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)


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)

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Associate Professor Alastair Mah


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.

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Professor Chaojie (George) Liu


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.

Technology and innovation panel

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Tim Carroll

- Asia Programme Director for ACASE
- Former Austrade State Director for Victoria and Tasmania and National Strategic lead for Health Sciences and Technologies
- Austrade Landing Pad Programme application assessment panel member
- Founder of the recently funded ACASE G*STEP Accelerator programme funded by Study Victoria
- An advisor for the recently opened Jiangsu Victoria Innovation Centre (JVIC) Incubator
- Currently and advisor for 3 Melbourne based Startups, Rulo, InwenTech, ui3
- Mentor for Quitch Edutech Startup
- Mentor for recent TechStars Startup Weekend
- Recent Experience managing and commercialising University IP
- 21-year career executive working to globalising CSL’s successful Biopharmaceutical business

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Erjiang (Frank) Fu

- Enterprise Lead Data Architect, Lead architect for Water Program, and Supercomputer architect Australian Bureau of Meteorology
- over 20-year experience in the fields of computation, geospatial informatics, environmental modelling, climate change and impacts analysis, environmental observation technologies, satellite positioning techniques
- Bachelor degree in computer engineering in China
- Experience of working in a government sector at a senior level in both China and Australia.
- Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Chinese Students Abroad and the first prize of Chinese Chunhui Business Plan Competition
- Founder and CEO of ACASE (Australia-China Association of Scientists and Entrepreneurs)

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Jacqueline Plunkett

- Intellectual Property Lawyer. Watermark
- Australian Lawyer Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia
- History of working for IP Australia in International trade and working with DFAT
- Commercialising IP, structuring, contracts and transfer of IP, managing complex multinational trademark and designs portfolios

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Grace Lethlean

- ANDHealth is a national digital health accelerator
- Recent winner of the BioMelbourne Network’s 2018 Emerging Women in Leadership Award
- Development and commercialisation of clinically validated digital health technologies
- AT Grey Innovation launched 8 Startups in 3 years
- Technology commercialisation, team building and project management
- Commercialisation of Innovation and Business Development
- Fundraising and Investment from private and institutions
- Managing clinical trial teams


Natalia Alvarez-López

- La Trobe University Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation
- Strong skills in IP valuation and commercialisation Project management
- Vice chancellor “Delivering Customer Service Excellence Award”
- Negotiating, transacting and supporting collaborative research/ commercial projects
- App development and e-health digital solutions
- Manages the LTU Technology Enterprise Centre

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Yongqiang Li

- Victoria University, Senior Lecturer, College of Law and Justice
- Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia
- Consulting experience on corporate and university governance
- Maintaining collaborations with universities in China and Asia
- Research project investigates the interaction between law and disruptive technology, IP, and Belt and Road Initiative