Barry Sandison was appointed Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in June 2016. With over 35 years' experience in the public sector across more than 13 agencies, his expertise covers a wide range of health and welfare related work, with previous roles in both policy and service delivery. Since joining the Institute, Mr Sandison’s priorities have been on responding to the December 2015 NOUS Review of the Institute, sharpening the Institute’s strategic focus and developing key partnerships to maximise the use of its significant capabilities.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mr Sandison was the Deputy Secretary, Health and Information within the Australian Government Department of Human Services, where he was responsible for the administration and delivery of a range of programs in the health, government, and business areas. This included undertaking the function of Chief Executive Medicare and oversighting the department's strategic information management function. Prior to this role, Mr Sandison was a Deputy Chief Executive in Centrelink and held senior executive roles in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Mr Sandison holds a Bachelor of Business Management, is an Australian and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellow, and Board Chair for L'Arche Genesaret, an ACT community organisation providing supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities.
Matthew James is the Deputy Director of the Institute. He is also responsible for the Housing & Specialised Services Group, which leads the Institute’s data development and reporting on housing and homelessness, mental health, palliative care and drugs and alcohol.
Prior to joining the Institute in November 2016, Mr James held leadership roles in performance, information and evaluation as Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Affairs Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a Branch Manager within the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. He was also a Branch Manager in the former Department of Education Employment and Training, where he worked on employment policy and implementation as well as workplace relations policy and analysis. From 2002 to 2004 he was Counsellor—Employment, Education, Science and Training in the Australian Delegation to the OECD in Paris. Mr James was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2016.
Fadwa Al-Yaman is responsible for the Indigenous & Maternal Health Group, which leads the Institute's data collection, development, reporting activities and stakeholder relationships in the areas of the health and welfare of mothers, children, youth and families, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Dr Al-Yaman has wide-ranging experience in statistical analyses and reporting, demographic techniques, data development, data quality assessment and improvement activities, and in building collaborative stakeholder relationships. She has a strong research background in health, and a keen interest in knowledge translation and the link between research, policy and practice. She holds a PhD in Immunology from the John Curtin School of Medical Research and a Masters of Population Studies from the ANU. Dr Al-Yaman was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990 and the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008.
Michael Frost is responsible for the Communication & Primary Health Care Group, which leads the Institute’s strategic external communications, including stakeholder engagement, and print and online publishing activities. The Group also produces the Australia’s health and Australia’s welfare flagship series, and has recently established a work program to enhance the Institute’s capabilities in digital health.
Mr Frost’s experience spans nearly 20 years in federal and state governments, in policy advice, performance reporting and administrative roles. Previously, Mr Frost was Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives for the (former) National Health Performance Authority. Prior to that he was the Deputy Head of Secretariat for the COAG Reform Council for more than 6 years, where he oversaw the council’s performance reporting in the health, education, skills, disability, housing and Indigenous sectors and in microeconomic reform. He also led the council's review of the strategic planning systems of Australia’s capital cities. Mr Frost has held various policy and management roles within the NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Office of Community Housing. This included periods managing the Cabinet Secretariat and advising on portfolios including treasury, finance, commerce, arts, health, Aboriginal affairs, youth, and intergovernmental relations and regulatory reform. Mr Frost has a Bachelor of Economics (first class honours in political science) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (with Merit).
Jenny Hargreaves is responsible for the Hospitals, Resourcing & Classifications Group, which provides statistical leadership, develops and compiles data, undertakes analyses and disseminates policy-relevant statistical information about hospitals (including on the MyHospitals website), human and financial resources in the health and welfare sectors, and health sector performance. As part of her role leading the Group, Ms Hargreaves is Head of the Australian Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organization's Family of International Classification (a role of the Institute), and manages relationships with the National Injury Surveillance Unit, a Collaborating Unit of the Institute.
In the past, Ms Hargreaves was also responsible for the Institute's data and information on Australia's mental health services and palliative care services, and for the Institute’s work to support national development and publication of data and information standards. Prior to joining the Institute in 1996, Ms Hargreaves held professional and research positions in communicable disease surveillance at the Department of Health and Ageing, in the Therapeutic Goods Administration and at the Australian National University. Ms Hargreaves has a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Population Health.
Andrew Kettle is responsible for the Business & Governance Group, which works closely with internal and external stakeholders to deliver value-for-money corporate services that support organisational objectives. Mr Kettle qualified as a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom and worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Canada and Australia. He was Chief Financial Officer at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority before joining the Institute in 2006 as a senior executive.
During his time at the Institute, Mr Kettle has at various times held senior executive responsibility for finance, human resources, governance, information and communications technology, office accommodation, publications and media. Mr Kettle has a degree in engineering with management studies from the University of Cambridge, England, and a diploma in computer science.
Lynelle Moon is responsible for the Health Group, which collects data and reports on the health of Australians, covering population health and disease monitoring. This includes health inequalities, risk factors, international health comparisons, mortality, the burden of disease, and specific chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, musculoskeletal conditions, and respiratory conditions. The Group has also recently established a program of work on the health and welfare of Australian veterans.
Dr Moon has held a number of health leadership positions within the Institute since 1995, and spent 2 years working in the Health Division of the OECD, Paris. Dr Moon holds a PhD in epidemiology, a BMath, and postgraduate qualifications in statistics and population health.
Geoff Neideck is responsible for the Data Strategies & Information Technology Group, which leads the Institute's strategies for acquiring and managing its data assets, and for their use in data integration and analysis, as well as managing key relationships across government in support of the public sector data agenda. The Group develops information technology strategies, implements appropriate IT architecture and delivers new IT applications to support the Institute's data management, processing and dissemination.
Mr Neideck has extensive experience in statistics and data, ranging across statistical conceptual and operational development, survey and administrative data collection and major statistical infrastructure projects. He has managed large national economic and social statistics programs at the Institute and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and has also worked at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Statistics Canada. Mr Neideck has a degree in accounting and has completed postgraduate studies in management.
Louise York is responsible for the Community Services Group, which develops, maintains and analyses national data to support reporting on the health and welfare of key population groups including children and youth, older Australians and people with disability; and on the use of services within a range of health and welfare sectors including child protection, youth justice, aged care and disability services. The Group has also recently established programs of work on family, domestic and sexual violence and on using income support (Centrelink) data to better understand experiences and outcomes for key population groups.
Ms York has more than 20 years' experience at the Institute, including in leadership positions in both health and welfare areas, and one year at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Ms York holds postgraduate qualifications in population health and bachelors’ degrees in economics and science.
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