Health Networks Leadership

Health Networks, part of the System Policy and Planning Division, are led by one or two leads and a small advisory group. All network leads are listed below.

Cardiovascular Health Network

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Dr Rick Bond

Dr Rick Bond is a specialist vascular surgeon with over 30 years of medical experience. He is the current state Director for Vascular surgery in West Australia and is the Head of Vascular Surgery at both Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals and examiner for the Royal Australian College of surgeons (RACS). 

Rick started his training at the Royal Free Hospital in London and completed his consultant training in England in 2004. During this time he attained a PhD from Oxford University for research into the outcomes of carotid surgery. In 2005 he immigrated to Australia and become a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as well as retaining his membership of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain

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Dr Tony Mylius

Dr Tony Mylius is a cardiologist and consultant physician based in Northam. From 2010–13 he worked as Regional Medical Director for the WA Country Health Service (Wheatbelt) and has been a member of the Cardiovascular Health Network’s Executive Advisory Group since 2012.

Tony is motivated by his passion to work to achieve improved health outcomes for patients across the health system and his desire to optimise health service performance to support clinicians and other health care providers to achieve those best practice goals.Continue your content here (or delete this)


Child and Youth Health Network

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Dr Alide Smit

Dr Alide Smit is a South African-born paediatrician and mother of two, living in Perth. Alide works at Joondalup Health Campus, where she participates in acute care paediatrics and neonatology, runs clinics in the private sector, and has a role in teaching.

Alide is involved in developing hospital policies which outline best practice and evidence-based care, participates in surveillance of non-accidental injury in children under two years, and has been instrumental in establishing antimicrobial surveillance in paediatrics at Joondalup Health Campus.

Helen Wright


Dr Helen Wright

Dr Helen Wright is a general paediatrician and mother of two children. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1995 and has been in WA since 1998. She worked as a paediatrician in Port Hedland (2002–05) and Fremantle (2005–06) before commencing at Princess Margaret Hospital in 2006.

Helen’s other professional interests are medical education and rural health. Helen is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Western Australia, as academic mentor in paediatrics for the Rural Clinical School since 2005. She was awarded the Team Teaching award for excellence in teaching in 2015.


Disability Health Network

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Stephanie Coates 

Stephanie is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS). She is currently the Head of Department for Occupational Therapy at Fiona Stanley Hospital; the largest hospital based Occupational Therapy Department in WA. She is the chair of the Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Committee and a member of the SMHS Disability Advisory Network.

In the past whilst not working fulltime clinically following the birth of her three children, Steph was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the City of Bayswater.  She was previously elected to be the Chair of the City of Bayswater Disability Access and Inclusion Committee and was elected to be the Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Disability.

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Fiona Payne

Fiona has spent her professional life working with people with disability, and their families and carers, firstly as a physiotherapist, then manager, and now consultant and director for health and disability services. With more than 25 years’ experience on boards and committees in the government and community sectors, Fiona is passionate about improving health outcomes for people with disability by influencing the systems that deliver services to provide health care that meets individual needs and involves people with disability in making decisions about their care.



Diabetes and Endocrine Health Network

Professor Tim Davis

Professor Tim Davis is a consultant physician in general medicine and endocrinology at Fremantle Hospital, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Western Australia. Tim’s focus for the Diabetes and Endocrine Health Network is delivering improved services and care to achieve better health outcomes for consumers in Western Australia.

Tim has published over 180 articles in peer-reviewed publications in the area of diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology, along with substantial research projects. Tim is the principal investigator of the Fremantle Diabetes Study, a twenty five-year, large-scale prospective study of diabetes in a community-based cohort.

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Sophie McGough


Sophie is a credentialled diabetes educator and accredited practising dietitian with over 20 years of experience in diabetes education. She is passionate about primary care, person centred care and ensuring equitable access to quality diabetes services, particularly in rural and remote WA. 

Sophie is currently the Senior Manager, Strategy and Business Development for Diabetes WA after being the Health Services Operations Manager for three years. Sophie has overseen National Diabetes Services Scheme Programs and Services, the Primary Care Diabetes Strategy, Diabetes Telehealth Service and Helpline, DESMOND and SMARTS training and a diabetes workforce of 16 multidisciplinary Credentialled Diabetes Educators. 

As well as working in the not for profit sector, Sophie owned a private diabetes education and dietetics practice for eight years based in General Practice and has held a variety of diabetes education related positions in WA and Canada. Just to keep life interesting, Sophie has also previously worked in health promotion and public health.


Falls Prevention Health Network

Nick Waldron

Dr Nick Waldron

Dr Nicholas Waldron is a consultant geriatrician at Armadale Hospital.  He has led the implementation and subsequent review of the Falls Prevention Model Of Care in Western Australia. 

Nick is an adjunct senior lecturer with the School of Medicine, Fremantle (University of Notre Dame Australia) and is part of a Collaborative Research Network. Current research includes falls prevention and translation in the inpatient and mental health settings, as well more recently in end of life care. Nick has been invited to speak at a number of national conferences and runs workshops in falls prevention and end of life decision-making. He sits on a number of state and national bodies for falls prevention and health services more broadly.


