Join HISA leadership
Interested in taking a more active or leadership role within HISA? We welcome your participation as a volunteer, or as a supporter and leader through our State Committees or as a valued member of the national Board of Directors. HISA is a not-for-profit membership organisation governed by its Constitution and with an AGM usually held during the national conference.
Dr David Hansen
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
Dr John Lambert
Prof Trish Williams
Check out Louise’s talk at Medicine X, Stanford School of Medicine (Sep 2012)
Dr Louise Schaper is an innovator and a change agent who doesn’t sit still and whose passion and enthusiasm for health informatics is shaping a new future for HISA. Her appointment as CEO came on the back of 10 years of experience in, and applied passion for, health informatics. With a background as an occupational therapist and a PhD on technology acceptance amongst healthcare professionals, Louise is a world leader in allied health informatics and is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial health reform efforts, where e-health is a key enabler to achieving high quality, safe, sustainable and patient-centred care. In addition to her leadership of HISA, Louise was on the Advisory Board for Stanford Medicine X 2013 conference, has been part of NEHTA’s Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Chief Finance & Knowledge Officer
Dr Josie Di Donato PhD
Advocacy & Leadership Director
Membership & Professional Development Officer
Conference and Events Director
Communications, Marketing & Engagement Director
Digital Media Coordinator
Desiree McNeile McCormick
Professional Development Officer
Strategy and Business Development Director
Chief Health Informatician Workforce & Professional Advancement Director
Dr Louise Schaper PhD
CHIA FACHI, HISA CEO
Senior Coordinator Conference & Events
New South Wales leadership
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 42 years in a range of clinical, educative, managerial, and project roles. She is committed to supporting major health reform through digital health initiatives, and has a particular interest in how data and information are used by clinicians at the point of care and how data analytics impacts on health outcomes and efficiency of health service delivery. Jen is currently the Director of Digital Health & Innovation in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She has been associated with HISA for many years, fulfilling current secretarial obligations for the HISA board and chairperson responsibilities for the NSW Branch. Jen became a CHIA in early 2014, and is the chair of the CHIA Examination Committee. She is keen to continue actively contributing to NSW HISA activities to influence the positive uptake of digital health by clinicians.
As the Chief Information Officer for the NSW based St Vincent’s Health Australia Public and Private Hospitals, I am passionate about patient care. Every day at St Vincent’s we strive to apply the disciplines of engineering, computer science and health informatics to enhance the safety and quality of the care we provided to clients, patients and staff in all our facilities. As a Board member of HISA (NSW) I will endeavour to provide opportunities for anyone interested in Health Informatics to share learnings and challenges in an open and welcoming setting.
I am a policy, strategy and advocacy professional with a background in healthcare and special interest in digital health. I have wide-ranging experience in member relations, policy development, stakeholder engagement and government affairs both in Australia and internationally. I am passionate about innovation and strategy in digital health and its role in improving outcomes for consumers. I have been a lead participant in a range of projects in digital health including standards, referral pathways, reimbursement systems and patient records (most recently My Health Record). I am a graduate of the AICD and have been involved in numerous national and international committees in healthcare. I would like to continue to support HISA members in NSW through the Branch Executive and nationally by extending HISA’s advocacy capacity, healthcare network and influence with key decision-makers in government.
Dr Michael Araco
It would be an honour to be re-elected after having now completed my first term on this committee. During my medical training, nothing frustrated me more than having patients receive lousy care due to problems that could be easily fixed with digital technology. Illegible hand-written notes, discharge summaries lost in the post, and misplaced x-rays were all triggers to poor outcomes. We can – and will – do better with digital health tools and expertise. I bring to HISA both clinical and digital experience. I am currently Medical Advisor for Healthdirect Australia where I work to build and promote consumer health tools for the governments of Australia. I also have 8 years of experience in early phase clinical research, the safety of new medicines, and innovative digital medical devices. I hope to continue to use this position to promote digital health for the benefit of the Australian public.
