Clinical Senate appoints first ever Deputy Chair

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mr Chris Raftery has been appointed as the Queensland Clinical Senate's first ever Deputy Chair.

chris raftery on balcony

Chris (pictured above) is the Nursing Director for Clinical Innovation and Advanced Practice at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and has broad clinical and leadership experience. Having previously worked with the Senate on its National Emergency Access Target research, he saw it as a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to join the Senate team. ‘The Senate is an important forum for clinicians to carry out critical dialogue, from the depths of experience across the state and disciplines, shaping our current and future health system.’

A published nursing leader and nurse practitioner, Chris is the former national president of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners and current Deputy Chair of Advance Practice with the Australian College of Nursing.

Newly-appointed Senate Chair Dr Alex Markwell welcomed Chris as the first Deputy Chair. ‘Chris is a exceptional addition to the leadership team of the Senate and I look forward to working alongside Chris and the executive team to continue the great work of the Senate,’ Alex said.

Chris will attend his first Senate meeting as Deputy Chair on 1-2 August 2019 when the Senate discusses low benefit care.

The Senate is this year celebrating 10 years as Queensland Health’s strategic clinician advisory body. To learn more about the Senate, visit the website or email

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Last updated: 23 July 2019