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Adjunct Professor Karen Crawshaw

Adjunct Professor Karen Crawshaw holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law, is admitted to the NSW Supreme Court and Australian High Court and holds an unrestricted practising certificate from the NSW Law Society.

Karen has held an appointment on the Agency Management Committee of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) with expertise in health business and administration since September 2012.

Karen has held various government legal positions, including NSW Health’s Director Legal and General Counsel for 17 years. In 2007, Karen was appointed as a Deputy Director-General within NSW Health. In her role as Deputy Secretary, Governance, Workforce and Corporate, Karen had policy responsibility for governance, health professional and other health regulation, legal services, strategic workforce policy, planning and development, workplace relations, business reform including diagnostic and clinical support services, asset management and procurement, strategic communications, ministerial and executive services.

Karen left NSW Health in June 2017 and provides strategic and legal advice and consultancy services to government and various health-related organisations, including the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Karen also serves on a number of Audit and Risk Committees for the NSW Government.

She is appointed as an adjunct professor with the University of Sydney Medical School and assists in teaching the Safety and Quality of Health Care course for the Masters programs in the University’s School of Public Health. She also advises entities within government and the healthcare sectors.

Karen was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australian Queens Birthday Honours in 2012 for her significant contributions to the public health sector.