Executive Leadership Team

The PHN recognises that an organisation is only as strong as its people. We seek the most qualified and experienced people to join the team, and our organisation boasts an incredible array of skills and backgrounds across a range of sectors and geographic locations.

Chief Executive Officer

Pattie Hudson – Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Pattie Hudson commenced her career in Queensland Health in 1984 as an Enrolled Nurse in a rural Boonah Hospital. In her 27 years in Queensland Health, she worked in alcohol and drug services, mental and community health and in clinical and management roles across Queensland, as well as a term in health management in Western Australia.

During her career, Pattie has managed many health service districts and major health reforms. She has also established innovative primary healthcare programs that have had a positive health outcome for the community in which she served. Pattie is accustomed to the constant change in the health environment, which has led her to stay true to her commitment to plan, develop and implement quality universal primary healthcare within our communities.

As the CEO of the PHN, Pattie is committed to addressing the health issues that face the residents of Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast, leveraging from the positive gains made across the region over the past years.

Executive Leadership Team

Kath Thompson – General Manager

Kath Thompson is a Sunshine Coast local, having lived here for over 20 years. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and is currently working on her PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Kath has worked locally in the government and non-government sectors, as well as private enterprise and is very happy to be working in a not-for-profit organisation, committed to improving the health outcomes of people in the region.

Emma Whitehead, General Manager Regional Strategic Support

Emma has worked in health services since the early 1990s; in the UK National Health Service (NHS) in clinical, operational and commissioning management roles; in the USA in advisory roles in the non-government sector; and in Australia in state health policy and national non-government and research leadership roles.

Emma has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Population Health and Policy (Health Promotion) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. Emma is passionate about social justice, evidence based practice and improving health outcomes.

Malathi Kanagasabapathy, Population Health, Research and Evaluation Unit, Population Health Planner

Malathi was employed as National Program Director in her previous role with the Improvement foundation (a NFP Quality Improvement organisation). She has extensive leadership experience in the primary health care field, having worked alongside other PHNs and regional Hospital and Health Services. Her experience in population health planning, needs analysis and consultation with consumers and communities is extremely valuable to the work of Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.

Malathi also has extensive experience working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and child safety organisations. She holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Health Sciences, Lean Six Sigma, Cert IV in Occupational Health and Safety and Training and Assessment in addition to Humanitarian Disaster Ready training.

Terry Plant – Chief Financial Officer

Terry joined SCHN in early 2014 after moving to Queensland from England. After gaining an honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics he came to the conclusion that physics wasn’t for him.

He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having trained with a mid-tier accountancy firm. After nine years with the accountancy firm in which he managed a diverse portfolio of audit and accountancy clients, including a significant number in the health sector, Terry’s biggest client, a medium-sized city centre law firm, persuaded him to join them as their Financial Controller.

It was the draw of a healthier outdoor lifestyle that, four years later, led him and his family half-way around the world and to the Sunshine Coast which they now consider their adopted home.