The Department values and is committed to involving clinicians in our healthcare design and planning to ensure the best advice.
Engaging clinicians in the design, planning, decision-making and evaluation of health system improvement activities benefits both the Department and clinicians.
The Department benefits through receiving a broad range of expert, evidence-based, and representative advice. It also ensures that clinicians understand, own and can implement health reforms.
By engaging clinicians, we show that we value their participation and expertise, and that policymakers do consider their views and expertise. The policies developed will reflect shared priorities and practice realities.
The information below shows how the Department formally engages with clinicians.
Tasmanian Health Senate
The Tasmanian Health Senate is a clinical engagement body. It brings together clinicians and people who use health services.
The Senate will provide independent, evidence-based advice to the Secretary, Department of Health and Ministers for Health on issues of statewide, strategic importance to the health system.
The Our Healthcare Future Immediate Actions and Consultation Paper committed the Department to establish a co-designed, statewide Clinical Senate.
The Establishing a Statewide Clinical Senate for Tasmania Issues Paper was released for consultation in September 2021. It outlined key issues, opportunities, challenges and matters to work through with stakeholders.
The co-designed Terms of Reference and Operational Framework have been prepared in consultation with interested stakeholders with health knowledge, expertise and lived experience.
The Department thanks everyone who took the time to contribute to the consultation to establish the Tasmanian Health Senate.
To find out more, please email [email protected].
What is the Tasmanian Health Senate talking about?
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What is the Tasmanian Health Senate?
The Tasmanian Health Senate will be a collective voice representing the entire health system in Tasmania. It will actively contribute to informing and influencing the delivery of quality healthcare for Tasmanians now and in the future.
The Senate will consider system-wide priorities that affect access, quality, safety, efficiency, and sustainability of health services to develop informed, impartial, and integrated advice that enhances patient care and health outcomes.
The Senate is overseen by a Steering Committee, a small group drawn from Senate members, to provide leadership and good governance.
The Tasmanian Health Senate functions under the authority of the Secretary and is supported by the Minister for Health.
The Tasmanian Health Senate brings together individuals from across the health service – from clinicians to consumers – from across the State. Members provide a collective voice representing the whole of the health system in Tasmania. This will strengthen both the clinical and consumer voice in health service planning.
Senate membership includes around 50 members including health professionals, people who use health services, carers and people who represent population priority groups and the wider community. Membership will be continually reviewed to ensure broad and varied experience, expertise and knowledge to enable fresh ideas to be heard.
Members are appointed for two to three years and meet up to three times a year.
Tasmanian Health Senate Steering Committee
The Senate is led by Co-Chairs and a Steering Committee representative of the broader membership, to provide leadership and governance.
Consumer representation on the Steering Committee is being worked through, following the resignation of the consumer member due to personal reasons. The inclusion of a consumer voice provides a valuable perspective to the Committee.
Health Senate members
Associate Professor Viet Tran
Viet Tran is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Tasmania, Founding Director of the Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research Institute, Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Royal Hobart Hospital, Chair of the Tasmanian Emergency Departments Network and Inaugural Co-Chair of the Tasmanian Health Senate. A/Prof Tran also works at the coalface of healthcare as an Emergency Physician and continually advocates for excellence in patient care through education, research, quality and safety and health reform.
Clinical Associate Professor Marcus Skinner
Marcus is an active public and private consultant anaesthetist and has been the Clinical Director of Surgical and Perioperative Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital for the last 5 years during the RHH redevelopment and significant THS reorganization. He has been a Final Fellowship ANZCA Examiner and Chair of the Tasmanian state ANZCA Anaesthesia training program and Director of the RHH Anaesthesia Department and represented Surgery and Perioperative Services on many committees both local and national. He has lived and worked in the North West as a clinician and understands the complex issues relating to delivery of health care in Tasmania
In 2018 Marcus was awarded an Order of Australia AM for significant services to medicine in the field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and trauma management as a clinician and to professional societies and has served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Permanent medical officer and on Specialist Reserve for many years undertaking a number of significant military deployments. He has many clinical areas of interest including trauma, retrieval medicine and anaesthesia outside to operating room.
He is married to a critical care and midwifery trained nurse and has three children. He holds a private pilots licence with an aerobatic rating.
