Rebecca Conning

Senior Consultant

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Rebecca brings over 20 years of health experience to the AHA team. Her qualifications include a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Consumer Engagement. She is adept in identifying and distilling stakeholder needs through consultation with health professionals, peak bodies, advocacy organisations and community members.

Prior to joining AHA, Rebecca’s roles have included:

  • Head of Planning and Development at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). In this role, she monitored the landscape and undertook desktop research to identify and understand immediate and emergent conditions likely to impact on surgical practice and patient outcomes. Working closely with the executive team, Rebecca led the college’s strategic planning and business planning, including COVID-19 reprioritisation.
  • Head of Government Relations at the Jean Hailes Foundation (Jean Hailes from Women’s Health), a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health across the lifespan through education, research, clinical care and policy. A member of the senior leadership team, Rebecca helped to grow the organisation’s reputation as a leading authority on women’s health.
  • Senior Policy Advisor at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Rebecca advised on wide-ranging matters, frequently within the medical workforce domain, with a view to ensuring good health outcomes for diverse communities across Australia and New Zealand. She also managed the development and ongoing review of binational professional standards, ensuring alignment with changes in knowledge, practice and technology.
  • Policy Manager – Medicine at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Her role included managing the project and policy functions of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), including contributing to development of guidelines on the regulatory management of health practitioners with blood borne infectious diseases.
Rebecca is a high-integrity senior leader with 20 years’ healthcare experience spanning corporate, not-for-profit and government domains