Each of our consultants brings a range of specific expertise to their role, with varied backgrounds in areas such as health, government, business, finance, research, economics and policy. Our team is committed to providing high quality client service and effective management advice for complex projects of any size.
Our quality assurance commitment ensures that our Principal Directors have hands-on involvement in all of our projects.
Lisa Fodero founded HealthConsult with Joe Scuteri in 2006. She is known for her conceptual, analytical and interpretive skills, as well as expertise in the preparation of scientific and management reports.
Lisa has extensive program evaluation and review experience. She has managed and designed many evaluations for a range of clients (public and not for profit) including the Department of Health, National Asthma Council, McGrath Foundation, NSW Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa’s work has supported many organisations through the production of robust and comprehensive evaluation designs, executions and associated reports, which has enabled them to provide evidence of program effectiveness. Many of the evaluation projects have also involved designing performance monitoring framework and stating the performance indicators which are updated as part of the final evaluation report so organisations can continue to collect data and monitor progress. They have also generated practical and implementable recommendations to improve the programs going forward.
Lisa also has extensive experience in designing and managing large national costing, benchmarking and funding design projects in the private, public and not-for profit sector. This work started in 2004 when Lisa was a member of the team that reviewed the Victorian Ambulatory Classification System (VACS) data collection processes as well as the consistency and accuracy of the resultant data. She was Project Manager for HealthConsult’s work on the development of a patient level minimum data set for outpatient care in NSW and the follow-on Data Dictionary and Business Rules development work. Lisa also Project Managed the national mental health costing study for the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, a multi-million dollar assignment completed by a Consortium. The project involved significant data development, collection and analysis work, including dealing with arrange of issues relating to data governance and privacy.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She has published a number of papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, and is a regular contributor to the casemix community through her presentations at the Patient Classification Systems International Conferences. Lisa is also a member of ARCS Australia and the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES).
Brendan is a policy professional with over 15 years of experience supporting the Australian Government in the design and delivery of major policy reforms, including Regional Assessment Services, Head to Health, Carer Gateway, My Aged Care, and Residential Experience Surveys. Brendan brings a unique perspective to the policymaking process, gained from diverse roles and experiences, including public servant, management consultant and executive roles in large government service providers. Brendan has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Project Management.
Joe Scuteri founded HealthConsult with Lisa Fodero in 2006. Joe is one of Australia’s leading and most experienced health sector consultants having completed in excess of 600 projects for health and community service organisations.
Joe has extensive experience in information and data management field at national, State/Territory Health Authority and health service levels. At the State Health Authority level, he developed and managed all the corporate data collections, many of which included patient level data, for the (then) South Australian Health Commission for the major part of the 1980’s. As a consultant, Joe has been instrumental in the development and use of data collections around the implementation of national activity based funding. He has completed a number of projects relating to the further development of the National Hospital Cost Data Collection in the areas of data development, data quality, data usage and reporting, and data governance.
Joe has also led and designed many review and evaluation projects across the health and community services sector ranging from projects that model the financial impact of reforms, though to projects that develop strategic plans for health services to projects that evaluate health services programs. Joe has been instrumental in the development and roll-out of activity based costing and funding methods in Australian health services. He has applied activity based funding and costing principles to just about every category of health services (including admitted patients, outpatients, mental health, alcohol and drugs, diagnostic services; post-acute and other community based care; dental care, palliative care, community pharmacy, aeromedical, disability support services). Joe’s costing expertise is internationally recognised, having acted as expert adviser to the development of the patient level costing standards in the UK.
Through all this work, Joe has earned a reputation for achieving high quality results in complicated projects through a combination of highly developed technical skills, project management and leadership ability. He is a widely experienced Project Director having successfully completed numerous multi-million dollar, multi-site assignments.
Prior to establishing HealthConsult, Joe established and led the national health industry professional services practices at KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Joe has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics (Honours) and a Master of Business Administration. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Executives. Joe has published a number of articles in the fields of information management and health services costing and funding, and has presented papers to national and international industry conferences.
