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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

Award Date: 16 Mar 2016

Management, Master of Business Administration, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 30 Oct 2005

Medicine, MBBS (Hons), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 1997

External positions

Board Director, Better Care Victoria, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

1 Jul 2018 → …

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ANZTCR - Medtronic

Ahern, S.

Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd


Project: Research

The Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT): Bringing together Australia’s dementia stakeholders

Rowe, C., Sachdev, P. S., Naismith, S. L., Martin, N. G., Breakspear, M. J., Martins, R. N., Vickers, J., Martins, R. N. & Ahern, S.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research


Ahern, S.


Project: Research

BEAT-CF: Bayesian Evidence-Adaptive Trial to optimise management of Cystic Fibrosis

Snelling, T., Berry, S. M., Jaffe, A., Marsh, J. A., McKenzie, A., Ranganathan, S., Schultz, A., Stick, S., Wark, P. A. B., Webb, S. & Ahern, S.

Australian Government Department of Health


Project: Research

Research Output

Development of a percutaneous coronary intervention patient level composite measure for a clinical quality registry

Ayton, D., Soh, S. E., Morello, R., Ahern, S., Earnest, A., Brennan, A., Lefkovits, J., Evans, S., Reid, C., Ruseckaite, R. & McNeil, J., 17 Jan 2020, In : BMC Health Services Research. 20, 1, 11 p., 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

How can quality of dementia care be measured? The development of clinical quality indicators for an Australian Pilot Dementia Registry

Ayton, D., Gardam, M., Ward, S., Brodaty, H., Pritchard, E., Earnest, A., Krysinska, K., Banaszak-Holl, J., McNeil, J. & Ahern, S., 23 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 75, 3, p. 923-936 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Maximising the value of clinical registry information through integration with a health service clinical governance framework: A case study

Ahern, S., Feiler, R. & Sdrinis, S., Jun 2020, In : Australian Health Review. 44, 3, p. 421-426 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Inform Care of People With Dementia-A Systematic Scoping Review

Ayton, D. R., Gardam, M., Pritchard, E., Ruseckaite, R., Ryan, J., Robinson, S., Brodaty, H., Ward, S. A. & Ahern, S., 5 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : The Gerontologist. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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


Best Poster award

Ahern, Susannah (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Best Poster Award

Ahern, Susannah (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)