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 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.

Skill Based Representative
Nicola Champion,

Nicola Champion

Nicola has been working as a quality officer with ACT Health – Canberra Hospital and Health Services since March 2017. She worked in several tertiary hospitals in her early career including Royal Perth Hospital (WA), Modbury Hospital (SA) and Alice Springs hospital (NT).  She worked as a rural community cancer care and palliative services nurse/coordinator for 20 years and moved to Canberra in 2016 to complete a graduate diploma in Mental Health nursing. Nicola worked as a peer mentor with Palliative Care Australia’s – National Standards Assessment Program for four years. She was the inaugural peer mentee with the AAQHC peer mentor program. Her qualifications include RN, Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Mental Health) and Masters of Health Management Quality and Leadership.

Skills Based Position
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.

NT Representative
Dale Vaughan,

Dale Vaughan

Dale Vaughan has been the A/Coordinator of Nursing and Midwifery Broome Regional Hospital for 2 years. Dale holds RN, Grad Dip Cert in Nursing Leadership and Management and is a Fellow of AAQHC.

Dale has spent 24 years with Western Australian Country Health Service Kimberley and has an extensive back ground in Emergency Nursing and quality management both local and across the region. Dale’s experience includes a variety of roles from clinician to senior manager and has been involved in statewide policy and procedure development and implementation.

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.

Public Officer
Dr Marjorie Pawsey AM,

Dr Marjorie Pawsey AM


Marjorie graduated from medicine in 1969 and after working in health services research, balanced family life and the role of implementing the quality and accreditation program at Concord Repatriation General Hospital from 1979.She joined The Australian Council on Healthcare Standard (ACHS) as the Project Coordinator of the Charter for Change in 1994, the outcome being the program that is now known as EQuIP.


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.

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