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. 


Damien Lloyd,

Damien Lloyd

Email: aaqhc@aaqhc.org.au

Damien has a long history in healthcare, first graduating as a registered nurse in the mid 1980’s. During his career, Damien has held a number of senior and executive leadership roles in acute and aged care. Damien’s experience in clinical governance, quality and patient safety extends over 25 years. Damien has extensive experience in quality and risk management system design and application in large, multi-site 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.

Skill based member
Sarah Bird,

Sarah Bird

RN, RM, Grad Dip Hlth. Mgt and Info Systems, Perioperative Management Cert, Cert IV Training & Assessment, Laser Safety Officer certificateMACN, MIFPN, FACORN,FAAQHC  

Employment history

Sarah is currently the Perioperative Quality and Education Coordinator including Policy, Radiation portfolio’s, at Hobart Private Hospital, Tasmania, Sarah has held this position from 2014.

Skill based member
Gary Pratt,

Gary Pratt

RN – PGC Quality and Safety, Cert IV TAE, Cert IV WHS, PGC Education, BSc Nursing, Diploma in Dementia Care, Diphe Nursing.  

Gary Pratt is a registered nurse and has worked in the health care setting in Australia and the United Kingdom for over 31 years. Gary started his nursing carer as an Auxiliary Nurse prior to undertaking his RN training, since qualifying Gary has held a variety of nursing positions including Charge Nurse & Nurse Practitioner in Accident and Emergency and Walk in Centre’s, Professional Development Nurse across medical, surgery and elderly care wards and clinical facilitator for Foundation Degree in Social Care for Assistant Practitioners with London South Bank University.  

Council Member
Mary Miller,

Mary Miller

Mary is an experienced health Executive with a breadth of experience across a range of health roles in both Western Australia, Victoria and the United Kingdom. Mary was the  Executive Director Safety Quality and Innovation at WA Child and Adolescent Health Service for 4 and a half years, which included leading two organisation- wide accreditation surveysHer current role is Manager Integrity and Ethics at South Metropolitan Health Service, which has a focus around professional standards, governance and policy. 

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