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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 Nursing Officer (Acting)

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.


Chief Medical Officer

Fergus Kerr
Dr Fergus Kerr

Fergus was appointed as an emergency physician and toxicologist at Austin Health in 1997. In 2007 he became Director of Emergency Medicine and in 2011 was appointed Medical Director of the Medical and Emergency Clinical Service Unit. Fergus completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College for Medical Administrators after which he became the Executive Director Of Medical Services at Peninsula Health. In 2016, Fergus returned to Austin Health as the Chief Medical Officer. He has had many roles at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and continues to practice clinically and examine for ACEM.

Executive Director, Human Resources (Acting)

Ms Nicole Harvey

Nicole joined Austin Health in 2015 as the Director of Human Resource Shared Services. Prior to joining Austin Health, Nicole held numerous roles at ANZ Bank including Senior Manager of Employee Relations where she had responsibility for employee relations activity across Australia and India. In 2013, Nicole led a number of teams providing human resource services to BP Global Business Services.  Nicole has a double degree in Arts and Law and spent 7 years working in legal roles specialising in industrial relations, employment and discrimination law.  Nicole was appointed Acting Executive Director of Human Resources in February 2017.

Executive Director, Finance

Mr Andrew Gay

Andrew joined Austin Health in 2017 after 15 years with General Motors (GM) where he held various executive commercial roles. His more recent roles included Regional Director, Global Business Services for International Operations and Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of FAW-GM in China.

Prior to GM, Andrew worked in commercial roles in Amcor Limited and Visy Industries.

Andrew's experience includes extensive work in Australia and Asia involving finance, legal and information technology. He has also been a trustee of a large employer superannuation fund.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Business Degree and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Director, Infrastructure and Commercial

Ray Van Kuyk

Ray Van Kuyk joined Austin Health in June 2017 from the role of Deputy Director General of Translink, a Queensland public entity responsible for all public transport, where he led a team of 700 staff, delivered major infrastructure projects, and managed numerous contracts and procurement processes.

Prior to this Ray was Executive Director for Serco Asia Pacific, where he led the delivery of service and programs across a range of sectors including Health, Immigration and Defence.

Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Ambulatory Services

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

Jason was appointed Executive Director of Clinical Operations and Ambulatory Services in June 2016. Jason has a clinical background in nursing and has worked in Victoria's public health sector for more than two decades. He has experience across a broad range of roles at Austin Health, including as the inaugural Director of Cancer and Neurosciences for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. Jason is passionate about the need for strong consumer engagement to improve patient care and he is proud to be Chair of the Organisational Partnering with Consumers Committee. Jason's qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Enterprise (Executive).

Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Imaging Services

Mr Cameron Goodyear