Dr Ashby is the Chief Executive of eHealth Queensland responsible for advancing healthcare through digital innovation.
In 2016 Dr Ashby oversaw the successful delivery of Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, as the Chief Executive of Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Dr Ashby believes that digital healthcare is one of the most important revolutions in healthcare – providing highly connected and interactive models of care that support personalised, precise and well informed treatment of patients across care settings and care teams.
Dr Ashby is regarded as one of the state’s most experienced clinicians and health administrators. In 2010, Dr Ashby was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to emergency medicine, medical administration, and a range of professional associations. He is active across a broad range of areas, including teaching, research and consultancy.
Prior to his post as Chief Executive, Metro South Hospital and Health Service (2012-2017) Dr Ashby was the Executive Director and Director of Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Ashby is a University of Queensland graduate who undertook his internship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and subsequently worked in provincial and rural centres and at the QEII Hospital. He was appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 1989, a post he held until his appointment as Executive Director Medical Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2000.
Dr Ashby is a past President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and was Chairman of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine from 1994 to 1996. In the period 2000–2006, Dr Ashby also acted as District Manager at both the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital for lengthy periods. Dr Ashby was appointed Executive Director of Medical Services at PAH in September 2006 and, in 2008, was additionally appointed as Executive Director of the hospital.
Dr Ashby contributes to a significant number of organisations/committees. His roles include:
Director, Translational Research Institute
Board Member, Australian e-Health Research Centre
Board Member Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre
Chair, Queensland Policy and Advisory Committee on Health Technology
Project Lead, Queensland Digital Hospital Program
Dr Ashby’s qualifications:
MB BS University of Queensland
Bachelor of Health Administration, University of New South Wales
Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
Fellow, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM)
Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA).