Executive Board

Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC

Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC is a Western Australian barrister and philanthropist. After completing an LLB degree at the University of Western Australia he practiced as a barrister for over 50 years, chaired the WA Legal Aid Commission for 27 of those years, and was the inaugural Chairman of the Advisory Board of the WA Constitutional Centre. In 1982 he was appointed Queens Counsel.

From July 2011 – June 2014 Malcolm served as Governor of Western Australia. He has always had a strong interest in medical research and was the inaugural Chairman and now Patron of the McCusker Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research. Malcolm chaired one of the fundraising committees that helped establish WAIMR (now Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) and is co-Patron of the Ear Science Institute of WA. He holds honorary doctorates from The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Curtin University.

 


Dr Terry Bayliss

Dr Terry Bayliss MBBS FRACMA is Coordinator of Development Projects and Research at Hollywood Private Hospital, part of the Ramsay Health Care group, where he is involved in the strategic development of research in the institution and establishment of collaborative research networks.

He has extensive experience in ethical oversight of research, and was for many years was Chair of the Hollywood Private Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and is currently a member on the RHC WA/SA HREC. He also has experience in the not-for-profit sector in including holding positions as Deputy Chair of the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and Chair of the Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation.

 


Ms Pip Brennan

Pip Brennan is the Executive Director of the Health Consumers Council of WA. She began her paid career as a health consumer advocate at the Health Consumers Council and has worked at the Office of Health Review (now the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office), Community Midwifery WA and WACOSS. She returned to the Health Consumers Council in 2015 to take up the position of Executive Director and apply her knowledge of community service organisation management, outcomes-based contracting, consumer representation and advocacy to continue the work of this unique and important organisation. This is Pip’s third career: she has also been a museum curator in Perth and London and an English language teacher in Greece and London.

 


Mr Paul Forden

Paul is a Certified Accountant who joined the health sector over 22 years ago. He started out as a Director of Finance before becoming a Chief Operating Officer then 17 years ago a Chief Executive.

Paul has been Chief Executive of a number of UK teaching hospitals and large hospitals. He also spent 3 years in the private sector as Managing Director for Health for a number of non-hospital European health businesses.

Paul came to Perth almost 3 years ago as Executive Director of Fiona Stanley & Fremantle Hospital Group. In December 2017 he was made Chief Executive of the South Metro Health Service. Paul has a passion for improving clinical quality and creating engaged organisations.

In his spare time Paul enjoys the fantastic outdoor facilities Perth has to offer and still tries to participate in a number of sports. He also enjoys travel.

 


Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM

Professor Harlene Hayne is Vice‐Chancellor of Curtin University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the Association for Psychological Science. In 2009 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to scientific and medical research. In 2012 she received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Colorado College, USA, and in 2021 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago where she had been the Vice‐Chancellor since 2011.

Originally from the United States, Professor Hayne received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, and a Master of Science and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from Rutgers University. She spent three years as a post‐doctoral fellow at Princeton before joining the University of Otago in 1992. She subsequently served as Head of the Psychology Department and as Deputy Vice‐Chancellor Research and Enterprise before being appointed as Vice‐Chancellor.

Professor Hayne continues to conduct research and she has published widely in the area of memory development and adolescent risk taking and has also supervised numerous PhD, master and undergraduate honours theses. She is an Associate Editor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest and of Memory, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Infant Behaviour and Development and of Developmental Psychobiology.

 


Associate Professor Dan McAullay

Associate Professor Dan McAullay is the Director of the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children and Families (ISAC). He runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and is a Director with the majority Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed communication consulting company, Mode Black.

Dan has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications. He has a strong research track record including presentations, publications and grants. Dan’s primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.

 


Professor Bill Morgan

Professor Bill Morgan MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO is Managing Director of The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) and has been a leading ophthalmologist and medical researcher at the LEI for 25 years. Professor Morgan is a glaucoma specialist and his research interests include studying the response of the optic nerve and retinal veins to pressure gradients including cerebrospinal fluid pressure, glaucoma surgery and the epidemiology of blinding eye disease.

Professor Morgan has recently secured a $680,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to study orbital pressure alteration and interactions with intracranial and intraocular pressure. Professor Morgan was part of the team at the LEI that developed the basis for XEN glaucoma surgery – a surgical treatment that successfully reduces intraocular pressure and now implanted in over 100,000 eyes. He regularly teaches in Indonesia, and co-invented the Virna Glaucoma Drainage Device now implanted in 1,000 patients. Professor Morgan is also a consultant ophthalmologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, a Professor at The University of Western Australia, the University of Udayana and co- director of the LEI McCusker Glaucoma Centre.

 


Dr James Williamson

Dr James Williamson is Assistant Director General for the WA Department of Health, leading the Clinical Excellence Division. James recently returned to WA from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia’s first major ‘digital’ hospital, where he pursued his interest in data analytics. James established the WA Drug Evaluation Panel and was appointed Clinical Lead for the State eHealth Program and the Musculoskeletal Health Network. He has served the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in General Medicine and as member of the Committee for Physician Training.

 


Professor Gary Geelhoed (Ex Officio)

Professor Gary Geelhoed MBBS, FRACP, FACEM, MD is Executive Director of WAHTN. Prior to commencing at WAHTN, Gary was Western Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Director General of Clinical Services and Research at the WA Department of Health. A UWA graduate, Gary worked as Director of the Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for 22 years.

Gary has a keen interest in health reform, particularly in the area of clinical research and innovation. A highlight of Gary’s career involves his ongoing work to forge closer ties between our hospitals and the research community to promote greater innovation and best practice in clinical care and to establish and embed a robust framework for safety and quality along with teaching, training and research, into the day to day operations of the State’s hospitals and health services.

Gary’s past achievements include helping to introduce the Four Hour Rule Program to WA public hospitals, reducing delays in our emergency departments and streamlining hospital processes for admission and discharge. Gary has held roles on numerous state and national committees including the National Health and Medical Research Council, President of the Australian Medical Association (WA), Board Member of Healthway, member of the Western Australian AMA Council and Chair of the WA Drug and Alcohol Authority.