Member profile: Doctor Paul Scown

Dr Paul Scown
Dr Paul Scown. MBBS (UQ), BHA (UNSW), FRACMA, MAICD, AFCHSM 

Dr Paul Scown is a medical graduate who worked clinically for a number of years in metropolitan, rural and regional Queensland (Brisbane, Ayr, Stanthorpe and Townsville), prior to moving into medical administration and then general management. He has held senior and chief executive positions in public health services in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. He was Chief Executive of Melbourne Health from 2000-2005 prior to commencing consulting across the health, education and research sectors.

Paul has undertaken a broad range of consultancies across Australia, including the establishment of the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF) then chaired by the Hon. Bob Carr; the development of the Bernie Banton Centre at Concord, Sydney; the organisational redesign of Brisbane’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSHHS) which resulted in the introduction of clinical streams across Metro South; worked for 18 months with the Top End Health Service (TEHS) in the Northern Territory in clinical governance and the design of an integrated health system across the Top End; led an international team to undertake a strategic review of child health research across Monash University and Monash Health; led a dozen subspecialty reviews for Alfred Health in Victoria; and assisted in enhancing clinical governance across a number of Primary Health Networks across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and latterly with Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV).

Paul has been a Board Director of the Walter & Eliza Hall Research Institute (WEHI), Bio21 Australia Ltd, The Health Roundtable, Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation Ltd, MidNorth Coast Health Service and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).  He has also been a Director and Chair of both the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) and the Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA).

Paul is currently a Director and Councillor of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS); Chair of Nexus Primary Health serving the northern outer growth corridor of Melbourne and north-central Victoria; a Member of WEHI; and a Member of the Adelaide Primary Health Network (APHN) Service and Clinical Governance Board Committee. He has also been an Australian Medical Council (AMC) assessor of medical professional colleges and medical schools.

In 2018 Paul was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal for “outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research”.