My name is Shannon White and I am the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHFB. With the support of my team, I am responsible for the effective delivery of the NHFB’s outputs to support the Administrator to fulfil his functions.

Prior to my appointment as the NHFB CEO, I was the Assistant Secretary of the Health System Financing and Evaluation Branch within the Commonwealth Department of Health.

In this role, I worked extensively on national health reform issues and represented the Department in various national Committees. These included negotiations on the Addendum to the NHR Agreement.

I also have 25 years experience in the Australian Public Service across executive positions at Health, Immigration and Border Protection, and Defence with a strong focus on financial management and strategic advice on budget related policy and operational matters.

Outstanding achievements

2017–18 was a record year for the amount of funding paid to LHNs through the Pool, with over $46 billion paid to deliver 36 million public hospital services. In supporting the obligations and responsibilities of the Administrator to achieve this record result, we processed in excess of 4,000 banking transactions and prepared approximately 1,800 financial reports.

We also made significant progress on our commitment to strengthen the Commonwealth Contribution Model (CCM), enhance our funding integrity capabilities, and modernise our payments system to provide confidence in the funding system and in our capabilities.

We have made tremendous efforts to fulfil our purpose for 2017–18, despite the Administrator’s position being vacant for the last quarter of the financial year.

Working collaboratively

Since commencing with the NHFB in April 2018, I have discussed the challenges facing public hospital funding with our stakeholders and partners. I look forward to building on our relationships with health officials of all jurisdictions, and creating a strong network to facilitate accurate and transparent funding from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to public hospitals.

Future challenges and opportunities

I have worked with my colleagues to develop and release a new Corporate Plan, Strategic Direction and Risk Tolerance statement for 2018–19. These documents set our direction for the next four years to 2021–22 and outline the approach we will take to fulfil our purpose.

Together with my small, professional and responsive team, we are committed to delivering on our purpose and improving the transparency of public hospital funding in Australia.

Shannon White