Our people

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 Classifications
  • Aged Care Policy and Communications.
IHACPA executive directors 2022 group photo

Joanne Fitzgerald

Joanne Fitzgerald has worked at IHACPA since 2012, and currently holds the position of Acting CEO. Prior to this, she was Executive Director, Policy and Classification and also Director, AR-DRG Development and 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 15 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.

Julia Hume

Julia Hume is currently the Executive Director of Data Analytics and has worked at IHACPA since 2013. As the Executive Director, Data Analytics, 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

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.

Chereta Daylight

Chereta Daylight has worked at IHACPA since 2014. Chereta is currently the Acting Executive Director Policy and Classification and is responsible for the management and implementation of a range of policies and frameworks related to activity based funding in the Australian healthcare system.

Chereta has experience in contributing to IHACPA's pricing and funding models and safety and quality reforms, through the development of the annual Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services, which underpins the National Efficient Price and National Efficient Cost Determinations each year.

Kees van Gool

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

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