Clinical leads

Dr John Reilly

Dr John Reilly
Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs

Dr John Reilly is the Chief Psychiatrist in Queensland. John has worked as a general adult psychiatrist since 1992 in a wide variety of clinical settings in Victoria and Queensland. He has had particular clinical interests in substance use disorders and their comorbidity with other mental health disorders, early psychosis, borderline personality disorder and rural and remote mental health service delivery. His clinical governance focus has included care review, critical incident management, clinical documentation and handover.

Since 2012 after Townsville MHS and ATODS combined John’s clinical work has been primarily in addiction, and he has supervised advanced trainees in addiction. He chairs the RANZCP Education Committee’s Subcommittee for Advanced Training in Addictions and the Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry’s Queensland Branch Committee.

John Reilly was the Medical Director, Mental Health Service Group (MHSG), Townsville Hospital and Health Service. He is associated with James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Associate Professor James Lind

Associate Professor James Lind
Healthcare Improvement

James is medical lead in our Healthcare Improvement Unit (HIU). After initially training in internal medicine and becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians, he moved to Australia and retrained in Emergency Medicine. During his emergency career he has been Director of Emergency Medicine Training and has aided major disaster relief efforts. James is currently Director of Patient Access and Flow at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and brings redesign methodology and patient-flow skills to his role in HIU.

Dr Robyn Brogan
Healthcare Improvement

Dr Robyn Brogan is the clinical lead for the Care at End of Life Project which implements the Statewide strategy for end-of-life care 2015.

Dr Brogan has worked as a palliative medicine specialist and educator for the past 20 years—in Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. She has also trained with the Adelaide Central and Eastern Palliative Care Service, and at Brisbane’s Mt Olivet.

Her recent awards include North West Queensland Local NAIDOC 2017 and Palliative Care Queensland’s Clinician of the Year 2018.

Robyn’s professional interests include:

  • implementing person-centred and dignity-promoting care, GSF aged care, and advance care planning
  • enabling equity of access to specialist supportive and palliative care based on need
  • workforce capacity building—generalist and specialist MDT
  • coordination and continuity of cross-boundary care
  • integrated cross boundary care in Northern Queensland and rural and remote communities, including Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities, and encouraging use of video telehealth.

Dr Victoria Campbell
Patient Safety and Quality

Clinical Lead, Digital Early Warning Tool Steering Committee

As a practising Intensive Care and Renal physician on the Sunshine Coast for the last 13 years, Victoria has gained an understanding of both the critical care and ward requirements of recognition and management of patient deterioration. Victoria has been involved in Rapid Response System implementation since 2003, more recently at a state-wide level, and have contributed to published evidence in the area.

As clinical lead of the Queensland Health Digital Early Warning Tool (DEWT) Steering Committee since 2017, Victoria is proud to be part of a team of patient-focused, state-wide visionary leaders and clinical and technical experts. The DEWT Steering Committee support evolving National Safety Standard requirements and the importance of early recognition of patient deterioration risk and diagnostic and decision support technology. The committee aspire to navigate the challenges of data management, heuristic optimisation, and successful implementation.

Dr Frances Dark
Patient Safety and Quality

Clinical Lead, Open Disclosure Program

Frances is the clinical lead of the Queensland Health Open Disclosure program. She has worked for Queensland health for 38 years. She has practiced as a psychiatrist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital since 1991 and is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Service, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service.

Frances trained as an Open Disclosure consultant in 2011 and has been the clinical lead of the program since 2017. In this role she is involved in training Open Disclosure Consultants and supporting the implementation of quality Open Disclosure practice in the Hospital and Health Services of Queensland.

Dr Paul Lane
Patient Safety and Quality

Clinical Co Lead, Queensland Sepsis Program

Dr Paul Lane is currently the Co-Chair of Queensland Sepsis Program and the Clinical Lead for the Queensland Digital Sepsis project. He is also the Director Medical Services, Governance, Rural Health Service Group & Indigenous Health Service Division at the Townsville Hospital. His previous roles included but not limited to, Clinical Director of the Townsville Clinical Simulation Centre, Medical Director Health & Wellbeing Service Group. His previous clinical roles have included Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care and General Medicine. He enjoys reading and talking about leadership in complexity, negotiation styles and volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).

Dr Steven McTaggert
Patient Safety and Quality

Paediatric Clinical Lead

Steven was appointed Executive Director of Medical Services for Children’s Health Queensland in May 2021, having previously acted in the role from June 2020, and before that as the Divisional Director of Medicine since 2014. Steven has worked in Brisbane as a paediatric nephrologist for 20 years and is passionate about person-centred care, patient safety and quality, clinical excellence and supporting the workforce to deliver continuous improvement.

Dr Bala Venkatesh
Patient Safety and Quality

Clinical Co-Lead, Adult Sepsis Program

Bala Venkatesh is Director of Intensive care at the Wesley Hospital, Pre-Eminent specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Queensland, and University of New South Wales, and Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Australia. He served as the President for the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand between 2014-2016.

He was the Principal Investigator of the NHMRC funded multi-center international ADRENAL trial which is largest septic shock trial to date. This was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a Medical Research Future Fund Practitioner fellow. He has been involved in several basic science and clinical research in sepsis including 2 major randomised controlled trials. He is currently undertaking an epidemiological study of sepsis in Indian Intensive care units. He has published nearly 200 papers, and 40 book chapters.

Dr Kathryn Wilks
Patient Safety and Quality

Adult Sepsis Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Lead

Dr Kathryn Wilks joined the Queensland Sepsis Programme Steering Committee in 2016.

Since joining the QSP, she has been responsible for consulting and providing advice on microbiological and infectious diseases issues related to sepsis as well as ensuring antimicrobial stewardship principles are considered in the development of pathways, guidelines, and other quality improvement initiatives.

Kathryn works for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service as a microbiologist and infectious diseases physician and contributes to the Statewide Antimicrobial Digitalisation Working Group. Her current role includes clinical leadership of the SCHHS Antimicrobial Stewardship programme where she leads a progressive team who utilise quality improvement strategies and behavioural change theory to improve antimicrobial prescribing and patient outcomes. Her other interests are born out of her prior career in Veterinary Public Health and implementation of an Environmental Health initiative in northern Western Australia.


Last updated: 5 July 2024