The Council of AAQHC may comprise of elected representatives from Australian States,Territories, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Region, and these representatives shall be nominated by the State, Territory, New Zealand and Asia Pacific affiliated network groups / Incorporated Bodies/jurisdictional members together with four skill based positions –membership management; business/governance; marketing; consumer; and research/education and / or evaluation, the Registrar of the Professional Development Advisory Committee and the Immediate Past President.

Robyn Quinn,

Robyn Quinn


Robyn has been General Manager of Sydney Pain Management Centre for 20 years She has extensive experience working with management quality frameworks and education within the Health Area and has held senior positions both in public and private healthcare organisations.

Immediate Past President
Belinda Westlake,

Belinda Westlake


Belinda is the Executive Director Safety, Quality and Information Services at Moyne Health Services. She has a B App Sc in Health Information Management, a Master in Assessment and Evaluation and Grad Certificate in Strategic Risk Management and is a Fellow of AAQHC. Belinda has spent most of her career working in Quality and Risk in Rural and Regional Health Services in Victoria.

ACT/NSW Representative/Treasurer
Dr Rob Griffin,

Dr Rob Griffin


Rob graduated from Sydney University Medical School and completed his residence and registrar years at Royal North Shore Hospital He became the Clinical Superintendent and Assistant Medical Superintendent there. After further training overseas he was appointed as the inaugural Director of Medical Services for Westmead Hospital.

Secretary Tas/SA/NT Representative
Alison Garrett,

Alison Garrett


Alison has worked in private healthcare since 1994 and is currently the General Manager of The Hobart Clinic Association. In this role Alison oversees all operations, with a focus on quality and risk management and ensuring patient safety and quality outcomes. Prior to this Alison was Corporate Services Manager at the Clinic for many years and managed the Clinic’s finance, administration, services, maintenance and human resource functions. Alison has completed a Certificate of Governance Practice through the Governance Institute of Australia and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Public Officer, Newsletter/Communications
Beth McErlean,

Beth McErlean


Beth has had a long history in safety and quality, including development and implementation of a number of patient safety programs at RGH; Project Manager of the PUPPIES project with SA Health; and Facilitator of the state-wide pressure ulcer survey in 2006/7. Beth now works for SAHS as Acting Regional Director Quality, Safety and Performance.


Skills Based Position/Consumer Advocate
Kay Richards,

Kay Richards

KAY RICHARDS National Policy Manager, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

RN, CIC, Cert IV Workplace Training, BHSc (Nursing), GradDipHSM, MHSM, FACN, AFACHSM, MAAQHC.

Kay has a diverse and lengthy experience in the health and aged care industry in a variety of roles from clinician to senior manager, educator, advisor and policy consultant.

Skills Based Position
Debra Millist,

Debra Millist


Debra is the Executive Manager, QIC Standards and Accreditation Program at Quality Innovation Performance (QIP). She has a B App Sc in Occupational Therapy, a Master Health Administration and is a Fellow of AAQHC and ACHSM. Debra has spent the last 15 years working in the area of Quality, Safety and Accreditation. 

QLD Representative
Denise Curran,

Denise Curran


Denise is the Manager, Clinical Pathways in the Clinical Access and Redesign Unit of Queensland Health. Her qualifications include RN, RM, Bachelor of Nursing Administration (UNE), Grad. Dip. Quality (QUT), MHA (UNSW), and Black Belt Lean Six Sigma. She has experience of working within a Quality Management System in the Health industry within the Public and Private Sector and is a member of Professional Development and Credentialing Committee for AAQHC.

PDAC Registrar
Sandy Thomson,

Sandy Thomson


Sandy is a consultant – GovernancePlus established in 2006 providing accreditation support and education to the health industry. She was a contracted coordinator Australian Council on Health Care Standards with over 12 years of surveying experience covering organisations providing acute public, acute private, community, not for profit, prison health, mental health, regional and remote health services.

Victorian Council Member
Susan Evans,

Susan Evans


Sue Evans is Associate Professor and Head of the Clinical Registry Unit at Monash University.  She is the custodian of the Movember Prostate Cancer Outcome Registry-Australia and New Zealand.  She is responsible for overseeing the $4.5M Movember investment at Monash University and has recently been awarded further funding to co-lead the Movember Global initiative with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). This will see Monash collecting data from approximately 90 sites across Europe, Asia and the United States. Sue coordinates the MPH5267 Unit Principles of Quality Improvement in Healthcare and has, in her teaching career seen more than 600 healthcare workers graduate with an understanding of the importance of quality improvement in the health sector. Sue has had more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts published; all related to aspects of quality improvement.  Sue is the immediate Past President of the Victorian Healthcare Quality Association. This is her first year on Council.  

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