MB CHB MPH (research) FRACGP FACRRM FRACMA
Dr Wakefield John has over 25 years’ experience in clinical and management roles in rural, regional and tertiary public-sector health services in Queensland. He is currently the Deputy Director General – Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health and is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health – Queensland University of Technology
After completing a Fellowship under Dr Jim Bagian, at the National Centre for Patient Safety of the VA Health System in the United States, he returned to Queensland in 2004 and established the Queensland Health Patient Safety Centre, which he led until late 2012. He established a state-wide network of patient safety officers and successfully established a legislative framework for incident analysis; ultimately demonstrating measurable reductions in preventable adverse events.
John is actively involved in national efforts to improve patient safety in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He chaired the National Open Disclosure Pilot Project and regularly teaches Open Disclosure and other patient safety curricula. His research interests include patient safety culture, safety performance measurement and Open Disclosure.
In 2011, John was awarded a public service medal for services to patient safety as part of the national Australia Day Awards.