Leadership in healthcare quality and safety recognised

Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA)

Former Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) President, Christine Gee, has been recognised for her contribution to safety and quality initiatives across Australia’s health care sector.

Ms Gee, who is CEO of Toowong Private Hospital in Brisbane, has been awarded the prestigious ACHS Gold Medal 2021 in a virtual ceremony tonight. The ACHS medal recognises an individual for improving quality and safety in Australian health services.

APHA CEO Michael Roff said Ms Gee’s contribution to improving health outcomes for Australians across the sector was significant.

“Christine has been a force to be recognised in this space. Her strategic thinking, teamed with her immense intellect and charm have seen real change in safety and quality practices not only in the private hospital sector, but the whole of health care and Australian patients owe her a debt of gratitude for her efforts.

“Having worked with Christine as a former President and long-time Board member of our Association, I can attest to her commitment to this work,” he said.

In awarding the medal, ACHS President Professor Len Notaras, said Ms Gee’s contribution was ‘immense’.

“Christine has not only had a direct impact in quality and safety in her own hospital, she has also committed time, energy and her considerable leadership skills in the promotion of safety and quality in health care at a national level, over a sustained period of time.”

Ms Gee has held a number of national leadership positions in the quality and safety area including:

  • Member – Australian Council on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (forerunner to the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Healthcare – ACSQHC)
  • Commissioner and Board member of the ACSQHC since its inception
  • Chair – Private Health Industry Safety and Quality Committee (PHISQC)
  • Chair – Private Hospital Sector Committee of the ACSQHC.

In her roles with APHA she has chaired the Psychiatric Committee, the Safety and Quality Taskforce, Policy and Advocacy Taskforce and has been a Board member for more than 17 years, holding the Presidential reins in 2006-2008 and again in 2016.

Current APHA President and Epworth HealthCare Group Chief Executive, Dr Lachlan Henderson said Ms Gee was very deserving of the award.

“Christine has led the private hospital sector’s moves into understanding and evaluating private hospital safety and quality data. It is wonderful to see her contribution to the sector and beyond, recognised,” he said.

/Public Release.