Dr Ben Dodds
Dr Ben Dodds is a Rural Generalist based in Northern Tasmania. He currently works between Scottsdale in the North East and in the Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department. Ben has advanced skills training in Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care. Ben is also a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania with a focus on online learning and simulation. Ben is a passionate advocate for rural medicine and improving health outcomes in rural and remote Australia. He is currently President of the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania. When not working, Ben spends time with his wife Ashley and their two cats Oliver and Delilah. They also enjoy camping, cheese and a fine Tasmanian beverage.
Dr Ioan Jones
Dr Ioan Jones has been working as a public health dentist for the past 27 years. Ioan has been working for Oral Health Services Tasmania since 2010 coordinating education and training and more recently has taken on the role of Clinical Director. Ioan has always had an interest in dental education both previously in the UK and now in his new home of Australia and is passionate about increasing the knowledge of health professionals on how poor dental and oral health, has an impact on general health. As well as being a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Tasmania Centre for Rural Health, Ioan is also an Associate Professor with James Cook University and Adjunct Associate Professor with La Trobe University.
Dr Katja Lindemann
Dr Katja Lindemann is an overseas trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators at the North-West Regional Hospital. Dr Lindemann is the Chair of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) North-West Division and the Honorary Medical Secretary of the Board of the AMA Tasmania. Dr Lindemann is also a Practitioner Member of the Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board Australia.
Lisa is a generalist physiotherapist working on the north west coast of Tasmania. Lisa has 23 years of experience both within the UK National Health System (NHS) the Tasmanian Health Service in the North and North west, as well as private practice. Lisa has worked clinically and in senior management roles across the health system.
Judy is a registered nurse with varied experience predominantly in rural and remote areas throughout Australia and internationally. Her experience has been supported by post graduate qualifications in midwifery, renal, diabetes education, public health and Master of Nursing. Judy is the Nursing Director of Service Improvement, Tasmanian Health Service North West. An experienced healthcare leader in Clinical Governance, Quality Improvement, Accreditation and Education. Judy has a strong record of implementing the principles of healthcare improvement and change management with a focus of improving safety for all within the health sector.
Marcus Di Martino
Marcus DiMartino is the General Manager, Calvary Health Care Tasmania – Hobart. Marcus is an experienced and proactive health leader with 26 years’ experience in health administration with excellent strategic, leadership, financial performance, communication and culture building skills.
Merinda Sainty is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal Woman and member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. She is invested in working with and for her community to work towards better overall health outcomes. Merinda is a Registered Nurse in community mental health with the Tasmanian Health Services in the Glenorchy and Northern Districts Continuing Care Team and is a Volunteer Ambulance Officer. Merinda also sits on an advisory group through the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation body (NACCHO), which aims to provide new Aboriginal community-controlled Suicide prevention and aftercare services throughout the country.
- Associate Professor Alasdair MacDonald
- Dr Aaron Hawkins
- Dr Fiona Tann
- Dr Heather Gluyas
- Dr Jessica Kneebone
- Dr Liz Webber
- Dr Peter Sharman
- Dr Samantha Wyton
- Dr Scott McKeown
- Dr Shehzad Kunwar
- Dr Theresa Naidoo
- Dr Toby Gardner
- Kati Bruton
- Lily Foster
- Mr Andrew Mitchell
- Mr Bruce Levett
- Mr Craig Chadwick
- Mr Graeme Lynch
- Mr Peter Williams
- Mr Peter Barns
- Mr Peter O'Sullivan
- Mr Phil Edmondson
- Mrs Alison Spicer
- Mrs Angela Weeden
- Mrs Catherine Meredith
- Mrs Heidi Modrovich
- Ms Amrita Sinha
- Ms Angela Waite
- Ms Dimitra Papavassiliou
- Ms Emily Shepherd
- Ms Ilwoo Park
- Ms Laura Ribarow
- Ms Lauren Abbot
- Ms Leah Magliano
- Ms Monique Mackrill
- Ms Peta Titter
- Professor Judith Walker
Tasmanian Clinical Networks
Each Network focuses on an area of shared interest such as cardiac, endoscopy or women’s and children’s services. The Network brings together clinicians and interested people to work together to make changes and provide advice. Over time this will include more consumer and peak body representation to achieve the best outcomes.
Like the Tasmanian Health Senate, the Clinical Networks are overseen by a Steering Committee. The Tasmanian Clinical Networks Steering Committee and the Tasmanian Health Senate Steering Committee share some members to strengthen governance and help engagement.
If you are interested in becoming a consumer member of a Clinical Network, please email [email protected].