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After graduating with a MBBS (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, I worked clinically before gaining my Fellowship in Medical Administration. I have worked in senior medical management roles for the last 15 years across a number of Victorian health services and related agencies. I completed a PhD and in 2015 I transitioned to academia as the Head of the Registry Science Unit, Monash University School of Public Health. In 2017 I also became Course Co-ordinator of the Master of Health Services Management and Master of Health Administration Courses at Monash. I have taught in the MHSM units of Clinical Leadership and Management, Introduction to Management (Management Theory and Practice), and the capstone Case Study unit. In 2017 I took over management of the School's Health Services Research Unit, which has now been incorporated into the Registry Science and Research Unit. In 2018 I was appointed to the Board of Better Care Victoria, within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

I currently directly manage six clinical registries including for dementia, cystic fibrosis, thyroid cancer, bowel cancer and spine surgery, and am on Steering committees of another 4 Monash clinical registries. My research includes policy issues related to clinical registries and data-driven health care, and research related to registry methods and use of registry data for analysing health outcomes. My areas of interest include registry governance and policies/guidelines, quality of clinical registry data, registry data analysis and reporting including risk adjustment and benchmarking, external data access to registry data, and communication of registry outcomes to a broad range of stakeholders. In my various roles I regularly engage clinicians, consumers, carers, academics, professionals, state and national governments and their related agencies. I currently supervise three PhD students.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, University of Melbourne

Management, Master of Business Administration, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Medicine, MBBS (Hons), University of Melbourne

External positions

Board Director, Better Care Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (VIC)

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Projects 2016 2022

Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry (APFPR)

Ahern, S., Daly, O. J. & Dean, J.

Department of Health (Comm)


Project: Research

ANZTCR - Medtronic

Ahern, S.

Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd


Project: Research

Thyroid cancer registry

Ahern, S.


Project: Research

Research Output 2013 2019

Australian & New Zealand Thyroid Cancer Registry 2018 Annual Report

Ioannou, L., Serpell, J., Greenhill, E., Miller, J. A., Bendinelli, C., Gough, J., Lisewski, D., Meyer-Rochow, W., Sidhu, S., Topliss, D., Walters, D., Zalcberg, J., Allnutt, M., Bhatt, C. & Ahern, S., 13 Jan 2019, Melbourne, Australia: Monash University. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOtherpeer-review

Australian Breast Device Registry: 2017 Annual Report

Hopper, I. K., Parker, E. J., Pellegrini, B., Mulvany, C. M., Pase, M., Ahern, S., Earnest, A., Cooter, R. D., Elder, E., Moore, C. C. M. & McNeil, J. J., 5 Feb 2019, Monash University. 52 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOtherpeer-review


Australian Breast Device Registry: 2018 Annual Report

Hopper, I., Parker, E., Pellegrini, B., Mulvany, C., Pase, M., Ahern, S., Earnest, A., Cooter, R., Farrell, G., Elder, E., Moore, C., McNeil, J. & on behalf of the Australian Breast Device Registry, 28 Oct 2019, Monash University. 72 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Clinical Services Planning

Ahern, S., 2019, Textbook of Medical Administration and Leadership. Loh, E., Long, P. W. & Spurgeon, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 47-61 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Development of a binational thyroid cancer clinical quality registry: A protocol paper

Ioannou, L. J., Serpell, J., Dean, J., Bendinelli, C., Gough, J., Lisewski, D., Miller, J. A., Meyer-Rochow, W., Sidhu, S., Topliss, D., Walters, D., Zalcberg, J. & Ahern, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 1, 8 p., e023723.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access


Best Poster award

Susannah Ahern (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Best Poster Award

Susannah Ahern (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)