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About Us

The Executive

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Sue Shilbury

Sue Shilbury joined Austin Health as CEO in early 2017, following a three-decade career in the New South Wales public health sector. Sue's roles have included General Manager of North Shore Ryde Health Service, in which she oversaw the delivery of New South Wales Health's largest capital works program, the $1.3 billion redevelopment of Royal North Shore Hospital. Sue has also held roles as General Manager of the Central Hospital Network (South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health District); Director of the Division of Critical Care and Surgery at St George Hospital; and Director of Clinical Services at the Royal Hospital for Women.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Performance and Innovation

Bernadette McDonald
Ms Bernadette McDonald

Bernadette McDonald was appointed Executive Director of Performance and Innovation in 2015 and Deputy CEO in 2016, joining Austin Health from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Orbost Regional Health. Bernadette has a clinical background in nursing and has worked in the public and private health sector for the past 25 years in roles both within health services as well as at the Victorian Department of Health. Bernadette has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Health Administration. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chief Medical Officer

Fergus Kerr
Dr Fergus Kerr

Chief Nursing Officer (Acting)

Shane Crowe, Acting Chief Nursing Officer
Mr Shane Crowe

Shane was appointed Executive Director of Nursing (Acting) in November 2016. Previously Shane worked at the Department of Health & Human Services and across a broad range of roles at Austin Health including Director of Support Services and Deputy Director of Ambulatory and Nursing Services.  Shane holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a Bachelor of Education and post-graduate qualifications in Health Systems Management.


Executive Director, Finance

Mr Ian Broadway

Ian Broadway became Executive Director of Finance in 2005, after three years at WorkCover. He has also worked at the Auditor General’s Office and was Chief Finance Officer at North Western Health Care Network. His varied career includes a variety of posts in the private sector.

Ian’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and post-graduate qualifications in accounting.

Executive Director, Human Resources and Communication

Ms Paula Jeffs

Paula was appointed Executive Director Human Resources in 2011, joining Austin Health from ANZ Banking Group Ltd, where she held a range of senior and executive Human Resources roles over 15 years. Her roles included Head of Human Resources for Regional & Rural Banking, Head of Employee Relations for the ANZ Australia Division and Global Head of Talent & Succession. Prior to her human resources career, Paula worked in the hospital sector as a nurse assistant.

Paula has a double degree in psychology and media studies with post-graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Director, Infrastructure and Commercial (acting)

Megan Gray, Executive Director Infrastructure and Commercial
Ms Megan Gray

Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Ambulatory Services

Jason Payne, Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Ambulatory Services
Mr Jason Payne

Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Imaging Services

Cameron Goodyear, Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Imaging Services
Mr Cameron Goodyear