Improving health in WA

Clinical Senate Executive Committee

The Senate has an Executive Committee of eight members plus an immediate past chair, consumer representative and ex-officio, responsible for managing the administrative duties and organising full Senate meetings. The Executive consists of:

Mrs Tanya Basile
Nurse Co-director, Medical Specialties Division, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Chair, Clinical Senate of WA

Tanya is a Senior Registered Nurse with passion for delivering patient centred care. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and is a Fellow of the Australian Royal College of Nursing. Tanya’s nursing career has predominately been based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), where she is currently the Nurse Co-Director of the Medical Specialties Division. Tanya is the Executive Sponsor of the SCGH Community Advisory Council (CAC) and she has been a member of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia since 2005.

Professor Jeanette Ward

Deputy chair, Clinical Senate of WA

Prof Jeanette Ward joined WA Country Health Services in the Kimberley as Consultant, Public Health Medicine in September 2013. Jeanette brings diverse career experiences to this role including senior executive service in the NSW public health system, non-government experience including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and overseas academic experience in Canada. She is a stalwart advocate for evidence-based healthcare and continues to contribute to implementation research trials as part of this commitment. Jeanette is highly regarded for her practical approach to innovation, health systems design and strengthening the links between service and knowledge generation to raise both rigour and relevance of Australia’s health research efforts. She has served on NHMRC committees, philanthropic boards and government boards. Jeanette has published extensively including the potential of social impact investing in health and, in 2016, joined Nulungu Research Institute at the Broome campus of Notre Dame University as an Adjunct Professor.

Dr Sharon Nowrojee
Public Health Physician, North Metropolitan Health Service, Department of Health

Dr Sharon Nowrojee is a Public Health Physician with the Communicable Disease Control team, North Metropolitan Health Service. Sharon has also held similar roles in South Metro and the Kimberley Population Health Unit. She has a strong interest in supporting primary health care and has previously worked as a general practitioner in metropolitan and rural areas. Sharon is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has qualifications in public health and administration. She joined the Clinical Senate in 2012.

Ms Pip Brennan
Executive Director, Health Consumers Council of WA

Pip Brennan has worked in the health sector for the last 15 years. Inspired by her own experiences of the opaque maternity care system, Pip initially volunteered as a maternity consumer representative in a range of roles.

She began her paid health career as an Advocate working at the Health Consumers’ Council from 2006. She then moved to the Office of Health Review (now the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office) in 2007 and took up a position as a Conciliator of Health Complaints. In 2009 she began working at Community Midwifery WA (Now The Bump WA), taking on the role of Manager from 2010-2012.

She also undertook a considerable number of maternity consumer representation roles including Co-Chair of the King Edward Memorial Hospital Community Advisory Council and Consumer Representative on the Women’s and Newborn’s Health Service Executive Advisory Group. In 2012 CMWA’s contract moved to an outcomes based reporting structure, which ultimately sparked an interest in Pip to be part of the bigger picture of supporting the introduction of outcomes based contracting in health.

In November 2013 Pip took up a contractual position with the WA Council of Social Service to co-ordinate the co-designed resource Partnering in Procurement to support contracting reform in the health not for profit sector.

In January 2015 Pip took on the role of Executive Director role at the Health Consumers’ Council. This offered a wonderful homecoming in the organisation that provided her first professional opportunity in the health sector and a chance to utilise community service organisation management, outcomes based contracting, advocacy and consumer representation skills to continue the work of this unique and important organisation.

Ms Jenny O’Callaghan

Jenny O’Callaghan is the Co-director Women’s Health, State-wide Services and Genetics, at Women and Newborn Health Service. Her commitment to improving the provision of optimal health and social care to women and their families has been demonstrated throughout her career in WA Health and at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.

Jenny has a Master’s of Social Work and Social Policy and has worked in WA Health in management, policy and client/patient service. She has had strategic input into guidelines, policies and frameworks related to models of care and service delivery including those for women, infants and families; mental health; reproductive technology; end of life care; intimate partner violence and child protection.

Jenny is particularly concerned about equity of access to healthcare for all Western Australians, and committed to raising awareness regarding the social determinants that impact on personal health, delivery of care and service provision.

She is a strong proponent for rational expenditure of the health dollar and consumer led health initiatives to deliver quality, targeted care and health information supporting improved health and social outcomes.

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Professor Julie Quinlivan MBBS PhD FRANZCOG MAICD

Professor Quinlivan is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and works in both private and public practice. She is Director of the Professional Services Review, the Commonwealth Statutory Agency responsible for the integrity of Medicare and the PBS. She is a non-executive director of South Metropolitan TAFE and a Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia (General and Child Support and Social Services Divisions). She is Professor at the Institute for Health Research at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the South Australian Medical Research Institute via the University of Adelaide.

Professor Quinlivan has co-authored more than 250 books, book chapters, research papers and conference presentations covering high risk pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, parenting and health service review. She has been chief author of clinical and research infrastructure and projects grants in excess of $35 million. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Taylor and Francis Press) and an Associate Editor of three scientific journals including the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Wiley Press).

She is a former ProVice Chancellor and Executive Dean of Medicine and Dean of Health and has worked in clinical practice in four Australian states.

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Ms Jenny Campbell, A/Chief Health Professions Officer

Jenny Campbell is currently the A/Chief Health Professions Officer at the Department of Health WA. She has a clinical background in Occupational Therapy and has extensive experience in health as an allied health practitioner and leader. Having worked in a variety of positions both within WA health and overseas Jenny has experience in project management and policy development in different health and disability contexts.

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Dr Jagadish Krishnan (Jags)
Managing Director, Perth GP Pty Ltd

Dr Jagadish Krishnan is the founder and the Director of the Perth GP Private Ltd, a non-corporatised group practice with over ten medical centres in and around Perth. Special interests include Skin Cancer and Health Information Technology. 

As one of the Quality Assurance Examiners, Dr Krishnan has been assisting the RACGP in conducting Fellowship Exams, including being an Examiner for the Medical School of Notre Dame University. These lectures and presentations have been greatly appreciated and well received among IMGs and students. Recently Dr Jagadish Krishnan has been given the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor of General Practice, School of Medicine, Curtin University.

Dr Jagadish Krishnan is an eminent leader and is the Director of Australian General Practice Alliance, Board Member of WA Faculty of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Panel Member on Fitness for Intended Clinical Practice Interviews conducted by the RACGP and the Ex-President of the Australian Indian Medical Association. 

Dr Jagadish Krishnan is recipient of the Bharat Gaurav award, Global Visionary award, RACGP WA Faculty Legend award, and the Inaugural winner of the Sam Bada IMG Support Award. 

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Ms Kate Reynolds, Coordinator of Midwifery, WA Country Health Service

Kate is a midwife and currently employed as Coordinator of Midwifery for WA Country Health services which has 18 Maternity sites and undertakes nearly 5000 births per year. Kate has worked in tertiary, private, rural and remote maternity services across Western Australia for 30 years as a Midwife, Nurse and Manager.

Kate is passionate about providing a strong voice for consumer-centred maternity and newborn services , including amongst the competing demands of general hospitals and especially in the country; evidence based and consumer determined maternity care; access for all women to care from a known and trusted midwife and engaging with consumers to drive service reform. Kate also has a strong interest in medico-legal issues and debunking the unfounded litigation fears that seem to drive contemporary clinical practice.

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