THS Governing Council Members

Mr John Ramsay (Chair)

Ll.B (UTas)Mr John Ramsay

Roles in health the health sector.

John Ramsay has significant experience in health and human service delivery in Tasmania.

In 2014, he chaired the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Rescue Taskforce and from 17 January 2015 until 30 June 2015, he was the Chair of the 3 Tasmanian Health Organisations.

John was Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services from 1999-2005.

During that time he was Deputy Chair and subsequently Chair of the Australian Heath Minister's Advisory Council (AHMAC), and chaired the AHMAC Health Workforce Committees. He was also a member of the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee, a member of the 2002 National Review of Nursing Education, and a member of the Australian Medical Council.

On leaving the Tasmanian Public Service he established a consulting practice and undertook numerous consultancies for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare and Health Workforce Australia. He was also a member of the Policy Committee of the Australian Medical Council and a member of the Board of the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania. 

Other experience and appointments

John Ramsay was a Department Secretary in Tasmania for 23 years. He was Secretary of what is now titled the Tasmanian Justice Department from 1982-1989. In 1989 he was appointed the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Planning which subsequently became the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment.

His consultancy practice has also included work in the areas of environment, planning and natural resources, strategic planning and facilitation.

From 2008 until 2015, he was Chairperson of the Board of Environmental Management and Pollution Control. He is currently a member of the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Chair of the Forest Practices Authority.

He is a Fellow of the University of Tasmania and an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of Australia.While not practising as a lawyer, John was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 1976.

Dr Emil Djakic

FRACGPDr Emil Djakic

BMed MBBS DipObs Dip Anaesthetics


Current and Recent roles in Tasmania health administration

Dr Emil Djakic was born in Launceston and has been a Principal GP in Ulverstone for the past 20 years.  He was the Chairman of the Australian General Practice Network for four years and was previously a member of the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North West (THO-NW) Governing Council. 

Current and previous roles in the Tasmanian health system

Emil has previously been a member of the Board of GP North West, State Based GP Organisation Board, RACGP State Faculty Board, Australian Medicare Local Alliance Board and the Mersey Community Hospital Board.

Health related qualifications etc

Emil graduated in Medicine from the University of Tasmania, completed a Diploma in Obstetrics at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Launceston and a Diploma in Anaesthetics in London.  Emil completed his Fellowship of General Practice in1994.

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Emil is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice and a member of the Australian Medical Association.  

Emil is a strong advocate for sustainable, safe, health systems and will bring an excellent mix of committed local, primary care clinical and governance expertise.  Emil has a strong understanding of primary health and health reform, as well regional issues in North West Tasmania.

Professor Denise Fassett

Current and Recent roles in Tasmania health administrationProfessor Denise Fassett

Professor Denise Fassett has a unique blend of expertise with a clinical, academic and a health regulatory background.  She has lived and worked in all three regions in Tasmania and has been in Launceston for over twenty years.  In her current University role she is living and working in both Launceston and Hobart.

Denise Fassett is a Registered Nurse and the Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania. Her role in the University includes strategic and operational leadership and responsibility for the Faculty which includes the budget and the disciplines of: Psychology; Pharmacy; Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Rural Health, Exercise and Sport Science and the Biomedical Sciences. The Faculty also includes Health Service Innovation Tasmania and the Wicking Centre for Dementia Education. Denise was the former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery, Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery and Director of Learning and Teaching.

Denise was a member of the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North (THO-N) Governing Council (GC) and Chair of the THO-N GC Quality and Safety Sub-Committee.

She is a current member of the Tasmanian Health System (THS) GC and the THS Quality and Safety Sub-Committee.

Current and previous roles in the Tasmanian health system

Denise is the inaugural Chair of the Health Council of Tasmania and she is a member of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research Board.  She has previously practised as a Registered Nurse in all three regions across Tasmania.

Health related qualifications etc.

Denise is a Registered Nurse who completed a General Nursing Certificate at the Royal Hobart Hospital, a Bachelor of Health Science, Graduate Diploma in Aged Care Nursing and a Master of Nursing from the University of Tasmania.  She has a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Fellow, Australian College of Nursing (FACN).

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Denise was the former Chair of the Nursing Board of Tasmania from 2006 until the Board transitioned into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. She is a current member of the Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) Board and the Tasmanian Practitioner member on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). She is the Chair of the NMBA Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives Project Advisory Committee (IQNMPAC).

Dr Judith Watson

MBChB FRNZCGP DipObs GAICDDr Judith Watson

Current and Recent roles in Tasmania health administration

Dr Judith Watson is a General Practitioner with over 23 years' experience.  She is the current Chair of Tasmania Medicare Local (TML), on the Board of TIVA Pty Ltd, a medical practice company, and a part- time GP.

