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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.

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Dr Marion Tower

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr Marion Tower 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 was a registered nurse working 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.

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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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Ms Lorraine Martin AO

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
June 2012

Ms Lorraine Martin is a highly successful corporate business woman, experienced board member and outstanding community leader. She was recognised
in the 1994 Australia Day Honours List when she was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and commerce, particularly in the field of education and training. She is also the former National President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises-International and Queensland President of the Australia Brunei Business Council.

Lorraine established Lorraine Martin College in 1976, which comprised vocational training and personnel agency services. In 1987, she established Queensland’s first private English language centre. The group merged with Education and Training Australia in 1996 and grew to include campuses in Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast and Sydney. The organisation is now known as Martin College.

Lorraine is a highly experienced board member, having served on numerous public and private sector boards in areas including health, education and community services, including: Mater Hospital Trust; Prince Charles Hospital Foundation; Mindcare (Mental Health Foundation); State Training Council (Queensland); Austrade; Employment Services Regulatory Authority; Bond University School of Business; Queensland State Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane; Australian Institute of Company Directors; Australian President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International.

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Dr Richard Ashby AM

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
June 2012

Dr Richard Ashby is one of the state’s most experienced clinicians and health service administrators. In 2010, Dr Ashby was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to emergency medicine, to medical administration, and to a range of professional associations. He is active across a broad range of medical areas, including teaching, research and consultancy.

Dr Ashby previously held the post of Executive Director and Director Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Ashby is a University of Queensland graduate who undertook his internship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and subsequently worked in provincial and rural centres and at the QEII Hospital. He was appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1989, a post he held until his appointment as Executive Director Medical Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2000.

Dr Ashby is a past President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and was Chairman of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine from 1994 to 1996. In the period 2000–2006, Dr Ashby also acted as District Manager at both the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital for lengthy periods. Dr Ashby was appointed Executive Director of Medical Services at PAH in September 2006 and, in 2008, was additionally appointed as Executive Director of the hospital.

Dr Ashby is a Director of the Translational Research Institute and Australian e-Health Research Centre.

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Dr Michael Daly

Position: 
Commitee member
Start date: 
June 2012

A graduate from University College Dublin, Michael commenced his senior management roles as the Executive Director Medical Services of West Moreton in 2002.

After leading the Bundaberg Hospital Emergency Response Team in 2005, Michael founded the Southern Area Clinical Governance Unit.   

Since 2008 Michael has been the Executive Director Clinical Governance, Metro South Health, incorporating a Tertiary and four General Hospitals.

At Metro South Health, Michael has developed and evolved a number of Australia-leading Clinical Governance systems, including Communication Training programs, Senior Medical Performance processes, Audit and Scorecard systems and Digital Hospital Safety systems.

Michael led the Accreditation against the 10 National Standards that saw Princess Alexandra Hospital achieve the best results in Australia. He is running collaborations with New Zealand and Norway and is a frequent invitee to provide Clinical Governance support and advice to other hospitals across Australia. Since 2014, 14 Hospitals have visited Michael and his team.

Michael is an Adjunct Associate Professor at QUT, and is a member of the National Model Clinical Governance Advisory panel. He is published in End of Life, Deteriorating Patients, Disaster Management and Communication Programs and is an International speaker on Senior Medical Performance and Digital Hospital Safety.

Last updated 16 May 2015