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 outlining the topic for discussion, the relevance of the topic to the executive, desired outcomes and preferred timeframes for assessment by the Senate Chair.


Dr Alex Markwell

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.

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.

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.

Prof Liz Kenny AM

Prof Liz Kenny AO is a Senior Radiation Oncologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Liz has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, and the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. She has been awarded Honorary Memberships of the European Society of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America, Honorary Fellowships of the American College of Radiology, British Institute of Radiology and the Royal College of Radiologists and a Distinguished Fellowship of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Society of Europe. Liz chairs the RANZCR Artificial Intelligence Working Group.

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.

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.

Ms Roslyn Wharton-Boland

Roslyn Wharton-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.

Last updated: 17 September 2021