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Under the National Health Reform Act 2011, the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority's (IHACPA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a statutory office holder and reports to the Pricing Authority, which reports to the Minister for Health.

The CEO is responsible for the effective delivery of IHACPA’s work program and supports the Pricing Authority to fulfil its functions.

Several sections support the core activities of IHACPA, including:

  • Pricing and Analytics
  • Costing Data and Infrastructure
  • Hospital Policy and Classification
  • Aged Care Policy and Communications.
Prof Michael Pervan - IHACPA CEO

Professor Michael Pervan

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Michael Pervan commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of IHACPA on 1 February 2023. 

Prior to this appointment, Prof Pervan was Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Prof Pervan is:

• Professor of Health Services, University of Tasmania (since 2018)

• Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Executives (2018)

• National Councillor, Australian Health and Hospitals Association (2009 – 2019)

• Board Member, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (2009 – 2019).

As Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania, Prof Pervan was responsible for designing and implementing major health sector and organisational reforms.

Prof Pervan has represented Western Australia and Tasmania at the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council and at Council of Australian Governments working groups on system reform, health workforce and mental health over a number of years.

This has included leading financial governance initiatives, and implementing reform programs across health, human services, child protection, out of home care, youth justice and ambulance services as part of his role at the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania.

Joanne Fitzgerald - IHACPA Executive Director - Hospital Policy and Classification

Joanne Fitzgerald

Executive Director, Hospital Policy and Classification

Joanne Fitzgerald has worked at IHACPA since 2012, and currently holds the position of Executive Director, Hospital Policy and Classification. Prior to this, she was Director, AR-DRG Development where she was responsible for developing and managing the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups classification system.

Joanne holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the University of Sydney. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a health information manager working with health classifications in both the public and private health sector. Joanne has worked as a clinical coder, manager of medical record departments and at the NSW Ministry of Health.

Kees van Gool - IHACPA Executive Director - Pricing and Analytics

Professor Kees van Gool

Executive Director, Pricing and Analytics

Professor Kees van Gool leads the team responsible for the pricing and funding functions undertaken by the agency.

Prof van Gool joined IHACPA from the University of Technology Sydney, where he was Deputy Director, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, and Chief Investigator of the Centre for Research Excellence on Value-Based Payments in Cancer Care.

He brings his extensive experience in international, national, and regional health policy research, and quantitative skills in micro-economic modelling and linked data uses.

Julia Hume - IHACPA Executive Director - Costing and Data Infrastructure

Julia Hume

Executive Director, Costing and Data Infrastructure

Julia Hume is currently the Executive Director, Costing and Data Infrastructure, and has worked at IHACPA since 2013. As the Executive Director, Costing and Data Infrastructure, Julia leads the teams responsible for the functions of costing, pricing, data acquisition and IT infrastructure.

Julia has worked extensively on the National Hospital Cost Data Collection for both the public and private sectors. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) and a Masters in Political Economy from Sydney University. She has previously held roles across the health sector including working in health insurance and cancer research.

Julia has worked in the international development sector in several post-conflict countries.

Genevieve Donnelly - IHACPA Executive Director - Aged Care Policy and Communications

Genevieve Donnelly

Executive Director, Aged Care Policy and Communications

Genevieve Donnelly joined IHACPA in 2021 as the Executive Director, Aged Care Policy and Communications.

Prior to this, Genevieve was Manager, Healthcare Quality Outcomes with icare NSW and prior to this Head of Clinical Services Strategy with Opal Aged Care. Genevieve worked with clinicians nationally to support the roll out of My Health Record as Director, Clinical Partnerships and Insights with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Genevieve is a registered pharmacist, graduating from the University of Sydney, holds an Executive MBA from the University of Technology Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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