Atlas 2015 - Expert advisors

First Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation - expert advisory groups

The Atlas series has been developed in consultation with the Australian government, state and territory governments, specialist medical colleges, clinicians and consumer representatives. The members of the different advisory groups are listed below.

Atlas Advisory Group

The Atlas Advisory Group has representatives from relevant clinical colleges and provided clinical advice.

Chair: Professor Anne Duggan
Senior Gastroenterologist, Hunter New England Local Health District NSW; Conjunct Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle; Senior Medical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Ms Janet Anderson
August 2014 – August 2015; previously First Assistant Secretary, Acute Care Division, Australian Government Department of Health
Dr Matthew Anstey
Emergency and intensive care physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital WA; Medical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Sarah Dalton
Representative of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Clinical Director, Clinical Excellence Commission; Paediatric Emergency Physician,The Children’s Hospital at Westmead NSW
Associate Professor Adam Elshaug
June 2015 – present; HCF Research Foundation Principal Research Fellow, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney NSW
Ms Alanna Foster
September 2015 – present; First Assistant Secretary, Research Data and Evaluation Division, Australian Government Department of Health
Dr Steve Hambleton
General Practitioner QLD; Immediate Past President, Australian Medical Association; Chairman, National eHealth Transition Authority
Ms Jenny Hargreaves
Senior Executive, Hospitals, Resourcing and Classifications Group, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Mr Tony Lawson
Chair, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Dr Lawrence Malisano
June 2015 – present; Representative of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Liz Marles
General Practitioner; Immediate Past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; Director, Hornsby-Brooklyn GP Unit
Professor Villis Marshall AC
Chair, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Roderick McKay
Chair, Community Collaboration Committee,Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; Director, Psychiatry and Mental Health Programs, New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry
Professor Michael Permezel
President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Mercy Hospital for Women and University of Melbourne VIC
Associate Professor Ian Scott
Representative of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital; School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Professor John Slavotinek
Representative of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists; Clinical Director, SA Medical Imaging; Clinical Head, Medical Imaging, Country Health SA, Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital
Associate Professor Peter Stewart
Representative of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; Director, Pathology, Sydney South West Pathology
Mr Simon Williams
August 2014 – May 2015; Representative of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director of Acute Services University Hospital Geelong

Jurisdictional Advisory Group

The Jurisdictional Advisory Group has a representative from each state and territory and provided advice on methods and content.

Chair: Dr Nigel Lyons
Chief Executive, Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW
Professor Dinesh K Arya
Chief Medical Officer & Chief Health Officer, Department of Health NT
Ms Anna Burgess
Director, Clinical Networks & Cancer Program, Department of Health & Human Services VIC
Ms Lynne Cowan
Director System Design and Strategy, Policy and Commissioning Division, Department for Health and Ageing, Government of South Australia|
Dr Audrey Koay
Acting Executive Director, Patient Safety and Quality, Clinical Services and Research Division, Department of Health WA
Dr Grant Sara
Director InforMH, Health System Information and Performance Reporting Branch, NSW Ministry of Health; University of Sydney NSW
Dr Kelly Shaw
Specialist Medical Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services TAS
Ms Kirstine Sketcher-Baker
Senior Director Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service, Queensland Health
Associate Professor Girish Talaulikar
Medical Advisor, Health Quality and Safety Unit, ACT Health
Mr Peter Woodley
Assistant Secretary, Performance, Accountability and Evaluation Branch, Australian Government Department of Health

Expert Advisory Group on Knee Pain

The Expert Advisory Group on Knee Pain was established to support the Commission’s work on healthcare variation.

