Shannon was appointed CEO of the NHFB in April 2018. 

Shannon has a broad range of experience across national security, economic and social policy environments. Shannon has 27 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, 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 Addendum to the NHR Agreement 2017–18 to 2019–20.

The year ahead

One of the key challenges of the next planning period is the implementation of the 2020-2025 Addendum to the NHR Agreement. The new Addendum outlines clear direction in several key areas including, but not limited to, public hospital funding integrity and duplicate payments, funding neutrality for private patients in public hospitals, the progression of safety and quality measures including low value care, and measures to reduce demand for potentially preventable hospitalisations.

Communication and engagement is vital to our success. Our ability to collaborate openly and constructively with our Commonwealth, State and Territory stakeholders as well as our portfolio agency and industry partners will go a long way towards achieving our vision.

We remain committed to operating as a high performing organisation that is professional, capable and flexible, and technology enabled.

In 2020-21, we will continue to:

  • Capitalise on our digital transformation investment;
  • Build on our strong stakeholder and industry partnerships;
  • Strengthen our leadership, culture and organisational capabilities;
  • Invest in our people through learning and development; and
  • Review our business operations for productivity improvements and cost efficiencies.

This will ensure we direct our limited resources to our highest priorities, and further improve transparency of public hospital funding in Australia.