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Organisational structure

Our people are our greatest strength and we are committed to ensuring that AIHW’s workplace continues to attract, develop and retain the right people with the right skills. The AIHW is headed by its CEO and comprises 9 groups, with each group headed by a senior executive who is responsible for leading a number of units. Each unit is led by an APS Executive Level 2 officer or equivalent.

A new structure commenced on 1 July 2018. Figure 5.1 provides our organisational chart, which shows the group and unit structure as at 30 June 2019.

Figure 5.1: Organisational chart, 30 June 2019AIHW’s organisation chart shows CEO, Barry Sandison at the top with Deputy CEO Matthew James directly underneath. Under the CEO and Deputy CEO there are 9 group heads and 52 business units under the group heads.

Chief Executive Officer

Barry Sandison
Barry Sandison was appointed as the AIHW’s CEO in May 2016 and manages its day-to-day operations. He has extensive public sector experience, with previous roles in both policy and service delivery. Most recently, he was the deputy secretary, health and information, in the Australian Government Department of Human Services where he was responsible for the administration and delivery of a range of programs in the health, government and business areas.

Before this, Mr Sandison was a deputy chief executive at Centrelink and held senior executive roles in the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Mr Sandison is a board member of L’Arche Genesaret, an Australian Capital Territory community organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Matthew James PSM
Matthew James is the AIHW's Deputy CEO and has also led the Housing and Specialised Services Group since November 2016. Before joining the AIHW, he held leadership roles in performance, information and evaluation as assistant secretary, Indigenous Affairs Group in PM&C, and as a branch manager within FaHCSIA. Mr James was also a branch manager in the former Department of Education, Employment and Training, where he worked on employment policy and implementation as well as workplace relations policy and analysis. From 2002 to 2004, he was counsellor—Employment, Education, Science and Training in the Australian delegation to the OECD in Paris. Mr James was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2016.

Housing and Specialised Services Group

This group produces statistics, analysis and information on: homelessness, community housing, housing assistance, mental health and palliative care services, and drug use and treatment services, including tobacco and alcohol.

The group is responsible for the administration, data analysis and reporting of 2 national surveys:

  • the National Drug Strategy Household Survey—a large triennial survey which collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, illicit drug use and attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use
  • the National Social Housing Survey—a biennial survey of tenants in selected housing programs, designed to collect information for national reporting about tenant satisfaction with housing amenities, facilities and services.

Business and Communications Group

This group provides services and advice to enable optimal use of our financial and human resources to achieve the following business objectives:

  • strategic management of Parliamentary, internal and external relationships
  • preparation of key planning and reporting documents, including annual reports and corporate plans
  • pricing and contract advice, business analysis and preparation of financial statements
  • risk management and internal audit
  • strategic external communications, including stakeholder engagement, and print and online services
  • recruitment, learning and development, workforce planning, performance management support, workplace health and safety, facilities and accommodation.

Senior Executive, Business and Communications Group

Andrew Kettle
Andrew Kettle has held a senior executive position since 2006. Mr Kettle qualified as a chartered accountant in the United Kingdom. He worked as a professional accountant for Coopers and Lybrand in Canada and Australia and was chief financial officer at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. Mr Kettle acted as director of the AIHW for 6 months in 2015–16.

Data Governance Group

This group works to protect the confidentiality and privacy of our data holdings, through provision of data governance leadership, and supports the work of the AIHW Ethics Committee. It also works to build and enhance national data and information governance infrastructures, and leads our engagement with AHMAC on national health data and information strategic directions. The group provides expert assistance for national health and welfare metadata and manages METeOR, our online national metadata repository. It also provides leadership with national and international work on health classifications, supporting our role as the Australian Collaborating Centre for the WHO's Family of International Classifications.

Senior Executive, Data Governance Group

Jenny Hargreaves
Jenny Hargreaves has led this group since July 2018. Ms Hargreaves has served on the AIHW senior executive team since 2006 and was previously responsible for the AIHW’s work to develop, analyse and disseminate policy-relevant statistical information about hospitals, human and financial resources in the health and welfare sectors, health sector performance and injury.

Data Strategies and Information Technology Group

This group works with Australian Government agencies, state and territory governments and other key stakeholders to promote access to health and welfare data for policy, research and community information. The group aims to increase the information value of existing data collections through data integration (linkage) work and data-sharing arrangements—for the AIHW and external researchers that support innovative analyses. Examples of work supported in this way include patient and client pathways analysis and movements of people between health and welfare services. The group also identifies, develops and promotes business process innovations, computing and communications infrastructure and technological leadership in support of our strategic directions and supports our ICT requirements.

