Established under the National Blood Authority Act 2003, the National Blood Authority (NBA) Board provides advice to the General Manager about the performance of the NBA's functions. The Board is not a decision making body and has no formal or direct role in the governance or management of the NBA. The Board does however, consider key strategic issues facing the NBA.
The NBA Board’s roles and responsibilities fall into three main categories:
- Providing strategic direction;
- Helping to ensure effective governance, including the provision of advice on fraud, audit and risk management and the monitoring of the NBA’s financial reporting; and
- Liaising with stakeholders to strengthen relationships, promote the role of the NBA and contribute to the development of the organisation in a manner that furthers stakeholders’ requirements.
The Board is appointed by the Australian Government Minister for Health for a four-year term, based on nominees selected by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council (former Standing Council on Health (SCoH)). The Board is required to consist of:
- A Chair;
- A person representing the interests of the Commonwealth;
- 1 or 2 persons representing the interests of the States and Territories;
- A person representing the community
- A person with expertise in public health issues relating to human blood; and
- A person with financial or commercial expertise.
Further information is available from the NBA Board Secretariat by email (board [at] blood [dot] gov [dot] au) or by telephone (02 6151 5066).
Current Board Members
Ms Gayle Ginnane—chair
Ms Gayle Ginnane was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council, a government agency reporting to the Minister for Health and Ageing, with financial and regulatory responsibility for the private health insurance industry until May 2008 and has broad experience as a senior manager in an insurance and regulatory environment, and an in depth understanding of governance, risk management and finance.
Ms Ginnane has considerable experience as an independent director on a number of boards, both commercial and not for profit, in the voluntary, government and private sectors. As well as Chair of the NBA Board, Ms Ginnane is a councillor on the Australian Pharmacy Council, a director of the ACT Medicare Local, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and Police Health. She has also contributed to a number of voluntary organisations at senior and Board levels including Scouts ACT, the Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting and the Community Living Project.
Ms Ginnane is a member of the Institute of Public Administration and the Australian Institute of Management, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an affiliate member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Ms Ginnane was appointed Chair of the NBA Board in May 2011.
Adjunct Professor Chris Brook – State/Territory representative
Professor Chris Brook is currently in the office of Chief Advisors and Transformation for the Victorian Department of Health. This role is flexible and relates to indepth analysis and thinking about major policy issues, separate from day-to-day operations. Examples include Clinical Trials, Quality and Safety, Innovation and Transformation approaches to improve services to all Victorians.
As a personal appointment, Professor Brook is also the State Health and Medical Commander (Emergency Management). This position provides the command and coordination across the whole of DH services, encompassing all hospitals; ambulances; and others when a large scale emergency event occurs.
Professor Brook also sits on the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee auspiced by the Commonwealth Department of Industry and was recently re-appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Professor Brook was appointed to the NBA Board in May 2011.
Dr Stephen Christley – State/Territory representative
Dr Stephen Christley is Chief Public Health Officer and Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Systems in the South Australian Department of Health. He has previously served as a CEO of three separate area health services in New South Wales. He is a medical practitioner and has worked in rural, public health and community settings.
Dr Christley’s interests are public health, health system improvement and safety and quality. He has been a member of a number of research/fundraising foundation boards and is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee of AHMAC.
Dr Christley was appointed state and territory representative on the NBA Board in March 2009.
Ms Mary Murnane – Australian Government representative
Ms Mary Murnane is a former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health. She retired recently but is continuing to work part-time providing strategic and policy support to the Department of Health. Ms Murnane was recently appointed to the Human Genetics Advisory Committee of the NHMRC.
She was reappointed as Commonwealth representative to the NBA Board in May 2011.
Mr Paul Bedbrook – Financial expert
Mr Paul Bedbrook has had a connection with blood issues via his personal involvement with haemophilia for over two decades. He is the father of two adult sons with haemophilia. For much of those two decades Mr Bedbrook has been involved with the Haemophilia Foundation NSW (HFNSW) and the Haemophilia Foundation Australia (HFA). He is a past President of HFNSW and past Treasurer of HFA. He brings his personal experiences with blood issues to the Board as well as feedback from a community of individuals who rely on the blood and plasma products distributed to Australia’s health services under the auspices of the NBA.
Professionally, Mr Bedbrook has over thirty years of experience in financial services. He was a senior executive for over 20 years with the Dutch global banking, insurance and investment group, ING. His early career was as an investment analyst and investment portfolio manager and he was the General Manager Investments and Chief Investment Officer for the Mercantile Mutual (ING) Group in Sydney from 1987 to 1995. In the decade to 2010, he was President and CEO, INGDIRECT, Canada; CEO and director of ING Australia and Regional CEO, ING Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. His current roles include: independent non-executive director of Zurich Financial Services Australia Ltd, plus the Life Insurance and Investment subsidiaries; Credit Union Australia CUA) Ltd, and Deputy Chairman of Disability Sport Australia.
Mr Bedbrook was appointed community representative on the NBA Board in May 2011. In August 2013 Mr Bedbrook was appointed the financial expert.
Professor George Rubin – Public health expert
Professor Rubin is Director of Clinical Governance with the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and is Professor of Public Health at both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. He is a past President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and Board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. While he prac tices clinically in addiction medicine in Sydney, he has worked internationally in the Americas and Asia and has published more than 150 scientific papers in the peer reviewed literature including reports on the appropriateness of use of blood products. He has served as Director of Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation and as Chief Health Officer with NSW Health where he was instrumental in developing public health infrastructure and education. For 10 years he was a medical epidemiologist working in reproductive health with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh.
Professor Rubin was appointed to the NBA Board in May 2011.
Ms Patricia Warn – Community Representative
Ms Warn has previously worked as an adviser to Ministers for Social Security, Community Services, Health, Immigration, Transport and Communications, dealing with challenges including disability services, aged care, HIV/AIDS and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Ms Warn now has several appointments within the community, including as consumer representative on the Australian Council on Health Care Standards and the Australian Committee on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and the Uniting Care Ageing Advisory Committee.
Ms Warn was appointed to the NBA Board in August 2013.