Northern Territory Clinical Senate

The key focus of the Department of Health is to achieve the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians through the development, management and performance of the public health system.

The Northern Territory Clinical Senate has been established to provide the Chief Executive Officer with advice about improving patient safety and the clinical quality of health services across the Northern Territory.

The Chair of the NT Clinical Senate is Dr Stephen Gourley.

Stephen has been the Director of Emergency Medicine, Alice Springs Hospital since 2010. Stephen has a Master in Health Management (NSW) and is completing a Master in Public Health (UNSW). He has led the ASH Emergency Department through the transition into the new facility, stabilised the medical workforce and achieved 18 months’ accreditation for advanced training with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.

The Northern Territory Clinical Senate Inaugural meeting was held on 1 December 2017 in Darwin.

Northern Territory Clinical Senate meeting

The next meeting will be held in Darwin on 1 March 2018.

About the Northern Territory Clinical Senate

The Northern Territory Clinical Senate will provide expert advice, information and recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer in consideration of:

  • the Department’s clinical governance strategy and its implementation;
  • the Department’s clinical quality and patient safety programs, standards, guidelines and indicators and the implementation of these;
  • evidence-based strategies in relation to system integration;
  • evidence-based strategies in relation to the management of consumers with complex or chronic conditions; and
  • clinical quality and patient safety issues regarding the Northern Territory health system, including access to health services by people living in remote communities.

Northern Territory Clinical Senate members

Northern Territory Clinical Senate members will include 36 non-representational multi-disciplinary clinicians and consumers with appropriate skills and experience in clinical quality and patient safety systems and processes from across the broader NT health system to ensure there is both an internal and external perspective in improving quality and safety of health care delivery. The senate will be provided the strategic and policy advice and support of the NT Health chief professional officers.

Contact

Northern Territory Clinical Senate
Secretariat – Dr Sara Watson, Director Clinical Quality and Patient Safety
Phone: 8999 2526
Email:  clinicalsenate.doh@nt.gov.au

We thank Victoria Department of Health Victorian Clinical Council, for its assistance in the development of the documents on this website.

Last updated: 16 February 2018