Executive and Senior Leadership Team

Executive Team

Claire has worked in health care for the past 30 years, starting out her career in the UK and has worked in both public and private healthcare in UK & Europe before migrating to Australia in 2003. Claire has held a number of senior health care roles in large private hospitals in Australia and stepped into the role of General Manager at Brisbane Private Hospital in 2018. Prior to that Claire was the Deputy General Manager at Gold Coast Private Hospital, a facility for which she was responsible for opening in 2016.

Jason joined our Executive team as Director of Nursing in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the Healthcare industry. Prior to joining BPH, he held the Director of Nursing role at Gold Coast Surgical Hospital after spending 2 years in the UK as General Manager of Clifton Park Orthopaedic Hospital in York.

Jason has also previously held positions of Assistant Director of Nursing at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Director of Nursing at St Andrews Ipswich Private Hospital.

Kelly is a CPA qualified accountant with experience in leadership teams for Multinational Businesses and 8 years within senior finance roles for private hospitals. Kelly oversees the non-clinical functions at Brisbane Private including Finance.

Senior Leadership Team

Andrew Francis Abadiano
Nurse Unit Manager – Rehabilitation Ward

Andrew Francis Abadiano joined Brisbane Private Hospital last November 2017 as a Clinical Nurse in Rehabilitation ward and became Nurse Unit Manager in the same ward last May 2018. He was previously employed at Hamilton City Hospital – Waikato District Health Board in New Zealand. Worked in Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (ATOR) – OPR Services for almost 8 years.

Andrew started his career in the Philippines. Worked in different fields of nursing – occupational health and public hospitals. Prior moving to New Zealand in 2008, he worked as a Clinical Instructor in one of the Nursing School in Cebu City, Philippines for 2 years and became a Level Chairperson in the same institution.

Alison Ashburner
NUM Day Surgery Unit

I am currently the NUM for the Day Surgery/ Endoscopy Unit at Brisbane Private where I manage a great team of dedicated staff. Prior to this position I was the Theatre Manager at Sunnybank Hospital and the Mater Private in Mackay.

I started my nursing career in South Africa where I worked in numerous different wards, including Maternity and Emergency. I thoroughly enjoyed a position as a Public Relations Officer for a Private Hospital. I am a very keen golfer and look for every opportunity to get onto the golf course.

Audrey Moirt
Nurse Unit Manager – Operating Theatres

Audrey came to Brisbane Private in May 2019. Audrey started her career in Melbourne as a graduate nurse at Monash Medical Centre in 2002.

She progressed in her career as an ANUM both in the operating theatre as well as the pre-admission and outpatient departments.

In addition to her experience in theatre management at Ramsay healthcare and the Wesley hospital, Audrey has a diverse and varied nursing back ground having worked as a Hospital Nurse Coordinator at St Vincent’s Northside and Repatriation nurse at Allianz assistance where she assisted in repatriating ill and injured overseas travelers back home.

Audrey is a mum to three beautiful daughters ages 10, 8 and 6 and balances work with volunteering at school and attending their after activities and weekend sports.

Cass came to Brisbane Private Hospital in January 2020 with many years of experience in injury management/workers compensation. She has worked over 3 Healthscope hospitals – Brisbane Private, Sunnybank Private and Peninsula Private.

Previously Cass has been employed in Aged Care, WorkCover Qld and various hospitals with Uniting Care Health.

Cass started her career in Human Resources/Health and Safety in Food Processing plant - located in the Lockyer Valley before moving to Brisbane some 20 years ago - settling in the South/West suburbs.

Cass has many hobbies, including: soap making, mosaics and knitting. Normally knitting up a storm to produce beanies for the homeless every year!

Cristina Medel, CN
Clinical Nurse In-charge

I have been a nurse for more than 20 years and an OR nurse for 20 years and have worked in the Philippines, England, New Zealand and here in Australia. My current role as the Clinical Nurse in CSSD enables me to use all my knowledge and skills from OR nursing for most of my entire nursing career.

I have a passion for clinical excellence, professional development, motivating people, and human relations.

My hobbies include hiking, swimming, photography, and art. I enjoy challenging roles that give me opportunity to create change.

Lana Saffill
Work Health & Safety Manager

What do you love about your job and why?
I love that my job has a lot of variety, no day is the same and there is always exciting, challenging projects to manage.

Why did you become a ….?
I became a WHS Manager as it incorporates my passions – helping people and sharing knowledge. I am able to work with amazing people from all walks of life who inspire me every day with the work that they do.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Billy and Minpins, Roald Dahl.

