Connecting the dots towards better healthcare
We offer specialised healthcare consulting services to government, private, and not-for-profit organisations. Our core team of directors are Dr Amandeep Hansra and Shane Solomon, who together bring extensive consulting experience across the healthcare industry and have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge in all aspects unique to the Australian context. We are supported by a team of talented and experienced associates, consultants and analysts from the medical community and leading consulting firms.
We tap a wider network of over 12000 clinicians and experts both to develop exclusive industry insights and provide expert medical input. Past use of the network has included rapidly assembling and guiding large, vetted teams of doctors to provide clinical expertise to help shape organisational decision-making.
Our guiding principles are:
Listen and Understand – we listen hard to understand the the key drivers of the problem or opportunity
Enable and Empower – we seek to constantly build capability in those we work with
Start with Strengths – we bring a strengths-based approach to solving problems to enable faster change
Outcomes Always – we seek to ensure practical outcomes that improve health care
Our core team
Dr Amandeep Hansra
BMed (Hons), FRACGP FACHI ACCAM MPH&TM Global EMBA GAICD CHIA
Dr Amandeep Hansra is a leader in digital health and innovation in Australia. Amandeep co-founded Caligo Health providing consulting services to state and commonwealth government, hospital groups, insurers, start-ups, health services, investors and businesses.
Amandeep was the CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business ReadyCare; a joint venture between Telstra and Medgate, (Switzerland’s leading telemedicine provider), until the end of 2017. She also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Telstra Health and separately has assisted Medgate in setting up a telemedicine business in the Philippines where she remains the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board. She is a locally trained specialist General Practitioner who has worked both nationally and overseas and continues to work in clinical medicine at a General Practice in Bondi, Sydney.
Amandeep has a passion for medical start-ups and entrepreneurship providing advisory services for start-ups in the health technology space. She has been awarded the “Women Leading in Business Scholarship” for the Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney.
Amandeep is the founder of Creative Careers in Medicine, an organisation with now over 12,000 doctor members. The organisation supports doctors with navigating their career options and assists in upskilling and preparing them for their future.
Amandeep’s past career has included both public, volunteer and private work in primary care and in hospitals, as well as in Aboriginal Health, Refugee Health, Occupational Medicine and Travel Medicine. She is a Fellow of the RACGP & AIDH, an examiner for the College and sits on their Practice Management and Technology Expert Committee and chairs the AMA NSW Systems and Technology Committee.
She is also a Board Director of AMA NSW, NPS MedicineWise, MoleMap Au/NZ and Chairperson of Coviu Global. She also sits on the AMA NSW Council.
She also holds a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a Global Executive MBA from The University of Sydney, the Australia Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine, is a Certified Health Informatician of Australia, and mentors junior doctors through the AMA and has completed the Company Directors Course through AICD.
Amandeep is located out of Sydney.
Mr Shane Solomon
Shane Solomon has over 30 years’ experience as a senior health executive, in Australia and internationally.
Shane began his CEO career as Group Chief Executive Officer of the Sisters of Mercy health aged care services in Victoria, bringing together separately governed and managed public and private hospitals and aged care services under the single governance of Mercy Health and Aged Care. Under his leadership, the Sisters of Mercy mission was expanded to include 12 service entities. He re-oriented the group from inner city hospitals to a suburban and regional focus, including relocation of Mercy Hospital for Women, and the merger of St Vincent’s Private and Mercy Private Hospitals.
He was Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Human Services where he was responsible for the governance reform and performance of the Victorian public hospital system. He led reforms in hospital demand management, sub-acute services, a major hospital building program, mental health, and cancer services.
Shane left Australia in 2006 to become the first non-doctor, non-Chinese speaking Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. In this role, he was responsible for the management of the Hong Kong public hospital system, comprising 26,000 beds and 57,000 staff. He achieved reform across funding, clinical IT systems, and governance.
After his return to Australia in 2010, Shane became the National Health Lead Partner at KPMG. He was appointed by first ministers as the inaugural Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in 2011, a Commonwealth Government authority which determine eligibility, funding approach, and pricing levels for the Commonwealth Government’s annual allocation of over $20 billion annual public hospitals across Australia. Shane was reappointed as Chair for a further five years.
Following this he was founder and Managing Director of Telstra Health, an eHealth start-up within Telstra. Through acquisition and organic growth, the business grew from nothing to over 800 employees in four years, operating across Australia, Asia, UK, and Europe. It assembled a combination of leading health IT applications and telehealth capabilities.
Shane’s current Board portfolio also includes Silver Chain (large innovative home health organisation), Virtus Health (ASX listed, IVF company), and Chair of the South Australian EMR Project Board and member of Digital Health SA.
Over the last two years, Shane has undertaken various major reviews, including the structure and operations of AHMAC (Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council); Victorian public mental health services; the Nationally Funded Centres Program; the electronic medical record system in South Australia (EPAS), and interoperability program for the Australian Digital Health Agency.
Shane is based in Melbourne.
Dr Michael Bonning
B.AppSci(Hons), MBBS, FRACGP, MPH, DCH, GAICD
Dr Michael Bonning is a doctor, strategist and clinical governance specialist. He has led health technology companies in Australia and the United States and continues to advise government agencies, corporate healthcare groups, healthcare investors and NFP organisations.
Michael is currently Chair of the AMA (NSW) and Deputy Chair of GP Synergy while also continuing to work as a clinician and part-time CMO. He holds an academic appointment at Macquarie University.
Michael spent 13 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a medical officer and led large teams on deployment in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific as well as to undertake search and rescue in the southern Indian Ocean. During his career he was recognised with the awarding of the Vice Admiral Russ Crane Cup for excellence in Middle East operations and the ES Cunningham Cup for leadership.
He was formerly a director of beyondblue, the Federal AMA and the Post Graduate Medical Council of Queensland. He also served as a senior adviser at Health Workforce Australia.
Michael holds a Masters in Public Health in health system financing, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has completed additional health and finance-related training at Harvard University, INSEAD, Texas Medical Centre and the University of Sydney.
Michael is based in Sydney.
Dr Danny Cai
Dr Danny Cai is a doctor of more than 20 years with robust leadership skills and understanding of clinical governance, clinical pathways and protocols, strategic operations and compliance.
He has special interests in Health Technology Start-ups, General Practice, Mental Health, Government policy and public health reform and Entrepreneurship.
A self professed "Covid Nerd", he has predominantly been working on advisory work with the federal government since the beginning of the pandemic and has a special interest in assisting us returning to the "new world” balancing health and the economy.
Danny is based in Sydney.
Our support team
Jonathan is a management consultant, with experience working across a range of strategic and implementation topics. Jonathan worked as a generalist for McKinsey & Company, supporting business unit strategies for small and medium businesses, scoping and building proof-of-concept production models for resources companies, enabling digital transformations, and managing non-financial risk in the banking sector.
He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Physics from the University of Western Australia, graduating with honours. In addition to his consulting background, he has broad experience in finance, policy development, data analysis and visualisation, and strategic communications.
Jonathan is based in Cambridge, UK.
Daniel Zou is a postgraduate medical student at the University of Melbourne with interests in entrepreneurship, management consulting, health policy and digital health. He is the President and Executive Board member of the Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA), representing 17,000 medical students in Australia.
Daniel’s consulting experiences have seen him work within Strategy and Operations at Deloitte in addition to his roles as Project Leader and Consulting Director for the student consultancy group 180 Degrees Consulting. Within medicine, he has a particular interest in medical leadership, digital health and shaping the broader medical system in Australia. Clinically, his interests include palliative medicine and emergency care.
Daniel is based in Melbourne.