Dr Paul Scown, Australia

Chair, Nexus Primary Health


Paul is a University of Queensland medical graduate who worked clinically for a number of years in metropolitan, rural and regional Queensland prior to moving into medical administration and then general management. He has held senior and chief executive positions in public health services in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

Paul’s most recent position was as Chief Executive of, incorporating Royal Melbourne Hospital, from 2000 to 2005. He then commenced his consulting practice across the health, education and researh sectors across Australia. He has undertaken a broad range of consultancies, including the establishment of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF) chaired by the Hon. Bob Carr, the development of the Bernie Banton Centre at Concord, Sydney, the organisational redesign of Brisbane’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSHHS) which resulted in the introduction of clinical streams across Metro South, and working with the Top End Health Service (TEHS) in the Northern Territory in clinical governance and the design of an integrated health system across the Top End, including primary health. He has also undertaken many specialty tertiary service reviews and assists in enhancing the clinical governance of a number of Primary Health Networks across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Paul has held many Board Directorships, including The Walter & Eliza Hall Research Institute (WEHI), Bio21 Australia Ltd, Health Roundtable, Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation Ltd, MidNorth Coast Health Service and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). He has also been a Director and Chair of both the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) and Victorian Healthcare Assiciation (VHA).

Paul is currently a Board Director and National Councillor on the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS); Chair of Nexus Primary Health; and a Member of WEHI, Adelaide Primary Health Network Service and Clinical Governance Board Sub-Committee and the Boards of Advice of the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research and the University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. He is also an active Australian Medical Council (AMC) assessor of medical professional colleges and medical schools.

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