What is something about you your colleagues don’t know?
I joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as a medic when I was 17 years old and served at sea for six years.

How do your friends describe you?
Friendly, caring, trustworthy and funny.

What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
I love exploring the outdoors, spending time with animals and tending to my indoor plants.

What is something you want to achieve this year?
I would like to achieve an increased awareness and improved culture around health and safety. Everyone deserves to get home safe at the end of the day and we all need to work together to achieve that.

I have worked at BPH for many years as the Manager of the Orthopaedic ward - my second home and family! More recently I have been asked to act as Manager of the fabulous team on the Neurology ward until a permanent NUM is appointed.

My days consists of guiding, educating, supporting and managing patients and staff and the occasional VMO!

I believe we are all lifelong learners and am so grateful that my roles give me the opportunity to learn something new every day and share this knowledge with others.

My family and I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many exciting places. Outside of work, I enjoy spending valuable time with my children, their partners and our grandchildren.

Nicole Yates joined Brisbane Private in 2017 as Manager of our Damascus Health Services. Nicole spent 15 years working in various roles within Queensland Health in Townsville including 5 years in Alcohol and Other Drugs services (AODS) where she was a team leader for 3 years.

Nicole began pursuing a career specialising in drug and alcohol addiction, gaining experience in the public system before moving into private care.

Scott McDonald
Infection Control Co-Ordinator

Scott took on the role of Infection Control Coordinator here at Brisbane Private in April 2019. Prior to that he worked in Infection Control at the Mater for 12 years. Scott has Nursing post-graduate qualifications in Infection Prevention and Control and a diploma in Pathology. He has a background in Surgical Nursing, Sterilising and Medical Research. He has worked in numerous facilities across the country. Scott’s motivation in his career is to ensure that Brisbane Private Hospital is the safest private hospital in the country. His credo is that if it isn’t safe enough for his family, it isn’t safe enough for yours.

Scott is a proud family man. With the little free time he has, Scott enjoys fishing, woodworking, heavy-metal, gaming and is currently learning how to ride a motorcycle. He LOVES Australian rules footy and is a die-hard Brisbane Lions supporter. CARN’ THE MIGHTY LIONS!

Shelly Kashyap
Housekeeping Team leader

Shelly Kashyap joined Brisbane Private Hospital 5 years ago. Shelly came to us with 16 years’ experience as a housekeeping Manager/Supervisor in many fiver star hotels in different countries and was previously employed at the Hotel Mercure/Ibis Brisbane as well as other five star hotels in UK and India. She has qualifications in Bachelors in Hospitality Management and Diploma in Hotel Management and currently leads a team of 27 staff.

Shelly started her career in India in 2001 and moved to United Kingdom before moving to Brisbane almost 13 years ago. Shelly is very enthusiastic and a team player. Shelly enjoys watching TV and loves to spend time with family.

Simone Page
Nurse Unit Manager
General Surgical and Paediatrics

Simone Page joined Brisbane Private Hospital almost 12 months ago. Simone came to us with 10 years of surgical experience from the Gold Coast University Hospital. She has a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional education and a Masters of Health Services Management. Simone leads B Floor, the general surgical and paediatric ward specializing in Orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology, ENT, maxillofacial, plastics and reconstructive surgery and fertility treatments.

Simone has a wealth of education experience and soon realized that management and leading a team was what she was most passionate about. Simone has two young children and spends her free time on the weekends boating, fishing and gardening.

Steve Nicholls
Facilities Manager

Steve Nicholls joined Brisbane Private Hospital in 2011 after spending many years in logistics & operational management. Steve has also spent time running his own businesses in logistics and automotive repairs & servicing. He is a qualified Fire Safety Advisor, holds a certificate in heights safety and leads a team of 9 staff.

Steve has always worked in Brisbane with time spent in Myer, Telstra & Qantas over the past 40 years. He enjoys keeping tropical fish, motorcycle riding, his dogs & his 2 granddaughters.

Tracey Thorpe
Nurse Unit Manager Intensive Care

Tracey Thorpe joined Brisbane Private Hospital in 2008. She came to us with post-graduate qualifications in Intensive Care and many years of experience nursing Intensive Care patients both in Australia and overseas.

Tracey started her career in Brisbane before moving to the Gold Coast to work in Intensive Care in the private sector for 12 years. She worked for 5 years in the UK, both for the NHS and for a private hospital. She moved back to sunny Queensland and continued her career at Brisbane Private Hospital. She manages a small, cohesive team in our Intensive Care Unit who strive to provide our patients with compassionate, safe and effective care.

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