Clinical Leadership Forum

The ACT Clinical Leadership Forum has been appointed to provide independent and expert advice to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Minister for Mental Health.

Role of the Clinical Leadership Forum

The Clinical Leadership Forum will perform its role for the greater good of the ACT population and the sustainability of the ACT public health system—to contribute to the continuous improvement of a high performing health system that keeps people well and provides the best care. The Forum will be informed and guided by the recommendations of the ACT Health Culture Review and make recommendations to the Ministers where this relates to improving the clinical operations of the ACT’s health system.

The Forum will advise on clinical matters as they relate to a territory wide public health system and will not consider day-to-day matters of service management and operation.

The Clinical Leadership Forum will provide objective advice based on the best available evidence.

Ministers may seek advice from the Forum on any matter within their portfolio responsibility, with due regard to the Terms of Reference of the Forum.

The Forum will meet quarterly and focus on:

  • Territory wide health service delivery
  • Territory wide health service infrastructure planning
  • clinical culture, planning and practice
  • workforce planning
  • education and training
  • health and medical research

The Forum is not a lobbying body and will not focus on professional or personal interests of members or the professions they represent.

You can read the communique from each meeting for more information:

Terms of Reference

Clinical Leadership Forum - Terms of Reference


Current members of the Clinical Leadership Forum include:

Professor Imogen Mitchell (Chair)
20 years as Senior Staff Specialist in intensive care medicine at Canberra Health Services and the Dean of Medicine at the Australian National University (ANU).

Associate Professor Boon Lim
Clinical Director and Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Canberra Health Services, and Clinical Associate Professor at the ANU with clinical research interests in obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine.

Associate Professor Louise Stone
ACT General Practitioner for 25 years, member of the General Practitioner Mental Health Standards Collaboration and a senior medical adviser in general practitioner training.

Associate Professor Paul Craft OAM
Clinical Director of the Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support at Canberra Health Services, Senior Staff Specialist in medical oncology and Associate Professor in Medical Oncology at the ANU.

Dr Ahmed Mashhood
Clinical Director, Forensic Mental Health Service at Canberra Health Services, leader in clinical mental health workplace planning to support training, education and retention of staff.

Dr Jade Stewart
Paediatric Registrar, Canberra Health Services with leadership roles in the junior doctor community.

Dr Frank Piscioneri
Consultant General Surgeon and Clinical Director of Surgery, Division of Surgery and Oral Health at Canberra Health Services, Senior leadership in General Surgical Training in the ACT and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the ANU Medical School.

Nikki Johnston OAM
Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner at Clare Holland House and Calvary Public Hospital, specialising in palliative care and a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to nursing.

Shelley McInnis
Consumer representative with experience in health research and policy, and an Executive member of the ACT Health Care Consumers’ Association.

Toni Ashmore
Allied Health Professional (Social Worker), Canberra Health Services, with broad experience across a range of clinical and policy areas of health.

Members have been appointed for a term of two years.

Page last updated on: 11 Feb 2021