Regulatory Performance Committee

The Regulatory Performance Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Agency Management Committee to strengthen the performance culture across the National Scheme, provide oversight and scrutiny of regulatory performance measures and data, and; provide assurance that any organisational performance-related issues, including the consistency of data and statistics are being well managed.

The specific responsibilities of the Committee are to:

  • provide oversight of Ahpra’s management of regulatory performance, including registration, notifications and compliance matters 
  • provide advice on regulatory performance measures and Key Performance Indicators on timeliness, cost and quality 
  • review Ahpra’s quarterly performance reports for registration, notifications and compliance and provide advice to the Board and National Boards on regulatory performance 
  • provide a forum for discussion, review and advice on significant issues of regulatory operational policy.  

The Committee is chaired by Dr Peggy Brown AO, Member of the Agency Management Committee.

Charter and Annual Report 2016-2017

Document title PDF Accessible format Document date
Regulatory Performance Committee Charter PDF 
Word version 
September 2017
Performance Committee annual report 2016-2017 PDF 
Word version 
(34.8 KB,DOCX)
21 March 2018

Annual Reports 2015-2016

Document title PDF Accessible format Document date
Performance Committee annual report 2015-2016 PDF 
Word version 
25 November 2016 
Performance Committee annual report 2015 PDF 
Word version
23 March 2016 

For further information about the Agency Management Committee or its committees, email

Dr Peggy Brown, Agency Management Committee

Dr Peggy Brown AM

Dr Brown was reappointed to the Agency Management Committee for a second term as a member with expertise in health, education and training on 04 July 2019. Dr Brown is a registered medical practitioner (psychiatrist) with over 30 years’ experience in the Australian health sector. She is a Senior Clinical Advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She has held senior clinical and administrative positions in the health system including the position of Chief Executive Officer of the National Mental Health Commission and Director- General of ACT Health from 2010 until 2015. Dr Brown is a former Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and is well versed with the operational, legislative and policy aspects of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions including the work of National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Her extensive experience in the health sector also includes key roles with the psychiatry training program of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Ian Bluntish

Mr Ian Bluntish

  • BOptom, MBA, FACO, MAICD, JP

Ian Bluntish is in private practice in Glenelg. He has worked as a practitioner in rural SA and the NT for a group optometric practice where he was a senior executive and Director.

Ian was the National President of Optometry Australia for five years and previously president of the SA division. He has served on numerous committees and Boards associated with the health sector and optometry, including as a Ministerial appointment to the Optometry Registration Board of SA and has extensive experience in practice accreditation and standards development.

He was appointed to the inaugural Optometry Board of Australia in 2009 and in 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Board of ProVision Eyecare Pty Ltd, a company providing business support to over 450 independent optometrical practices around Australia.

Ian was appointed Chair of the Optometry Board of Australia in August 2015.

Lynette Cusack

Associate Professor Lynette Cusack RN

  • RN, RM, PhD, MHA, BN, DN, Mid Cert (UK), MRCNA.

Lynette is the Practitioner Representative for South Australia and is Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Lynette is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide. South Australia. Lynette works one day a week at a large metropolitan hospital as a research consultant for nurses and midwives.

Lynette previously worked in community health settings, including home nursing, community health centres and drug and alcohol services. Lynette has over 14 years experience in nursing and midwifery regulation. 

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Adjunct Professor Karen Crawshaw PSM

Adjunct Professor Crawshaw is reappointed to the Agency Management Committee for a second term as a member with expertise in health business and administration no 04 July 2019. She was first appointed in September 2012. Adjunct Professor Crawshaw was admitted to the NSW Supreme Court in 1979 and subsequently to the High Court. Adjunct Professor Crawshaw was previously the Deputy Director-General with responsibility for the Division of Governance, Workforce and Corporate Services in the Ministry of Health, New South Wales (NSW). Her areas of accountability covered health workforce planning and industrial relations, business and asset services, communications, corporate governance, and legal and regulatory services.  Adjunct Professor Crawshaw left the Ministry of Health, New South Wales in June 2017. She is appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Sydney Medical School and acts as an on-line moderator in the Safety and Quality of Health Care course for masters students in the university’s School of Public Health.  Adjunct Professor Crawshaw was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012 for her significant contributions to the public sector.

