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. 

 

President
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.

Secretary / Skills Based Position
Kay Richards,

Kay Richards

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

Cert IV Workplace Training, RN, Cert IC, BHSc (Nursing), GradDipHSM, MHSM, FACN, MAAQHC, MAICD.

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

Kay’s experience in the aged care sector includes positions both at Provider and Peak Body level. These roles provided an opportunity to represent the aged care industry in a number of State and Federal forums including the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA). Kay participated in developing the latest Aged Care Quality Standards and the first set of national Clinical Indicators used in Aged Care.

Council member
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

Skills Based Position

Kathleen Ryan, FAAQHC

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

Kathleen has held leadership positions in Quality and Safety across various organisations in the NSW Health System to lead the implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives, focusing on systems redesign and improvement.  Executive positions at State level have included Senior Manager, Redesign and Innovation, Associate Director and Acting Director of the Quality and Safety Branch at the NSW Ministry of Health.

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.

Council member
Margo Carberry,

Margo Carberry

RN, C&FHN, Dip Bus, Dip Management, AFAAQHC

Commenced assessing in 2002

Mrs Carberry has been working in the health industry for over 35 years. Over the years she had held a variety of positions in nursing including Project Officer with Community Health Strategy, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Child and Family Health) and a Quality Management role at District level of Hunter New England Health (incorporating areas such as quality, accreditation and risk management). In 2006 Mrs Carberry was appointed the manager of a multi-disciplinary Community Health Centre and remains in this position today.

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