Governance Committee

Governance Committee

The governance committee helps the lab develop strategies for greater impact and  key themes for ongoing projects. The committee also provides advice on project selection and progress.

Judy Redmond (ACT Health), Chair


Frances Shannon (UC)

Professor Frances Shannon is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Canberra with responsibility for developing and implementing the research strategy of the university, research education and training, university research centres and research and research student management. Professor Shannon was educated in Ireland at University College Dublin completing a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in biochemistry there before moving to Australia.

Professor Shannon was previously interim Director (2008-2009) and Deputy Director (2007-2008) of the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University.  Professor Shannon has had a successful career in biomedical research, research supervision and administration. She has a significant record in attracting major competitive grants and infrastructure support, in publishing her research in high impact international journals and in training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.  She remains a Professor (honorary) of the Australian National University.

Paresh Dawda (OCHRE Health)

Paresh is a GP, Medical Director for ACT GP Super Clinic and has a conjoint appointment as Implementation Adviser with ACT Medicare Local and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University. In addition to an active clinical workload he maintains a varied and busy balance of education, research and quality and patient safety improvement.  He is a Fellow of the Improvement Faculty, a member of WONCA's working party on quality and safety, holds Visiting Fellow and Speaker appointments with ANU and Keele University (UK) and was previously an Associate with the Safer Care team at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.  He has authored a number of articles and spoken at many international conferences on leadership, quality and patient safety in primary care.

Rachel DeSain (Flaxworks)

Rachel de Sain is a digital strategist with over 15 years of international experience working with Governments, Fortune 500 companies and leading academic institutions. A strong understanding and first hand experience of the digital revolution, developing interactive innovation solutions for Accenture’s European Financial Services clients in the late 90’s followed by developing the worlds first made-for- mobile TV channel for MTV Networks International, and developing new content management and production techniques for multi platform delivery for publishing clients in Australia. Recently Rachel has been focused on working with the Government to integrate social media, digital and web 2.0 solutions to improve service delivery. One great example was the 18-month transformation project to redevelop the online strategy for health information delivery on behalf of the COAG (Council of Australian Governments) funded, Healthdirect.

Paul Dugdale (ACT Health)

Paul Dugdale is the Director of Chronic Disease Management, Division of Medicine, ACT Health (Senior Staff Specialist); and is Associate Professor of Public Health in the ANU Medical School.

From 2000-2007, he was the ACT Chief Health Officer and Executive Director of the Population Health Division of ACT Health. He has previously worked in the Health Financing Division of the Commonwealth Department of Health, Health Service Planning in NSW Health, was Medical Superintendent at Liverpool Hospital (Sydney) and was private secretary to the Commonwealth Minister for Health Neal Blewett.

He is the founding member of then Australian Health Protection Committee from 2006-2007 and a member of the National Health & Medical Research Council from 2002-2007 and the Australian Council for Safety & Quality in Health Care from 2002-2005.