Management Team

Cabrini Health has a ten-member Executive Committee, established in 2009-10, it provides a combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm.

Our management team

Cabrini Health has an 10-member Executive Committee, including Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh. The Executive Committee supports the Chief Executive in performing his duties, including leadership of our mission and implementation of our Cabrini Health Strategic Plan 2010-12.

This team was established in 2009-10 and includes five Executive Directors who were new to Cabrini Health or to their executive roles. A combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm had created a dynamic leadership team that is well placed to lead the organisation forward.

Dr Michael Walsh – Chief Executive

Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in hospital and health administration in Victoria, Western Australia, the UK and the Middle East. He is a medical graduate of Monash University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Michael is a Fellow and current Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Also, he is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. Michael is a member of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board and he chairs the Health Policy Sub-Committee. In 2012, Michael was appointed by the Federal Government to Australia’s Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Board. Michael is a member of the Cabrini Foundation Board; the Cabrini Institute Council; the Mission and People Committee; the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee; the Board Executive and an invitee to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Kris Botha – Executive Director, Human Resources

Kris joined the organisation in 1993 as Director of Human Resources. She worked in clinical nursing before pursuing a career in nursing administration and management at Epworth HealthCare, Sacred Heart /John Fawkner Hospital and Ballarat Health Services. Kris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Advanced Nursing (Nursing Administration) and a Master of Business (Human Resources/Industrial Relations). She is a member of the Community Services and Health Industry Training Board and the Archbishop’s Standing Committee of Catholic Church Employers. She has been a member of the Board of Governance of Sacred Heart Mission since 2002. Kris is a member of the Mission and People Committee. Recently Kris was appointed Councillor on the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations.

Judith Day – Chief Financial Officer

Judith has worked at Cabrini for seven years. She is a Certified Practising Accountant and completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. Judith has 17 years’ experience in the health sector. Previously, she was Director of Finance and Administration at St Andrew’s Hospital in Adelaide. Prior to that, she worked in various roles at Faulding Healthcare, Flinders Medical Centre and Ashford Community Hospital. Her responsibilities include finance, payroll, information technology and health information services.

Geoff Fazakerley – Executive Director, Diagnostic Services and Infrastructure

Geoff began working for Cabrini in 1985 and in 1990 became Director of Support Services until 1997, when he was made Director of Building and Business Development. In 2009, Geoff was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Diagnostic Services and Infrastructure. Geoff has played an integral part in overseeing the development and expansion of Cabrini Health, including our premises at Ashwood, Brighton, Elsternwick, Hawthorn, Malvern and Prahran.

Cath Garner – Executive Director, Mission and Strategy

Cath has worked at Cabrini for a total of 25 years. She has a background in nursing and education and in 2002, she was appointed as Mission Integration Officer, joining the Executive Committee in 2007. She has worked in Australian healthcare for almost three decades in a wide range of key clinical, staff development and management roles. She holds postgraduate degrees in education, information systems, innovation/service management and theology. She oversees Cabrini Health’s social outreach program.

Associate Professor Peter Lowthian – Executive Director Cabrini Institute and Clinical Governance

Peter his role as Executive Director of the Cabrini Institute since 2002 and in 2012-13, he gained executive responsibility for clinical governance of Cabrini. He is a rheumatologist and a graduate of Monash University. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians London and of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Peter believes that management systems, quality staff, education, research and patient involvement are the fundamental underpinnings of safe, high quality patient care.

Adjunct Professor Susan O’Neill – Executive Director of Nursing

Susan holds the dual role of Executive Director of Nursing for Cabrini and Director of Nursing for Cabrini Malvern. Previously she was Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Redesigning Care, Southern Adelaide Health Service. Susan’s clinical background is in cancer nursing and she has presented both nationally and internationally in the areas of antiemetic management and acute cancer pain control. Susan’s focus is on improving professional clinical nursing practice and she has extensive experience in applying lean thinking to healthcare.

Ralf Pelz – Executive Director, Hospitality and Retail Services

Ralf joined Cabrini in 1994 and has worked in various senior management roles. He has afforded employment opportunities for many disenfranchised people to positions in Cabrini Health’s food services, domestic services and Cabrini Linen Service. Prior to joining Cabrini, Ralf worked in premium hotels, resorts and cruise liners. Ralf holds Master degrees in business administration and health administration. He is an Associate Fellow at the Australian College of Health Service Executives.

Natalie Sullivan – Executive Director Continuing Care and Patient Experience

Natalie joined Cabrini in 2010 and oversees services at Ashwood, Elsternwick and Prahran. She is responsible for service development in the areas of allied health and community integration. In 2012, Natalie took on executive leadership and responsibility for implementation of Cabrini’s patient and family experience strategy. Her background is in allied health as a prosthetist/orthotist and she holds a Master of Health Administration. Previously, Natalie worked at Eastern Health where she was Chief Allied Health Officer and General Manager of Angliss Hospital, Healesville & District Hospital, Yarra Ranges Health and Yarra Valley Community Health.

Associate Professor Simon Woods – Executive Director, Medical Services

Simon has worked at Cabrini Malvern since 1988 as a general surgeon specialising in upper gastrointestinal surgery. He was elected Chair of Medical Staff from 2006-07. In 2007, he was appointed Cabrini Health’s Medical Director. He has presided over significant changes in the accreditation of medical practitioners to ensure that we appoint the best doctors available and that we can offer them a realistic opportunity to establish a significant practice within our organisation.