Hilal Varinli is the Director of Program Review and Evaluation Services and is based in our Sydney Office. She is a successful leader, trained in project management and evaluation. She has a strong technical background and extensive experience in benefits realisation and evaluation at the enterprise, portfolio and project levels. She has designed, implemented and reported on a variety of evaluation types, including process, outcome, impact and economic evaluations.
Prior to joining HealthConsult, Hilal was the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for eHealth NSW. She wrote the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for NSW’s largest clinical ICT program and successfully applied the Framework to several healthcare ICT programs to measure adoption, effectiveness, health outcomes, return on investment, clinician/patient satisfaction and collaboration of care. She managed the benefits realisation process for the electronic medication management system implementation across NSW public hospitals. She is experienced in developing analytics dashboards to assist in strategic benefits management and evaluation of high priority programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilal was seconded to deliver operational reports for the State Health Emergency Operations Centre to manage vaccination activities across NSW.
She previously worked as the System Analytics and Health Outcomes Manager in Western NSW LHD and overlooked performance and operational analytics and evaluation insights to drive quality improvement initiatives using co-design and engaging with consumer groups. She wrote the Data Governance Framework for Western NSW LHD, conducted health needs assessments for regional communities, and evaluated the progress of integrated care initiatives. She has also evaluated and reported on NSW Health Research Ethics and Governance Metrics for the Office for Health and Medical Research. She is experienced working with a diverse range of stakeholders and translating customer needs into analytical healthcare solutions.
Hilal has a PhD in Medical Science & Public Health from Macquarie University, 2 year Diploma in Health Leadership and Management from HETI and a Bachelor of Biomolecular Sciences (MSc) from Macquarie University. She is certified for Program Evaluation from Melbourne University and PRINCE2 Agile Project Management.
Johan has almost two decades of experience working in economic and financial roles ranging from technical advice to strategic decision making. Prior to HealthConsult he was the Head of Economic and Fiscal Policy for the Office of the Hon Dominic Perrottet which sharpened his ability to ask the right questions, influence actions and outcomes, and find solutions to strategic and operational problems with sometimes limited information. Communication is one of his key strengths including developing, maintaining and leveraging genuine relationships. This proves critical when difficult situations arise, being able to find and negotiate an agreeable outcome to complex, sensitive matters that appear intractable at times. Johan has both a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Economics.
Colleen Brooks is the Director Digital Health and is based in our Sydney office. She has extensive senior executive experience in leading digital health initiatives and consulting to public and private sector organisations. Before joining HealthConsult, she completed a major consultancy as G20 Digital Health policy advisor to 2020 G20 Presidency and Digital Health Advisor to Deputy Minister of eHealth, Saudi Arabia. This work built on the expertise she gained from consulting to Australian private and public sector organisations (hospital, general practice, and allied health) around digital health initiatives.
Colleen also has an in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges of quality data and interoperability from many aspects. She previously worked as the Director of Standards in Singapore where she strove for clinically driven data and interoperability standards. Colleen also, as part of NEHTA, managed the initial development of clinical terminologies in Australia and as part of the governance boards of international standards development organisations (ISO, SNOMED International and HL7). She has also held senior roles within software vendors including Clinical Product Manager for TrakHealth.
Colleen has a Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate of Health Economics, Monash University. She is a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
Stephanie is an Associate Director in HealthConsult’s Program Review and Evaluation service line. She has over 10 years’ experience in designing and conducting evaluations across the health, ageing and human service sectors both within government and as a trusted advisor to government. Stephanie provides pragmatic advice and actionable recommendations to improve the effectiveness of government programs.
Before joining HealthConsult, Stephanie was an Assistant Director in the Research and Evaluation Branch at the National Disability Insurance Agency, where she led complex evaluations of National Disability Insurance Scheme initiatives. Stephanie also spent almost 10 years in a big four consulting firm, leading evaluation and policy projects across health, ageing and human services.
Stephanie holds a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degrees.
