Our Board is committed to improving the health of the community by enabling:

  • innovation, flexibility and value for money
  • engagement with community and staff
  • partnerships and collaboration
  • initiatives contributing to research, learning and teaching.

The Governor in Council appoints members of the Board on the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

Sabrina Walsh (Chair)

Sabrina Walsh (Chair)

Appointed as Chair: 10 June 2021

Original appointment date: 18 May 2020 to 31 March 2024

Sabrina is the Chair of the Board and has over 30 years’ experience in the health industry across a variety of roles. Sabrina is passionate about public sector health services and helping health organisations prepare for the future and improve health outcomes.

Sabrina began her career in health as a clinical psychologist before moving into health policy, health service management and then leadership roles.

Sabrina’s qualifications include a Master of Applied Psychology and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Her past roles include:

  • Chief Information Officer roles in Queensland and NSW
  • health service Chief Executive roles in Queensland
  • Director of Northern Territory Mental Health Services
  • executive leadership roles in mental health, aged and disability services.

As a consultant, she provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, governance and strategy. She has also led major digital health transformation initiatives in NSW.

Brian Anker (Deputy Chair)

Brian Anker (Deputy Chair)

Original appointment date 18 May 2013

Current term until 31 March 2024

Brian has held senior executive roles within the government and university sectors. Brian has held the following positions:

  • Chair of the Commonwealth funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project
  • member of the Australian Government's Australian eResearch Infrastructure Committee
  • member of the Sunshine Coast Economic Development Board
  • strategic advisor to a number of Queensland based Universities and Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ) Association
  • Deputy Director-General Innovation of the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

As well as sitting on our Board, Brian is currently:

  • Board member, Wishlist Sunshine Coast Health Foundation
  • member of a number of community associations and groups on the Sunshine Coast
  • member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2011, Brian established Anker Consulting Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and planning particularly to the research and industry sector.

Brian has also served as a government representative on review bodies, including:

  • Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Australian Tropical Forest Institute
  • Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct
  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Terry Bell

Terry Bell

BA, Grad Cert P.S. Mgt, MBA, Doctoral Candidate

Original appointment date 18 May 2020

Current term until 31 March 2024

Terry is a Bundjalung man of the Southern Gold Coast and Northern NSW regions and is long term resident of the Sunshine Coast.

Terry has extensive experience in leadership roles in the public, private and tertiary sectors, as well as in a Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving club. Terry is also working as Business Consultant to improve Indigenous employment outcomes.

Bruce Cowley

Bruce Cowley

Original appointment date 18 May 2021

Current term until 31 March 2024

Mr Bruce Cowley was, until 30 June 2019, Chair of Australia's largest law firm, MinterEllison, and has practiced as a corporate lawyer for nearly 40 years. In this role he specialised in mergers and acquisitions, director's duties and corporate governance. He has authored 'Protecting Your Position', a series of publications on director liabilities.  In 2017 Bruce co-authored the book entitled 'Duties of Board and Committee Members'.

Bruce has been Chair and Board member of a number of not-for-profit Boards, including the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland and CPL (formerly Cerebral Palsy League).

Mr Cowley is currently:

  • a director of QSuper and Klarna Australia Pty Ltd
  • a member of the Takeovers Panel
  • Chair of Griffith University Business School's Strategic Advisory Board
  • a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Not for Profit Chairs Forum.

Mr Cowley won the AICD's Queensland Gold Medal Award in November 2021.

Dr Abbe Anderson

Dr Abbe Anderson

Original appointment date 01 April 2022

Current term until 31 March 2024

Abbe has more than 30 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit health sectors of Australia, New Zealand and the USA.  For 20 of those years, she held senior executive roles, including CEO of the Brisbane North PHN, Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local and Brisbane North Division of General Practice.

Abbe has worked in hospital management with Southland District Health in New Zealand, including with small rural hospitals in Gore and Queenstown.  In her early career, she served as a volunteer with a medical relief aid organisation in the South Pacific Islands before becoming a qualified medical assistant and working in general practices in the USA.

One of Abbe’s proudest achievements has been the introduction of medical practice assistants into Australia as a workforce solution contributing toward doctors and nurses working to the top of their scopes of practice.

As a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, Abbe has a strong commitment to equity and lived-experience leadership. She is passionate about implementing consumer-friendly health care systems that are responsive to community needs.

