Sally McCarthy

A/Prof Sally McCarthy MBBS FACEM MBA is an emergency physician at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, and Director ED South East Regional Hospital Bega, NSW. Having been Director ED at tertiary and smaller hospitals, in 2011 she established the Emergency Care Institute at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. This body linked all 186 EDs, stakeholders and consumers in NSW in an emergency care network for the first time, providing leadership and advocacy, education, supporting research and innovation, and substantially reducing serious incidents in NSW ED.

She is the president-elect of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, a past president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and Chairs the ACEM National Program under which education, specialist supervision and support for ACEM certificate and diploma training is undertaken in more than 400 regional, rural and remote EDs. In 2017, she was awarded the ACEM Medal, the College’s highest honour. Other ACEM activities include fellowship examiner and elected member of the Council of Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships. She has a track record over many years of leadership and advocacy to improve emergency and health care, with roles including Australian Prime Minister’s Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) Taskforce member, Chair of the Emergency Medicine Foundation a national research funder, Chair of the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Clinical Committee for the MBS review Taskforce, member of the NSW Mental Health Priority Task Force, Suicide Australia reference group member, and many others. She has a significant research publication and funding record, and is a passionate advocate for equitable emergency care.


TERP focuses on identifying, avoiding and reducing harm across all environments in which the care of people with mental ill health is provided. TERP inforces Australia’s commitment to reduce the use of, and eliminate restrictive practices as a priority for action. Each jurisdiction, in conjunction with the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee and the Commonwealth Government, works towards this vision by holding a series of forums providing an opportunity to learn and grow from local and national initiatives to eliminate restrictive practices and create a dialogue for future care.

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