Dr Sue Nightingale

MB ChB Medicine, MBioeth

Dr Sue Nightingale is the Executive Director Clinical Governance Education and Research for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Dr Nightingale commenced her career as a consultant Psychiatrist in adult general mental health and in 2016 was appointed as the Chief of Psychiatry for the Mental Health division, Canterbury District Health Board (New Zealand). She was subsequently appointed as Chief Medical Officer for the same.

Sue was responsible for the oversight of pediatric mental health and trauma response following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Sue developed and implemented many of the programs aimed at supporting children, teachers and parents acutely impacted by death and injury.

As a member on the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Council, her experience and passion for education and governance will be appreciated by the PMSA and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Key current and previous governance roles include:

  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Member – Dawn Short Trust (1999 – 2017)
  • Deputy Chair Observed Clinical Interview Sub-Committee CFE (2005 – 2007)
  • Chair Case History Sub-Committee CFE (2004 – 2007)
  • Committee for Examinations full member (2001 – 2007)
  • Committee for Examinations (CFE) Co-Examiner, Case History Sub-Committee (2000 – 2001)
  • New Zealand Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Deputy psychiatrist member. This is a government appointed quasi-judicial role with statutory duties described in the Mental Health Act. (2009 – January 2021)
  • Comcare Trust
  • Board member. This is a local NGO provider of accommodation, peer support services and vocational services to mental health consumers (2009 – 2016)
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