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Stephanie Newell - World Patients Alliance

Stephanie is a founding member and Patient Safety Champion of the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) Patients For Patient Safety program, established in 2005, and is the convenor of Patients for Patient Safety Australia. Stephanie project managed and co-facilitated the inaugural Australian WHO Patients for Patient Safety 3 day In-Country workshop in 2009 in Perth, Western Australia. The workshop and the Perth Declaration informed Australia’s focus and action on partnerships with consumers (patients/family/community) in safety and quality. Stephanie contributed to the South East Asian Regional WHO Patients for Patient Safety Workshop in 2007 and at the invitation of the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health co-facilitated the first Malaysian Patients for Patient Safety Workshop in Kuala Lumpur in 2013, assisting in the foundation of the Malaysian Patients for Patient Safety Group. As an invited expert Stephanie has contributed to the development of the 2014 WHO – Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Patient and Family Engagement Framework and the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030.

Stephanie has designed and facilitated over 70 workshops across Australia for health care staff, managers, executives and board members on creating consumer-focused organizations and partnering with consumers (patient/families/community) for patient safety and quality care. Stephanie was a consultant educator with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for 7 years designing and delivering the Partnering with Consumers one day educational workshops across Australia to clinicians, consumers, and hospital and health service board members, executives and managers. Over the past 20 years Stephanie has held a number of Chair, Advisory Committee member and Independent Director Board positions in state and federal government in Australia in areas including safety and quality, cancer research, immunization, vaccine and chemical regulation, standards development and implementation in diagnostic imaging and health service accreditation schemes.

Most recently Stephanie was a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Sentinel Event Review Committee and the Incident Monitoring Expert Advisory Committee and an inaugural Non-Executive Director of the Australian Digital Health Agency. Stephanie is a past accreditation assessor with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, External Expert member of the Western Australian Southern Metropolitan Board Safety and Quality Committee and a Beryl Institute Patient and Family Advisory Board member. Stephanie is a past governing Board member of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and Cancer Voices SA. Stephanie currently is a member of the Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines, the WHO Academy Patient and Community Engagement Advisory Group, and is the Consumer Lead of the Predicting and Preventing Ovarian Cancer: a machine learning approach 5-year research project of the Australian Centre for Precision Health.