Martha Parsons

Program Manager, Diabetes Alliance, Hunter New England Local Health District 

Martha has shared her time over the last seven years between being a midwife at John Hunter Hospital and supporting innovation projects for the Research, Innovation and Partnership Unit for Hunter New England Local Health District. She has a passion for designing collaborative solutions to everyday problems faced by colleagues and patients, with a goal of making the experience of both providing and receiving health care a positive one.  

Martha is a registered, practising nurse and midwife and also has qualifications in project management as well as a Master’s degree in Health Policy. Previous to this role, Martha worked as a coordinator of HealthPathways for Hunter Medicare Local from the programme’s inception in 2013. 

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Lea Kirkwood

Program Manager, Centre for Healthcare Redesign, ACI 

Lea commenced her career as a nurse, specialising in Emergency Nursing and has complemented her learning with a Bachelor of Psychology and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Education and Clinical Redesign and a Master of Nursing. Lea has held a number of education and practice change roles including Clinical Nurse Consultant in Emergency and Project Manager for statewide projects within the NSW Ministry of Health. 

In July 2012, Lea was appointed Program Manager of the Centre for Healthcare Redesign (CHR) at the Agency for Clinical Innovation. The CHR has a remit to partner with Health Services staff, from executives to frontline clinicians to provide training in project management, redesign and change management to deliver innovation and improvement in care delivery. Lea is a lead coach and facilitator in the Accelerating Implementation Methodology, which is a methodology adopted by NSW Health to promote organisational capability in successful and sustained change.

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Bronwyn Paton

Course Manager, Centre for Healthcare Redesign, ACI 

Bronwyn has over 20 years’ experience working for NSW Health and holds a Master of Public Health. She started her career as a Registered Nurse, specialising in the field of Intensive Care and has held a number of practice change roles including Clinical Nurse Consultant in Intensive Care, and Program Manager for Redesign in the Murrumbidgee LHD. During this time Bronwyn was responsible for managing a range of projects and innovations in line with relevant national standards, best practice and the LHD Strategic Plan. She currently manages the Centre for Health Care Redesign (CHR) Graduate Certificate (Clinical Redesign) Program, the NSW Accelerating Implementation Methodology Program, and the NSW Health Coaching Program.

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Cate Dingelstad

Project Manager, Centre for Healthcare Redesign, ACI 

Cate has worked for a number of health organisations over the past ten years, both for and externally to NSW Health. She primarily manages capability development associated with the Leading Better Value Care Program for the Centre for Healthcare Redesign. Cate holds a Master of Public Health, along with a double degree in Education and Music.  Cate began with the Agency for Clinical Innovation in 2017 and brings with her extensive experience in programme and project management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic organisational development. She is passionate about helping teams to understand individual strengths in order to work collaboratively and effectively.

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Tricia Cummins

Capability Designer Manager, Centre for Health Care Redesign, ACI 

Trish has over 25 years’ experience in health care across the UK and NSW, originally specialising in Intensive Care Nursing then moving into education in Critical Care and Medical Simulation. Trish holds a Master of Education and worked as a Nurse Educator before moving into service improvement, managing the Whole of Hospital Program at Westmead for two years, leading several projects with focus on improving patient access to timely, quality care.  In 2017 Trish joined the Centre for Healthcare Redesign team at ACI as the Capability Design Manager. With a keen interest in the patient journey and the hospital experience, Trish is passionate about helping people realise their potential for change and innovation and achieving a better service for both patients and staff alike.

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Amelia Giles

Course Coordinator, Centre for Healthcare Redesign, ACI 

Amelia began her career as a physiotherapist, working within the NSW and Victorian health systems. As a clinician she has been involved in a number of projects to improve the experience and outcomes of patients, with particular interest in respiratory care. Amelia holds a Master of Health Management and joined the team as the Centre for Healthcare Redesign Course Coordinator in early 2017. Based on frontline experience Amelia developed a passion for service improvement and is excited to work within a team that empowers the individual and builds capability for change. 

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