Professor Meredith Makeham
Associate Dean Community and Primary Health Care
University of Sydney
Professor Makeham is the Associate Dean, Community and Primary Health Care at The University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health. Former Chief Medical Adviser at the Australian Digital Health Agency. Academic general practitioner and Clinical Professor at Macquarie University. Patient Safety and digital health research interests, healthcare education teaching and learning. As the former Chief Medical Adviser at the Australian Digital Health Agency she lead initiatives to ensure that digital health technology is designed, built and evaluated in close collaboration with the research community. As a former member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s executive leadership team, she provided advice on patient safety, clinical governance, risk management, digital health and safety research, and the delivery of primary care services. Before joining the Agency, she led the Primary Care Digital Health and Safety research stream at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University and is a member of the WHO Safer Primary Care Working Group.
As an expert member of the Clinical Safety Oversight Committee for the My Health Record system and the Clinical Governance Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health, she has been involved with the clinical governance and safety oversight of the My Health Record system since it commenced operation. She has also been a Patient Safety Adviser for the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Professor Makeham is a general practitioner and practices in Sydney. She has had a long association with her professional college and numerous Primary Care representative and educational organisations. A member of the Clinical Advisory Council for the Sydney North Health Network (PHN) since 2015. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and was awarded the College Medal. Professor Makeham has also held numerous appointments in a philanthropic and honorary capacity, providing support to a number of not-for-profit health organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine (Honours), Master of Public Health (Honours) and a PhD in Patient Safety from the University of Sydney.