Our senior leaders include the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Board, the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Executive and Theme Leaders.

BDHP Board

The Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Board sets the strategic direction for Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners. We have representatives from each of our partners.

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Dr Stephen Ayre


Executive Director, PAH-QEII Health Network , Metro South Health
Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners

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Dr Stephen Ayre was appointed to the position of Executive Director Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) and QEII Jubilee Hospital (QEII) Health Network, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane on 5 May 2014. Stephen was previously the Executive Director Medical Services – The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH).

Dr Ayre is a graduate of the University of Queensland (UQ) Medical School, has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). He currently is the Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training for the College of Medical Administrators.

In the past he has worked as a general practitioner on the Sunshine Coast after postgraduate experience in a number of Queensland Hospitals. During his work in general practice he developed an interest in Alcohol and Drug Medicine and Community Medicine and is a member of the Australasian Professional Society for Alcohol and Drugs.

Dr Ayre’s appointments with Queensland Health have included Director of Community Health – Sunshine Coast, Medical Superintendent – Caboolture Hospital, Deputy Executive Director Medical Services – Royal Brisbane Hospital and Medical Superintendent for the Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH). In Tasmania, he was the CEO of the Launceston General Hospital (2004-2008) and acted as the CEO for all three northern Tasmanian Hospitals for a prolonged period.

His interests are in the areas of safety and quality in complex health environments, accelerated process redesign and the hospital community interface.


Professor Scott Bell


Executive Director – Research
Metro North Hospital and Health Service

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Professor Scott Bell is Executive Director – Research, MNHHS and a Senior Physician of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at TPCH (>300 patients) where he has worked since 1996. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. He leads the Lung Bacteria Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. Scott has over 180 peer reviewed publications and has received grant support in excess of $10 million over the past 10 years.

His research interests include the CF microbiology, acquisition pathways for human infection and has a long history of supporting multi-disciplinary research.


Professor Bruce Abernethy

BHMS(Hons) Qld., PhD Otago, FASMF, ESSAF

Executive Dean
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
The University of Queensland

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Prof Abernethy is a first class Honours graduate and university medallist from the University of Queensland, a PhD graduate from the University of Otago, an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and a Fellow of Exercise and Sport Science Australia. He is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and an affiliate Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

His research interest is in the control and acquisition of skilled movement, with a particular focus upon understanding the processes underpinning the expert perception and production of patterns of human movement. The work is interdisciplinary and spans human movement and sport science, experimental psychology, neuroscience and medical and health sciences.


Professor Frank Gannon


Director and Chief Executive Officer
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

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Professor Frank Gannon is the Director and CEO of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. He joined QIMR Berghofer in January 2011, having been Director General and board member of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) since 2007. He obtained his PhD from the University of Leicester, England in 1973 and worked subsequently in the USA, France, Ireland and Germany where he was Executive Director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) from 1994–2007.


Dr Peter Steer

Group CEO
Mater Misericordiae Ltd

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Peter was appointed Mater Group Chief Executive Officer in January 2019 and he brings with him a wealth of healthcare administration experience and clinical expertise.

Previously, Peter was the Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London.

He commenced his medical career at Mater Brisbane in 1982 after graduating from The University of Queensland, and worked at Mater in Adults and Children’s Hospitals until 1987.

After a few years in New Zealand and Canada with further training in Neonatology, Peter returned to Mater Mothers’ and Children’s Hospitals in 1991 and continued until 2001.

Peter then spent further time at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences in Canada before coming back to Brisbane where he was involved in the merger of Royal Children’s and Mater Children’s Hospitals as CEO of Children’s Health Queensland.


Ms Fionnagh Dougan

BA (Hons)Dip (Health)RN RMN FAICD

Chief Executive
Childrens Health Queensland

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Fionnagh has a long and successful history in leading change in complex healthcare environments and a lifelong commitment to improving childrens health. She was appointed Chief Executive of Childrens Health Queensland in January 2015. Prior to this, she had overarching responsibility for all hospital, clinical support and community services, including paediatric and mental health services, in her role as Director of Provider Services, Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). She is also a former General Manager of Aucklands Starship Childrens Hospital and Child Health Services. Fionnagh began her career in nursing at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and has postgraduate qualifications in health management, an honours degree in communication and media, and has held dual registration and experience as both a mental health and a general nurse.


Professor Carolyn Mountford

M.Sc. Biophysics, D.Phil. Biochemistry & Biophysics, M.S. Radiology

CEO and Director of Research
Translational Research Institute

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Professor Mountford is co-inventor of the diagnostic protocol to monitor women at high risk for breast cancer identifying metabolic deregulations in their breast tissue that precede tumour growth. The same technology is shown to identify changes to the brain associated with learning, memory, PTSD and injury from blast and impact. Her team is under contract to the USA and Australian military to develop this approach to improve the health of soldiers.

Prior to her appointment at TRI, Professor Mountford was Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Centre for Clinical Spectroscopy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She was also Professor of Radiology and Director of the Centre for MR in Health at the University of Newcastle.

