Jane Gray

Executive Director, Research, Innovation and Partnerships 

Jane has led Hunter New England Health’s partnerships, innovation and (more recently) research portfolios since November 2009. She leads work that is designed to help make the entire health system work better for patients and families. Jane holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Newcastle), Bachelor of Communication (Charles Sturt University), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In the past, Jane led NSW Health’s Patient and Carer Experience Program from 2006-2009. Previously, she was the Director of Communication for Hunter Health, and led the communication strategy that supported the successful merger of Hunter Health, New England Health and the Lower Mid North Coast health services in 2004/05. 

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Emeritus Professor Maree Gleeson

Interim Director, NSW Regional Health Partners (NHMRC Accredited Centre for Innovation in Regional Health) 

Non-Executive Director, Boards of Central Coast Local Health District, NSW Health Pathology and Hunter Water Corporation 

Maree has held leadership positions in health services, health policy and medical research. Maree was previously the Director of Immunology for the Hunter Area Pathology Service; Inaugural Director of Medical Research in the NSW Ministry for Science and Medical Research; and Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute. Maree has also held positions on NHMRC Principal Committees. 

Maree is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Health & Medicine at the University of Newcastle and has over 40 years’ research experience. Maree’s research has involved the development of immunity in children and the role of respiratory infections in the predisposition to asthma, allergy and SIDS. A major focus for the past 25 years has been in the field of exercise immunology in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport, on the causes and control of respiratory illness in elite athletes.

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Assoc Prof Luke Wolfenden

Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle 

Health Services Manager, Hunter New England Population Health 

Luke currently holds Fellowships with the National Health and Medical Research Council, Heart Foundation and Hunter New England Local Health District. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organisation, and Australian Federal and State governments. Luke’s work seeks to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease by developing and testing interventions targeting NCD risks and strategies to implement such interventions at scale.

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Dr Lee Fong

Clinical Editor and Clinical Lead, Hunter New England HealthPathways 

Dr Lee Fong is a General Practitioner in Newcastle, the Senior Clinical Director at Hunter Primary Care, a Senior Clinical Editor with Hunter New England Hospital and Community HealthPathways, and a founding member of the Hunter GP Association. 

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Sush Wagener

Operations Manager, John Hunter Hospital Outpatients 

Sush provides the leadership required not only to run the Outpatient Service operationally but also to guide it through significant redesign work. Her ability to collaborate with a variety of departments and a diverse range of stakeholders has been instrumental in not only making significant progress in the redesign but also ensuring that all relevant parties are engaged in the process.  Sush’s style of leadership empowers staff to strive further and work to their full potential. Sush’s background in nursing and experience in a variety of roles, such as the After Hours Nurse Manager, ensures that she has the skills and knowledge to share with the team in order to deliver excellence to every patient, every time. Her key driver is improving access to outpatient services for the community.

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Robin Haskins

Data Manager, John Hunter Hospital Outpatients  

Robin works as the Data Manager within the John Hunter Hospital Outpatient Service Team, helping to use data to analyse and inform service delivery and redesign strategies. He has a clinical background working as a Physiotherapist within Hunter New England Health since 2002 and is a conjoint lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Robin has completed a PhD on the subject of clinical prediction rules and has a strong interest in the use of data to inform decision making.

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Dr Kevin Sweeney

GP Clinical Lead, Hunter New England Local Health District 

Dr Kevin Sweeney is a GP Clinical Lead with Hunter New England Local Health District. He has an extensive background in rural procedural general practice, medical education, and health service management. 

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Catherine Grahame

Nurse Manager, John Hunter Children’s Hospital 

Cathy has 25 year’s experience in paediatric nursing, working at John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH). Cathy began her career in the Paediatric Medical ward at JHCH, becoming Nurse Unit Manager in 2005. Cathy has extensive experience in redesign. In 2009, Cathy led the redesign of Ambulatory Care Services at JHCH, and in 2014 led the redesign of orthopaedic outpatient services using HNE HealthPathways as an enabler to bring about change between outpatient and community services. Today, Cathy is Nurse Manager Ambulatory Care Services at JHCH, and maintains strong links to HNE HealthPathways.

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