Committees

Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee has been established by the Board in compliance with section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule (PGPA Rule) section 17: Audit Committees for Commonwealth Entities.

The Committee assists the Board discharge its responsibilities under the National Health Reform Act 2011 and the PGPA Act with respect to financial reporting, performance reporting, the system of risk oversight and management, and the system of internal control.

Inter-Jurisdictional Committee

The Inter-Jurisdictional Committee (IJC) is a meeting of safety and quality officials of the Commonwealth, States and Territories supported by the Commission, but created by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council in 2006. It is responsible for providing advice on the process of policy development and facilitating jurisdictional engagement in the work of the Commission.The IJC will consider and provide advice to the Commission on the following:

  • The Commission’s programs, standards, guidelines and indicators and the implementation of these;
  • The maintenance of effective working relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate the work of the Commission;
  • Safety and quality issues regarding the Australian health care system; and
  • The process for collecting and reporting on national data on safety and quality issues.

In addition, the IJC will:

  • Advise the Commission on the adequacy of the policy development process and implementation of policies;
  • Inform health departments and ministries of new policy directions and assist in driving implementation; and
  • Support the implementation of the National Safety and Quality Goals.

Membership of the IJC:

  • Ms Kirstine Sketcher-Baker (Chair), Queensland Health
  • Dr Jodi Glading (Deputy Chair), Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
  • Ms Michele McKinnon, Department of Health, South Australia
  • Dr Sara Watson, Department of Health, Northern Territory
  • Dr Dinesh Arya, Department of Health, ACT
  • Dr Audrey Koay, Department of Health, Western Australia
  • Professor Euan Wallace AM, Safer Care Victoria
  • Ms Carrie Marr, Clinical Excellence Commission
  • Ms Tania Rishniw, The Australian Government Department of Health
  • Adjunct Professor Debora Picone AO (Ex Officio), the Commission

Primary Care Committee

The Primary Care Committee (PCC) is responsible for facilitating the engagement and uptake of Commission programs in the primary health care sector. The role of the PCC includes:

  • Assisting in tailoring of the Commission’s programs to enable their uptake in the primary health care sector
  • Informing the Commission of key safety and quality issues affecting the primary health care sector’s performance
  • Providing strategic input and feedback on the Commission’s work including advising on policy development and facilitating primary health sector engagement
  • Providing leadership to the Commission to implement effective communication mechanisms between health system sectors.

Membership of the PCC:

  • Dr Helena Williams (Chair),
  • Dr Terry Pitsikas AM, Australian Dental Association
  • Dr Richard Kidd, Australian Medical Association
  • Dr Andrew Knight, Primary Health Network
  • Dr Alison Edwards, Primary Health Network
  • Dr Maureen Davey, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Mr Santo Russo, Allied Health Professions Australia
  • Mr Dominic Furphy, Allied Health Professions Australia
  • Dr Lauren Ball, Allied Health Professions Australia
  • Dr Louise Acland, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Professor Jennifer May AM, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Ms Claire Bekema, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Ms Lisa Turner, Community Nurse
  • Ms Dianne Smith, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Ms Diane Walsh, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Ms Louise Riley, the Australian Government Department of Health

Private Hospital Sector Committee

The Private Hospital Sector Committee (PHSC) is responsible for advising the Commission on key safety and quality initiatives from the perspective of the private hospital sector. The role of the PHSC includes:

  • Liaison with the Commission on key safety and quality issues affecting the private hospitals sector
  • Providing input and feedback on the Commission’s work including advising on policy development and facilitating private hospital sector engagement
  • Working in partnership with the Commission to pursue an agreed safety and quality agenda, including providing feedback on the uptake of safety and quality initiatives
  • Assisting the Commission to implement effective communication mechanisms between sectors of the health system.

Membership of the PHSC:

  • Ms Christine Gee (Chair), Toowong Private Hospital
  • Dr Victoria Atkinson, Healthscope Ltd
  • Ms Anne Crouch, Eyetech Day Surgeries
  • Ms Deanne Day, Buderim Gastroenterology Centre
  • Mr Wayne Adams, HCF
  • Mr Rohan Mead, Australian Unity Health Ltd
  • Professor John Horvath, Ramsay Health Care Ltd
  • Michael Roff, Australian Private Hospitals Association
  • Professor Erwin Loh, St Vincent's Health Australia
  • Dr John Merchant, Calvary Hospital
  • Dr Rachel David, Private Healthcare Australia