Pricing Authority

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority or IHPA) established in December 2011 gives independent and transparent advice in relation to funding for public hospitals by determining the national efficient price for health care services provided by public hospitals and publishing this and other information in a report each year.

The Pricing Authority consists of a Chair, Deputy Chair and seven other members, with the Commonwealth choosing the Chair, the states and territories the Deputy Chair, and all other members agreed through the Council of Australian Governments.

Members of the Pricing Authority bring significant expertise and skills to the role, including substantial experience and knowledge of health care needs and the provision of health care for people living in regional and rural areas.

The Pricing Authority is supported by a Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the day to day running of the agency.

Shane Solomon (Chair)

Shane Solomon has over 30 years of international and national healthcare management expertise. In 2014, Shane was appointed as Head of Health for Telstra’s new Health Business Unit. 

Prior to joining Telstra, Shane was KPMG’s Partner in Charge, Healthcare. In this role, he worked with state and Commonwealth Governments, along with private sector health organisations. Read more about Shane Solomon.

Mr Jim Birch (Deputy Chair)

Jim Birch lives in Adelaide, South Australia and is a board member of HealthDirect Australia, Cancer SA Board and Mary MacKillop Care SA. Read more about Jim Birch.

Associate Professor Bruce Chater (OAM)

A/Prof. Bruce Chater is Head of the Academic Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine and Deputy Chair of the Rural Clinical School Management Committee at the University of Queensland—tasks he performs from his rural base of Theodore, Queensland where he continues as a practising rural doctor. Read more about Bruce Chater.

Professor Jane Hall

Prof. Jane Hall is the founding Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation and Professor of Health Economics in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney. Jane is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Read more about Jane Hall.

Mr Glenn Appleyard

​Glenn Appleyard was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2011. Read more about Glenn Appleyard. 

Dr Michael Walsh

Michael is Chief Executive of Cabrini Health, a private not for profit Catholic health service in Melbourne, Australia. Read more about Michael Walsh.