Our Team

Our Leadership Team and Senior Management

Jason Penberthy

General Manager

Jason joined Waratah Private Hospital as General Manager in July 2020 and has over 25 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife in both the public and private sectors and over 15 years’ experience within senior management and executive roles in the private sector. He has extensive experience across a varied clinical background spanning across surgical, medical, mental health, rehabilitation, critical care and midwifery. Jason has successfully managed several Brownfield developments and is currently managing the multi million dollar development of Re-centre at Waratah, a brand new private mental health service.

In 2019, Jason was nominated by his peers for a CEO of the year award in the Australian Healthcare Awards and was runner-up and awarded an honorary mention. He was nominated and awarded for his commitment and passion to improving value-based healthcare, organisational psychology and workplace culture and for his contributions to social responsibility and the broader community.

Jason has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, Graduate Diploma of Intensive Care Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration majoring in Health Services.

Kim Bassot

Director of Clinical Services

Kim is a highly experienced clinician with over 15 years’ experience in the health industry in a hospital setting with extensive experience within the Peri-operative Services environment. Throughout the years she has transitioned up through numerous roles including clinical nurse educator as well as holding management roles in both the public and private sectors.

During Kim’s 6 years at Waratah Private Hospital she has progressed from the Operating Theatre Manager in 2015 through to the Director of Clinical Services in 2018. Kim has experience in leading and supporting a multidisciplinary team through change management as the hospital has undergone significant growth. Kim has completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing.

Jayesh Rambojun

Finance Manager

Jayesh has over 15 years’ experience in the finance sector and over 10 years in senior management roles in the private health sector and joined Waratah Private Hospital in March 2021.

He is a dynamic leader that drives finance and organisational performance and offers a strong financial culture while keeping a patient centric approach at all times.

Jayesh has completed a Bachelor of Computer Science, Masters of Professional Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration and is fluent in four languages.

Lucy Janda

Executive Assistant

Lucy has over 5 years’ experience within the private healthcare industry as well as previous medico-legal experience. She has completed a Bachelor of Laws and has been admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2015. Due to her legal background and exceptional attention to detail, Lucy has recently been appointed as Chairperson of the Hospital’s Work, Health and Safety Committee.

Our Clinical Team

Kim Graham

Operating Theatre Nurse Unit Manager

Kim joined Waratah Private in 2017 and has extensive experience working in both public and private hospitals as an Orthopaedic Scrub Nurse and as an Operating Theatre Nurse Unit Manager.

With a broad range of senior management experience, Kim is responsible for overseeing the Perioperative setting, thereby ensuring that our patients receive the best clinical outcomes during surgery. Kim has a passion for implementing progressive, individualised care of our patients and works collaboratively with our surgeons, cultivating a genuine enthusiasm for learning and teamwork, providing mentorship and motivation to the theatre team.

Elizabeth Glavincevski

Anaesthetics/PACU Nurse Unit Manager

Liz has 30 years’ experience in the health industry both in the public and private sector.

Her background is in Critical Care and has worked in a variety of clinical settings which include ICU/HDU, Emergency, Recovery, Anaesthetics, Day Surgery and Operating Theatres.

Liz has extensive management experience within Peri-Operative Services where she was a Nursing Unit Manager for more than 10 years of a very busy Operating Suite. She has also undertaken several senior management roles during her career which include Patient Safety Manager, Quality Manager and also Patient Liaison Officer.

Liz has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma Anaesthetics and Graduate Diploma in Health Management.

Shiron Mani

Level 3 – Surgical Nurse Unit Manager

Shiron joined Waratah Private Hospital as a Registered Nurse in November 2014 and has over 8 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in both the public and private sectors; and over 3 years’ experience within management roles in the private sector.

Shiron has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, followed by New Graduate certificate in New Zealand before migrating to Australia in 2014 and have been part of Waratah since that time.

Prior to the surgical NUM role, Shiron was the Rehabilitation Manager in Sydney Private Hospital for a short while and returned to Waratah as Surgical NUM because her clinical passion was in general surgery.

Shiron is a passionate leader, who educates and empowers her team each and every day to be autonomous practitioners whilst providing best practice standards to the patients and families within her care.

Jessica Edwards

Level 4 – Rehabilitation / Medical Nurse Unit Manager

Jessica joined Waratah Private Hospital as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse in January 2018 on the Rehabilitation Ward. In June 2018, she took over the role of Discharge Planner and during this time, she was studying her Bachelor of Nursing.

In December 2018, Jessica graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing and began working as a Registered Nurse on the Surgical Ward.

Jessica has over 7 years’ experience as an Assistant in Nursing / Endorsed Enrolled Nurse / Registered Nurse in the private sector. In her time at Waratah Private, she has been in the role of Discharge Planner, Team Leader, Clinical Support Role, Patient Access Manager Relief and is now the Nurse Unit Manager of the Rehabilitation/Medical Ward on Level 4.

