Josephine Chow (Australia)

Coming from a career specialty background as a renal nurse, Josephine Chow is currently the Director Strategy and Partnerships of South Western Sydney Local Health District and manages a team of staff in supporting a large number of innovations, major contracts/tenders and model of care redesign. She is also the Co-Director of the South Western Institute of Renal And Chronic Kidney Disease (SWIRAC) which has completed over 60 large scales international multicentre randomized controlled trials in the broad area of cardiovascular disease, in which has established and validated its effectiveness and proven management as an excellent clinical research centre.

She is currently CI for a number of clinician initiative multi-centre research studies with over $6.6m (2017-2019) funding grant awarded. She is the Co-Principal Investigator for the TEACHPD Trial. The TEACH-PD training curriculum and material have been developed by a core group of renal nurses from the HOME Network (THN) in conjunction with senior research team from the Australasian Kidney Trials Network (AKTN), eLearning curriculum developers, consumer representatives, and education experts, in line with the ISPD guidelines, utilizing modern adult learning principles and best practice eLearning techniques. TEACH-PD has successful received $2.38M from the National Health Medical Research Council. This is in addition to the ~$500,000 the team has already raised through Queensland government and industry and was also successful in the Health Research Council of New Zealand of $1.43M.

Josephine holds senior executive positions and portfolio in NSW Health which has influenced government policy and clinical practice through roles on State Clinical Networks (Chair and/or members), Primary Healthcare Network Board (member), the HOME Network (Foundation Chair).

Josephine was the inaugural Executive Director, Operation for the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) in 2015-2017 and supported the submissions for recognition by NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. She is the Program Lead for the NSW Health Leading Better Value Care Initiatives. Her translational research and implementation work have had major impacts on policy and clinical practice in many areas.

Josephine also contributes to academic activities with the number of publications in local and international journal, serves in a number of Editorial Boards and has supervised a number of post graduate and PhD students in nursing, psychology and management degree.

She completed her PhD, Master of Business Administration, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Government. In 2012, Josephine was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled oversea to investigate strategies for improving the uptake of homebased dialysis therapies. Her research interests include home dialysis, end of life management, renal supportive care, model of care, telehealth and integrated care.
Josephine in partnership with palliative care clinicians, developed, implemented and evaluated of new model of care in community palliative care in the Last Days of Life (PEACH Program) which has had over $60M since 2013 and roll out successfully to support the end of life decision assist program, symptom control and shared care across one-third of NSW.

Recent NSW State announcement of $740 million funding for the Liverpool Health & Education Precinct development is part of the Liverpool Innovation Precinct initiative of Health, local city council, 3 universities, Department of Education, TAFE NSW, etc. where the portfolio and governance sits with Josephine as her Director of the Strategy & Partnership position. Josephine has also had Collaborative partnership such as Samsung SDS in South Korea, both in clinical, research and technology knowledge exchange