Heidi Bjering is a lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the Western Sydney University, where her teaching interests are in the areas of XML and Web Development, Systems Analysis and Design, and Health Informatics. She has been involved in developing and delivering the UWS Health Informatics program, an interest that developed during her research Masters degree which dealt with temporal aspects of health data. More currently she has been involved with terminology and data representation issues in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her PhD research, she is investigating how IT can be used to support good health in the elderly, and is exploring ways to include older adults in the conception and design of these gerontechnology systems.
Dr Jon Carrano
I look forward to continuing my tenure on the NSW Committee and supporting HISA’s initiatives nationally in raising the profile of health informatics in healthcare delivery. Encouraging HISA’s continued sponsorship of NSW activities and expanding the types of events offered to members will be my primary objective. I will continue to foster collaborations with similar organisations across the healthcare & technology sectors to foster knowledge transfer and synergies. I will continue my involvement in reviewing and curating submissions to HISA national conferences to ensure members are kept up to date with current developments and practices. My two decades of working in healthcare related software solutions gives me a broad perspective and grounding in technology. It is gratifying to see mobile health gain traction and My Health Record, a project I was involved with at inception, continue to expand. Just this week I watched my GP seamlessly upload my Shared Health Summary. It’s just the start! I remain committed to seamless data interchange and coordinated healthcare delivery.
Bio coming soon.
I have been an active member of the state committee of the NSW branch for the past 7 years. I am currently working for the Digital Health Agency and prior that was in NEHTA. My experience as the Director of Education and Adoption enables me to have a good understanding of issues that may affect the members of HISA at both a state and national level. I am committed to supporting the NSW branch to provide a diverse and interesting speaker program for the members.
A/Prof Simon Poon
Dr Simon K. Poon is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney specialising in Health Informatics Research. He is a cross-disciplinary researcher with training in diverse disciplines including Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Management, Information Systems and Public Health. His research interests encompass the interaction of health and technology. With the increasing shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of digital technologies, one of Simon’s key research agenda is to foster methodological advances in health technology evaluation. One aspect is about developing qualitative and quantitative methods and tools to assess impacts of health technologies in complex organisational settings. The other aspect is to identify and evaluate factors that affect the successful adoption of health technologies. His ongoing effort in collaboration with clinical colleagues is to validate practical measurement models that could reflect on technological, organisational and environmental issues for digital health adoption in hospital and community settings. He is also interested in developing practical artificial intelligent tools for medical screening and monitoring. His recent research work includes using machine learning to explore the relationships between blood pressure variability and risk of stroke, new features for dementia screening and classifications of footstep patterns for fall prevention. Simon has also published extensively in the emerging area of complementary and integrative medicine. Simon is currently the director of a multi-disciplinary postgraduate program: Master of Health Technology Innovation (MHTI). He also holds honorary positions with the Sydney Business School and NSW Local Health Districts. He has supervised (and co-supervised) research students from a variety of disciplines including Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy we well as Business. This multi-disciplinary program was developed in collaboration with the Charles Perkins Centre. Prior to his academic life, he worked in the Aviation industry for 6 years and completed commercial pilot training at the British Aerospace Flying College in the UK.
Louise Van Der Kraan
It is an exciting time to be involved with Health IT. The engagement and momentum we are seeing across the region is energising. I am passionate about bringing together members of the eHealth community to progress industry initiatives and support the digital evolution of healthcare services, from frontline clinical applications through to digital platforms supporting connected ecosystems. With 15 years’ experience in the health industry, in local and global teams, I work with technology and healthcare domain specialists to understand client and market requirements and articulate how technology enabled solutions assist healthcare organisations meet their objectives and improve service delivery. With your support, I would like the opportunity to once again draw on my experience of marketing, communication and collaboration with cross-sector stakeholders to work with members of the HISA NSW Executive Committee to plan and provide engaging and relevant educational sessions that benefit our members and the broader e-health community.
I am a health informatician and health information manager across the health industry for over 20 years, with the passion and drive to transform healthcare through the use of data and information. Working across Oceania as a consultant, I get to enable digital transformation opportunities with my clients. As HISA Queensland Branch Chair, and Inaugural CHIA, I am an advocate for continuing the professional development and awareness of digital health and health informatics across our Australian health communities.
