Expert Panel Review of Elective Surgery and Emergency Access Targets under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services
The Expert Panel Members
Professor Christopher Baggoley (CHAIR) currently holds the position of the Australian Government's Acting Chief Medical Officer, within the Department of Health and Ageing.
Professor Baggoley is a highly experienced clinician and has worked extensively across jurisdictions in high profile advisory roles. Professor Baggoley has devoted much of his career to Emergency Medicine, becoming Professor of Emergency Medicine at Adelaide University in 2003.
In 2005, Professor Baggoley was appointed Executive Director of Public Health and Clinical Coordination and Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health in South Australia, which provided him with a strong network in health administration and a deep knowledge of the health system throughout Australia.
Professor Baggoley's previous role was as the Chief Executive, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He also holds positions of Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and Professorial Fellow, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University.
Associate Professor Brian Owler is a neurosurgeon based at Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. A/Professor Owler is the Deputy Chair of the Division of Surgery at Westmead Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Sydney.
In addition he is a VMO at Westmead Private, Norwest Private and the Sydney Adventist Hospitals. A/Professor Owler has a PhD from the University of Sydney and spent 18 months performing research at the Academic Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cambridge.
He is an active clinical and basic science researcher with a particular interest in hydrocephalus and cerebrospinal fluid circulation disorders. A/Professor Owler is also the surgeon representative on the AMA NSW Branch Council, Chair of the AMA NSW Hospital Practice Committee and a Federal AMA Councillor.
A/Professor Owler was nominated for his extensive clinical expertise.
Professor Michael Grigg is a distinguished clinician with a particular focus on vascular surgery.
Professor Grigg is a member of the Victorian Quality Council, member of the Council Executive of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Professional Standards and Professional Development Board and past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery.
He is currently Director of Surgery, Eastern Health, Melbourne. Professor Grigg was nominated for his extensive clinical expertise.
Doctor Heather Wellington has experience working across jurisdictions in advisory roles.
Dr Wellington is a former member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and has a strong understanding of safety and quality issues within health services.
Dr Wellington was nominated for her wide health system experience as a medical practitioner, hospital administrator, lawyer and specialist health advisor.
Doctor Mark Monaghan MBBS FACEM Clinical Toxicologist is an Emergency Department Physician and Co-Director of Fremantle Hospital, and has been the Clinical Lead in the successful implementation of the Four Hour Rule at that hospital since the program’s inception in April 2009.
Dr Monaghan has also been acting State Wide Clinical Lead for the Four Hour Rule in Western Australia since April 2011. Dr Monaghan has previously held positions of Clinical Toxicologist and VMO at Westmead Children’s Hospital, and has worked in the capacity of Consultant Emergency Physician across all of Perth’s Adult Tertiary Hospitals since 2000.
Dr Monaghan was nominated for his extensive emergency department expertise.
Ms Julie Hartley-Jones is a highly respected health administrator and currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District.
Prior to this, Ms Hartley-Jones was a Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service in NSW and Director of Clinical Operations for the same service. Ms Hartley-Jones is also the former Chief Nurse of Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals within the United Kingdom. A renal nurse by background, she received the CBE for services to renal nursing in 2000.
Julie spent two years in the Department of Health in England during the writing of the ‘NHS Plan’ which set the challenging ‘four hour total time in ED’ and ‘18 week elective surgery waiting list’ targets.
Ms Hartley-Jones was nominated for her wide health system experience in both clinical and health administration roles.
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