Celebrating financial innovation and collaboration

We are excited to announce that three members of the Peninsula Health Finance team – Mark Misquitta, Chau Phan and David Monaghan – were recently named award winners at the 2021 Health Finance Awards.

The awards are an opportunity to highlight the outstanding talent and leadership of finance teams in health organisations across Australia, especially throughout the last two years during the pandemic.

Nominated by David, Mark and Chau were both appreciative and delighted to receive their award.

Mark’s passion for leading and innovating finance processes at Peninsula Health made him the runner up to the Future Leader of the Year award.

While Chau, who recently joined Peninsula Health, is already proving to be a great asset to the team by displaying a high level of initiative and enterprise within the department, took out the Rising Star award.

David was also nominated for an Innovation Award by Chief Executive Felicity Topp for his brilliance in identifying gaps within the service and bringing about efficient change to the organisation.

“The culture the Finance Department is trying to build is to recognise our peers and colleagues for the terrific work they do,” David said. “It was great to see these two worthy winners receive their awards.”

Further details about the award recipients and the tremendous work they have done, can be found below.


Mark Misquitta – Runner Up, Finance Leader of the Year Award

Passionate about harnessing technology to drive efficiencies, Mark has led three major projects that have created significant change in finance processes at Peninsula Health. These included a robotics process automation tool to read and process invoices automatically, which saved hours of Accounts Payable human intervention; introduction of EFTSure, which minimised the amount of time spent on fraud checks for new and existing suppliers; and working with Rutgers University on new research developing a data analytics tool to audit payroll transactions.  

David Monaghan – Winner, Innovation Award

Working tirelessly to fortify his knowledge in healthcare funding streams to build capability across Peninsula Health, David identified the gaps and developed a bed Plan/WIES Calculator model to track activity against funding earned.

The easy-to-use, yet sophisticated model not only educated users on activity-based funding, but also allowed for the operational executive teams to confidently review and strategically consider future bed configurations and resourcing requirements, critical with the rebuild of Frankston Hospital underway. The model is slated to be operational across Peninsula Health in 2022.

Chau Phan – Joint winner, Rising Star Award

Originally joining Peninsula Health as an accountant, Chau took on a completely new role with the Business Partnering team in the middle of the FY22 budget preparations, while juggling her accounting work until her own vacancy was filled.

​​​​​​​A specialist in building models and digesting large data sets, she developed a new ‘budget cube’, which automated the budget presentation to enable detailed data analysis to be reviewed easily. She also developed a ‘Profit and Loss cube’, which turned static reports live – allowing data to be used in a multitude of ways.