Bill has been President of the Australian Patient Safety Foundation since its inception in 1988, when, together with some colleagues, he conceptualised and implemented the Advanced Incident Management System (AIMS) in the form of a nation-wide paper-based anaesthesia incident monitoring project.

Professor William (Bill) Runciman

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Since then he has provided leadership and made fundamental contributions to patient safety and quality research both in Australia and internationally. Bill was concurrently the Foundation Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of Adelaide and Head of Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital from 1988 to 2007.He was a member of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care and of the Australian Health Information Council. In 2007, Bill was appointed as a Professorial Research Fellow in Patient Safety at the Joanna Briggs Institute of University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital. He also held appointments as an Adjunct Professor, Human Factors in Healthcare, at the University of South Australia and was a Visiting Professor in Change Management at the Centre for Clinical Governance Research in Health, University of New South Wales. Currently he is Professor of Patient Safety at the Centre for Population Health Research at the University of South Australia and Visiting Professor at Macquarie University. Bill was an author of the landmark Quality in Australian Health Care Study, which was declared the most cited paper in the 100 year history of the Medical Journal of Australia. Bill has been involved in the publication of over 250 scientific papers and chapters and has given over 600 lectures by invitation. In 2007, he published the patient safety textbook: Runciman B, Merry A, Walton M, 'Safety and Ethics in Healthcare: a Guide to Getting It Right', Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007. In 2007, Bill was awarded the Pugh Award of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science of anaesthesia, intensive care or related disciplines. In 2008, he was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association for outstanding contribution in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research.  In 2014 he was awarded the Robert Orton Medal – the highest honour of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, in recognition of outstanding achievements in anaesthesia, significant contributions in developing and promoting patient safety and more broadly the cause of healthcare both nationally and internationally.

Anita is Research Fellow at the APSF. She has been working in incident monitoring and patient safety since 1999, initially for APSF, then for 7 years at Patient Safety International (now CSC), and returned to APSF in 2012. Beginning in 1999 as an AIMS classifier, she became the Senior Classification Officer and then moved into Client Services and Support, responsible for client training and manual development.

Ms Anita Deakin

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This then led to her role in software development as the Principal Ontology Developer responsible for the management and design of the AIMS classification system. She has also been involved as a consultant in the development of the WHO International Classification for Patient Safety. Since her return to the APSF she has been involved in various projects utilising her vast knowledge and experience in data management and incident classification. She is heavily involved with the Radiology Adverse Events Register, the Emergency Medicine Events Register and has done various contractual work with various Departments of Health, consumer groups and with universities, both nationally and internationally.  Anita’s background in health began as a Registered Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) and Cert IV in Occupational Health and Safety.  She is also a member of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine “Emergency Medicine Event Register (EMER)” National Implementation Steering Group and Patient Safety Working Group.

Kaye is Research Assistant (part-time) to Professor Runciman.  She is responsible for a wide variety of duties including researching articles, grant applications, managing APSF accounts, day to day management of all administrative tasks, liaising between clients and APSF, ensuring client contract deadlines are met, conference organisation, assisting PhD students as required and preparing papers for APSF Council. However, her main claim to fame is that she can read Bill’s writing!

Mrs Kaye Dolman


Rondi is APSF’s Accountant working on a part-time basis. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience across a varied range of businesses and industries, and has had vast experience in the not-for-profit sector over the last 10 years. Rondi is responsible for overviewing the finances of APSF, including negotiating contracts with clients, employment contracts for staff, GST commitments and preparation of the annual financial report. 

Mrs Rondi Cross


When specialised expertise is required, consultants are enlisted to assist APSF staff. Our two predominant consultants are Mr. Peter Hibbert and Dr Tim Schultz.

Peter has extensive experience in the patient safety field and his work dovetails into the studies undertaken by APSF.
He is the Program Manager, AIHI, Faculty of Medicine at Macquarie University, having started his health career as a physiotherapist for 12 years.

Mr Peter Hibbert

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Currently, he supports Chief Investigators to manage a $10.8 million grant researching translating safe care into practice.
Previously he was the Associate Director of Patient Safety at the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in London, England where he led and managed clinical teams to reduce preventable patient harm in health care across England and Wales.
Peter has chaired the largest national incident response process in the world managing over 300 serious and death incidents per week.
He was also on the World Health Organisation’s development committee for the International Classification for Patient Safety. 
He has extensive experience and ongoing interest in the analysis and sense-making of incident data and is working with Cardiff University analysing primary care and general practice incidents.

Dr Tim Schultz is a research fellow and postgraduate coordinator in the School of Nursing (University of Adelaide).
He is an experienced systematic reviewer and researcher in health services and patient safety. He is an accomplished postgraduate supervisor (16 HDR completions, 4 current HDR students) with recent relevant research experience in multidisciplinary collaboratives in nursing, medicine and allied health.

Dr Tim Schultz

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From 2008-15 he was Technical Director at the Australian Patient Safety Foundation, and managed its research activities with Commonwealth and State governments, researchers, professional organisations, Colleges, healthcare professionals, consumers and the World Health Organisation.
He is an adjunct Research Fellow in School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (University of South Australia



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