Senior Executive, Data Strategies and Information Technology Group

Geoff Neideck
Geoff Neideck has led the group since December 2015. Prior to that, he headed the former Housing and Specialist Services Group. Before joining the AIHW, Mr Neideck managed large national social and economic statistics programs at the ABS and Statistics Canada, where he gained experience in data design and statistical infrastructure projects.

Community Services Group

This group develops, maintains and analyses national data to support monitoring and reporting of:

  • the health and welfare of key subpopulations, including children and youth, older Australians, people with disability, and victims and perpetrators of family, domestic and sexual violence
  • use of services within a range of health and welfare sectors, including community- based services focused on aged care, child protection, juvenile justice and disability
  • pathways and outcomes for the general population, key subpopulations and health and welfare service users, including the role of education and income support.

Senior Executive, Community Services Group

Louise York
Louise York has led this group since January 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience at the AIHW, including leadership positions in both health and welfare areas, and 1 year at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

Health Group

This group develops, maintains and enhances national data to support monitoring and reporting on the health of Australians, covering:

  • chronic diseases, both as a group and in relation to some key diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, musculoskeletal conditions and respiratory conditions
  • population health issues, such as health inequalities, broader determinants such as social and environmental, international health comparisons, mortality and burden of disease
  • specific population groups, such as men and women and people living in rural areas.

Senior Executive, Health Group

Richard Juckes
Richard Juckes was the Acting Head of this group from April 2019. He joined the AIHW in 2018. Mr Juckes has been working in health policy and health data roles for over 20 years, primarily at the Australian Government Department of Health.

Hospitals and Expenditure Group

This group creates authoritative and accessible information relating to the activity, performance, quality and financing of the Australian health system. This includes the hospital system as well as the non-hospital and primary health systems. The national hospitals databases, Australian hospital statistics reports and MyHospitals website information are major products, as are the national health expenditure database and Health expenditure Australia reports. The group is responsible for implementing the Australian Health Performance Framework, the creation and management of the NIHSI AA and our relationship with the National Injury Surveillance Unit—our collaborating centre.

Senior Executive, Hospitals and Expenditure Group

Adrian Webster
Adrian Webster has headed the Hospitals and Expenditure Group since July 2018. Dr Webster is a sociologist with more than 20 years’ experience in the health and welfare sectors in Australia and overseas and joined the AIHW in 2009. His experience includes leading evaluation and research in an international aid organisation, consulting services to government agencies in Australia, such as Medicare Australia, and reporting on hospital performance at ACT Health.

Primary Health Care and Veterans Group

The group produces the biennial flagship series, Australia’s welfare and Australia’s health. The group has also recently established a work program to enhance the AIHW’s capabilities in digital health and, for part of the year, undertook geospatial analysis and data visualisation. This group provides PHNs with data to meet their performance frameworks. It is also responsible for leading a drive for improvements in primary care data, developing the MHR data for research purposes, and reporting on veterans’ health and welfare data across Australia.

Senior Executive, Primary Health Care and Veterans Group

Michael Frost
Michael Frost transferred to the AIHW in April 2016 from his position as executive director, strategic initiatives, in the former National Health Performance Authority. Mr Frost has led this group since July 2018. His experience in policy advice, performance reporting and administrative roles spans more than 20 years in federal and state governments, including as the deputy head, Secretariat for the COAG Reform Council.

Indigenous and Maternal Health Group

This group leads the development, monitoring and reporting of information and statistics in 2 main areas: the health and welfare of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and maternal and perinatal health. The work of this group includes:

  • analysing and reporting on performance measures based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework, at the national and jurisdictional levels, in collaboration with PM&C and states and territories
  • working with Indigenous primary health- care services and other service providers to improve the quality and usefulness of their data to support better outcomes for clients
  • modelling geographical variation in access to services relative to need, with a particular focus on identifying areas where Indigenous Australians experience service gaps
  • analysing and reporting on national data about pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

Senior Executive, Indigenous and Maternal Health Group

Fadwa Al-Yaman
Fadwa Al-Yaman has headed this group since 2008. Dr Al-Yaman holds a PhD in Immunology from the John Curtin School of Medical Research and a Masters of Population Studies from the Australian National University. Dr Al-Yaman was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1990 and the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008.