Advisory Committee

This site contains a collection of advisory material for use by clinicians working in Perioperative Care.  Most of the material is based on resources developed by clinicians for use in the hospitals which they work in.  It has been selected by this site’s Clinician Advisory Panel because it is considered that it will be useful or of interest to other clinicians.

Committee Members

Dr Ross Kerridge

Ross Kerridge is an Anaesthetist at the John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. His clinical work includes general and emergency operating theatres, the preoperative clinics, and complex perioperative consults on the wards. He is Conjoint Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Newcastle. Dr Kerridge has had a long-standing interest in the clinical, organisational and system issues of perioperative patient management. Commencing in 1989, Dr Kerridge led the establishment of the “Perioperative System” model of care for elective surgery which is now the generally accepted model of elective surgical patient care in Australia, and has been adapted internationally. He has attended and spoken at numerous conferences and meetings, but feels there is no substitute for seeing what really happens ‘on the ground’ in the clinical work places of hospitals.  He has visited over 140 hospitals and health services in seventeen countries.

Dr Kerridge


Dr Tracey Tay

Dr Tracey Tay is a staff specialist anaesthetist and Director of the Perioperative Department at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW. She has been the Clinical Lead for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation since 2012. Tracey has also been the Clinical Lead for the Research, Innovation and Partnerships unit for Hunter New England Health since 2008, supporting clinicians and managers to redesign their services to improve care for their patients and clients. Tracey has a Master of Health Policy and was awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship – studying clinician involvement in decision-making and leading change across the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the US.



Dr Jo Sutherland

Dr Jo Sutherland is a VMO Anaesthetist at Coffs Harbour Health Campus, and a Conjoint Associate Professor with the UNSW Rural Medical School. She has a Masters of Health Policy, and a Masters of Clinical Science in Evidence-Based Medicine (research) from the University of Adelaide/Joanna Briggs Institute. She is a member of the Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board and a Director of the North Coast Primary Health Network. Jo’s clinical interests include decision-making for surgery including risk assessment, and improving the safe care of patients receiving procedural sedation.

Jo Sutherland