Health Service Board

The Health Services Bill 2016 was enacted on 1 July 2016 to establish Western Australia's Health Services as separate, board-governed statutory authorities.

This involved establishing the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) as a separate statutory authority, governed by a Board that is legally responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality, efficient and economical health services to its local community.

The EMHS Board is legally responsible and accountable for the oversight of EMHS hospitals and health services and is chaired by Mr Ian Smith PSM.

The EMHS Board is comprised of highly capable and committed professionals with a diverse range of experience across the fields of medicine and health care, finance, law, and community and consumer engagement.

Board Members

Mr Ian Smith PSM
EMHS Board Chair

Ian Smith PSM has held various senior roles in WA Health, including Chief Executive of WACHS and the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and has overseen multiple capital redevelopments of hospitals and health infrastructure. Mr Smith has extensive experience in delivering health services throughout regional WA including personal advocacy for the improvement of Aboriginal Health.

Mr Smith also chairs the Governing Council for the North Regional TAFE (Pilbara and Kimberley).

He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service for the provision of health services in Western Australia over many years.


Dr Denise Glennon
EMHS Board Member

Dr Denise Glennon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Consultant Geriatrician with extensive experience working as a clinician in Western Australian public hospitals. Dr Glennon has spent the last decade embedding evidence based, best practice clinical care that has made Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Orthogeriatric Unit a leader in its field. Dr Glennon is passionate about continual quality improvement in health care and has been involved in many state and national quality improvement projects. Dr Glennon is committed to a ensuring a safe and equitable workplace through her membership on the AMA Sexual Harassment Taskforce and is actively involved in medical education at all levels, including being an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.




Mr Ross Keesing
EMHS Board Member

Ross Keesing has worked in the health industry for 40 years, initially as a health facility architect and project director, then in a number of directorships and as an Assistant Commissioner for WA Health. Mr Keesing has experience managing WA metropolitan and regional health services, as well as private hospitals. As a consultant for nearly two decades, Mr Keesing has provided a wide range of tactical and strategic advice on health issues and directions to governments both in Australia and the Middle East.


Mr Peter Forbes
EMHS Board Member

Peter Forbes is a chartered accountant and has held roles including CEO of specialist medical indemnity mutual MDA National, Managing Director of its wholly owned insurer, MDA National Insurance and was a founding partner and former Managing Director of the WA branch of chartered accountants HLB Mann Judd. Mr Forbes was also a Director of LawCover (the NSW statutory insurer for NSW solicitors), Chairman of Victorian health fund provider Transport Health and is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Local Government Insurance Scheme WA. In 2014 Mr Forbes was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Lions Eye Institute and was later elected Chair in early 2017. He is also an external member of the Law Society of WA Professional Indemnity Insurance Management Committee.




Photograph of Pia TurcinovMs Pia Turcinov 
EMHS Board Member

Pia Turcinov manages an extensive portfolio career and holds numerous director or non-executive director positions for a range of innovative information technology, business development and women’s network organisations. With qualifications in law and business management, Pia has more than 25 years of expertise in commercialising technological innovations and promoting entrepreneurship, technology and diversity. Pia currently serves as a Member on the Landgate Board, and as Industry Advisory Board Member for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Western Australia.

Ms Amanda (Mandy) Gadsdon
EMHS Board Member

Mandy Gadsdon is currently Director of Collective Connections and Solutions, a consultancy business specialising in organisational and leadership development, intercultural solutions, strategy, policy and Aboriginal employment. She has worked in Executive roles in both government and Aboriginal community organisations across a range of human service areas including child protection, disability, justice and employment and is an Independent Decision Maker in the Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Through her experience, knowledge and commitment to improving equitable access to health services, along with an ability to bring a unique lens around the integration of corporate, cultural, and clinical governance, Ms Gadsdon is committed to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people, and the community more broadly, through her role on the EMHS Board.



Ms Melissa Parke
EMHS Board Member

Melissa Parke has significant experience in Australian and international law, international relations, development, politics, humanitarian affairs, human rights and governance. She is currently a member on the UN Human Rights Council’s Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, the Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Justice, the BRAC Governing Body and an Ambassador for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Ms Parke served as the Federal Member of Parliament for Fremantle from 2007 to 2016. Prior to this she was employed with the United Nations from 1999 to 2007 as an international lawyer working in various UN bodies in New York, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Ms Parke serves as a Trustee of the WA Museum Board of Trustees.

Ms Parke holds legal qualifications, is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and in the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Photograph of Paddy RamanathanDr Paddy Ramanathan
EMHS Board Member

Dr Paddy Ramanathan is an experienced clinician, with over 40 years in Public and Private sectors including 11 years in Air Force. He is currently the Managing Director of his large GP practice in Perth.

He has significant experience in senior leadership roles in health and community services. He was the Founding President of Australian Indian Medical Association in 2002. He has a special interest in the issues of health workforce in WA and is working at various levels to mitigate this issue.

He is committed to improving outcomes for migrant population and the community more broadly, through his role on the EMHS Board.



Photograph of Steve PatchettDr Steven (Steve) Patchett
EMHS Board Member

Dr Patchett has had an extensive career as a psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist in the WA health system and prior to this in New Zealand. He has held roles as practitioner member on the WA Board of the Medical Board of Australia, was appointed Medical Advisor to the WA Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services and was a Psychiatrist Member of the WA Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board.

Dr Patchett holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.






Last Updated: 04/11/2022