Current and previous roles in the Tasmanian health system

Judith has been a member of the Board of Governance of the Division of General Practice Northern Tasmanian Division and the State Based Organisation, General Practice Tasmania, in roles including Chair and Treasurer since 2004.

Health related qualifications etc

Judith graduated from The University of Auckland School of Medicine, completing a Diploma of Obstetrics and Fellowship of Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.  She has been working in General Practice in Launceston since 1994.  

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Judith is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and regularly participates in governance training activities.         

Judith has a strong understanding of disconnects in the patient journey and the challenges in changing the culture and pursing new opportunities in the heath sector. She is passionately committed to improving the health of Tasmanians via both established and innovative strategies.  

Professor Judith Walker

PhD Grap Dip Ed BA (Hons) FACEProfessor Judi Walker

Roles in the health and higher education sectors

Judi Walker has over 20 years' experience in senior academic and health leadership positions.  She brings a wealth of knowledge of rural and regional health services, health workforce training and re-design, ageing well policy, community engagement and innovative approaches to regional medical training and health service delivery. 

Judi will shortly complete (October 2015) a five year term as Head of the School of Rural Health at Monash University, with academic, financial and human resource management for one of the largest and the most geographically dispersed school in the Faculty of Medicine. She designed and implemented the School's five year Blueprint with a new committee governance structure and risk management framework. In 2015 she has been the Vice Chancellor's nominee leading negotiations for a new funding framework – the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program – with the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Prior to her appointment with Monash University she was Chief Executive of the University of Tasmania's Rural Clinical School, a conjoint appointment with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services where she was responsible for the establishment of both the UTAS University Department of Rural Health and the Rural Clinical School (North West Regional Hospital, North West Private Hospital and the Mersey Community Hospital).  Concurrently she was Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health Science and co-Executive Director, Partners in Health, the unique partnership between DHHS and UTAS driving strategic health services and workforce education reform. She was a member of the North West Regional Hospital Executive and has held senior positions on a number of Commonwealth and State Government health committees and working groups.

Judi Walker was recently successful, as Principle Co-Investigator, in winning a major Victorian Government tender to undertake a 10 year longitudinal study into the health impacts of the recent Hazelwood Mine Fire in the Latrobe Valley. This study is now underway.

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Judi is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Executives. She has completed a number of Corporate Governance training courses.

Judi has 15 years' experience as a Board Member/Board Director of a number of government and private sector not for profit organisations. She is on the Board and immediate past Chair of the national Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) and is currently Board Director of the national Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) and Board Director of Latrobe Community Health Services (LCHS) in Victoria. She sits on the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance, the peak body for rural health organisations. Her 4 year term as Vice President of Monash Academic Board finishes in November 2015.

In Tasmania she was an inaugural Board Member of the Tasmania Together Progress Board, Board Director of the Tasmanian Polytechnic and Chair of the North West Institute of TAFE Council.

Judi graduated from The University of the West Indies completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Distance Education from the University of South Australia and completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania in the area of health (disability) and education policy.

Judi has held, as Chief Investigator, a number of competitive research grants (National Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council) at both Monash University and the University of Tasmania. She was the recipient of the Dean's 2014 Award for Excellence in External Engagement and was nominee for the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact). 

Judi and her family have been resident in north west Tasmania for over 35 years with established business and family interests and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Tasmanian health issues.

Associate Professor Deborah Wilson

MBBS, FANZCA, Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals Associate Professor Deborah Wilson

Current and Recent roles in Tasmania health administration.

Associate Professor Deborah Wilson is the Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School at the University of Tasmania, a Visiting Medical Officer Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, at both the North West Regional Hospital and the North West Private Hospital. 

Current and previous roles in the Tasmanian health system

She holds an Honorary Specialist Appointment at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and was previously a member of the Tasmania Health Organisations – North West (THO-NW) Governing Council.

Health related qualifications etc

Deborah graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery.   She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals and holds the title of Supervisor of Training at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Deborah was awarded the 2009 Clinical Teaching Award from the Rural Clinical School, University of Tasmania, the Abbotts Young Investigator Award in 1996 and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Formal Project Prize in 1996.

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Deborah is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.  Deborah has worked for over sixteen years on the North West Coast and has a deep understanding of the complexities of health services in rural and remote communities.   She is committed to teaching, training and research to drive better treatments and innovation within our system.

Ms Barbara Hingston

BA(Admin) BSW MAASW GAICD Ms Barbara Hingston

Roles in  health administration

Barbara is highly experienced in the delivery, management and governance of health and community service organisations. 

