National Health Funding Pool

Toni Cunningham

Administrator

Toni Cunningham

Toni was appointed as the Administrator on 6 November 2023 for a five-year term.

Toni is an expert in public hospital funding models and the systems that support health services to report on their performance in relation to health funding matters. Toni has occupied leadership roles in the public health sector, most recently in executive roles at Queensland Health. Toni's career, having spanned over forty years, has been predominantly in leadership roles that improved systems and processes for the development of transparency in public sector casemix data collection, including costing, funding and reporting.

To learn more about the Administrator's role, please visit Role of the Administrator.

 

National Health Funding Body

Shannon White

Chief Executive Officer

Shannon White

Shannon was appointed CEO of the National Health Funding Body in April 2018. Shannon has a broad range of experience across national security, economic and social policy environments. Shannon has 30 years’ experience in the APS across Health, Immigration and Border Protection, and Defence with his previous roles having a strong focus on financial management and strategic advice on budget related policy and operational matters. In his previous senior executive role in Health System Financing at the Department of Health and Aged Care, Shannon worked extensively on national health reform issues and represented the Australian Government at a number of national and international committees. These included health system fiscal sustainability as well as the negotiations on public hospital funding under the two Addendums to the NHR Agreement.

To learn more, please visit Role of the NHFB.

 

Ben Nicholls

Chief Financial Officer Finance

Ben Nicholls

Ben joined the NHFB in February 2024 as Chief Finance Officer and is responsible for the Finance section.

The Finance section provide financial support to the NHFB CEO and the Administrator, including managing the National Health Funding Pool Payments System, processing Commonwealth, State and Territory deposits and payments into and out of the Pool as well as facilitating authorisation by the Administrator for payments to LHNs and other providers. The Finance section are also responsible for the production of the NHFB’s annual financial statements audited by the Commonwealth Auditor-General, the National Pool Financial Statements and individual Pool Financial Statements for auditing by each State and Territory’s Auditor-General respectively.

Prior to joining the NHFB, Ben worked at the Australian National Audit Office for more than 10 years conducting the independent examination of the financial records, transactions and internal controls of Commonwealth entities. Ben is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business (Hons.) from Charles Sturt University.

 

Jeremy Groves

Director Data, Modelling and Analysis

Jeremy Groves

Jeremy joined the NHFB in October 2022. The Data, Modelling and Analysis section develop and operate models that determine the Commonwealth funding contribution to LHNs for delivering public hospital services (over $25 billion for 2022-23). The section also reconciles estimated and actual service volumes through a range of data submissions (over 38 million records each year) related to public hospital funding. The Data, Modelling and Analysis section is also responsible for linking hospital activity data with Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) claims data to identify if the Commonwealth has potentially paid for the same hospital service more than once (over 610 million MBS records per annum).

Jeremy has over 12 years experience in data modelling, analytics and data visualisation. He holds a PhD from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University, Canada.

 

Beci Imbriano

Director – Policy, Planning and Performance

Beci Imbriano

Beci joined the NHFB in November 2018 as Director, Policy, Planning and Performance. The Policy, Planning and Performance section is responsible for developing the NHFB’s Strategic Direction, Corporate Plan, Portfolio Budget Statements and Annual Reports.

The section works with colleagues, jurisdictions and portfolio agencies to maintain the full suite of Administrator’s policies, including:

  • Administrator’s Three Year Data Plan
  • Data Compliance Policy
  • Data Governance Policy
  • Calculation and Reconciliation Framework
  • Data Matching Business Rules.

The section also works with stakeholders to improve reporting through the development of a strategic outlook of public hospital funding, trend reporting and analysis, including the publication of monthly funding and activity data on publichospitalfunding.gov.au.

The section also provides essential business support services to the NHFB, CEO and Administrator across risk management, assurance, governance, human resources, communications, security, management of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) and Secretariat for the Administrator’s Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and Independent Audit and Risk Committee.

Prior to joining the NHFB, Beci spent 10 years in the APS across the Health and Immigration and Border Protection Portfolios in a number of stakeholder focused policy and operational roles, including reporting on system sustainability through modelling outcomes of policy settings and budget scenarios.

Stakeholders and partners

Productive relationships and regular communication with our stakeholders and partners supports us to improve the transparency of funding for public hospital services.