Pricing Authority

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (the Pricing Authority) provides independent and transparent advice in relation to funding for public hospitals.

The main functions of the Pricing Authority are to determine the National Efficient Price and National Efficient Cost each year for health care services provided by public hospitals to inform decision makers in relation to funding of public hospitals.

The Pricing Authority consists of a Chair, Deputy Chair and seven other members who have substantial expertise and knowledge in the provision health care as well as significant standing in the industry. All Pricing Authority members are appointed by the Commonwealth with the agreement of the states and territories.

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

The Pricing Authority members are:

Mr Shane Solomon (Chair)

Shane Solomon, Chair, Pricing Authority

Shane Solomon has over 30 years of international and national healthcare management expertise. Shane currently provides health strategy and advisory services and has non-executive director roles. Prior to this he was the founding Managing Director of Telstra Health, a new eHealth business within Telstra.

Shane was KPMG’s Partner in Charge, Healthcare. In this role, he worked with state and Australian Governments, along with private sector health organisations.

Shane was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, managing Hong Kong’s 57,000 public hospital staff. During his five-year tenure, he implemented significant funding and service quality reforms, including a casemix pay for performance model and the ongoing development of a comprehensive integrated e-health system.

In Victoria, Shane was Under-Secretary of Health at the Department of Human Services (as it then was) where he was responsible for managing the funding system (including casemix) for Victoria, and performance and governance of Melbourne metropolitan health services. He was responsible for developing the Hospital Admission Risk Program and governance reforms to Victoria’s public hospital system.

Shane was the first Group Chief Executive Officer of the integrated Sisters of Mercy Victorian hospital and aged care services group, merging public hospitals, private hospitals, aged care services, and palliative care services into a single new organisation and expanding the Sisters of Mercy mission from five entities to 12.

Mr Jim Birch, AM (Deputy Chair)

Jim Birch, Deputy Chair, Pricing Authority

Jim Birch is a board member of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the Australian Red Cross Society, Little Company of Mary Health Care, the Australian Digital Health Agency, Cancer Council of SA and Mary MacKillop Care SA.

Jim is a business consultant and was previously Global Health Leader of Ernst and Young, Lead Partner, Health and Human Services and Government and Public Sector Lead Partner at Ernst and Young.

Jim has also held the position of Chief Executive of the Human Services and Health Department in South Australia.

Mr Glenn Appleyard

Glenn Appleyard, Member, Pricing Authority

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

Glenn has held several senior positions within the public service including Deputy Secretary in the Tasmanian and Victorian Departments of Treasury and Finance, Regional Director for the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Tasmania.

He was a member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission for 11 years and was also the Chair of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator. Glenn is currently the Chairman of PSMA Australia Ltd.

Associate Professor Bruce Chater (OAM)

Bruce Chater, Member, Pricing Authority

Associate Professor Bruce Chater is Head of the Academic Discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine at the University of Queensland – tasks he performs from his rural base of Theodore, Queensland where he continues as a practising rural doctor.

Bruce has been involved in ensuring that rural health services provide high quality and professional services to rural people. He was the founding convener of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland and Australia, founding Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance, Secretary Rural Wonca (Rural Working Party of the World Organisation of Family Doctors) and served as President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Ms Prudence Ford

Prudence Ford, Member, Pricing Authority

Prudence Ford is a member of the Health Consumers Council of WA and a community member of the Medical Board of Australia. Prudence was an inaugural member of the National Blood Authority and was previously a member of the National Health and Medical Council, the Brightwater Care Group Board and the Western Australian Medical Board.

Prudence has had 30 years experience in the public service at Commonwealth and State levels. She has held senior executive positions in the then Commonwealth Departments of Community Services and Health, Finance and the Attorney General, and the Western Australian Departments of Health and the Premier and Cabinet.

She was also an independent consultant for several years undertaking a range of reviews, inquiries and projects for both the government and non‑government sectors. Prudence’s experience encompasses policy development, program implementation and delivery and corporate services.

Professor Jane Hall

Jane Hall, Member, Pricing Authority

Professor Jane Hall is Distinguished Professor of Health Economics in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney. Jane is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

She has worked across many areas of health economics, including health technology assessment, measurement of quality of life, end of life care, health workforce, the economics of primary care and funding and financing issues. 

Jane established the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) in 1990 and she remains in the Centre as Director, Strategy. She is involved in health policy issues internationally through her involvement with the Commonwealth Fund International Program in Health Policy and Practice.

Jane has held many advisory and board positions and she is a former member of the board of the Bureau of Health Information. She is actively involved in policy analysis and critique, and is a regular commentator on health funding and organisational issues in Australia.

Dr Kate Taylor (MBBS MPH GAICD)

Kate Taylor, Member, Pricing Authority

Dr Kate Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Oculo, an internet‑based platform for clinicians to share patient information. Kate currently sits on the Australian Digital Health Agency's Clinical and Technical Advisory Committee. She was previously involved with the Board of the Mental Health Cooperative Research Centre in Australia and internationally with the boards of Roll Back Malaria, Stop TB, and the GAVI Alliance.

Kate initially trained as an ophthalmologist and also holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked in strategy, policy and advocacy with McKinsey & Company, the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Initiative, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. She brings experience in innovative partnerships spanning new vaccine development through to innovative health financing, including the multi-billion dollar Advanced Market Commitment for pneumococcal vaccines and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dr Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh, Member, Pricing Authority

Dr Michael Walsh is Chief Executive of Cabrini Health, a private not for profit Catholic health service in Melbourne, Australia. He was recruited from Doha, Qatar where he was Chief Executive of the National Health Authority. Prior to this he worked in London, England as Chief Executive, South East London Strategic Health Authority.

Michael is a Fellow and current Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. Michael is a member of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board and he chairs the Health Policy Sub-Committee.

Michael has held a range of senior hospital and health department positions in Victoria and Western Australia. Michael has over 25 years’ experience in health service policy and management in both public and private sectors.

Ms Jennifer Williams (AM FAICD)

Jennifer Williams, Member, Pricing Authority

Jennifer Williams holds a number of Board positions including Chair of Northern Health, Yooralla and Alfred Whole Time Medical Specialist Trust. She is also a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board and a Director of InfoXchange and Barwon Health.

She has previously held the positions Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chief Executive of Alfred Health and Chief Executive of Austin Health. She has also held senior management positions in the public and private sectors, including Director in the Victorian Department of Human Services.