Christine Dennis, FACHSM, FAAQHC

Australian Council Healthcare Standards, Ultimo, Australia

Chief Executive Officer, ACHS
Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty Health Sciences, Flinders University
Ba Nursing, Masters HSM, DBA, FAAQHC, FCHSM

Dr. Christine Dennis joined the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) in July 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer.

Trained as a Registered Nurse / Midwife, Christine has worked in the Australian health care system for over 35 years. Practising clinically for the first 20 years, the past 15 plus years have included senior roles in policy and planning, health system operations and, in Chief Operating Officer/Chief Executive Officer roles in both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

She has led multifaceted change, safety and quality improvement programs aimed at raising organisational performance, and integrating service delivery across healthcare systems.

Her current position incorporates overseeing the delivery of ACHS’s objectives within the Australian domestic market and, in international markets including Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

Dr. Dennis has also been an invited lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Tasmania (Sydney Campus) and has recently been appointed as the Chief Examiner (Australia) for the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

She has tertiary qualifications in nursing and health service management; has a Doctorate of Business (University of South Australia) and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Her doctoral thesis was titled ‘The Problematic Nature of Strategic Planning in the Public Health System’.