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. The Board representative for both Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane South PHN are to be confirmed.


Sue Scheinpflug


BDHP Board Chairperson

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Sue takes on the role as the BDHP Chairperson following three years as the CEO of Brisbane South Primary Health Network. She has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO, having worked in the areas of primary health care, mental health, homelessness, youth and families and education.  Sue is a community board member for the Parole Board Queensland, a member of the Queensland Mental Health Commission – Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council and a board member of West Moreton Health.

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.

Kerrie Freeman

Dr Kerrie Freeman

PG Dip Public Health, BBS, PhD

Chief Executive West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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Kerrie is a highly respected and experienced executive with over 15 years’ in leadership of health care delivery and transformative change.

She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Queensland.

Before joining West Moreton Health as Chief Executive, Kerrie led health services across the health care spectrum in Australia and New Zealand, including in rural and remote Queensland and quaternary health services at Children’s Health Queensland. She also has senior executive experience in purchasing health services, implementing large scale digital change, redeveloping hospital infrastructure and leading organisational cultural improvement.

Her passion is to serve the community, ensuring health services meet community needs and expectations by taking a population health approach to health strategy.


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.

Frank Tracey

Adjunct, Associate Professor Frank Tracey

Chief Executive
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

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Frank Tracey is the Health Service Chief Executive at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS). Frank has more than 30 years’ experience working in health systems. This experience includes executive roles in large health organisations. Frank has a clinical background in nursing and holds advanced qualifications in health management and governance. His extensive experience in health commissioning and provision in clinical and community settings is complemented by strong managerial and leadership skills, and an applied interest in population health planning and translational health research. While working in both government and non-government roles Frank has focused on delivering sustainable health strategies that serve the best interests of patients, health professionals, the broader health system and the community.

Carolyn Mountford

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
Mike Bosel

Mike Bosel

Chief Executive
Brisbane South Primary Health Network

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Mike Bosel is an experienced CEO and senior health care executive officer with experience in working for not for profit, publicly listed and private companies both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Over a 30 career, Mike has overseen the delivery of aged care services (both community based and residential), community mental health services, children and family support services, homelessness outreach initiatives, carer support programs and community health education schemes. He has held senior roles with FKP (Aveo), Prime, Eureka and Gateway Lifestyle, in addition to aged care organisations PresCare and TriCare. Mike has an Honours Degree in Business and is currently studying a Master in Public Health at the University of Queensland.

John Upham

Professor John Upham

Metro South Health Chair
Metro South Research

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John Upham is a respiratory physician and clinician scientist who thinks a lot about immune dysfunction in lung diseases.

After clinical training in Brisbane, John completed a PhD with the University of Western Australia followed by a post-doc fellowship at McMaster University in Canada. He returned to Brisbane in 2007 and holds appointments with Princess Alexandra Hospital and the University of Queensland. He was appointed Chair of Metro South Research in 2019.

His research interests include understanding the immune system in asthma, why people with chronic lung diseases are prone to virus infections, and developing targeted therapies for severe asthma.

Keith McNeil

Professor Keith McNeil

Acting Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Department of Health

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Acting Deputy Director-General and Chief Clinical Information Officer Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the state-wide eHealth program. He works closely with key clinical stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting.

Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer and Head of IT for the NHS in England following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Theme Leaders

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

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Professor David Paterson

Immunity, Inflammation, Infection theme


Professor Nancy Pachana

Ageing Theme


Professor Ranjeny Thomas

Immunity, Inflammation, Infection 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 Karen Moritz

Maternal and Child Health Theme


Professor Jeffery Lipman

Trauma, Critical Care and Recovery Theme

Our Partners