Abbe has served on numerous governance bodies including as a member of the Minister for Health’s Advisory Panel on Mental Health and as inaugural chair of the National PHN Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs working group.

Abbe is currently a director on the board of Beyond Blue and is employed as a Strategic Policy Advisor with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in SE Queensland.

Abbe is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, holds a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Otago University in New Zealand.

Debbie Blumel

Debbie Blumel

Original appointment date 18 May 2019

Current term until 31 March 2024

Debbie has extensive experience in governance and strategic leadership positions in health organisations facing disruptive challenges and transformational change. She is passionate about improving health outcomes and community and consumer experiences of health service delivery.

Debbie has extensive experience in Queensland Health as a health service provider, in statewide policy and planning, as Manager of Public Health Planning and Research, as Principal Policy Officer to the Chief Health Officer, and representing Queensland Health on national policy and strategy forums.

Debbie was CEO of the Northern Territory Medicare Local with a focus on health planning, service integration, and stakeholder management with a priority on Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.

Debbie was a Sunshine Coast Councillor where she held the Major Projects Portfolio and represented the region on the Council of Mayors' Infrastructure Committee. Debbie also served as the inaugural chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast.

Debbie is the CEO of Your Best Life Disability and Health Services Ltd - an organisation that has grown and diversified into five business lines in the NDIS context. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has ensured continuity of care to clients and implemented an organisational digital transformation.

Debbie serves on the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health (SCHH) Board Finance and Performance Committee, and as Chair of the SCHH Board Safety and Quality Committee.

Debbie's qualifications include Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Emeritus Professor Birgit Lohmann

Prof Birgit Lohmann

Original appointment date 18 May 2019

Current term until 31 March 2024

As well as sitting on our Board, Birgit Lohmann has been a Board member of a number of not-for-profits.

Birgit was also the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of the Sunshine Coast from 2011 to 2018.

In that role Birgit was responsible for the academic activities of the University, including the Faculties. Birgit also held the following roles:

  • standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor
  • Chair of the Academic Board
  • member of the University Council.

Birgit previously had academic and management roles at the Australian National University, Murdoch University, Griffith University and the University of Adelaide.

Birgit has also served in a number of leadership roles including:

  • Head of the School of Science and Director of the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Quality at the University of Adelaide.

Dr David Rowlands OAM

Dr David Rowlands OAM

Original appointment date 01 April 2022

Current term until 31 March 2024

David is a graduate of The University of Queensland. He served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and worked in Accident and Emergency in the United Kingdom, before deciding on a career in General Practice.  He is the co-owner of a mixed billing General Practice, where he works four days per week in clinical practice.

David also has an extensive career in governing health care organisations, and in ensuring that safe and efficient care is delivered to the community they serve. He has high level skills in the areas of corporate governance, clinical governance, fiscal management, patient safety and patient experience.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has more than 25 years’ experience as a company director. In 2019, he was awarded Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently also serving as a Director of CheckUP Australia, which provides medical outreach services to rural and remote communities in Queensland.

David was instrumental in establishing both the Gold Coast Medicare Local and the Gold Coast PHN and served as Chair of both organisations. He has extensive experience in community engagement and has also served as Chair of the Gold Coast Health and Wellbeing Council.

In 2021, David was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Medicine, in General Practice.

Rod Cameron

Rod Cameron

Original appointment date 10 June 2021

Current term until 31 March 2024

Mr Rod Cameron has more than 35 years’ domestic and international experience with multinational ASX and NYSE listed and unlisted companies operating in sectors including:

  • energy
  • resources
  • manufacturing
  • professional services
  • disability services.

Rod is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a director  of sophisticated non-for-profit and for-profit companies for more than a decade.

He has held a host of leadership roles in sophisticated organisations, including:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Autism Queensland
  • Chief Financial Officer of Endeavour Foundation
  • Chief Financial Officer for an ASX listed company
  • Chief Financial Officer of the subsidiary of a NYSE listed multinational corporation.

Rod is also a qualified accountant, being a Fellow of CPA Australia, he holds an Honours degree in Commerce, Master of Business Administration and Master of Financial Management.

The Board complies with the Queensland Public Service (QPS) Code of Conduct and has its own Board Charter [PDF 356 kB].

Summaries and committees

  • Board summaries

    The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board is responsible for the overall governance of Sunshine Coast Health.

  • Board committees

    Our committees support the functions of the Board.

Last updated: May 2022