Ms Hingston is a Non-Executive Director and health, social policy and community consultant based in Hobart.   Her current Directorships include General Practice Training Tasmania; Headspace – the National Youth Mental Health Foundation Ltd; state wide Dental Health Services Victoria and Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, transitioning to a new primary health care partnership for Eastern Victoria.

Barbara brings a range of capabilities to the Council. These reflect significant experience in governance of quality and safety, finance, audit and risk management – corporate and clinical; consumer participation, community partnership and stakeholder engagement.  She has high level management experience in developing business scope and structure and in the commissioning of health services including in mental health. 

She is also an allied health practitioner experienced in public and community health. Her practice included therapeutic social work in complex mental health, violence against women and their children, child abuse and sexual assault.   She is deeply aware of issues in access, reliability and affordability of whole of life health care and promotion for all Tasmanians.

Current and previous roles in the Tasmanian health system

Barbara was a co-consultant to the Commission on Delivery of Health services in Tasmania.

She facilitated stakeholder consultation on the sustainability of the Tasmanian health care system and reviewed organisational and clinical governance arrangements in and across the Tasmanian health care system. She also developed the consultation strategy and framework for the health consumer representation project in Tasmania.

Recently she has consulted to the University of Tasmania, informing their strategy for addressing health, allied health and community service workforce development needs, linked to reform in disability, aged and mental health care.  Other consultancy roles include stakeholder engagement and report to Breast Screen Australia on Future Directions for the Integration of Mammographic Density in Breast Screening.  

Other relevant experience, qualifications and appointments

Barbara has previously been a Director of Austin Health Service Victoria, National Nursing and Midwifery and Physiotherapy Boards – Victoria and Mercy Health Care Australia Ltd.

Barbara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Administration (with distinction) from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Social Work from the Australian Catholic University, Canberra.  She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Institute of Public Administration Australia and CEO Tasmania.

Mr Mark Scanlon

MBA BBus FCPA FAICDMr Mark Scanlon

Roles in health and the health sector 

Mark was a member of the Tasmanian Health Organisation - North (THO-N) Governing Council from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2015. During that period he was Chair of the THO-N Audit and Risk Subcommittee also. Mark was previously a Director of the Heart Foundation Tasmania and a member of the Heart Foundation National Finance Advisory Committee.

Other experience, qualifications and appointments

Mark is Chairman of the Credit and Investment Ombudsman Service Limited and Independent Chairman of the Launceston City Council Audit Committee.

Other positions held previously include Director of the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) and Chairman of the MAIB Audit Committee, Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Managing Director of Tasmanian Perpetual Trustees Limited, Managing Director of Tasmanian Banking Services Limited and Joint Chief Executive Officer of MyState Limited.

Mark has over 20 years senior executive experience in a variety of industry sectors including funds management, trustee services, banking, health insurance and general insurance. He has a broad set of skills including strategic planning, leadership, business management, marketing and corporate governance.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Business (with distinction) from Victoria University.  He has a Master of Business Administration from RMIT University and completed a Harvard Club of Australia Leadership Program.

Mark is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Martin Wallace

B Ec (Hons) MAICDMr Martin Wallace

Roles in the health sector

Martin Wallace is a former Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania, and previously the Director of Inter-government and Financial Policy in Treasury, where he acquired a deep understanding of national and state health policy and financing, and the key issues impacting on the delivery of health services in Tasmania.

As principal of his own consulting practice in the late 1990s, he undertook a number of consulting projects relating to health services delivery in Tasmania, including a major report on the demand and cost factors affecting the efficiency and quality of health care in Tasmania. 

During his time in the Department of Health and Human Services he led a number of strategic and policy initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health services, including in the areas of e-health, financial management, business performance and re-negotiation of major commercial contracts.

Other experience and appointments

Mr Wallace has a diverse employment history including executive and senior roles in a number of organisations including the Department of Treasury and Finance, the Department of Health and Human Services, Aurora Energy and Hydro Tasmania.

As well as substantial public administration, public policy and financial and budget management experience, Mr Wallace has deep commercial and business experience, through his executive general manager roles in energy and telecommunications.  He has negotiated many major commercial contracts including in the areas of procurement and supply, and the delivery of services under public-private partnership and purchaser-provider arrangements.

Martin Wallace led the Tasmanian National Broadband Network (NBN) project from its inception and subsequent acceptance by the Australian Government, through to successfully overseeing the construction and completion of Stage 1 of the NBN network in Tasmania.

Mr Wallace has a strong background in corporate governance and is an experienced Board member.  He has previously held directorships with Aurora Energy Pty Ltd; the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation (Tascorp), and Tastel Limited.  He was Executive Chair of Auroracom Pty Ltd, an optical fibre network business he established and successfully led. He was a member of the national Health Connect Board between 2002 and 2004. Mr Wallace was also previously a member of the State Grants Commission.