The Digital Health interim team is comprised of the following people:

Professor Christine Bennett

Interim Chair of the Digital Health CRC, Christine is the Dean of the School of Medicine, at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Professor Bennett was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 recognising her distinguished service to medicine and health care leadership. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the former Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and the former Chief Medical Officer for Bupa Australia Group. Professor Bennett’s experience has included being Partner in Health and Life Sciences for KPMG Australia, CEO and later Chair of Research Australia, CEO of Westmead Hospital, General Manager for the Royal Hospital for Women and Head of Planning in NSW Health. She is currently Chair of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in NSW; Among her many other distinctions, Professor Bennett was selected in 2013 as a Finalist in NSW for Australian of the Year.


David Jonas

The CEO Designate for the Digital Health CRC, and currently the Head of the Health Market Quality R&D program at the CMCRC. David was the founding CEO of Lorica Health and has a long history in developing technology businesses. David was the founder/CEO of electronic commerce advisory firm, ETC, which was acquired in 2000 by Securenet (now part of Verizon). He has led many national cross-government and cross-sector technology initiatives. David’s leadership in e-government and e-commerce led to appointments to a range of Australian and European Union Government bodies. David is a board member of Infoxchange (www.infoxchange.org.au) a leading not-for-profit provider of technology solutions to Government and NGO social services organisations.

David’s academic qualifications cover technology, finance, economics and law. He served for 7 years as CTO of a large multi-national group.

Associate Professor Federico Girosi

The nominated Head of Research for the Digital Health CRC, Federico holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and PhD in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy. He conducted research for 10 years at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at the RAND Corporation, Federico led the team that developed the COMPARE micro-simulation model for the analysis of the proposed ‘Obama Care’ health insurance reform. He is currently the Head of Research of the HMQ program at the CMCRC, and Associate Professor of Western Sydney University.

Elizabeth Foley

The Bid Manager, former CEO of Research Australia, the peak advocacy body for Health and Medical Research, for 5 years to 2015. Elizabeth has been a Director of the government agency for health and medical data linkage, the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) since 2015. With over 20 years in life insurance and financial services experience with ‘Blue Chip’ companies, and a Fellow of the AICD and FINSIA, Elizabeth also brings strong commercial acumen to the Bid Team.

Tim Shaw

Professor Shaw is inaugural Professor of eHealth and Director of Research in Implementation Science and eHealth Group (RISe) at the University of Sydney. His research focus is on the impact of technology on healthcare and translation of evidence into practice. Over the last 5 years he has been CI on over 20 grants and consultancies totaling over $12M. He teaches annually on the Harvard Macy program on Innovation in Healthcare and Education in Boston and has acted as an advisor to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Partners Harvard Medical International and the Joint Commission in the United States. He will participate in the development and running of the Fellowship training program and co-lead the development of the research program.

Lee-Ann Breger

Lee-Ann is the interim Head of Partner Relations for the Digital Health CRC, drawing on her experience in deploying transformational technologies at some of the largest Australasian public and private institutions, including Medibank, Australia Post, the Auckland District Health Board and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. She currently leads the development of over 20 projects within the CMCRC (Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre) Health Market Quality Program, combining the collective efforts of our industry and academic partners in delivering research on the efficacy and integrity of health interventions that fuel the technology solutions developed by the CMCRC.

She is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Psychology and Law.

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