Improving health in WA

Clinical Senate Executive Committee

The Senate has an Executive Committee of eight members plus an immediate past chair, consumer representative and ex-officio, responsible for managing the administrative duties and organising full Senate meetings. The Executive consists of:

Mrs Tanya Basile
Nurse Co-director, Medical Specialties Division, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Chair, Clinical Senate of WA

Tanya is a Senior Registered Nurse with passion for delivering patient centred care. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and is a Fellow of the Australian Royal College of Nursing. Tanya’s nursing career has predominately been based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), where she is currently the Nurse Co-Director of the Medical Specialties Division. Tanya is the Executive Sponsor of the SCGH Community Advisory Council (CAC) and she has been a member of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia since 2005.

Professor Jeanette Ward
MBBS MHPEd PhD FAFPHM FACHSM FAICD

Deputy chair, Clinical Senate of WA

Prof Jeanette Ward joined WA Country Health Services in the Kimberley as Consultant, Public Health Medicine in September 2013. Jeanette brings diverse career experiences to this role including senior executive service in the NSW public health system, non-government experience including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and overseas academic experience in Canada. She is a stalwart advocate for evidence-based healthcare and continues to contribute to implementation research trials as part of this commitment. Jeanette is highly regarded for her practical approach to innovation, health systems design and strengthening the links between service and knowledge generation to raise both rigour and relevance of Australia’s health research efforts. She has served on NHMRC committees, philanthropic boards and government boards. Jeanette has published extensively including the potential of social impact investing in health and, in 2016, joined Nulungu Research Institute at the Broome campus of Notre Dame University as an Adjunct Professor.

Ms Mary Miller
Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Workforce and Reform, WA Country Health Service. 

Mary is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in paediatrics, having worked at tertiary paediatric hospitals in the United Kingdom and Victoria, during her early career.

Mary has 25 years’ experience in health across metropolitan and rural sectors, and has worked in a variety of roles in nursing management, safety and quality, clinical policy, workforce and professional regulation across Western Australia. 

Mary holds a Masters in Health Services Management, and Post Graduate certificates in Health Improvement and Health Counselling.

Mary is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, and a member of the Australian College of Nursing, and is currently a sitting member of the WA Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Sharon Nowrojee
Public Health Physician, North Metropolitan Health Service, Department of Health

Dr Sharon Nowrojee is a Public Health Physician with the Communicable Disease Control team, North Metropolitan Health Service. Sharon has also held similar roles in South Metro and the Kimberley Population Health Unit. She has a strong interest in supporting primary health care and has previously worked as a general practitioner in metropolitan and rural areas. Sharon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has qualifications in public health and administration. She joined the Clinical Senate in 2012.

Ms Pip Brennan
Executive Director, Health Consumers Council of WA

Pip Brennan has worked in the health sector for the last 15 years. Inspired by her own experiences of the opaque maternity care system, Pip initially volunteered as a maternity consumer representative in a range of roles.

She began her paid health career as an Advocate working at the Health Consumers’ Council from 2006. She then moved to the Office of Health Review (now the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office) in 2007 and took up a position as a Conciliator of Health Complaints. In 2009 she began working at Community Midwifery WA (Now The Bump WA), taking on the role of Manager from 2010-2012.

She also undertook a considerable number of maternity consumer representation roles including Co-Chair of the King Edward Memorial Hospital Community Advisory Council and Consumer Representative on the Women’s and Newborn’s Health Service Executive Advisory Group. In 2012 CMWA’s contract moved to an outcomes based reporting structure, which ultimately sparked an interest in Pip to be part of the bigger picture of supporting the introduction of outcomes based contracting in health.

In November 2013 Pip took up a contractual position with the WA Council of Social Service to co-ordinate the co-designed resource Partnering in Procurement to support contracting reform in the health not for profit sector.

In January 2015 Pip took on the role of Executive Director role at the Health Consumers’ Council. This offered a wonderful homecoming in the organisation that provided her first professional opportunity in the health sector and a chance to utilise community service organisation management, outcomes based contracting, advocacy and consumer representation skills to continue the work of this unique and important organisation.

Ms Jenny O’Callaghan

Jenny O’Callaghan is the Co-director Women’s Health, State-wide Services and Genetics, at Women and Newborn Health Service. Her commitment to improving the provision of optimal health and social care to women and their families has been demonstrated throughout her career in WA Health and at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.

Jenny has a Master’s of Social Work and Social Policy and has worked in WA Health in management, policy and client/patient service. She has had strategic input into guidelines, policies and frameworks related to models of care and service delivery including those for women, infants and families; mental health; reproductive technology; end of life care; intimate partner violence and child protection.

Jenny is particularly concerned about equity of access to healthcare for all Western Australians, and committed to raising awareness regarding the social determinants that impact on personal health, delivery of care and service provision.

She is a strong proponent for rational expenditure of the health dollar and consumer led health initiatives to deliver quality, targeted care and health information supporting improved health and social outcomes.

Professor Gary Geelhoed
Chief Medical Officer; Assistant Director General,
Clinical Services & Research, Department of Health

Ex-officio, Clinical Senate Executive Committee

Professor Gary Geelhoed is a Paediatric Emergency Physician who received his qualifications locally at the University of WA.

Prior to commencing as Chief Medical Officer, Professor Geelhoed worked as Director of the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for 21 years. 

He is a past President of the Australian Medical Association WA, and current Federal and Western Australian AMA Councillor.

Professor Geelhoed’s main research interest lies in acute respiratory illness in children.

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