Chair: Professor John North
Clinical Director, Queensland and Northern Territory Audits of Surgical Mortality, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder Rheumatologist, Monash University; Cabrini Institute VIC
Ms Wendy Favorito
Consumer Director, Arthritis Australia
Dr Howard Galloway
Representative of the Royal Australian and Nw Zealand College of Radiologists
Professor Ian Harris
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UNSW Astralia; Director of surgical specialties, South Western Sydney Local Health District NSW
Dr Anthony Hobbs
Principal Adviser, Strategic Policy and nnovation Group, Australian Government epartment of Health
Dr Lawrence Malisano
July 2015 – present; Representative of the oyal Australasian College of Surgeons; Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr andra Mejak
Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician; Astralasian College of Sports Physicians; Sports Medicine Australia
Mrs Helen Mikolaj
Consumers Health Forum
Mr Tim Noblet
Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist; Professional Advisor, Australian Pysiotherapy Association
Mr John Stubbs
CanSpeak Australia
Ms Lesley Thomas
Representative of the Australian & New Zealand rthopaedic Nurses Association; Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA
Mr Simon Williams
December 2014 – June 2015; Representative f the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director of Acute Services University Hospital Geelong, VIC
Associate Professor Michael Yelland
Representative of the Royal Australian ollege of General Practitioners; Associate Professor in Primary Health Care, School of Medicine and Menzies Health Institute Griffith University; General and Musculoskeletal Medicine Practitioner

Other experts

Many individuals have freely given their time to help develop the atlas. Their involvement and willingness to share their expertise is greatly appreciated.

In particular the Commission wishes to thank:

Dr Shamasunder Acharya
Clinical Director, Diabetes, Hunter New England Local Health District; Senior Staff Specialist, General Medicine/Endocrinology NSW
Dr John Atherton
Director of Cardiology, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Dr Ross Bradbury
Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Consultant, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Dubbo Base Hospital; Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Sydney Adventist Hospital and Strathfield Private Hospital NSW
Ms Lesley Brydon
Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia
Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster
Director of Internal Medicine, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service QLD
Professor Jacqueline Close
Geriatrician, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick; NeuRA, UNSW Australia
Dr Katherine Ellard
Gastroenterologist; Honorary Secretary, Gastroenterological Society of Australia
Professor Mark Frydenberg
Department of Surgery, Monash University; Department of Urology, Monash Health VIC
Dr Rohan Grimley
Geriatrician and Stroke Physician, Sunshine Coast Clinical School, University of Queensland; Chair Queensland stroke clinical network
Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock
Paediatrician, the Royal Children’s Hospital; Co‑Leader, Community Health Services Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute VIC
Mr Kelvin Hill
National Manager Clinical Programs, National Stroke Foundation 
Dr Simon Holliday
General Practitioner; Chair, Pain Management Network, National Faculty of Specific Interests, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; Staff Specialist, Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services, Hunter New England Local Health District NSW
Dr Caroline Johnson
General Practitioner
Professor Louisa Jorm
Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, NSW Australia
Dr Nick Kowalenko
Chair, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney NSW
Mr Peter Lazzarini
Senior Research Fellow (Podiatry), Metro North Hospital and Health Service; Queensland University of Technology QLD
Professor Daniel O’Connor
Professorial Fellow, Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University; Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, Monash University VIC
Dr Nicole Organ
Vascular Surgeon, Director, Vascular Surgery, John Hunter Hospital, Hunter New England
Local Health District NSW
Dr Nigel Roberts
Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Manning Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District NSW
Professor Libby Roughead
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia
Dr Tim Semple
Specialist anaesthetist and pain medicine physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital SA
Dr Hannah Seymour
Consultant Geriatrician; Medical Co-Director, Fiona Stanley Hospital WA
Dr Gary Speck
Immediate Past National Chairman, Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Professor Gerard Sutton
Douglas & Mary Douglas Chair Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health, Professor Corneal & Refractive Surgery, Save Sight Institute, Sydney Medical School, Sydney University; Medical Director, Lions NSW Eye Bank, Sydney Eye Hospital NSW
Professor Hugh R Taylor AC
Laureate Professor, Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health,University of Melbourne VIC
Professor John Turnidge
Emeritus Senior Staff Specialist, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, SA Pathology; Senior Medical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Dr Neil A Vallance
Head of Department Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Monash Health VIC