Membership

The Queensland Clinical Senate is made up of more than 90 members who bring a range of skills, experiences, ideas and views to the Senate. Members are committed to improving the health outcomes for Queenslanders and represent a wide range of professions and specialties across the public, private, primary and community health sectors and metropolitan, regional, rural and remote settings. Consumers and carer representation in the membership ensures the Senate’s advice reflects the needs and expectations of the community.

Members are appointed for three years and meet two to three times a year.

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Queensland Clinical Senate executive

The Queensland Clinical Senate is led by a chair, deputy chair and executive committee representative of the broader membership.

The executive leads Queensland Clinical Senate initiatives and provides advice to the Department of Health and Minister for Health on areas of strategic clinical importance.

The executive meets twice monthly. If you would like to present to the executive, please email qldclinicalsenate@health.qld.gov.au outlining the topic for discussion, the relevance of the topic to the executive, desired outcomes and preferred timeframes for assessment by the Senate Chair.

Chair

Dr Tanya Kelly

Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate

Dr Tanya Kelly is an experienced senior clinician (anaesthetist). She has held clinical leadership roles for the past 10 years, most recently as Director of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and Clinical Director for Digital Transformation within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Dr Kelly has held senior clinical engagement roles in major digital and redesign projects and has had significant involvement in the digital delivery of the local COVID-19 testing and vaccination program. Beyond her clinical practice, she has qualifications in clinical redesign, business and is a Certified Health Informatician (CHIA) with a presence on several state-wide clinical advisory groups. Dr Kelly is keen to ensure that the Queensland Clinical Senate is highly effective in providing a valuable and driving contribution toward responsive healthcare delivery that meets the changing needs of consumers.

Deputy Chair

Mr Chris Raftery

Deputy Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate

Chris is a published nursing leader and emergency nurse practitioner, who is Nursing Director of Clinical Innovation and Advanced Practice at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. He is a leading identity with the development of advanced practice nursing and the role of the nurse practitioner, at a local, state and national level. Chris is the former national president of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, and current deputy chair of advanced practice with the Australian College of Nursing. Chris believes the future of delivering a high quality and cost-effective health system, involves building sustainable and innovative health delivery models, embracing technology and working smarter not harder, in meeting the Queensland community’s ever-evolving complex and diverse healthcare needs.

Executive Committee members

Mr Sean Birgan

With 32 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, Sean is the Director of Nursing and Co-Chair of the Division of Surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is also the Deputy Surgical Stream Leader of Metro South Health Service. With a keen interest in disaster management and preparedness, Sean is the Chair of the Metro South Disaster Management Advisory Committee and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Healthcare Service Executives. Sean has joined the Senate executive for the opportunity to discuss and debate the complex health issues with a view to continuing to improve the care we provide our patients.

Ms Roslyn Boland

Roslyn Boland is an Aboriginal woman of the Mardigan and Kooma tribes of South West Queensland and is a senior registered nurse in Queensland Health. She is the Nurse Unit Manager for Community Health, in Woorabinda, Central Queensland HHS and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Roslyn is passionate about influencing people on a professional platform to improve health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s.

Dr Marlow Coates

Marlow is a Rural Generalist Senior Medical Officer living and working on Thursday Island and is the Acting Executive Director of Medical Services for Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service. He holds a FRACGP, FACRRM, AFRACMA and JCCA and is a current RACMA candidate in training. Marlow is committed to developing high-quality workforce and system processes that contribute towards closing the gap in health access and outcome inequity experienced by First Nations People and other Queenslanders living remotely.

Dr Carl de Wet

Carl is the Primary Care Clinical Lead for the Gold Coast PHN and the Healthcare Improvement Unit of Clinical Excellence Queensland. He is the Deputy Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee on Standards and a part-time general practitioner in Logan. Carl completed a Higher Academic Fellowship in Scotland and his research interests are healthcare quality and innovation.

Dr Erin Evans

Erin is Chair of Health Consumers Queensland and she also chairs the Queensland Genomics Community Group.

She values the opportunity for consumers and clinicians to partner at the Clinical Senate to influence positive changes to the health system and enable better health outcomes for all Queenslanders.

Erin has a background as a medical researcher and executive in the Biotech sector and NGOs. She is an adjunct lecturer at QUT and freelance consultant. She specialises in working with leaders and organisations around the world to navigate uncertainty and tackle systemic transformation of complex challenges.

Dr Alex Markwell

Immediate Past Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate

Dr Alex Markwell is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre. She is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland and is currently the Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Continuing Professional Development Committee. Alex is passionate about healthcare provider health, wellbeing, work-life flexibility, and is founding member of Wellness Resilience and Performance in Emergency Medicine. She is also a Past President of AMA Queensland.

Ms Annette Scott

Annette is the Executive Director of Allied health for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. She is a physiotherapist by background and has numerous years of experience as a clinician delivering direct patient care in both the public and private health sectors. For the last 5 years she has provided Executive Management oversight to the delivery of allied health services across the Darling Downs region. Annette sees opportunity through her involvement in the Queensland Clinical Senate to work with clinicians in identifying opportunities for improving health service integration and health system redesign.

Dr Ian Scott

Dr Ian Scott is consultant general physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Professor of Medicine at University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Queensland University of Technology. He is a past president of the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand and is inaugural chair of the Metro South Clinical AI Working Group and the Australian Deprescribing Network. He is a past chair of the Queensland General Medicine Clinical Network and has recently been appointed chair of the Queensland Clinical Networks Executive. He has longstanding experience and research interests in evidence-based medicine, clinical reasoning, clinical informatics, quality and safety improvement, and quality use of medicines. He sits on committees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Queensland Health, the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care, and the National Prescribing Service. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed articles and is a recipient of several NHMRC and government research grants.

Mr Anthony West

Anthony is a physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. Based in Longreach as the General Manager, Primary Health Services, Central West Hospital and Health Service, he is focused on improving systems that enable the delivery of high-quality, far reaching healthcare to remote Queenslanders. He believes strongly in providing opportunities for people and communities to engage in healthy behaviours and prevent ill-health, whatever their starting point. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Master of Sports Physiotherapy, a Graduate Certificate in Business and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Last updated: 19 May 2022