I am a Health Practitioner in Hospital Health Sciences at Metro North HHS. 30 years’ experience including therapeutic Tissue Banking, Clinical Registries and Outcomes monitoring, Epidemiology and Clinical Research has given me a broad perspective of our healthcare system. My experiences reinforce my passion for science and recognition of the significance of Health Informatics and the better use of data as underpinning evidence-based, patient-centred improvements to our health system and clinical care. My particular focus is on the use of Analytics to inform clinical decision-making, Health Service management and clinical innovation. I am dedicated to broadening this recognition amongst our colleagues and higher decision-makers, and supporting the roles and developing competencies of all Health Informaticians to enable the improvement of our Healthcare Systems. I am a member of the Qld Health Digital Healthcare Improvement Clinical Network and have been on HISAQ’s Exec for nearly a decade and I hope to have the privilege of continuing my contribution to HISA Queensland over the coming term.
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I am an independent e-health consultant with thirty years’ experience in healthcare, e-health strategy, change, training and risk management. I am passionate about healthcare improvement and reform enabled by ICT. I have provided health informatics consultancies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, England, Ireland and Wales. I am currently the Chair, HISA Queensland Branch and am on the Board of CHIA. I am committed to increasing Certification for Health Informaticians in Australasia (CHIA) and have developed a Health Informatics course which I deliver in China, Singapore and Australia for Flinders University Master of Health Administration award. I am keen to make further, valuable contributions to digital health in Australia and commit to engage actively as a HISA Queensland State Branch member across health informatics education, advocacy, standards, representation and governance.
Nadish is currently working as the Health Informatics Coordinator at Central West Hospital and Health Service of Queensland Health -Longreach, Managing Health Information, Informatics and Data for Clinical Governance in this outback health service. Trained as a medical doctor and after practicing as a medical officer for few years, Nadish took a career change to health informatics. He was one of the pioneers in health informatics sphere in Sri Lanka, being one of the two co-leads, and design and development lead of the first eHealth system to be implemented throughout the country. He was the treasurer of Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) before moving to Australia. Nadish’s research interests include user centred design, and health informatics for reduction of hospital acquired incidents. Nadish possess a bachelor’s degree in medicine and a masters degree in Bio Medical Informatics. He is a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) and a Fellow of Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI). He is a member of State-wide Data Quality Improvement Working Group and State-wide Data and Transformation Committee of Queensland Health.
I am an information technology expert and independent consultant with two decades of commercial experience in software design, development, and deployment. My areas of expertise include health informatics, architecture, strategy, facilitation and implementation. As a former lead architect in the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA), I made a significant contribution to the development and adoption of national solutions including the My Health Record, the National Prescription & Dispense Repository, the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS), and HL7 CDA-based clinical information exchange. I am also an active volunteer standards developer in HL7 and SNOMED International. I value the work HISA does in the Australian informatics community and am keen to contribute to this cause by joining the HISA Queensland State Branch. Should I be appointed, I would seek to engage with the community on advocacy, standards adoption, and collaboration among implementers.
Joe Griffiths has been involved in health for over 10 years working in all areas of Public, Private, Primary, Aged and Community Care. This has covered working for health clinical solution providers, working with Capita on Health Triage solutions and being on the HISA advisory panel. Joe was on the HISA Qld committee for 4 years as VP, is a CHIA, a GAICD and has server on a number of Australian boards. To the Qld HISA committee, Joe will bring a passion for innovative and interconnecting health, a comprehensive knowledge of IT and comprehensive health network.
I have 10 years management experience in the health and community services sectors. My passion is to ensure access to high quality services for all people in the community. I have been a member of the HISA Qld Branch Executive Committee since June 2015 and hope that I might have an opportunity to continue to contribute to the future success of HISA in its efforts to promote health reform enabled by health informatics and digital health. My demonstrated success and skills include: – Successfully leading a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to redesigning services to improve responsiveness to client needs, accessibility, efficiency and generating an alternate revenue stream. – Using content experts, business analytics and technology to transform service performance reporting and improvement activities. – Facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to articulating economic benefits of services delivery to lobby funding stakeholders to make further investments in service delivery. Fostering external relations with funding bodies, the university sector and industry stakeholders.
