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Biographical entry McGrath, Katherine Monica (1948 - )

FRCPA

Born
24 November 1948
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Medical administrator

Summary

Katherine McGrath completed her medical studies and training in Melbourne during the 1970s. She later became Director of Diagnostic Haematology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1987-1995) and then moved to the University of Newcastle to take up a professorship in medicine. McGrath was also heavily involved in medical administration and has presided over numerous medical bodies or departments including the Hunter Medical Research Board, the Hunter Area Health Service and Health System Performance at NSW Health.

Details

The following edited note was written by Professor McGrath

Originally trained as a haematologist, Katherine Monica McGrath worked as an active clinician, academic, laboratory director and Divisional Chair at the Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals in Victoria until 1995. She then moved to the Hunter in 1995 initially as Director, Hunter Area Pathology Service, and later as the Chief Executive Officer, as well as honorary Professor of Pathology, in 1997. During her appointment, Hunter Health enhanced its reputation as a highly innovative health service both through its own initiatives and through partnerships with organisations such as the Hunter Urban Division of General Practice. Those partnerships led to the development of new models of care such as Transitional Care for the aged and After Hours GP Access in Emergency Departments.

In March 2004, Katherine commenced in the position of Deputy Director-General, Health System Performance, with the NSW Department of Health, which includes responsibility for performance improvement, quality and safety, and information management and technology.

Events

1972
Award - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Scholarship received
1987 - 1995
Career position - Director of Diagnostic Haematology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
1989 - 1995
Career position - Member of the Anti-Cancer Council Medical and Scientific Committee in Victoria
1990
Career position - Chairman of the Pretransfusion Guidelines Working Party of the Australian Society of Blood Transfusion (ASBT)
1992 - 1993
Career position - President of the Australasian Society of Blood Transfusion
1992 - 1995
Career position - Chairman of the Division of Investigative Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital
1995 -
Career position - Professor/Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales
1995 - 1997
Career position - Director of the Hunter Area Pathology Service, New South Wales
1997 -
Career position - Director of the Health Economic Reform Committee at the New South Wales Department of Health
1997 - 2004
Career position - Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Area Health Service
1998 -
Career position - Director of the University of Newcastle Research Associations TUNRA Ltd.
1998 -
Career position - Director of the Hunter Medical Research Board
2004
Career position - Deputy Director General of Health System Performance at New South Wales Health (NSW Health)

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Online Resources

See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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