I currently hold the position of Principal Policy Adviser in the Aged Care Unit, Health and Social Policy Branch, NSW Ministry of Health. My role includes researching, evaluating and advising on best practice policies and programs relevant to aged care, aged health and other priority policy areas associated with ageing, disability and integrated care policy and strategic issues.
My professional background is Health Information Management and I hold a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New South Wales. I was Founding Editor of the Australian Medical Record Journal in 1970 (subsequently Health Information Management Journal). My publications include co-authoring Occupational therapy: Its place in Australia’s history. Sydney: NSW Association of Occupational Therapists (1988). I retain a keen interest in the written word.
Prior to joining NSW Health in 2001, I ran my own business as a Quality Improvement, Accreditation and Medical Record Consultant. I have worked across all areas of health service delivery, including hospitals, community health, residential aged care and general practice. My previous experience includes managing the Education Service for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) from 1990 to 1993. I was a registered Aged Care Quality Assessor from 2000 to 2002. I have a longstanding interest in ageing and the care of older people and was actively involved in development of the 2004-06 NSW Health Framework for integrated support and management of older people in the NSW health care system.
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