Her team has been a worldwide development site for Siemens since 1999. She has led multidisciplinary programs interfacing these teams with industry; translating the technology; and making it available worldwide.


Professor Ross Young

BSc (Hons) MSc PDip (Clinical Psychology) DPhil

Executive Dean
Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology

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Professor Ross Young was appointed Executive Dean, Faculty of Health QUT in January 2013 following seven years as Executive Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT. Professor Young is a Clinical Psychologist and his research interests lie in the integration of psychological and biological risk factors in mental illness. His research includes work in substance misuse, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and more broadly in behavioural medicine. This includes work in pharmacogenomics and the development of personalised medicine via the use of gene chips. Professor Young has over 230 published book chapters and papers in genetic, medical, psychiatric and psychological journals.
His roles have included:

  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, QUT
  • Executive Director – Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT
  • Visiting Research Fellow – Alcohol Research Centre, UCLA
  • Honorary Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Psychology, Glasgow University, Scotland
  • Senior Clinical Psychologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Chairman of the Board, Mantle Pty- an organisation developing community based housing for those with mental illness.
  • Patron, Mental Health Carers, Arafmi Queensland
  • Past Chair, Queensland Institutes of Health
  • Past National President, Australian Society for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • AACBT Honorary Fellow

Mr Michael Walsh

MBA, BA (Hons), BEd, BSc

Department of Health, Queensland Government

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Mr Walsh is the Director-General Queensland Health where he leads a public health and hospital system for a population of 4.7million people.  Prior to this role, Mr Walsh was the inaugural Chief Executive / CIO of eHealth NSW, providing eHealth and ICT services to the NSW Health System.  Michael has also worked as Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW, the NSW Health shared service provider. Michael has extensive experience at the Government Senior Executive level in both NSW and Queensland and has worked in the private sector including for a leading consulting firm.

Mr Walsh has led large organisational strategy and change programs including major departmental integrations; significant ICT programs; and, large hospital infrastructure programs such as the $10 billion Queensland Hospital rebuilding program including the Gold Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Mr Walsh has a strong background in public sector governance and leadership. He also has strong experience in portfolio, program and project management, business case development and implementation of major government initiatives.


Sue Scheinpflug


Brisbane South PHN

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Sue has been a CEO for over 19 years.  She has worked in the areas of primary health care, mental health, homelessness, youth and families and education.  Sue is the CEO of Brisbane South PHN and a board member of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service.

Sue has held numerous advisory and policy development roles and government appointments in the community services and regional development sectors.

Sue holds degrees in teaching and education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has won multiple awards as a business and community leader including the 2009 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award.


Areti Gavrilidis

Areti Gavrilidis

CF, FCHSM, MBA, GradDipBusAdmin, BSc, BAppSc

Areti Gavrilidis is the General Manager of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners. She has a business, health and science background, working in both the public and private sectors.

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In 2002 she moved from Austin Health to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Centres for Health Research to support, facilitate and strengthen health and medical research within the hospital campus. In 2007 she was appointed as the Principal Researcher, working with the Smart State Council to prepare a report to advance Queensland’s health and medical research and development outcomes, which led directly to the establishment of Queensland Health’s Office of Health and Medical Research.

In 2008 Ms Gavrilidis was awarded a Churchill Trust Fellowship to study models facilitating translational research. After visiting over 40 prestigious leading research Academic Health Science organisations in the USA, Canada and the UK and interviewing over 130 key individuals, she has applied this international knowledge to her current position.

In 2008 she was a recipient of an Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS)– International Network of Research Management Societies Scholarship.

She has qualifications in science and applied science, and this scientific background is strengthened by her interest and experience in business management and augmented with a postgraduate degree in Business and a Masters in Business Administration. Over the years she has served on a number of local, national and international committees and boards including the ARMS International Committee.

Theme Leaders

Our Theme Leaders play a critical role in developing, co-ordinating and leading our nine Themes.


Professor Len Gray

Ageing Theme


Professor Nancy Pachana

Ageing Theme


Professor John McGrath

Brain and Mental Health Theme


Professor Steven Lane

Cancer Theme


Professor Euan Walpole

Cancer Theme


Professor H. Peter Soyer

Skin and Skin Cancer


Professor B. Mark Smithers

Skin and Skin Cancer Theme


Professor Ian Hector Frazer

Skin and Skin Cancer Theme


Professor Ian Yang

Chronic Disease Theme

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Associate Professor Ian Scott

Evidence and Innovation in Clinical Care Theme


Professor Nicholas Graves

Evidence and Innovation into Clinical Care Theme


Professor Geoffrey Playford

Immunity, Inflammation, Infection Theme


Professor Geoff Cleghorn

Maternal and Child Health Theme


Professor Karen Moritz

Maternal and Child Health Theme


Professor Jeffery Lipman

Trauma, Critical Care and Recovery Theme