Dr Hugo Leroux
In my role as research scientist at the Australian eHealth Research centre, my focus is on providing the necessary framework to assist the clinicians in providing the appropriate level of care to their patients by implementing health system infrastructure that facilitate the seamless flow and promote more effective integration of clinical data from disparate sources. During my four-year tenure on the HISA QLD branch committee, I have drawn upon my passion for clinical system interoperability and data linkage to influence the debate on the correct approaches to transforming the delivery of health care and improving patients’ outcomes. Consequently, I have been involved in organising several state events. My key motivation in continuing to serve on the HISA QLD committee is to foster the dialogue between the research community, health informaticians and health-care providers to drive innovation in health care delivery and in the management of clinical data to improve the patients’ health care journey.
Ann Maree Liddy
I have 27 years’ experience working across the health sector, spanning not-for-profit, public sector, hospitals, primary health care and academia, including the past fifteen years as Chief Executive Officer of CheckUP Australia. I have served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past 2 years and am keen to continue my involvement with the HISA community. I bring in-depth knowledge and experience of health informatics development and innovation across the primary health and community sectors. I have played a leadership role in fostering the implementation of a significant range of e-health and health informatics initiatives. I have a very broad network of individual and organisational contacts spanning the health and community services sector. Many of these organisations are making significant advances in health informatics and digital innovation. I would welcome the opportunity to ensure these organisations are linked to the HISA health informatics community in Queensland.
I am passionate about enabling the healthcare ecosystem to move toward clinically safe digital health information initiatives, vision and directions that are practical and appropriate for our current and future capability and need. Patient considered and centered care that is underpinned with enabling healthcare providers with access to the right information within the right setting is key to this journey. With the right guidance, we can achieve these outcomes with expediency in Victoria and across Australia. I have 27 years of ICT experience in healthcare, key roles and engagements include; Victorian Heart Hospital enterprise ICT design and strategy, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Parkville Precinct models of care (ICT director and enterprise design), Hervey Bay St Stephen’s Uniting Care enterprise digital hospital design and Director of Digital Architecture and Standards for Victoria. I can draw on this experience to provide significant input and direction into enabling our healthcare future together with HISA.
Dr Mark Merolli
I am a health informatician, having done a PhD at the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Kathleen Gray. I am also a Physiotherapist. I am the Academic Director of Digital Health at Swinburne University of Technology - a passionate educator of future health professionals in digital health and a clinical health professional. I already consider myself an active HISA member and am passionate about our perpetuation. I'm a member of the HISA Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, MACHI and CHIA. I have done my best to represent HISA as a CHIA and member in various engagement activities (incl: promotion of CHIA on the HISA website, and attending Swinburne University in 2016 as a judge for a make-a-thon in 2016 on behalf of Louise Schaper). I hope to be of value to Vic Branch Council for the new term.
A/Prof Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper is an independent consultant, providing strategic advice for the effective use of information and digital capabilities, particularly in health and education. I offer a unique blend of insights from my experience in medical research, IT, business consulting and digital marketing. As a foundation member of the CHIA program I am committed to furthering the efforts of HISA to deliver value to its members and to increase the standing of health informatics professionals. If elected as a committee member I will bring my energy, passion and experience to work with my colleagues to advance the goals of HISA. I also commit to extending my own knowledge of Health Informatics and furthering the understanding of the importance of certification. As example, I am currently engaged as an Associate Professor at Deakin University where I am delivering a new course on Health Informatics Management to MBA students.
