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Russell McGowan

Patient Perspective Representative

Russell is a bone marrow transplant survivor who has been active in the healthcare consumer movement since the early 1990s and is now retired from the workforce on health grounds.  His working life had included teaching, field work, program management and policy development, mainly involving employment, education and training programs for indigenous people.

Having grown up in Adelaide and rural South Australia, Russell now lives in Canberra and participates in numerous community and consumer healthcare organisations in the ACT.  He served as President of the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT for ten years and as Deputy Chair of the ACT Health Council.  As well as acting as a Consumer Lead within the ACT Health Directorate on national standards he continues to advise the Australian Safety and Quality Commission on standards for pricing safety and quality, utilising eHealth and partnering with consumers.  He is also Chair of the NSW/ACT State Advisory Committee of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

At the national level, he has served on the Boards of the National Blood Authority, the Cancer Council of Australia, the Australian General Practice Network and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.  He currently serves on the Board of the Public Health Association of Australia and as Secretary of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance.  A former member of the Australian Government’s Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), he also participates in an Australian Health Technology Assessment Group (HTA_Aus) and sits on a Patient and Citizen Interest Sub Group of HTAi.