Dr Susan Young

Dr Susan Young

Dr Young is a registered nurse and midwife with expertise in health, education and training, governance, regulation and accreditation for three years from 14 June 2017.

She was the Chair of the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia until December 2016. She fulfilled positions within the tertiary setting until July 2015, with appointments as a Director of Teaching and Learning, and as a Program Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Queensland.

Prior to her appointment within the tertiary sector, Dr Young held a number of executive positions within the public and private health care sectors in metropolitan, regional and rural settings. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the Queensland University of Technology and an Adjunct Professorial appointment from The University of Queensland.

Dr Murray Thomas

Dr Murray Thomas

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (QLD), Diploma in Dental Health (QLD)

Dr Thomas is a full-time general dentist providing care in the south eastern suburb of Chisholm in Canberra for the last 20 years.

Upon graduation he embarked on a career in the Australian Regular Army and retired from the Army to private practice in 2000. During his career in the military he worked as a dental officer and in a number Defence Health staff officer positions including Head of Corps for the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps.

He has served as a Director and Councillor of the Australian Dental Council and has had active involvement with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) committees, particularly the ADA NSW Branch as a Director and Councillor and serving as part of the of its executive team.

He has been a champion of accreditation of dental practices since 2008 and has a long association with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care through working parties for the development of a Dental Guide to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

He is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists and is a recipient of the ADA (NSW) Service Medallion

He is currently a member of the ACT Clinical Council and has been involved with dental practitioner regulation in the ACT since 2005, was appointed to the Dental Board of Australia as a practitioner member in 2012 and recently was reappointed as Chair of the Dental Board of Australia in October 2018.

Ms Rachel Philips RPC member

Ms Rachel Philips

Rachel Phillips works as a professional leader of allied health services in the public sector in Ipswich in Queensland. Rachel has worked as a clinician in both public sector and private practice in the areas of alcohol and drug, adult acute and chronic health, and child and youth mental health. She has contributed to the profession through supervision, involvement in professional society projects and interest groups, and representation in senior leadership roles.

Rachel was appointed to the National Psychology Examination Committee in 2010 and is currently the Chair. She was appointed to the Queensland Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia in 2014 and the National Board as the Queensland practitioner member in 2015.

Rachel was appointed as Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia in 2018.

Brett Simmonds

Mr Brett Simmonds

Brett is the Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia and Practitioner member for Queensland.

He has had over 10 years’ experience in the regulation of the pharmacy profession, including as Chair of the Pharmacy Board’s National Notifications Committee and as a member of the Board’s Policy, Codes and Guidelines Committee and the Finance, Governance and Risk Committee.

He is a member of the the Trials Advisory Group, which is an independent, expert advisory committee that provides advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health on appropriate trial programs designed to improve patient outcomes and expand the role of pharmacy in delivering a wider range of primary healthcare services.

Brett keenly promotes ethical practice and currently serves on the Mater Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee and previously on the UQ Molecular Biosciences Animal Ethics Committee.

Brett has been an owner of three community pharmacies and currently is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland where he teaches across all four year levels.

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Dr Anne Tonkin

  • BSc(Hons), BMBS, M.Ed, PhD, FRACP

Dr Anne Tonkin is a practising general physician with a sub-speciality in clinical pharmacology. She has been involved in medical regulation for 10 years – initially with the Medical Board of South Australia and since 2010, with the SA Board of the Medical Board of Australia. She has been Chair of the SA Board since 2012 and a member of the Medical Board of Australia since 2015.

Dr Tonkin was a clinical academic in the Adelaide Medical School for 22 years and Director of the Medicine Learning and Teaching Unit from 2006 to her retirement in 2014. She has been a practising general physician at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 1992 and is now in part time practice as a relieving general physician. Through her sub-specialty in clinical pharmacology, Dr Tonkin has been involved in drug regulation nationally for more than 20 years. She has served terms on the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and continues to provide evaluation services to the Therapeutic Goods Administration and sit on several advisory committees related to drugs and therapeutics.

Over the last 15 years, Dr Tonkin has also served the community through her roles with the Australian Medical Council in medical school and specialist college accreditation.

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