APHA elects new President


The Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) has welcomed a new President, Council and Board members. 

Dr Lachlan Henderson, Group Chief Executive of Epworth HealthCare, has been elected as the new President, while Peter Mott, CEO of Ramsay Health Care’s Hollywood Private Hospital, is the new Vice-President.  

Dr Henderson, Vice-President for the past two years, replaces Danny Sims who is transitioning to retirement. 

APHA CEO Michael Roff welcomed Dr Henderson to his new role. 

“Lachlan has extensive experience in healthcare organisations in Victoria and Western Australia,” he said. 

“He has been very involved in the Victorian response to the COVID-19 pandemic second wave, mobilising his staff and hospitals to ease pressure on the public hospital system and the aged care sector. 

“Lachlan is well respected in the private hospital sector and brings a significant amount of knowledge, including medical experience as a former general practitioner. We look forward to his leadership during the next two years.” 

Dr Henderson said he was grateful to be appointed to the position. 

“It’s always a great privilege to be elected by your peers to a role such as this.  

“The APHA works very hard to promote the pivotal role the private hospital sector plays in delivering great care to communities across Australia,” he said.

“This year has obviously been incredibly challenging for everyone across the country, particularly those involved in the delivery of healthcare.  

“Private hospitals have worked collaboratively to ensure a sector-wide response in managing the pandemic. 

“There is still much work to be done to ensure private hospitals maintain and enhance their role in health service delivery and I look forward to working with the new APHA board to ensure private hospitals continue to deliver great care to the millions of patients we treat every year.” 

Mr Roff paid tribute to Mr Sims for his leadership during the past four years.  

“Danny has made a significant contribution to the sector as President and over the 13 years he has sat on the APHA Board,” he said. 

There are three new members on the APHA Board, including Mr Sims' replacement as Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO, Carmel Monaghan.

“We welcome new board members Carmel Monaghan from Ramsay Health Care, Neale Fong from Bethesda and Tim Yeoh from Healthe Care. I look forward to their input to the board,” Mr Roff said. 

“I would like to thank the departing members of the board and council. I have appreciated your counsel and contribution to APHA committees, submissions and discussions."

The new APHA Board and Council members will take up their positions immediately.  

APHA Board

President: Lachlan Henderson (Epworth HealthCare)

Vice-president: Peter Mott (Hollywood Private Hospital)

Chair of council: David Swan (St Vincent’s Health Australia)

Treasurer: Alan Morrison (sportsmed)

Alan Cooper (Friendly Society Private Hospital)

Anne Crouch (Cura Day Hospitals)

Christine Gee (Toowong Private Hospital)

Carmel Monaghan (Ramsay Health Care Australia)

Neale Fong (Bethesda Health Care)

Tim Yeoh (Healthe Care - Surgical)

APHA Council  

  • For profit – large group: 

Emma Bognar (Cura Day Hospitals) 

Anne Crouch (Cura Day Hospitals) 

Bernadette Eather (Ramsay Health Care Australia) 

Peter Mott (Hollywood Private Hospital) 

Carmel Monaghan (Ramsay Health Care Australia)

  • For profit – small group and large independent: 

Stephen Johnston (Evolution Healthcare) 

  • For profit – small independent: 

Alison Pennington (Newcastle Eye Hospital) 

  • Not for profit – large group: 

Brett Goods (Sydney Adventist Hospital) 

Lachlan Henderson (Epworth HealthCare) 

Michael Krieg (UnitingCare Health Group) 

  • Not for profit – small group and large independent: 

Stephen Walker (St Andrew’s Hospital) 

Neale Fong (Bethesda Health Care) 

  • Not for profit – small independent: 

Sonia Jones (Lithgow Community Private Hospital) 

  • Day hospitals: 

Tony Scaramuzza (Sydney Surgical Centre) 

  • Psychiatric hospitals: 

Christine Gee (Toowong Private Hospital) 

  • Rehabilitation hospitals: 

Denise Thomas (MetroRehab Hospital) 

  • Regional representatives:

New South Wales: David Swan (St Vincent’s Private Hospital)

Queensland: Alan Cooper (Friendly Society Private Hospital)

South Australia: Alan Morrison (sportsmed)

Tasmania: Vacant

Victoria: Fiona Gerrard (Marie Stopes Australia)

Western Australia: Glen Power (Perth Clinic)

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