Professor William Runciman
School of Health Sciences
University of South Australia
T: +61 8 8302 2447
CIC: Professor Runciman is Professor of Patient Safety (University of South Australia). He was instrumental in 1988 in forming the Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the first such organisation in the world. He set up incident reporting systems, was a chief investigator on the Quality of Australian Health Care Study (QAHCS), and resolved the apparent five-fold discrepancy between the adverse event rate in Australia and the USA. The QAHCS is the most cited paper in the first 100 years of the Medical Journal of Australia. He has done foundation work in terminology and classifications for patient safety and was instrumental in setting safety standards nationally and internationally in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.
He is a recipient of the top research awards of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, as well as of a Jubilee Medal from his alma mater. He was the third recipient of the Pugh Award for making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science of anaesthesia, intensive care and related disciplines, and he was awarded the Robert Orton Medal – the highest honour awarded by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.
Qualifications: B.Sc. (Med., University of the Witwatersrand, 1965); M.B.B.Ch. (University of the Witwatersrand, 1969); F.F.A.R.A.C.S. (Anaesthesia, 1975); F.A.N.Z.C.A. (1992); F.F.A.R.A.C.S. (Intensive Care, 1981); F.F.I.C.A.N.Z.C.A. (1995); F.J.F.I.C.M. (2002); F.H.K.C.A. (1983); F.R.C.A. (1983); Ph.D. (Flinders University of South Australia, 1983)
Address: University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences City West Campus, Level 8 SAHMRI, University of South Australia, Adelaide SA 5000