Tiffany is a strategy and program management professional with over 10 years’ experience in management consulting and the public sector. She has specific highly developed experience in managing healthcare strategy, service design, clinical process improvement and digital health projects, utilising methodologies such as PRINCE2 and Agile to lead multidisciplinary teams. She is a confident communicator who uses verbal, visual and written mediums to engage, influence and motivate teams and external stakeholders at all levels. Tiffany has worked in and managed a team within health services to deliver improvement programs. She has experience in facilitating working parties, undertaking diagnostics and analytics (including examining service quality indicators), and driving improvement on large scale initiatives.
Vincy is a Manager in our Sydney office. She has over 10 years’ experience in the health sector in research, government, public health and clinical care. Vincy is experienced in designing, managing and conducting evaluations as well as in stakeholder and community engagement, and the development and delivery of health programs and projects.
Prior to joining HealthConsult, Vincy worked as a Manager of Evaluation and Strategic Programs at the NSW Ministry of Health where she designed, managed and conducted many evaluations of state-wide initiatives often in collaboration with a vast range of stakeholders. She also managed a number of state-wide initiatives and programs focused on promoting health and wellbeing in adults. Vincy began her professional career as an accredited practising dietitian in a number of different settings including research, clinical, community health and private practice.
Vincy has a Master of Philosophy in health promotion research, Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) and Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science from the University of Sydney. She has published a number of papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, and presented at many national and international conferences.
After graduating her Bachelor of Advanced Studies with Honours, Isabella joined HealthConsult to begin her consultancy career. She is a highly adaptable individual with an excellent work ethic and someone who produces high-quality work. Isabella has strengths in workshop facilitation, having provided specialised practical skills workshops and training sessions, and understands the importance of planning to achieve consistency and engage stakeholders to maximise impact. Isabella has a Bachelor of Science and Advanced Studies with first class Honours.
Alex joined HealthConsult after working in research roles as well as for Australian clinical quality registries. Alex previously worked in the Centre for Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics, assisting with planning, implementing, and coordinating data driven research projects and clinical performance reporting for over 50 hospital sites across Australia and New Zealand. Alex uses his skills in medical science, data analytics and research to analyse quantitative and qualitative data to produce strategic and actionable insights. Alex has made contributions to several published scientific studies, articles, and national medical databases. Alex has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Masters of Buisness Administration.
Sophie is a consultant who specialises in financial and economic analysis and data analysis. She comes with experience in undertaking economic analysis and user-journey models from prior projects including Aboriginal Elderly healthcare post-COVID-19. She brings experience and skills in mathematical analysis and modelling including proficiency in MATLAB, economic research and problem solving, and stakeholder engagement. Sophie has specialised skills in developing quantitative data collection tools and in preparing dashboards using Power BI. Sophie also has experince in analysing activity and costing data. Sophie has a Bachelor of Science with her majors being in Mathematics and Economics.
Danny has over five years of experience working in the Public Health sector as a project officer and analyst. Danny is highly skilled in data analysis, project coordination/management and stakeholder management. Danny used these skills in supporting the Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 intelligence team.
Danny has a strong understanding of the health and aged care system and applies these skills to all his projects. Danny has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and a Masters of Public Health.
Chau is the Bookkeeper at HealthConsult and is based in the Sydney office. She is responsible for the provision of all management accounting.
With over 18 years’ experience in accounting, Chau holds extensive knowledge of Australian Tax Obligations and Regulations.
Over the last 10 years’ Chau has worked as a Finance Manager and has developed strong skills in financial reporting, tax, and business management.
Chau is a registered BAS agent and a member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA).
Andrew is HealthConsult’s Digital Health Expert Advisor.
Andrew has an Executive background in leading complex organisation and digital change in health services and Government. He was the Health CIO and Director of Digital Health for Victorian Public Health Services, and is now a Board Director for Eastern Public Health Services (Melbourne), Dental Health Services Victoria and Victorian Legal Aid, and Chair of the HIMSS Asia Pac Governance Council.
He is an advocate for person centred health care and wellbeing, and developed the Digitising Health Strategy for Victoria to enable the Government’s Health & Wellbeing 2040 Strategy. His specific expertise includes digital transformation, evidence-based benefits realisation, digital maturity, strategy & planning, business case development, enterprise risk identification & management, program governance and financial management.