Jim Birch is Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. He is currently an independent consultant. Until early 2016, he was the Global Health Care Leader for Ernst and Young, having previously been their Oceania Government and Public Service Leader and the inaugural Leader of their Health and Human Services Practice for Asia Pacific.
Jim has had over thirty five years of experience in planning, leading and implementing change in complex organisations such as Health Care, Justice and Human Services. He has also been the Chief Executive of a Human Services and Health Department, Deputy Chief Executive of a Justice Department and Chief Executive of major health service delivery organisations, including academic teaching hospitals.
At a national level, Jim has been Chair of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council, a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, a Board Member of the National E Health Transition Authority and a Director of Health Direct Australia. Jim is currently Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Chairman of Clevertar Pty Ltd, Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and Director, Australian Red Cross Society, Director of Cancer SA and Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary). Jim has a Bachelor of Health Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.