AIHI patient safety expert appointed Chief Medical Adviser

28 October 2016

Associate Professor Meredith Makeham from the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) has been appointed Chief Medical Adviser to the Australian Digital Health Agency, announced this week.

Meredith Makeham (1)

Associate Professor Makeham will be a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s executive leadership team and will provide advice in her areas of expertise including patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, and digital health and safety research.

“Macquarie University has a proud tradition of scientific discovery, and it has been an honour to work with so many great researchers at the AIHI. In my new role, I will lead the development of initiatives to ensure that digital health services are designed, built and evaluated in partnership with the research community in Australia and internationally, and as part of that I look forward to staying engaged with our researchers here,” said Associate Professor Makeham.

“Meredith has made a fantastic contribution to the Centre, building a program of research in primary care informatics. While her departure is sad news for AIHI, we look forward to working with Meredith in her exciting new role with the Australian Digital Health Agency,” said Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at AIHI.

Associate Professor Makeham’s research interest is in incident reporting and learning systems in primary care and general practice. She was a Chief Investigator of the NHMRC funded Threats to Australian Patient Safety (TAPS) study, which examined the design and analysis of an anonymous electronic reporting system for errors in general practice.

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