Meet the Team
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
Below are the profiles of the Central Office staff, we hope you enjoy meeting the team!
DR GRAHAM HALLBAppSci, PhD, CRFS, FANZSRS, FERS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Graham brings great experience and knowledge, including an impressive 20 years working in lung health. He has worked as the Deputy Director and Co-Head of Children’s Lung Health at one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, Telethon Kids Institute. Over the course of his career, Graham has established an international reputation in paediatric respiratory science and has contributed to both research and policy development.
With his passion for making a difference in the respiratory health space, Graham inspires colleagues and is a natural leader. His ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and his commitment to supporting the professional development of all those engaged in respiratory health ensure that under Graham’s leadership, TSANZ will continue to be responsive to servicing the educational, professional community, advocacy and other needs of its members.
MS KERRY-ANN PLANTMBA(Exec), ACMA, CGMA
OPERATIONS AND MEMBER SERVICES MANGER
Bringing her passion for process improvement, technology transformation and keen interest in staff development and mentoring, Kerry-Ann is looking forward to leveraging her experience to help deliver sound governance and financial sustainability practices at TSANZ.
A keen traveller, Kerry-Ann started her career in the UK Government, before moving into the private sector, working in Italy and France as an accountant in the hospitality sector before moving to Australia in 2004. In Australia, she has worked in the IT, Hospitality and Mining sectors in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Kerry-Ann is a Chartered Management Accountant and completed her Executive MBA in 2016. In 2020 she completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
Away from work, Kerry-Ann is passionate about helping others and is training to be a personal development and career coach. In her free time, she volunteers at Greyhound Rescue and has previously volunteered on the planning committee for the Mother’s Day Classic, supporting women and families affected by Breast Cancer.
DR HAYLEY SEEBBiomedSc (Hons), PhD, GradDipPH
Research and Policy Manager
Hayley has a cell biology background in respiratory medicine. She completed her PhD in investigating innate immunity in COPD at the University of Newcastle. Hayley now leads the research team at TSANZ supporting projects and registries, award administration, and translating research into policy via evidence-based publications. Hayley is passionate about supporting the research community and provides a linking role in the establishment of strategic partnerships, delivery of advocacy, and liaison between the respiratory community and key stakeholders. Working at TSANZ has sparked a developing interest in Public Health for Hayley and she is increasingly involved in public health advocacy.
Alongside her employment, Hayley has been a medic in the Army Reserve for 15 years and been involved in numerous deployments, including capacity building abroad and domestic security. Hayley enjoys intertwining her military work with education and her work life and believes each supports the other in her professional development.
MRS HANNAH KEEPBSc (Hons), PGCert, QTS (UK)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CLINICAL QUALITY MANAGER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6215
Using her experience in both education and health, Hannah is working to advance the educational experiences and offerings within TSANZ. Working with key stakeholders and reporting to the CEO, Hannah is currently responsible for the Lung Health Framework project, overseeing its development and implementation.
Away from work, Hannah is a busy mum of three. She is a keen traveller and is passionate about exercise and staying healthy.
MS MANALI DEORUKHKAR
CLINICAL QUALITY OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6210
Manali is the Clinical Quality Officer at TSANZ. Having worked in the public and private healthcare settings, she brings over 7 years of clinical and non-clinical experience in the health field. An overseas Dentist, she moved to Australia to pursue her Masters degree in Health Management with majors in Quality and Patient Safety from Queensland University of Technology.
In her previous role as the Quality Improvement Officer, she was in charge of implementing and overseeing the Comprehensive Care and Communication for Safety Standards in the hospital and managing various quality improvement projects. She brings to TSANZ her knowledge of the Australian Quality and Safety Standards and her project management skills.
At TSANZ, using her education and experience, Manali is working on a project to improve the quality and delivery of the Community Spirometry services and Competency. She reports to the Clinical Quality Manager and the CEO. In her spare time, Manali enjoys exploring different cuisines and reading books.
