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 Healthn until 2017 and now leads the Centre as Co-Director, together with Richard Madden. The University of Sydney. 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 the Education Officer on the NSW State Branch of HIMAA working with the University of Western Sydney on the development of the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management). More recently Vera became the Director for the Western Pacific Region for the 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, most recently, the development of the AR-DRG Classification System which incorporates ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and the AR-DRG classifications.

Dr Philip Hoyle - Principal Clinical Advisor, AR-DRG Refinement Program

Philip is Director of Medical Services, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, and as Principal Clinical Advisor for the National Centre for Classification in Health, he holds an honorary title with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

With a clinical background in rural general practice, Philip has worked as a senior manager and specialist medical director in hospitals and health systems, large and small, in three states of Australia and the UK. Previous roles include Director of Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Area Director of Clinical Governance and Director of Acute Services for Northern Sydney Area Health Service, Executive Director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, General Manager of Royal North Shore Hospital, various senior medical management roles and Director, Clinical Services Strategic Review, Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Philip has long been fascinated by the organisational, cultural and ethical consequences of casemix methods. He also has a major interest in quality, care processes and improvement, and is Chair of the Standards Committee of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

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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Dr Qingsheng Zhou - Senior Research Fellow

Before joining NCCH, Qingsheng worked in a number of NSW human service agencies since the middle of the 1990s. Most recently, he was Director, Evidence Base Development, NSW Family and Community Services (FACS), and had responsibilities for developing evidence through statistical analysis, research, and evaluation to support strategic reforms. He has extensive experience in statistical modelling aimed at assessing the feasibility and impacts of major policy initiatives. He managed program and service planning processes and developed resource allocation formula and guidelines to support the delivery of the resulting plans. He was the NSW representative in several national minimum data collections such as Social Housing, Home and Community Care Program and Disability Services. He played an active role in developing national performance reporting frameworks and indicators for disability services and aged care services. He directed the development and implementation of FACS’ research grant and evaluation programs and contributed a great deal to many R&E projects.

While pursuing his PhD at the University of Sydney, Qingsheng was awarded scholarships and grants for his research projects. He also provided diverse research assistance to a range of other projects. He has lectured at the University of Sydney and Nanjing University (China) where he received his MSc and BSc qualifications.

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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.

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.

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.

Yan Guo – Technical Coordinator Classification Development

Yan has been working in the area of health classification systems since 2006, including a previous position as a classification support officer at the NCCH, ICD author at the NCCC and her current position as Technical Coordinator at the NCCH. Yan has been responsible for the development of technical content for the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS from Fifth Edition onwards and most recently in the development of the AR-DRG V9.0.
Prior to this, she worked as a data manager at the NHMRC clinical trials centre and a clinical coder in the hospital system.

Yan completed her studies in Medicine at the Fujian Medical University, China in 1992 after which she was trained as a medical officer in the internal medicine and emergency.

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/ACCD 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.

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

Karyn May – Classification Specialist

Karyn graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Information Management. She was awarded the Hilda Roberts Memorial Prize for the most proficient student on completion of the final year and the NSW Health Department Clinical Classification prize.

She joined the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) in 2002 as a project officer. During that period she contributed to the content updates of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Fourth-Seventh Editions, coordinated coding queries and assisted with coder education workshops.
Karyn worked as a clinical coder at a private hospital from 2010-2013, before rejoining the NCCH in September 2013.

Karyn began her working career as a registered nurse and has also worked as a medical receptionist, office assistant and teacher’s aide.

Patricia Nicolaou – Classification Specialist

Patricia joined NCCH as a Classification Specialist in July 2015, she is a qualified Health Information Manager with many years of experience working in managerial and clinical classification roles in various NSW public and private hospitals. Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Patricia has gained her HIM experience mainly through working in large tertiary hospitals, she has experience in data quality, auditing, staff education and other casemix activities and projects. Patricia has extensive knowledge and experience in clinical classification and she is also employed as a (certified) senior clinical coder (part time) at a large tertiary hospital.

Patricia has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Sydney and worked as a registered nurse for a number of years before developing her profession in Health Information Management.

Filippa Pretty - Operations Coordinator, Classification Development

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. 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).

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.

Marla Tun - Classification Specialist

Marla's background is in medicine and health information management. She has extensive experience in the content development of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS since joining the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) in 2005. Marla has been actively involved in the update and development of the content of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Editions.

She is also responsible for maintaining and updating the ICD-10-AM/ACHI database and its derived products, the electronic code lists (ECL) and mapping tables essential in the update of the AR-DRG classification system.

Marla has also worked in NSW public and private health systems on casemix projects, data submissions to state and national forums on casemix and costing and in managerial and coding roles. Before migrating to Australia, she worked as a medical doctor in a general hospital in Burma.