Dr Timothy Fazio
Tim is a registered medical practitioner and certified health informatician, currently employed in a dual clinical and clinical informatics role at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2018, he is expected to attain Fellowship with the RACP, as well as graduate from a Master of Information Systems (Health). As a doctor, Tim has over five years’ experience in the public health arena, working in a variety of metropolitan and rural health services, as well as community health services. He has been involved a number of hospital improvement projects, where he has utilised IT to streamline processes, improve patient safety and reduce hospital costs. Outside of health, Tim has developed multiple iPhone/iPad applications, which have been featured by Apple and in mainstream media. Tim is excited about advocating for eHealth innovation to hospital and governments, expanding the eHealth research field and contributing to ongoing eHealth education.
Dr Travis Grant
Travis has over 25 years in the healthcare industry, and is a long-term member of HISA. Travis is passionate about leading high performing teams to have a significant impact on patient and business outcomes, and believes that health technology and health informatics is a critical enabler. Travis has worked in the public and private health system, and as a Health Management Consultant, has worked across most segments of the healthcare system. Travis has broad experience including clinical research, enterprise strategy, large-scale clinical transformation, healthcare IT strategy, health enterprise architecture, and IT delivery. His experience includes a number of national eHealth strategies, and state-wide eHealth strategies.
Dr Leon Heffer
Leon is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and is currently acting Operations Manager of Barwon Health’s Decision Support Unit. Prior to this, he was Head of Data Services at BioGrid Australia where he was responsible for the strategic management of ethics, data linkage, access and analysis, and custom data-collection software development. These roles have seen Leon contribute to a diverse range of initiatives, all seeking to improve healthcare outcomes, safety and efficiency through evidence-based innovation and research. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most successful of these projects have involved collaborative teams of clinicians, technologists, researchers, administrators and health informaticians – something Leon is keen to promote and support in his role on the HISA VIC Branch Committee.
My passion for health informatics was sparked in 2010 as a graduate nurse who witnessed her colleagues struggling to adapt to evolving technologies and consequent models of care. Keen to be part of the growing movement promoting informatics skills in all healthcare settings across multiple disciplines, I embarked on an academic research pathway that focused on experiences with electronic platforms and the importance of user-centred design. My PhD research with nurse managers and theoretical knowledge of complex sociotechnical environments has given me invaluable expertise and insight into the issues facing the health workforce today as we move forward in this exciting era of digital health. I had the privilege of assisting HISA and the Australian College of Nursing with a nursing informatics position paper, and hope to continue this important work. I am keen to contribute further with my developing user experience design, start-up experience, advocacy and leadership skills.
Julianne Oorloff RN, CHIA
I am grateful for the opportunity to re-nominate for the Vic Branch committee for another term. It is a great honour to serve the Vic Branch members and to play a role in not only representing your local views, issues and key topics to the Board but also helping local members connect, for up to date information, peer support and knowledge in the digital health space through communities of practice and arranging informative local events. I am a passionate clinician and certified informatician (CHIA) with more than 15 years’ informatics experience across both not for profit and commercial sectors. I hold a strong belief that effective use of technology supports the values of person centred and connected health care which will optimise patient experience, drive innovation in delivery of healthcare and maximise the value of the healthcare spend.
Generally speaking, I like to make things better. To me health informatics enables better, smarter and safer decisions in healthcare. I am an informatician and change agent that is excited by opening up and changing the digital landscape for clinicians in their everyday work, with the ultimate driver being safer care for patients. I have strengths and interest in strategy and design of digital systems that are innovative and surging toward the integrated vision across the healthcare spectrum. I am particularly interested in health information sharing capabilities that will bring a new paradigm to everyday care. As a leader and implementer of large digital health transformation programs (notably EMR), I will leverage my experience and knowledge base to contribute to HISA digital health community to advance the science of informatics and collaboration and learning across health networks. Bach App. Sci ((MLS), Health Ethics, MHA, FACHI, CHIA
Western Australia leadership
In the 10 years that I have been a part of the healthcare industry here in Australia, I have seen some truly marvellous innovations in health informatics that have improved clinical practice and patient outcomes. In that same time, I have also seen and learned from some of our industry’s most misfortunate ventures in health information technology. We are all acutely aware of the cost of healthcare as we are in the power of technology to create dramatic, disruptional change for the better. I believe in challenging long-held beliefs and giving a voice to health informatics, both locally and nationally. Having served the Western Australian community through executive roles for HISA and HIMAA as well as having coordinated the Health Information Management degree at Curtin University, I am now seeking your endorsement to represent our professional interests as the WA State Chair.