Ms Ivana Garner
BA (Hons), DipPubEdit
BA (Hons), DipPubEdit
Before starting at TSANZ, Ivana studied Aviation at UNSW and holds a private pilot’s license. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney with Honours in Archaeology, before moving on to complete a Diploma of Publishing and Editing. In 2014, she started her own independent publishing company, Jonquil Press, to publish her books.
Ms Bharvi ManeckMPH, MPhil
RESEARCH AND POLICY MANAGER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6203
She has worked on national clinical policy and guideline development, and advocacy in a range of policy areas at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. At NSW health, she was involved in several projects including, the national biobanking initiative, streamlining ethics & governance applications in NSW and projects aiming to improve care for patients being treated for cancer.
Bharvi holds a master’s in philosophy and public health from the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Claude Bernard merit scholarship.
When she isn’t lettering on her iPad, Bharvi enjoys exploring new cafes and going on hikes around Sydney with her husband and her fur baby.
MS LAURA MITCHELLBOT (Hons)
SENIOR REGISTRIES OFFICER
Laura holds an Honours degree in Occupational Therapy (Class I) from the University of Sydney. As an occupational therapist, Laura has clinical experience in paediatric tertiary hospitals and community mental health settings. Laura has extensive experience in Australasian registry research, having previously coordinated a large quality of life study for people born with complex congenital heart disease. In these roles, Laura was a keen instigator and contributor to quality improvement projects and translating these into policy, procedures and/or practice
Ms Rebecca HetheringtonLLB, BA (Hons)
Rebecca’s passion for social justice is reflected in her membership in the Environment & Human Rights and Women & Girls Subcommittees of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and as a volunteer Raise Foundation Mentor. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors, reading, and cooking.
MR CHRISTOPHER LEBSc, MPH (PP)
POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6205
At TSANZ, Christopher reports to the CEO and is responsible for the coordination of TSANZ’s policy and advocacy submissions, liaison with stakeholders, government, board, and members, and creation and management of a variety of documents, surveys, reports, and databases. He is also passionate about Information Technology and has made contributions to the upgrade process of many systems used behind-the-scenes at TSANZ.
MR MAX CAMPBELLBA (Hons), MA
CLINICAL QUALITY COORDINATOR
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6211
At TSANZ, Max co-ordinates and manages lab accreditation, spirometry, and liaison with external stakeholders to ensure best practice in the field. He works very closely with the LAQC; liaising and building rapport with external stakeholders.
Ms Phoebe PhamBA, MBA
Phoebe joined TSANZ in July 2021 bringing her strong experience in customer service and office administration. After completing a Master degree in Business (Marketing), Phoebe decided to take on the Hotel Management degree to expand her knowledge and pursue her career in hospitality. Prior to joining TSANZ, Phoebe has experience working as an Admin Officer and Education Officer for non-profit organisations.
At TSANZ, Phoebe assists with all aspects of the TSANZ membership services, manages the membership database and communications. She also supports TSANZ Sub-committees, Special Interest Groups as well as Branches.
Outside of work Phoebe enjoys spending time with her fur babies, cooking and training at the gym.
MS CATRIN BRINNINGBA (Hons)
At TSANZ, Catrin helps with all branch activities, assists with coordinating branch events and also takes care of the communication and social media from the TSANZ accounts. As well as working alongside the membership officer to answer any member queries.
MS EMMA ROBINSONBSc
RESEARCH AND AWARDS OFFICER
Emma has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biomedical Science and is delighted to find a role that allows her to combine her science background with her administrative and organisational skills. She has a keen interest in the promotion of disease awareness and research funding having lived with Crohn’s disease for over 20 years.
Outside of work Emma enjoys swing dancing, vintage fashion, and aerial acrobatics – her current favourite being lyra.
MS RITAH DASTAGIRBSc
Extension Number: +61 2 9222 6214
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