Committee of Doctors in Training 2022

Through the AMA Queensland Committee of Doctors in Training (CDT), we advocate collectively on the critical issues affecting doctors in training, including:

  • medical workforce shortages - we support a coordinated and planned increase in clinical training places for medical students and postgraduate training places for medical graduates;
  • placements, funding arrangements and the number of postgraduate training places at prevocational and vocational (specialist) level; and
  • appropriate rostering arrangements and payment for all hours worked.

CDT meet regularly to review and progress the important issues for Doctors in Training. Have an issue you would like AMA Queensland Committee of Doctors in Training to take forward?


Dr Robert Nayer

Dr Robert Nayer MBBS Emergency Medicine Registrar

Committee of Doctors in Training Chair

Dr Nayer is an emergency medicine advanced trainee currently working at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and has previously held CDT roles including Industrial Relations Portfolio Lead, Deputy Chair, and Co-Chair. He has a keen interest in medical administration and emergency medical management.

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Dr Natasha Abeysekera

Dr Natasha Abeysekera BSc MBBS Principal House Officer

Deputy Chair

Dr Abeysekera was the 2021 CDT Co-Chair, President of the RBWH RMO Society, and in 2022 will be working at the RBWH as a surgical PHO. Last year she had many accomplishments including pioneering the first ever Self-Care September event. She has a passion for improving DiT mental health, self-care, and medical sustainability. Her experience with member engagement and local advocacy will be highly beneficial in her role with CDT in 2022.

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Dr Rachele Quested

Dr Rachele Quested Radiology registrar

Deputy Chair

Dr Quested is a radiology registrar working at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for 2022. She has previously worked in orthopaedics, and emergency medicine at the PHO/Registrar level. In 2021 she was involved in the AMA Federal CDT Wellbeing and pre-vocational Special Interest Groups, and has also worked as the Academic Lead, medical careers at the University of Queensland. She's strongly motivated to improve medical training for future generations of doctors.

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Dr Alyssa Chong

Dr Alyssa Chong Junior House Officer

Hospital Representative Coordinator

Dr Chong was the 2021 Ipswich Hospital Representative on the AMA Queensland CDT. In 2022 she will be working at the Mater Hospital as a Junior House Officer. Whilst at Ipswich hospital she was heavily involved in advocating for Doctors in Training, particularly around many of the COVID related changes affecting residents (ie: transitioning to ward based rosters). This year she is hoping to grow her knowledge of policy development and implementation, as well as help hospital representatives around the state develop strategies to affect change at the local level.

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