Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC Chair

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC is the Chair of the Digital Health CRC.  She is also chair of the boards of the Space Environment Management CRC and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, and a board member of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

Professor O’Kane is a company director, Chair of the NSW Independent Planning Commission, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in government reviews and research and innovation matters.  She was NSW Chief Scientist Engineer from 2008-2018. Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She is a former Chair of the board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, a former member of the Commonwealth’s Review of the National Innovation System, the Australian Research Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee, the board of FH Faulding Co Ltd and the board of CSIRO. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Professor Michael Aitken AM

Professor Michael Aitken AM is a director of the Digital Health CRC.  He is an academic turned entrepreneur and was a founder of SIRCA ( that developed TRTH (, and the Capital Markets CRC ( He was a founder of the SMARTS Group that was sold to NASDAQ in 2010.  Mike led the establishment of Capital Market Technologies, a subsidiary of CMCRC.  As well as investing in spin-off companies such as Capital Markets Surveillance Services and Lorica Health, CMT has acted as a venture fund and invested in start-ups that enhance market transparency and increase the fairness and efficiency of different marketplaces, such as markets for mortgages (, supply chains (, building management ( and digital currency and commodities trading (,

In 2010, Professor Aitken was named Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology & Emerging Industries) and received the Prime Minister’s ICT Exporter of the Year award for his work with SMARTS. In recognition of his service to the Australian education, business and finance sectors, he was inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2014. In 2016 Mike Aitken was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.  Professor Aitken is currently the Managing Director and interim CEO of Lorica Health.

Dr Bronwyn Evans

Dr Bronwyn Evans, BE (Elec), PhD, FTSE, HonFIEAust is a director of the Digital Health CRC. Dr Evans is the CEO of Standards Australia, and Chair of MTPConnect (the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals). She is the Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and a Director of the Australia-Japan Foundation. Dr Evans has 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles and in 2014 and 2015 was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, and in 2016 was recognised as an AFR/ Westpac 100 Women of Influence.


Dr Steve Hambleton

Dr Steve Hambleton MBBS FAMA FRACGP(hon) FAICD is a director of the Digital Health CRC. Dr Hambleton practices as a GP in Kedron in Brisbane and is a former State and Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. He was the Chairman of National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and is currently a co-chair of the Clinical Programs, the Clinical Reference Group and the My Health Record Expansion Program Steering Group in the Australian Digital Health Agency. He also holds board positions with Avant Mutual Group Limited, the AMA Queensland Foundation and the Qld Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

Professor Christine Bennett AO

Professor Christine Bennett AO is a director of the Digital Health CRC and acted as Interim-Chair during the bidding process. She was appointed to the role of Professor and Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia in May 2011. Professor Bennett is a specialist paediatrician and has over 30 years of health industry experience in clinical care, strategic planning, business operations and senior management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Professor Bennett chaired the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission that provided advice to the Australian Government on a long term blue print for the future of the Australian health system. Professor Bennett’s professional experience has included being Group Executive and Chief Medical Officer for MBF and then Bupa Health and Care services, CEO of Research Australia, Managing Director of Total Health Enterprise Ltd, Partner in Health and Life Sciences for KPMG Australia, CEO of Westmead Hospital and Community Health Services, General Manager for the Royal Hospital for Women and Head of Planning in NSW Health. Professor Bennett is currently the Chair of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and sits on the boards of Regis Healthcare, Capital Markets CRC and Lorica Health.

Mr Graeme Samuel AC

Mr Graeme Samuel AC is a director of the Digital Health CRC. Mr Samuel is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He is also a Councillor of the Australian National University and Chairman of its Finance Committee, President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council National Institute for Dementia Research, Chair of Lorica Health, Chair of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network and Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand, and a member of CEDA’s Council of Economic Policy. Mr Samuel has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and President of the National Competition Council. In 2010 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through contributions in economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations. Recently, Mr Samuel was a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into the culture, governance and accountability of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Professor Bruce Robinson AM

Professor Bruce Robinson AM is a director of the Digital Health CRC.  Professor Robinson is an endocrinologist. He is Chair of the Australian Government’s Taskforce of expert clinicians charged with reviewing the Medicare Benefits Schedule and in 2015 was appointed as Chair of Australia’s peak advisory and funding body for medical research, National Health and Medical Research Council.

Professor Robinson was the Dean of Sydney Medical School from 2007 until 2016. Since 2001, he has been Chairman of Hoc Mai Foundation, a major program in medical and health education and exchange with Vietnam.   Professor Robinson is on the boards of publicly listed companies Mayne Pharma and Cochlear.  Professor Robinson’s research has focused on identifying genetic changes which either predispose or directly cause endocrine tumours. Other highlights include the formation of an international consortium of families from around the world to study medullary thyroid carcinoma and phaeochromocytoma.  He established the Cancer Genetics Unit at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, since 1989.  When he took on the Deanship in 2007 he transitioned to Co-Head, Cancer Genetics with Dr Rory Clifton-Bligh. He continues to practice at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. Professor Robinson has supervised 37 PhD students and has more than 300 research publications.

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