Dr Lynn Weekes
As inaugural chief executive officer of NPS MedicineWise, Lynn has contributed significantly to the development of quality use of medicines (QUM) resources and services for health professionals and consumers in Australia since 1998.
In the 2013 Queen's Birthday honours Lynn was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to Australian community health through the promotion of quality use of medicines.
With her expertise in the QUM area Lynn sits, by invitation, on various national boards and committees from government, pharmacy and academic sectors.
As part of her PhD thesis, Organisational Structures to Promote Quality Use of Medicines, Lynn developed indicators for QUM for drug and therapeutics committees and for hospitals more generally. She has a strong professional interest in quality assurance, behaviour change and pharmacoepidemiology.
Prior to Lynn's appointment to NPS MedicineWise, she was executive officer of NSW Therapeutic Assessment Group where she was involved in drug use practice, evaluation and policy. She originally trained as a pharmacist and practised in hospital and research settings.
Karen Kaye, Executive Manager, Client Relations
Karen joined NPS MedicineWise in March 2008 and prior to this appointment she was executive officer for the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group for almost 10 years. She worked with clinical experts and government agencies to inform policy development for QUM in hospitals and the wider community.
Karen holds a bachelor of pharmacy from the University of Sydney and has completed post-graduate studies in hospital pharmacy and pharmacoeconomics. She has practised in community, hospital, industry and academic settings and in the professional organisations of pharmacy. For nine years she was director of pharmacy at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and maintains a strong interest in hospital pharmacy practice through her role as a federal councillor for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
Karen has a particular interest in promoting system changes to improve safe and effective medicines use across the continuum of care and ensuring a cost-effectiveness approach to evaluation of health technologies.
Sharene Jackson, Executive Manager, Program and Product Development
Sharene manages the Program and Product Development unit responsible for the design and production of our publications and resources, online learning resources for health professionals and decision support products. Sharene has a strong commitment to ensuring that we offer the highest quality products and services to our clients, in the most efficient, cost effective way.
Sharene's training in journalism and instructional design led her to a career in developing print and online publications for the health and education sectors. She has been with us since 1998 and, in her current role, combines her passion for information design with her keen desire to always find better ways of doing things.
Kerren Hosking, Executive Manager, Corporate Affairs and Governance
Kerren manages the corporate affairs and governance team, responsible for media, external relations, policy, governance and corporate communications. Kerren brings detailed knowledge of best practice stakeholder engagement, health policy and communication management gained through positions within the health sector in communication, policy, stakeholder management and corporate affairs roles spanning the last fifteen years.
Gloria Antonio, Executive Manager, Health Insights & Business Delivery
Gloria has been involved in the Australian and international healthcare and disability industries for more than 15 years. Gloria brings to NPS MedicineWise extensive experience in health contract management, policy development and service delivery.
She joined NPS MedicineWise direct from a Hong Kong-based role, where as general manager she was responsible for the development and operation of community development programs, children's services and programs supporting people with disabilities across Vietnam, the Philippines and China. Her background as a registered nurse and in business and health administration has seen her work in hospitals, at MBF Australia and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Her interests lay in health system designs and international relations.
She leads our Health Insights and Business Delivery unit, responsible for the provision of dynamic, reliable insight using primary care dataset called MedicineInsight. By leveraging off other data sets such as PBS data, 45 and up data, the unit delivers expert analysis by providing actionable information, generating powerful insights and helping drive better decisions. It also evaluates our programs using a rigorous evaluation framework and methods enabling the measurement of health outcomes and cost effectiveness while continuing to demonstrate changes in drug and medical tests contributing to evidence based decisions. This unit ensures the efficient delivery of programs to health professionals and consumers, managing our educational visiting service and building positive relationships with our customers.
Gloria has a bachelor of science in nursing, a diploma in business studies (endorsed health) and a masters in business administration.
Monique Heighes, Executive Manager, People and Environment
Since her arrival at NPS MedicineWise, Monique has effectively promoted and repositioned the human resource function to be recognised as a significant strategic driver within the organisation. As part of the executive leadership team, Monique is responsible for developing strategies that contribute to and support a strong corporate culture and ensuring that our people practices support us to achieve our organisational goals.
Monique has a masters in organisational psychology, a diploma in human resources and is a certified executive coach. This unique combination complements our forward-thinking organisation and brings a unique perspective to our people and development strategies.
Prior to joining NPS in March 2006, Monique had managed and delivered strategic and operational human resource services in executive and managerial appointments across a diverse range of environments. Her experience includes a mix of high-level consulting and in-house roles.
Glenn Pringle, Executive Manager, Business & Commercial Services
Glenn manages the Business and Commercial Services unit which spans Finance, Legal & Risk, Business Operations, Enterprise Architecture and Information & Technology.
Since 1991 Glenn has worked in various industry sectors including accountancy, software development, finance and law enforcement. He has been working in the health sector for over 10 years including roles in Victorian community health and public dental health prior to joining NPS MedicineWise.
Greg Hughes, Managing Director, VentureWise
Greg is a senior executive with a strong professional interest in the sustainability of the for-impact sector through commercial enterprise. As the Managing Director of VentureWise, Greg is focused on entering into commercial arrangements to broaden the funding base and the social impact of the MedicineWise Group.
As a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in executive roles in numerous industries, Greg has learned that the secret to entrepreneurship is displacement and so thrives on starting up commercial enterprise. After Greg’s shift to the for-impact sector and 4 years on the Executive of NPS MedicineWise, Greg was appointed Managing Director of VentureWise in 2015 and has led this now successful startup by delivering outcomes for pharmaceutical manufacturers, private health Insurance providers and CROs while broadening the scope of the products and channels developed by NPS MedicineWise.
Greg has a particular interest in large real world data and how it can be used to improve the prevention of chronic illness and facilitate earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of chronic illness and rare diseases.