Susannah Ahern

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


After graduating with a MBBS (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, I worked in clinical practice 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 took on Head of the Master of Health Services Management and Master of Health Administration Courses at Monash. 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, and am on Steering committees of another 6 Monash clinical registries. I publish regularly regarding registry governance and management including legal and data management issues, clinician-level and public reporting, patient-reported outcome measures, and the strategic development of registries. I am a CI on a number of registry grants including in dementia, and in clinical trials relating to the cystic fibrosis registry.

I have also taught in the MHSM units of Clinical Leadership and Management, Introduction to Management (Management Theory and Practice), and the capstone Case Study unit. I have supervised honours students and currently supervise two PhD students.

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, The University of Melbourne

Management, Master of Business Administration, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Medicine, MBBS (Hons), The University of Melbourne

External positions

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

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2013 2019

Clinical Services Planning

Ahern, S., 2019, Textbook of Medical Administration and Leadership. Long, P. W., Loh, E. & Spurgeon, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Springer, 550 p.

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

A pilot Dementia Clinical Quality Registry to improve dementia clinical care

Ward, S. A., Krysinska, K., Brodaty, H., Ahern, S., Storey, E., Earnest, A., Woods, R. L., Nelson, M. R., Dean, J. T., Liew, D. Y. H., Ayton, D. R., Pritchard, E. K., Gardam, M., Robinson, S. & McNeil, J. J., Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterOtherpeer-review

Australian Breast Device Registry: 2016 Annual Report

Hopper, I., Parker, E., Pellegrini, B., Mulvany, C. M., Pase, M., Ahern, S., Earnest, A. & McNeil, J. J., Mar 2018, Melbourne Victoria: Monash University. 44 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Open Access

Breast implant registries: A call to action

Hopper, I., Ahern, S., Nguyen, T. Q., Mulvany, C., McNeil, J. J., Deva, A. K., Klein, H., Stark, B., Rakhorst, H. & Cooter, R. D., 13 Jun 2018, In : Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 38, 7, p. 807-810 4 p., sjx153.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review


Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Best Poster Award

Susannah Ahern (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)