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ISQua Fellowship Internship Programme

The ISQua Fellowship Internship Programme was launched in 2015.  This programme offers ISQua Fellowship participants and graduates an opportunity to spend time with a leading organisation in health care quality and safety, gain experience from the way in which the organisation works and expand their network.

After a very successful programme last year, AGPAL/QIP have partnered with ISQua again and offered four internships to ISQua Fellowship participants and graduates.


Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) and Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) are not-for-profit health promotion charities, delivering accreditation and support services to a wide range of organisations across Australia’s health, community and human services sectors.

AGPAL and QIP are dedicated to supporting their clients to manage risk and quality through the provision of international best practice third party assessment services, while ensuring efficient systems, practical resources and committed staff are accessible to them throughout their accreditation journey. 

AGPAL and QIP are internationally accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). AGPAL and QIP are represented on ISQua’s Accreditation Federation Council and actively engaged in driving innovation in accreditation service provision in Australia and internationally.

Introducing the ISQua Fellowship AGPAL/QIP Interns 2017

We are delighted to introduce the AGPAL/QIP Interns for 2017.

Dr Syed Sajid Ahmed

Dr. Syed Sajid Ahmed is currently working as Head of Quality Management at Aspetar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar. He has previously worked with Accreditation Canada International as Advisor, Healthcare Improvement and has over fifteen years of medical, healthcare management and leadership experience in varied healthcare settings including acute, primary care and family practice. He has worked as a physician in family medicine and acute care settings. His work experience includes assignments in Canada, Middle East, Brazil, Caribbean, Europe and India. He is currently a surveyor for Accreditation Canada and ISQua (International Society for Quality in Healthcare). 

Dr Ahmed tells us about his hopes for his internship in November.  



Dr Shazia Aman

Dr Shazia Aman is a physician by profession with vast clinical experience. She works in Healthcare Quality sector, Pakistan, as Quality Management and Patient Safety Specialist and Physician Advisor. She developed an interest in the field of healthcare quality after having witnessed a series of serious medical errors leading to patient harm mostly due to lack of awareness on patient safety standards. Dr Aman has been committed to the field since then by working on various improvement and education projects, striving to enhance quality performance and patient safety.  She loves travelling and networking with healthcare quality professionals, within the country and abroad. Dr Aman is currently focused on audit and survey activities to improve the quality and safety standards of healthcare facilities.

Dr Aman has shared her thoughts on the opportunity ahead:

"As a healthcare quality professional with special focus on research for quality improvement, it is indeed a great privilege to be selected for this internship program, by courtesy of ISQua and AGPAL-QIP, the two most renowned leading institutes in quality and accreditation.
The Australian healthcare system is considered to be one of the best in the world, with high quality care and well-structured regulatory and accreditation programs. The training program will be of immense help to gain insight into the different surveying techniques used in developed countries like Australia, which enable them to provide optimum healthcare maintaining excellent quality standards. I am looking forward to achieving the maximum learning benefits from this experience and utilising the knowledge for improving healthcare quality and safety standards in the developing regions.
 Thank you ISQua and AGPAL/QIP."

Dr Umesh Gupta

Dr Umesh Gupta MBBS, MS, MBA, FISQuA, FACA, CPHQ, CSSBB is currently working as the CEO of the Port Moresby General Hospital, Papua New Guinea. 

He is an experienced Physician executive with 25 years of clinical experience (India, USA & PNG) and 14 years of progressive leadership and operational responsibility in large hospital networks, the Joint Commission International, as well as governmental agencies; with a focus on quality improvement, accreditation, patient safety and healthcare system designs. Dr Gupta was involved in setting up of new hospitals from concept to operations, including medical educational institutes. He led the JCI accreditation of 12 hospitals in India and helped set up the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals, India.

Dr Wesam Atif Mansour

Dr Wesam Atif Mansour, MBA, MSc. Ped., DTQM, MBBCh is PhD researcher at the University of Manchester (AMBS). Her current work is concerned with the development of healthcare accreditation in LMICs. She is interested in health policy planning, health systems strengthening and performance improvement particularly in LMICs. Wesam is a Paediatrician graduated from Ain Shams University, Cairo - Egypt in 2001. In 2006, she completed her Master's Degree in Paediatrics from the same university and earned a Diploma in TQM in Healthcare from the AUC. She graduated with an MBA from Edinburgh Business School in 2014, after which she joined the WHO-EMRO as an Intern in Health System Development Division. 

 We wish all our participants well for their internship with AGPAL/QIP.