Australia and the UK such as the development of new acute care hospitals and the implementation of primary care initiatives and clinical outsourcings.

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Dr Denise Glennon
EMHS Board Member

Dr Denise Glennon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Geriatrician who established the Orthogeriatric service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Denise has spent the last decade embedding evidence based, best practice clinical care that has made SCGH Orthogeriatric Unit a leader in its field. Denise’s commitment to continual quality improvement includes helping design and implement projects such as the WA Hip Fracture Registry, WA Hip Fracture Premium Payment Scheme and Health Round Table Global Improvement Initiatives in Hip Fracture Care. Denise is also committed to improvements in the workplace such as equal opportunity and delivery of a safe working environment through membership of the AMA Sexual Harassment Taskforce. Denise is also actively involved in medical education at all levels including being an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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Board Communique

The EMHS Board Communique highlights key discussions and considerations from the EMHS Board meetings, as well as other important information.

More information