Infections and Immunology Health Network

James Flexman


Dr James Flexman

Dr James Flexman is the Head of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Royal Perth Hospital and Head of Clinical Microbiology at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) for PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA. He is also the FSH Network Director for PathWest and an adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of WA.


Musculoskeletal Health Network

Jennifer Persaud


Ms Jennifer Persaud

Ms Jennifer Persaud is a registered Physiotherapist.  She currently practises in an advanced scope physiotherapist position at the Orthopaedic Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Jennifer’s professional experience spans 15 years and includes clinical positions in the tertiary care sector in the UK and WA, and an academic role at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. Jennifer’s aim is to champion the “connect-share-improve” ethos of the network to make advancement in the quality of care, accessibility and clinical journey for patients in need of Musculoskeletal services in Western Australia.


Neuroscience and the Senses Health Network

Professor Merrilee Needham

Professor Merrilee Needham was appointed Foundation Chair of Neurology at Murdoch University, University of Notre Dame, and Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2016. She remains the Head of the Department of Neurology and continues to conduct neuromuscular and motor neuron disease clinics. She also works as a consultant neurologist and conducts neuromuscular clinics at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. In 2015, Merrilee was granted the Leonard Cox award by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists in recognition of her contribution to neurosciences.

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Dr Andrew Kelly


Dr Andrew Kelly MBBS FRACP (Neurology) is a Consultant Neurologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He has previously worked at Fremantle Hospital, and Rockingham General Hospital. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1999 and underwent his specialist neurological training at Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals. In 2009 he completed a clinical fellowship in general neurology at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Renal Health Network

Dr Hemant Kulkarni

Dr Hemant Kulkarni is a Renal physician at Royal Perth Hospital and is the only public health physician in WA with dual accreditation in Adult and Paediatric Nephrology.

Hemant has played a key role in several Health Networks Frameworks and Guidelines, including the Framework to Improve Home Dialysis Therapy in Western Australia, pathway for renal palliative care services in Western Australia, Save the vein programme, and the current guidelines for referral to renal services from primary care.

Hemant was involved in training and establishing WA's first Renal Nurse Practitioner and developing the role of Nurse Practitioner in community screening programs. He is passionate about leading the Renal Health Network to shape health policy for the state of Western Australia.

Dr Harry Moody

Dr Moody has devoted the last 20 years to renal medicine and transplantation.

He has spent nearly five years working and researching in Canada and has been a representative on the Renal Transplant Advisory Committee, The Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and the Dialysis and Transplant Committee.

He was previously the Head of Department in the Renal Medicine Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and provides a regular renal service in Geraldton.


Respiratory Health Network

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Dr Li Ping Chung

Dr Li Ping Chung is a respiratory physician with special interests in severe airways disease including asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and non-CF bronchiectasis. In 2013, Dr Chung completed her PhD, which focused on pharmacogenetics of severe asthma. 

In addition to her current role as the clinical lead for airways disease at Fiona Stanley Hospital, she is also involved in the development and expansion of community respiratory services by Silver Chain to better support patients with chronic respiratory diseases in the non-tertiary setting. 

Dr Chung is also involved in a number of NHMRC funded scientific and clinical research projects related to asthma and other airway disease. She is currently a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Research Subcommittee, TSANZ (WA Branch) 


Women and Newborn Health Network

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Professor Chris Griffin

Professor Chris Griffin joined the Women and Newborn Health Network as a co-lead in August 2018. Chris works clinically as an obstetrician and gynaecologist with a subspecialist qualification in maternal and fetal medicine at Fiona Stanley Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Chris has also worked as the medical director for the Statewide Obstetric Support Unit (SOSU) and sits on various RANZCOG committees. Chris has a passion for simplifying governance for professionals whilst supporting as much as possible a level leadership style within his professional life.

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Kate Reynolds

Kate Reynolds is a midwife and mother of three, currently employed as Coordinator of Midwifery for WA Country Health services which has 18 Maternity sites and undertakes nearly 5000 births per year. She has worked in tertiary, private, rural and remote maternity services across WA for 30 years as a midwife, nurse and manager. 

Kate is passionate about providing a strong voice for consumer-centred maternity and newborn services, including amongst the competing demands of general hospitals and especially in the country, evidence based and consumer determined maternity care, access for all women to care from a known and trusted midwife and engaging with consumers to drive service reform.  She also has a strong interest in medico-legal issues and debunking the unfounded litigation fears that seem to drive contemporary clinical practice.

Primary Care Integration

Jacquie Garton-Smith

Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith

Dr Jacquie Garton-Smith is the Clinical Lead for Primary Care Integration and plays a key role in supporting all of the Health Networks Leads and Executive Advisory Groups in their efforts to enhance connections between primary care and the WA health system. 

Jacquie has been involved with Health Networks as a Co-Lead for the Cardiovascular Health Network from 2010 to 2018 and an Executive Advisory Group member for the Respiratory Health Network from 2006 to 2017. In this time, Jacquie has played a key role in developing the WA Health Chronic Conditions Framework, chaired the Chronic Conditions Self-Management Reference Group from July 2012–14, and coordinated the development of the Heart Failure Model of Care in 2008. Jacquie is a GP with over 20 years experience in private practice and has been the Hospital Liaison GP at Royal Perth Hospital since the role commenced in 1997.


Last reviewed: 06-02-2018
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