Prof Cliff Hughes

Prof Cliff Hughes

Event Name Prof Cliff Hughes
Start Date 17 Sep 2019 12:00 pm
End Date 17 Sep 2019 1:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Safety in Healthcare - State of the Art or State of Mind. Please register for this free event held at Macquarie University,  Seminar Room, Level 1, 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University.

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About the seminar

In celebration of the World Health Organisation’s World Patient Safety Day, Professor Cliff Hughes will be speaking on the topic, Safety in Healthcare - State of the Art or State of Mind.

According to WHO, more than 134 million adverse events occur in healthcare settings each year world-wide, leading to 2.6 million deaths. Medication errors alone cost 42 billion USD annually.

Speaker profile

Professor Cliff Hughes AO is the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. Cliff is Professor of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality at Macquarie University. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW. This appointment followed a 25-year career as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Sydney.

Professor Hughes has been chairman or member of numerous state and federal committees associated with quality, safety and research in clinical practice for health care services.

Professor Hughes has served on four editorial boards and has published widely in books, journals and conference proceedings on cardiothoracic surgery, quality and safety. He has a particular passion for patient based care, better incident management, quality improvement programmes and the development of clinical leaders.

In 1998, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his contributions and “service to cardiac surgery, international relationships and the community”. In June 2014, the University of NSW conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Science, its highest academic award.

Professor Hughes has been appointed to the Board of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety in Washington DC, USA. He is an Advisor to the WHO Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services. He holds a position as Consultant in Quality and Safety in Healthcare with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and is a “Visiting Eminent Scholar and Senior Clinical Advisor” with the Patient Safety Domain NHS England.  He is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.

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