glendon farrow

MB.BS (Hons) mba fracs(General/paed) AFRACMA maicd

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For safety systems to work individuals must use them, and he believes the next improvements in patient safety will come from improved individual performance at the bedside. 


Glendon (Glen) Farrow is a dual qualified adult and paediatric general surgeon, healthcare executive, board director and former specialist service medical officer in the Australian Army. 

Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1983, after residency at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) he began a four-year stint in the Australian Regular Army. There he spent two years as the RMO 3rd Battalion RAR (Airborne) where he learnt many lessons about himself, risk and safety.

Glen completed the FRACS General Surgery and deployed to Rwanda in 1995. Based on his experiences there he completed the FRACS Paediatric Surgery in 1999. He was an instructor on Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST/ATLS) courses for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and developed the EMST Military Module for deploying medical officers in 2000.

Glen worked as a consultant surgeon at Children’s Hospital Westmead Manly Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital while Commanding Officer of the Sydney Area Health Service (ADF) deploying on several occasions.

He moved into executive roles in 2005 most recently Director of Clinical Governance at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network from 2012 to 2019. He is now a Director at Bearing Group, a consultancy of aviation, military and industry safety experts.