AHHA staff


Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive

Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.  Ms Verhoeven holds an MBA with a specialisation in International Business, a Master of Letters, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts. Her professional affiliations include membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. She has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe. Contact


Lisa Robey

Engagement and Business Director

Lisa Robey is a highly experienced marketing and communications professional. A specialist in the not-for-profit and advocacy sectors, Lisa has developed numerous successful communications campaigns. With a background in the ICT sector, Lisa brings strong skills in social media and digital marketing that she applies along with more traditional media and communications skills. A key strength is Lisa’s ability to shape a communication objective to fit within the prevailing media landscape, giving it greater opportunity for media pick-up. Lisa also lends her skills to a variety of charitable causes. In 2013 she was appointed as an ambassador to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for whom she acts as the Canberra based event and media spokesperson. Contact


Chris Bourke

Strategic Programs Director

Chris was Australia’s first Indigenous dentist, and from 2011 to 2016, was a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, where he held ministerial roles across several portfolios including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Children and Young People, Disability, Corrections, and Education and Training.  Chris has held clinical positions in the private and public sector including his own private dental practice, Aboriginal Medical Services, NT Health and the Victorian School Dental Service. He is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne; a member of the Uluru Statement Working Group; Co-Chair of the ACT Reconciliation Day Council; and a member of the National Health Leadership Forum. Contact


Linc Thurecht

Senior Research Director



Murray Mansell

Chief Operating Officer

With 40 years' experience in executive management, Murray informs AHHA’s financial strategies and is responsible for managing financial controls, accounting procedures and reporting on the financial performance of AHHA as the organisation’s membership and services continue to grow. Contact


Kylie Woolcock

Policy Director

Kylie Woolcock started her career as a pharmacist, before moving her focus into health workforce development and service implementation. She has extensive experience bringing the diverse views of stakeholders together with the evidence base to influence and effect change. She has worked with a range of health professions and service providers; from the perspectives of education, accreditation, policy, professional practice, clinical service provision, and regulation; and from a local region, national and international focus. She has postgraduate qualifications in health economics, training and management. Contact

Dr Rebecca Haddock

Director, Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

Dr Rebecca Haddock is the Director of the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, the research arm of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. With a strong background in medical research, Rebecca is internationally recognised for her work in the field of obesity-related hypertension. Dr Haddock has previously held positions at the University of Oxford, University of New South Wales, Australian National University, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research. Working across the university, government and not-for-profit sectors, Rebecca has extensive knowledge and practical skills in the areas of research, teaching, research policy development and governance, strategic communications, publishing, scientific evaluation and research translation. Rebecca holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the Australian National University. Contact