Josh is the Telehealth Coordinator at the Fiona Stanley Hospital where he works closely with health professionals and various Western Australian Health service providers to promote the use and benefits of Telehealth. Josh started his career at one of Australia’s leading independent strategic advisory practices, where he gained significant experience implementing measures to improve the financial and operational procedures of businesses across a range of industries en route to becoming a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Prior to taking up his position as Telehealth Coordinator, Josh spent time at one of Australia’s leading listed healthcare companies, where his role was to improve the day-to-day operations of large scale multidisciplinary medical centres in Victoria. Josh’s desire to improve efficiencies as well as the health care experience of patients and health professionals alike was the catalyst for his passion for e-health. Josh hopes that his enthusiasm, business acumen and health technology knowledge will be valuable assets for the HISA community.
Simon is an IT professional with many years’ experience in healthcare, starting with the National Health Service in the UK and then spanning WA’s major new hospital developments (Fiona Stanley and Perth Children’s), as well as time with St. John of God. He is now leading a significant digital transformation program with Silver Chain. Simon is also a sessional academic at Curtin University to allow his passion for informatics to feed into the next generation of health informaticians.
Nigel is a consultant, futures strategist and systems thinker, with extensive experience in all aspects of management, business planning, stakeholder engagement, project management and solutions delivery. Nigel is a member of: The Australian Computer Society (ACS); The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA); and Records & Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA). Nigel has applied his formal training and his extensive practical experience, to supporting and promoting the value of health informatics throughout the health sector. Nigel has proactively worked to secure greater recognition for and to establish a more significant presence for the discipline in Western Australia. Nigel is seeking support to continue as a member of the HISA WA Branch Committee so that he can work with all members to continue to grow the WA Branch and advance the benefits of the health informatics discipline for all.
Bio coming soon.
Prof Yogesan Kanagasingam
Prof Yogesan is the Research Director at the Australian e-Health research Centre. He is one of the finalists of the Australian of the Year awards in 2015 for his contribution to the advancement of medical science and his work around bringing eye care to the underserved communities around the world. He is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard University and a professor at the school of Medicine, University of Notre Dame. Prof Yogesan was the past President of the Australasian Telehealth Society and one of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health. His team developed the first non-invasive eye test for Alzheimer’s disease. He has won WA inventor of the year awards and developed a multi award winning telemedicine platform for ophthalmology called Remote-I. This system is now used in China in Guangdong Province catering 100 million people. He has been involved with many start-up companies such as OIS from California and Lifeguard Mobile from Silicon Valley USA. He got a patent portfolio of more than 35 patents and published more than 150 articles.
My career commenced as a Medical Imaging Technologist, working in public and private practice in Australia, and the UK NHS. My breadth of experience in health extends from clinical roles, administration and management of patient travel, patient safety, credentialing, policy development, telehealth, database development and project management.While my interests include, socio-technical solutions that contribute to health innovation, personalised healthcare, eHealth, digital health and workforce. I believe this combined with health literacy for a health literate and informed health consumer, has the potential to contribute to an efficient and responsive health system and service for all Australians. Digital health is rapidly progressing toward mainstream. The combined demand and expected response to issues, by an array of health consumers is driven by expectations and experiences derived from beyond the health ecosystem. I want to collaboratively contribute to solutions and offer my experiences, analytic skills, agility and zest for governance and innovation.
Bio coming soon.
Beth has worked in the area of Plastic Surgery and Burn management since 1978, focusing on ambulatory care management of non-major trauma. The WA committee requires a balance of knowledge and experience from within WA Health. Beth is well placed to contribute as a clinician and an educator. In 2007, she was instrumental in establishing the multidisciplinary Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service. She is a champion for Telehealth, coordinating the clinical aspects of the Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service, experiencing the highs and lows of service delivery on a daily basis.