Consultative expert panels
ACHA has established consultative expert panels mirror our program streams. The expert panel membership represented by leaders of their respective fields who provide invaluable advice to ACHA on matters relevant to their expertise. We are very grateful to our panel members for their contributions to the success of ACHA.
Hospital leadership and management panel
Professor Neale Fong
MBBS (UWA) GDipCS MTS (Regent College,UBC) MBA (UWA)
MRACGP (HON)FCHSM FAIM FAICD
Professor Fong has been in the health care leadership and management arena for over 35 years. Professor Fong is a medical doctor with two master’s degrees including an MBA. He has significant experience in the leadership of public hospitals and state health system management (former Director General, Western Australian Dept. of Health, 37,000 staff). Professor Fong has also been the CEO of Australia’s largest private hospital and the Executive Chairman/CEO WA State Government Health Reform and Infrastructure Development Program (A$7Billion hospital building program). He is Professor of Health Care Leadership, Curtin University and led a team to establish the Curtin School of Medicine as well as CEO of Curtin University Health Research Institute. He is the Director of Australis Health Advisory a company advising government and private hospital companies.
In addition to ACHA, Professor Fong is also currently contributing to the Australian healthcare system in the following capacities:
National President, Australasian College of Health Service Management
Executive Chairman, Bethesda Health Care (Perth)
Chair, Western Australian (WA) Country Health Service Board (Perth)
Chair, WA Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention
Chair, International Hospital Federation Special Interest Group, Healthcare Management (Geneva)
Founder and MD of Australis Health Advisory (Perth)
Clinical Adviser, Northern Territory Dept.of Health (Darwin)
Leadership Program Director, Australian Government National Mental Health Commission (Sydney)
Non- executive director digital health companies (Alerte, Boundlss, Little Green Pharma)
Associate Professor Alastair Mah
MBBS, BMedSci, MHSM, MBA, FRACMA, FCHSM, FHKCHSE, GAICD
Associate Professor Alastair Mah is a senior medical executive, having been the Chief Medical Officer at tertiary health services including Barwon Health in Victoria, which has over 1,000 beds in total servicing western Victoria. He was previously the Executive Director Medical Services at Albury Wodonga Health (a regional centre), and also spent time at Epworth Healthcare (a private hospital) as the Director of Medical Services. He is currently appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University’s School of Medicine, and was previously a lecturer at Monash University.
Alastair has also served as a Board Director for the Rural Workforce Agency of Victoria and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Having received his bachelor degrees at the University of Melbourne, he completed his specialist training whilst at Melbourne Health, achieving Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He has a Master in Health Services Management as well as Master in Business Administration. Alastair also holds Fellowships with the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently completing a Juris Doctor.
Alastair’s interest is in clinical and corporate governance, as well as leadership. His portfolio responsibilities have included professional governance for medical staff, safety and quality, innovation, research, as well as various operational areas. Alastair contributes to the overall policy and strategy of health services, and also specifically on the medical workforce strategy. He has previously been invited to China on advisory capacities as well as trade missions by the Victorian Government.
Professor Chaojie (George) Liu
MB, MPH, PhD
Professor George Liu is PhD course coordinator and director of China Health Program at the Department of Public Health, La Trobe University. He served in the expert panel of the World Health Organisation on patient safety in primary care and has been a board director of the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia since 2009. He also holds visiting professorship to several Chinese universities. His research has a focus on primary care development, health system and health care outcome evaluations. He has published extensively on over 20 high impact international journals, with more than 200 peer-reviewed outputs.
Professor Liu gained his Bachelor of Medicine (Public health) and Master of Medicine (Environmental Health) in China and achieve his PhD in La Trobe University in Australia. He has extensive experience and expertise on public health, health administration and health policy. He started the China Health Program at La Trobe University since 2000 and overtook the supervision of nearly students in Master of Health Administration (China) program. This program has been run successfully and about 2000 hospital administrators and physicians from China have been trained in this program. He has kept continuous engagement and broad network in China's health system and understand both Australian and Chinese health systems very well.
He is also a dedicated teacher and productive researcher. He has been teaching 10 subjects on health, coordinating 3 courses of different levels and supervised 21 doctoral students, 19 master students and 18 visiting research fellows. He has participated in more than 40 research projects as director or chief investigators with fundings from a range of domestic and international funders. He has published nearly 250 publications in peer-review journals and 7 industrial reports.