In 2020, Jessica was awarded Employee of the Year for her commitment to Waratah’s “Innovation and Growth” value.

Jessica has completed her Certificate III in Health Care Assistance, Diploma of Nursing, and Bachelor of Nursing.

Mevlyn Deo

Level 5 – Re-centre, Mental Health Nurse Unit Manager

Mevlyn joined Waratah Private in January 2021 in anticipation of the opening of Re-centre, a premium private mental health service at the hospital. Mevlyn has over 13 years’ experience working within the Sydney South West Area Health Service, most recently as the Mental Health Nurse Unit Manager at Liverpool Hospital.

Since joining the team, Mevlyn has been utilising her experience to refine Re-centres mental health programs, departmental policies and build a multidisciplinary team. Mevlyn is a passionate mental health clinician and is excited to oversee the development of a brand new hospital specialty and starting the entire service from the ground up.

In addition to her Bachelor of Nursing, Mevlyn holds a Masters of Mental Health Nursing and Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Miriam Johnston

Allied Health Manager

Miriam is an energetic and passionate Allied Health Manager that is dedicated to promoting health, mobility and general wellbeing to all of her clientele.

Graduating with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University in 2011, she has since gained extensive experience in intensive care, neurological and rehabilitative physiotherapy. Miriam is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

She endeavours to provide clients with a holistic, personalised and goal driven physiotherapy program that is both enjoyable and successful at improving function and quality of life.

Miriam understands the challenges patients face during illness or recovery. Her compassion and empathy resonates with those she encounters.

Elissa Vasek

Patient Access Manager

Elissa graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2000, and in 2005 completed a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing.

Elissa has undertaken varied roles within both the public and private health sectors and has vast critical care experience having worked in Intensive Care as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and in the Post Anaesthetic care setting as a Registered Nurse. Elissa has management experience as a Nurse Unit Manager in Intensive Care and as a Peri-Operative Services manager.

Elissa is currently responsible for the assessment and admissions for medical and rehabilitation patients at Waratah Private Hospital.

Karen Alfaro

Quality and Risk Manager / Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator

Karen has 12 years experience as a Registered Nurse, spread across medical, surgical and rehabilitation nursing. She specialises in Infection Control and has been Waratah’s Infection Control Coordinator since 2019. Currently the Quality and Risk Manager, she is responsible for the hospital’s adherence to the different state and national standards in healthcare. and overarching hospital governance.

Karen initially trained and practised as a registered nurse and registered midwife overseas with a master’s degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing. Highlights of her overseas practise include clinical and administrative work in acute medicine and infectious diseases as well as disease surveillance and outbreak management.

Our Non-Clinical Team

Keren Toomey

Patient Services Manager / Health Information Manager

Keren joined Waratah Private Hospital as Health Information Manager in May 2014 and has over 15 years’ experience as a Health Information Manager and Clinical Coder and 5 year experience in Administration management in the private sector.

Keren has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) and is a full member of the Health Information Management Association of Australia. Keren is also the Privacy Officer for Waratah.

Fryda Salandre

Marketing and GP Liaison Manager

Fryda joined Waratah Private in April 2021 and has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry and has strong knowledge and experience in marketing. Utilising her extensive experience, Fryda is responsible for marketing the hospital, its services, our doctors and hosting education/information events and evenings for our GP’s and referrers.

In addition to her industry experience, Fryda has completed an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Marketing and Business Management.

Gordon Manuel

Hotel Services Manager

Gordon joined Waratah Private Hospital as Catering Manager in February 2020 and has over 30 years’ experience in the catering and hospitality industry. He started off his culinary journey in his native South Africa and also working in restaurants Europe before making the leap to Australia in 2002. From early 2021, Gordon also oversees the Housekeeping Team and has since become the Hotel Services Manager.

Since arriving in Australia, he has spent the years working as executive chef in restaurants, five star hotels, catering business and high end aged care. Gordon has also been a board member of the Australia Culinary Federation and is a WACS accredited culinary judge.

In 2017, Gordon was recognised by the HESTA Awards as Australia’s Person of Distinction for his fine dining and culinary experiences in age care and retirement.

His firm belief is that “Hospital Food” can be done better and more respectfully while still being nutritious, tasty and well presented.

Daniel Bryce

Facilities Manager

Daniel joined Waratah Private Hospital in late 2020 and has over 20 years’ experience in the Property industry. He is a Senior Facilities Manager with extensive experience in operational, asset and project management.

Since joining the team at Waratah, he has been busy upgrading many of the hospitals services and has been instrumental in the development of the hospitals new mental health service, Re-centre.

Daniel has qualifications in Facilities Management and is a qualified carpenter who has worked with major Australian corporate groups for the last 14 years.

Alongside our Directors and Senior Management, we have our incredible staff and specialists working with us at Waratah Private Hospital.