Who we are

The AAQHC Council is made up of professionals from a broad range of health backgrounds, each with a passion for quality control and assurance. Our life members have made great contributions to our organisation over the years and we recognise their work in the sector.

Our life members are: Margo Carberry, Jenny Rance, Kathleen Ryan, Mary White, Adrienne Copley, Christine Dennis, Elizabeth Garrigan, Therese Gehrig, Marjorie Pawsey, Ian Steven, Eleanore Temple, Sandy Thomson, Geraldine Wood and Dot Humphrey-Lesque. 


Robyn Quinn,

Robyn Quinn

Email: aaqhc@aaqhc.org.au

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.

Jane Early,

Jane Early

Prior to moving to Australia in 2000, Jane practiced fertility nursing at one of the largest teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, and was involved with the training of fertility nurses at Leeds University.

Since 2006 Jane worked as IVFAustralia’s Director of Nursing providing training and support of upward of 80 nursing staff in NSW and ACT.


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. 

PDAC Registrar
Sandy Thomson,

Sandy Thomson

Email: aaqhc@aaqhc.org.au

Sandy is the Director of GovernancePlus, established in 2006 to provide accreditation support and education to the health, aged care, community and disability sectors. She is a lead assessor for the 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.

She is also a member of the ACHS Improvement Academy including designing and delivering workshops, member of the Australian Hospitals and HealthCare Association, member of Standards Australia committees for medical device and member of ACHS WA State Advisory Council. 


Council Member
Karen Mardegan,

Karen Mardegan

Karen has worked in healthcare for over 25 years and has a broad background which includes critical care, resuscitation, multidisciplinary education, safety and quality, and consumer engagement.  Her interests are in statistical analysis, improvement methodologies, and public health.  Karen’s roles in Safety and Quality have enabled her to develop an in depth understanding of the National Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards, Mental Health Standards and Clinical Governance.  

Skills Based Position
Kathleen Ryan, FAAQHC,

Kathleen Ryan, FAAQHC

Director Clinical Governance & Information Services, Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD)

A systems thinker with a passion for clinical excellence and advocate for patient-centred health care, Kathleen has worked as a clinician, educator and quality and safety expert in Clinical Governance at state government and local health service level for over thirty years. Leadership positions have included as Senior Manager, Redesign and Innovation, Associate Director and Acting Director of the Quality and Safety Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health.  Kathleen is currently the Director, Clinical Governance and Information Services for the MNCLHD and leads the implementation of patient safety and clinical quality processes and information systems for the District.


Public Officer
Dr Marjorie Pawsey AM,

Dr Marjorie Pawsey AM

Email: aaqhc@aaqhc.org.au

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.

Skill based member
Roisin Dunne,

Roisin Dunne

RN, H-DipNeuroScience Nurs., Dip.Mgt., Cert IV PM, ALS, Cert. Clinical Governance.

Roisin Dunne is a registered nurse and has worked in health care in Australia and Ireland for over 25 years and has held a variety of senior positions in both public and private organisations. Roisin is the Quality Manager at Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane and is passionate about interdisciplinary partnership, clinical governance in health IT,  leadership and its impact on patient safety and their experience.

Sarah Bird

Damien Lloyd

Gary Pratt

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