In 2019-20, the NHFB realigned its organisational structure to ensure resources are aligned to core functions, providing for clear lines of reporting.
Figure 7.1 “Organisational structure as at 30 June 2020”, shows the relationship between the NHFB’s organisational and governance elements.
MICHAEL LAMBERT - Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool
Michael was appointed Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool in July 2018.
Michael’s career has covered four broad areas: public sector policy and finance; investment banking; non–executive director roles; and working in areas related to the health sector. Michael spent 17 years in a range of senior state government positions culminating in the role of NSW Treasury Secretary. Michael has also held Non–Executive Directorships within the health sector, including the NSW Northern Suburbs Area Health Board and the NSW Cancer Council. Michael is currently a non–executive director with the Sax Institute, a not for profit organisation that seeks to align health research to health policy and programs in order to improve health outcomes.
Michael holds an Honours and Masters degree in Economics, a Masters in Philosophy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
SHANNON WHITE - CEO National Health Funding Body
Shannon was appointed CEO of the NHFB in April 2018.
Shannon has a broad range of experience across national security, economic and social policy environments. Shannon has 27 years’ experience in the APS across Health, Immigration and Border Protection and Defence with his previous roles having a strong focus on financial management and strategic advice on budget related policy and operational matters.
In his previous senior executive role in Health System Financing at the Department of Health, Shannon worked extensively on national health reform issues and represented the Australian Government at a number of national and international committees. These included health system fiscal sustainability as well as the negotiations on public hospital funding under the Addendum to the NHR Agreement 2017–18 to 2019–20 (see page 14).
SUCHITH GUNATILLAKE - Director, Data, Modelling and Analysis
Suchith joined the NHFB in August 2016 and commenced in his current role as the acting Director, Data, Modelling and Analysis in February 2020. The Data, Modelling and Analysis Team develop and operate models that determine the Commonwealth funding contribution to LHNs for delivering public hospital services (over $23.6 billion for 2020-21). The Team also reconciles estimated and actual service volumes through a range of data submissions (over 39 million records each year) related to public hospital funding.
The Data, Modelling and Analysis Team is also responsible for linking hospital activity data with Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) claims data to identify if the Commonwealth has potentially paid for the same hospital service twice (over 595 million MBS records per annum).
Suchith has more than 8 years experience in risk management, analytics and data modelling in the banking and finance industry prior to joining NHFB. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.
NATHAN DASCAROLIS - Chief Financial Officer
Nathan joined the NHFB in April 2020 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the Finance Team. The Finance Team provide financial support to the NHFB CEO and the Administrator, including managing the National Health Funding Pool Payments System, processing Commonwealth, State and Territory deposits and payments into and out of the Pool and facilitating authorisation by the Administrator for payments to LHNs and other providers.
The Finance Team are also responsible for the production of NHFB and individual Pool Financial Statements for auditing by the Australian National Audit Office and each State and Territory’s Auditor-General respectively.
Prior to joining the NHFB, Nathan was an independent consultant, working with Commonwealth, State and Territory public sector agencies with a focus on financial management and governance. Nathan commenced his career working with professional services firms, working across both assurance and advisory functions. Nathan is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University.
BECI IMBRIANO - Director, Policy, Planning and Performance
Beci joined the NHFB in November 2018 as Director, Policy, Planning and Performance. The Policy, Planning and Performance Team are responsible for developing the NHFB’s Strategic Direction, Corporate Plan, Portfolio Budget Statements and Annual Reports.
The Team works with colleagues, jurisdictions; and portfolio agencies to maintain the full suite of Administrator’s policies:
Administrator’s Three Year Data Plan;
Data Governance Policy;
Data Compliance Policy;
Calculation and Reconciliation Framework; and
Data Matching Business Rules.
The Team also works with stakeholders to improve reporting of public hospital funding through the development of a strategic outlook of public hospital funding, trend reporting and analysis, including the publication of monthly funding and activity data on publichospitalfunding.gov.au.
The team also provide essential business support services to the NHFB, CEO and Administrator across risk management, assurance, governance, human resources, communications, security, management of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and Secretariat for the Administrator’s Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and Independent Audit and Risk Committee.
Prior to joining the NHFB, Beci spent 10 years in the APS across the Health and Immigration and Border Protection Portfolios in a number of stakeholder focused policy and operational roles, including reporting on system sustainability through modelling outcomes of policy settings and budget scenarios.
“ We exhibit united leadership behaviours, we promote a positive culture and we are committed to improving the transparency of public hospital funding in Australia"