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Safety and Quality Committee

The Safety and Quality Committee assists the Metro South Hospital and Health Board in overseeing the safety and quality position of the health service.

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Professor John Prins

Position: 
Chair
Start date: 
June 2012

Professor John Prins is an active clinician-scientist, a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia and sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non-government organisations and industry.

John undertook his clinical training in endocrinology in Brisbane and then completed a PhD in adipose tissue biology at the University of Queensland (UQ).

His first post-doctoral research appointment was at the University of Cambridge, UK, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He returned to Brisbane in 1998 after being awarded a Welcome International Senior Research Fellowship.

In 2004 he was Founder/Director of the UQ Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, one of the most prominent and successful groups on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, which merged with the UQ Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR) in January 2007 to form the Diamantina Institute.

As Chair of the Centre of Health Research on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus from 2005 to 2009, his role involved coordinating the campus-wide research strategy, fostering research, facilitating the recruitment of researchers to the campus and integration of research and clinical activities.

In 2009 John was appointed CEO/Director of the Mater Medical Research Institute.

John has substantial commercialisation experience, holds two international patents and was founder and scientific director of a spin-out biotech company-Adipogen Pty Ltd.

John is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training and has ongoing research interests in obesity and diabetes.

Helen Darch

Ms Helen Darch

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
May 2017

Helen Darch is a prominent consultant with wide-ranging experience across a variety of industry sectors. She established and is the Managing Director of the Nedhurst Consulting Group in Brisbane. Prior to this she was a partner at Niche Consultants, Group Manager, Communication Services at Rowland Communication Group, and consultant at SMS Management and Technology.

Helen has extensive strategic planning, strategic communication, change management, market research, and management consulting experience. She has consulted widely in the education, health, government, not-for-profit and resources industries.

Helen is currently Deputy Chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, and Chair of the Foundation’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee. She is also the Interim Chair of the Children’s Health Research Alliance, an initiative of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland. Until 2015, she chaired the Cerebral Palsy League, Queensland Board, and its Nominations Committee and Executive Appraisal Committee.

Iyla Davies

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
May 2017

Adjunct Professor Iyla Davies was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and worked in family law and personal injuries before becoming a law academic for more than 20 years, specialising in mediation and dispute resolution. Iyla is currently a Director of Mercy Community Services, Chair of All Hallows' School and a Director of Emmanuel College within UQ. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, UQ.

Iyla has previously held a number of community leadership roles as National and Queensland President of Relationships Australia, Director of Legal Aid Queensland, National President of University Colleges Australia and a Member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Queensland Law Society. In addition, she has held senior university positions as Assistant Dean, International, Commercial and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Law, QUT and as Head of College and Chief Executive Officer of the Women's College within UQ.  

Iyla holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Master of Laws. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Donisha Duff

Ms Donisha Duff

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
May 2016

Ms Donisha Duff has a background in health policy and management with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. She has worked in various health organisations including senior roles within the Department of Health and Ageing and Queensland Health. Donisha has also worked for the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. She is currently the national Manager for Indigenous Affairs for Kidney Health Australia.

Donisha was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year in 2014, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Bob and June Prickett Fellowship in 2015. She holds a range of board and committee appointments including as a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, member of the Policy and Systems Committee of the Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, and as Deputy Chair of the Stars Foundation.

Donisha’s family are descended from Moa and Badu Islands (Torres Strait) and the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi people (Cape York).

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Dr John Kastrissios

Position: 
Committee member
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr John Kastrissios is a general practitioner (GP) who has a special interest in the management of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes and mental health. He is a former National Asthma Council clinical educator and is a current board member of the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local.
John works as a GP supervisor for graduate registrars in training with General Practice Training Queensland. He also teaches medical students from Griffith University, Bond University and University of Queensland.

John is a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate and a former member of the National e-Health Transition Authority’s Clinical Leads and Queensland Health’s Clinical Informatics Steering Committee.

John was previously the chair of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local, the South East Primary Health Care Network and General Practice Queensland, and deputy chair of the Australian Medicare Local Alliance Board.

In 2008 he received the John Aloizos Medal for outstanding individual contribution to the Australian General Practice Network.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Marion Tower

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr Marion Tower, a registered nurse, is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Head of School at the University of Queensland’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Prior to becoming a lecturer in nursing and midwifery in 2002, Marion worked in various public and private organisations in emergency, critical care and community health areas. She has a strong interest in safety and quality in healthcare and in nurse education.

Marion was a member of the QEII Health Community Council from 2003–2011 and was a member of the QEII Health Service District Safety and Quality Committee.

Marion has a PhD from Griffith University for research on the health and healthcare for women affected by domestic violence.

Last updated 1 March 2018