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Gail Furness

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About Gail Furness

Gail Furness graduated in Arts at the University of Queensland, then gained her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws (Honours) degrees at the University of Melbourne. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1986 and called to the NSW Bar in 1997. She worked as a researcher for the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Victorian Parliament.

She was later appointed solicitor to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption and as Head of its Legal Department. She subsequently held the position of Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.

Dr Steve Bolsin

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About Dr Steve Bolsin

Associate Professor Steve Bolsin is currently the Director of the Division of Peri-operative Medicine, Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health, Victoria. Professor Bolsin was previously Consultant Anaesthesist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, England. He arrived in Australia in 1995. Following his appointment at Geelong Hospital, he introduced cardiac surgery to that hospital and developed the acute and chronic pain management service-the first in Victoria.

Whilst working as a Consultant Anaesthesist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Professor Bolsin was responsible for identifying the very high mortality in the paediatric cardiac surgery service in that hospital. His actions led to the longest running disciplinary hearing in the history of the GMC and to a public inquiry (= an Australian royal commission) which reported in September 2001 http://www.bristol-inquiry.org.uk/.

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