OUR STAFF

Professor Richard Madden - Co-Director

Richard has been at the University since January 2006. Prior to that, he was Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 10 years. From 1992 to 1995, he was Deputy Australian Statistician. He has had wide experience across the Australian health and community services sectors, including as Deputy Secretary of the NSW Health Department and as head of the Disability Programs Division in the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Community Services. He was also Head of the Treasuries of the Northern Territory (1983-86) and the Australian Capital Territory (1989-92).

Richard is a Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Witwatersand Johannesburg, South Africa.

Richard was Co-chair of the WHO Family of International Classifications Family Development Committee until October 2012 and has been involved in developing the International Classification of Health Interventions. Richard is a member of the ICD Revision Steering Group.

In 2002, he was Australian Actuary of the Year, and has been awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2005.

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Vera Dimitropoulos - Co-Director

With a background in Health Information Management, Vera was the Executive Manager, Classification Development at the National Centre for Classification in Health at the University of Sydney until 2017 and now leads the Centre as Co-Director, together with Richard Madden. She is also a member of the Education and Implementation Committee within the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications Network and is working on ICD-11 as part of the International Joint Task Force.

Vera is currently on the Board of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) and is a Visiting Fellow at Western Sydney University working on the development of the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management). Vera is also Director for the Western Pacific Region, International Federation of Health Information Management Associations.

As well as her teaching roles within the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, Vera has in the past managed major classification projects for the University of Sydney, and until most recently, the development of the AR-DRG Classification System which incorporates ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and the AR-DRG classifications.

Dr Nicola Fortune - Research Fellow

Nicola joined the National Centre for Classification in Health in May 2011 to assist with the development of the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Health Interventions. Nicola is also a leading member of the ICF Australia Interest Group.

From 1998 to 2007 Nicola worked at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, where her role included data development, data analysis and interpretation, report writing, and project management in the disability field. During this time she was involved in the development and early implementation of the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

In 2001–02, Nicola spent a year working on hospital statistics in the Department of Health in London, and contributed to the development of a new hospital statistics common data set for the European Union.


Dr Julie Gordon - Research Fellow

Julie joined the NCCH in June 2017. Prior to this Julie spent 14 years at the Family Medicine Research Centre (University of Sydney) managing the ICPC-2 PLUS clinical terminology. Her role focuses on the development of classifications and clinical terminologies in general practice, particularly ICPC-2 PLUS and ICPC-2.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management (Hons 1) and a PhD, both from the University of Sydney. Her PhD investigated the suitability of SNOMED CT for use in Australian general practice. She is a member of the Wonca International Classification Committee (WICC), and an elected member of its governance committee.

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Rodney Bernard - Health publishing specialist

Rodney’s professional focus is on the design and production of information in print and digital media. As NCCH Publications Manager from 1998 to 2010, he managed the production of a number of editions of the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS health classification and supporting subsets including the Good Clinical Documentation Guide, Mental Health Manual and Early Parenting Guide. He provided marketing, distribution and education support to assist in the implementation of each edition.

Prior to the NCCH Rodney worked in a number of publishing, marketing and communications roles in education and government. He was project manager for the annual TAFE NSW course handbook for a number of editions.

Rodney has tertiary qualifications in Graphic Design and a Post Graduate Diploma in Design Studies (UTS). He has also completed formal training in Medical Terminology and Clinical Coding and a Certificate IV - Assessment and Workplace Training.

Megan Cumerlato - Health Information Consultant

Megan holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science, Health Information Management, from Sydney University. As part of the National Centre for Classification in Health at The University of Sydney, where she worked for more than 12 years, she was responsible for managing and coordinating the highly successful Australian national education program for approximately 1500 coders annually.

Over the last few years, as a Consultant at NCCH, Megan has been involved in the development of an International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI).

Megan has also previously been involved in lecturing at The University of Sydney within the School of Health Information Management and in the Health Sciences offshore nursing program in Singapore. Lecture topics included disease classification, medical terminology, management systems, casemix and financial management.

Julia Leahy – Classification Specialist

Julia graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management in 2002. Since graduating, she has worked as a Deputy Manager and Manager of several Health Information Services, primarily in the public health sector. In 2010 she joined the Family Medicine Research Centre (FMRC) as a coder for the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, using the ICPC-2 PLUS clinical terminology. Julia moved to the NCCH in 2016 due to the closure of the FMRC, where until recently she was maintaining the ICPC-2 PLUS clinical terminology, which is used primarily in general practice across Australia. Julia has also joined the team of NCCH classification specialists in the support and development of technical content for the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Classification System and was involved in the later stages of the AR-DRG V9.0 development. Currently Julia is involved in NCCH education initiatives.

Julia also holds a Masters of Health Law from the University of Sydney.

Belinda Miguel - Classification Specialist

Belinda holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science, Health Information Management, from Sydney University. Since graduating in 1992 Belinda has over a period of 20 years worked in a number of Sydney public hospitals and private organisations with a focus primarily on coder education and data quality. Belinda is currently employed on a casual basis with the NCCH, TAFE Digital and Canterbury Hospital. As well as working as a consultant with the NSW Health RTO (Clinical Coding - Certificate III in Health Administration).

Filippa Pretty - Operations Coordinator

Filippa holds a degree in Bachelor of Applied Science, Health Information Management from the University of Sydney. She joined NCCH as a Classification Specialist in 2015 after an ongoing involvement with NCCH since 1998 and has been Operational Manager - Classification Development from 2017 until June 2019. Filippa has many years of experience working in the public and private health care systems in a variety of Clinical Coding, HIM and Coding Auditor roles predominantly in a contractor / consultancy capacity in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Filippa has also participated in non-traditional tasks such as the Cross Border Care Type Change and Coding Audit, The NSW Ombudsman (Disability Death Review Team), The Commission for Children & Young People (Child Death Review Team), and code mapping phase of the ICU Clinical Information System (ICCIS) currently under development. Filippa has also previously been a representative on the board of the Clinical Coders Society of Australia (CCSA) and of the NSW Coding Advisory/Clinical Coding Leadership Group (CCLG). Filippa is currently the secretary of the WHO Education Implementation Committee (EIC).

Nicole Rankin – Classification Specialist

Nicole joined the NCCH in September 2013 as a Classification Specialist and was involved in the AR-DRG Classification Development until October 2017, developing, supporting and educating the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Ninth and Tenth Editions. Prior to joining the NCCH, Nicole worked for the National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC) developing content for the Eighth Edition of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS.

Over the last few years, Nicole has been involved in the development of an International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI) and will continue to do so from October 2017.

Nicole also has a range of experience in different areas of the health system particularly in data analyses, casemix and costing/performance reporting. Other relevant experience includes implementation of costing systems and performance reporting, regular data auditing, establishing coder-clinician communication, training staff in the functionality of a new patient administration system and providing ongoing support. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management from Sydney University.

Carmen Wong - Classification Specialist

Carmen holds a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Health Informatics from the University of Sydney. She joined the NCCH in September 2018 and is involved in the maintenance of the ICPC-2 PLUS terminology as well as NCCH Education initiatives.

Prior to joining the NCCH, Carmen worked as a research assistant at the Family Medicine Research Centre (University of Sydney). Her role focused on classifications and terminologies used in general practice.