Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM

Chairman

MD, MB BS, FRACGP, FAICD, HonLLD Monash

Leanne was appointed Chairman of Nexus Hospitals in December 2019, and having served on 16 diverse boards over 20 years, brings a strong background of leadership roles within the healthcare sector. She has received many prominent national awards for her service to healthcare, including an Order of Australia.

Some of her past board roles have included Chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, non-executive Director at Medibank Private and I-MED Radiology Network, and Deputy Chancellor of Monash University. Having also worked as a rural GP for 25 years, Leanne has developed a deep insight into the private and public healthcare systems.

Leanne currently holds board positions with Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS), MIPS insurance, and Japara Health Care, and presides over Medical Panels in Victoria, which involves chairing meetings of surgeons and physicians of many subspecialties to provide court determinations.  She is a member of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the North Western Primary Care Network.

Her skills and experience in engaging with patients, doctors including referring GPs, private health insurers and public hospitals are directly relevant to Nexus’ plans for further growth and innovation. Her solid understanding of Clinical Governance, medico-legal and ethical issues provides the skillset to ensure the Nexus board continues to place quality of patient care as the first priority in all decisions. She has written extensively on the topic of mental health, and her special interest in workforce health provides an awareness of the importance of caring for clinicians and other staff, as well as the positive impact this has on patient outcomes.

In Nexus, Leanne sees the opportunity to address the sustainability of the Australian healthcare system. In a world now challenged by escalating health costs and technological advances occurring at an unparalleled velocity, Leanne believes that the Nexus model of high-quality personalised patient care in short and day stay hospitals is the way of the future.