Health Service Board

The Health Services Act 2016 was enacted on 1 July 2016 to establish the State’s Health Services as separate, board-governed statutory authorities.

The SMHS Board is legally responsible and accountable for the oversight of SMHS hospitals and health services and is chaired by Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins.

SMHS Board membership

South Metropolitan Health Service Board Chair Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins

Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins Board Chair


Adj. Assoc. Professor Collins is a committed and highly successful health service executive and board member with an extensive career in a broad range of governance, strategic, operational and financial management environments.

Until early June 2019 Professor Collins was the Western Australia State Manager of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Professor Collins was the Acting Chair of the SMHS Governing Council for two years.







South Metropolitan Health Service Deputy Board Chair Ms Kim Gibson

Ms Kim Gibson B.App.Sci (Physio) MA Deputy Board Chair

Public Sector Leadership FACHSM GAICD

Ms Gibson's career in health spans 30 years across clinical practice, clinical education, health professional regulation, health reform, health service management and governance both in Australia and overseas.

Former Chair of the Clinical Senate of WA, Ms Gibson is passionate about health service improvement through clinician and consumer engagement.  

An experienced board member, she is Chair of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.







South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Dr Ryan Atkinson

Dr Ryan Atkinson


Dr Atkinson is a general practitioner with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, delivering clinical services to remote Aboriginal communities throughout north Western Australia.

Dr Atkinson has a strong commitment to Aboriginal health and completed his postgraduate training in Aboriginal medical services in the Kimberly region.








South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Dr Amanda Boudville

Dr Amanda Boudville


An experienced geriatrician and stroke physician, Dr Boudville is Head of Aged Care and Rehabilitation at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital.

She has worked across various public and private health systems for more than two decades.

Dr Boudville is a Federal Councillor of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.







South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Mr Julian Henderson

Mr Julian Henderson


Mr Henderson is a highly qualified senior executive with wide-ranging experience within the public and private sectors.

He has a breadth of experience in diverse areas including strategic planning, policy development, project development, project management, operations and general administration.

Mr Henderson was a member of the North Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council and recently retired from The Family Planning Association of WA, where he was CEO.






South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Colin Murphy

Mr Colin Murphy


Colin was Auditor General of Western Australia between 2006 and 2018.

His career has included senior executive finance and administrative roles across a range of State and Commonwealth Government departments, and he continues to serve on a number of Boards.








South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Ms Sue Le Souef

Ms Sue Le Souef 

BA(Hons) MA, B Juris, LLB

Ms Le Souef’s career experience in health related fields, including nursing and several different aspects of health law, is extensive.

As a senior legal officer at the WA Department of Health, she provided legal advice on issues including medical negligence litigation, coronial inquiries, risk anagement, confidentiality and freedom of information.

Sue also played a prominent role in the introduction of legislation for Advance Health Directives and Enduring Power of Attorney in Western Australia.

As instructing solicitor for the State Solicitor’s Office, Sue worked in civil litigation with a focus on medical negligence, defending public hospitals and health services and medical and nursing staff in litigated matters.





South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Ms Yvonne Parnell

Ms Yvonne Parnell

GAICD, GradCertDis

Ms Parnell is a CEO within the community sector assisting people with disability and their families overcome significant life challenges.

She previously held senior executive management and leadership roles in the corporate sector.

Ms Parnell has a longstanding and wide-ranging involvement as a consumer representative in health having first joined the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital CAC in 2003.

She is a past member of the North Metropolitan Health Service Governing Council and has served on a large number of state and national health related boards, committees and reference groups.





South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Mr Liam Roche

Mr Liam Roche


With a 40-year career in the media and manufacturing industry, Mr Roche retired from the role of Chief Operating Officer of Seven West Media (WA) in 2015.

He currently serves as Chair of the Perth Eye Foundation, Deputy Chair of Crime Stoppers WA, is a Non-Executive Director for Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia (MSWA), is a Board member of WA Medical Board of Australia and an adviser to the Murdoch University Emerging Leaders Program.








South Metropolitan Health Service Board Member Mr David Rowe

Mr David Rowe


Mr Rowe is an experienced board member and corporate executive with a background in a diverse range of industries within the government and private sectors.

Previously the Chairman of the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation Inc., Mr Rowe is also a past member of the SMHS Governing Council.

He has an interest in the challenge of delivering high quality health care at an affordable price and the development and further education of senior executives and staff.








Board to Ward program

This program provides Board members an opportunity to understand what good quality care looks and feels like from the patient, carer and staff member perspectives. It also presents opportunities to increase consumer and staff confidence as part of a continuous improvement journey. 

Read the SMHS Board to Ward 2020 program overview (PDF 2MB) or the 2019 program overview (PDF 2MB).

Last Updated: 31/05/2021