Board of Directors 2022 - 2023

The AMA Queensland Board of Directors sets and monitors the strategic direction and policies of the Company and delegates the administration and operation of the affairs of the Company to the CEO.

AMA Queensland Directors carry out their duties and their responsibilities under the Corporations Act, the Company’s constitution and by-laws.

Dr Maria Boulton
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Dr Maria Boulton MBBS FRACGP GAICD General Practice

President

Dr Maria Boulton founded general practice clinic Family Doctors Plus and occupational medicine clinic Corporate Doctors Plus with Dr Fiona Raciti in 2016. Dr Boulton has worked in general practice for 20 years and enjoys all aspects family medicine, skin cancer screening, travel medicine and occupational medicine. Dr Boulton is passionate about preventive medicine, continuity of care and ongoing education.

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Dr Boulton is an experienced public speaker, conference keynote speaker and sought-after medical commentator, regularly featuring in mainstream media. 

Dr Boulton was named one of the 100 Faces of Small Business Queensland in 2018. She was a finalist in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Awards as Businessperson of the Year. In 2019, she was a finalist in the Greater Brisbane Women in Business Awards of Australia. Family Doctors Plus was awarded the Queensland Telstra Business of the Year Award in 2017. 

Dr Boulton has held leadership positions in other organisations and is also a member of the Federal AMA Council of General Practice Committee. 

“Opening Family Doctors Plus increased my awareness of the challenges faced by my GP and non-GP specialist colleagues, motivating me to become involved in creating positive change. Primarily, these challenges revolve around providing quality, evidence-based health care in the face of dwindling funding and inadequate MBS rebates.”
 

Dr Nicholas Yim
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Dr Nicholas Yim BPharm MBBS FRACGP General Practice

Vice President

Dr Yim works full time as a General Practitioner in Hervey Bay. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2017, after achieving his MBBS from Griffith University, Gold Coast in 2011.

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Dr Yim has been a member of the AMA Queensland Council since 2016 and the AMA Queensland Board since 2020. He plays an active role in medical education for the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School and GP Registrars. 
 

Dr Yim plays an active role in medical education for the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School and GP Registrars. Locally, he is the President of the Fraser Coast Local Medical Association.

"The last couple of years, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to our community and the medical profession.  All doctors from medical students, doctors in training, general practitioners and public/private specialists are paramount to ensure that we maintain the health of our community.

"We require active and purposeful interaction between the medical profession and all levels of government.  We require long term planning and not band aid solutions.  Similarly, we require clear and concise messaging to our community."

Dr Eleanor Chew
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Dr Eleanor Chew OAM MBBS FRACGP MMed(GP) FAICD General Practice

Chair of Board, Member Elected Director

Dr Eleanor Chew is a specialist general practitioner with extensive experience representing the role of primary care in the health services profession. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Dr Chew has over 35 years’ experience as a GP, working in a variety of practice settings across Australia.

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An experienced leader with strategic vision and a solid understanding of governance responsibilities, Dr Chew is the Chair of General Practice Training Queensland and a former Director of the Australian Digital Health Agency. She is a past Vice President and Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Chew is a member of the Professional Services Review Panel and the Medical Board Performance and Professional Standards Panel, and is an assessor with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She is the RACGP Queensland Provost and a member of Council. An advocate for general practice, Dr Chew serves on a range of committees and working groups focused on the advancement of quality primary care.

“As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I have a clear understanding of my responsibilities as Director and Chair, and will work to ensure that the AMA Queensland Board exercises its responsibilities and fiduciary duty to support the association in serving its members. In my various roles representing the profession, I have gained valuable insights into the many challenges facing the medical profession, providing a sound basis for me to support Council to formulate policy and provide direction for the advancement of critical issues affecting Queensland doctors.”

Sarah Coll
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Dr Sarah Coll MBBS FRACS FAOA Orthopaedic Surgery

Member Elected Director

Dr Coll graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1994. She spent her intern year in Perth before moving permanently to Queensland. She trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Cairns and throughout Brisbane until moving back to Cairns in 2005. She is a Visiting Medical Officer at Cairns Private Hospital. She has been an enthusiastic Board Member for four years and has thoroughly enjoyed her five years on Council, addressing policy and shaping the direction of the organisation.

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“I am keen to represent regional doctors, and those who work too hard to represent themselves. I would like to see doctors advocate for their own quality of life and set an example of healthy living. I am interested in the role doctors have to play in advocating for change in nutrition and activity practices across their communities."

Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson
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Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson FRACP FAChPM FRCPA Clinical Haematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care

Member Elected Director

Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1969. He trained initially in laboratory haematology (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital) then as a physician in clinical haematology (Princess Alexandra Hospital) and was Director of Pathology and Medical Oncology at The Prince Charles Hospital from 1981 to 1995.

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Dr Hawson served as Director of Oncology and Palliative Care at Redcliffe Hospital, then served a similar role at Nambour Hospital and was a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. In 2008, Queensland Health appointed him as an Eminent Specialist, a title he carried until 2017 when he left public hospital practice. He has worked in private practice intermittently throughout his career as a laboratory haematologist, clinical haematologist and medical oncologist. He continues to practice non-malignant haematology at North lakes and Burpengary. Dr Hawson also offers second opinions in his Cancer Second Opinion practice to patients who are confused by their cancer diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and the emerging area of personalised medicine.

Dr Hawson was Chair of the Redcliffe and District Medical Association from 1999-2000 and is currently on the executive as Secretary. He is President of the Australian Senior Active Doctors Association. Dr Hawson has served on numerous National and State advisory committees including: FRACP Representative, Pathology Committee, Australian Digital Health Agency (2017-18); Medical Oncology Group of Australia Representative, Medicines Australia Advisory Committee (2011-12); Medical Advisory Committee, Australian Lung Cancer Trials Group (2006-10); Oncology Services Advisory Committee to Queensland Health (1996-2002). 

Outside of medicine he has a black belt in two martial arts and continues to train in Jodo after 18 years. He was appointed to the board of The Compass Institute in 2021.

“I am passionate about ensuring senior medical professionals can continue to contribute to their communities and their profession as they transition to retirement. Senior active and retired doctors are an underutilised asset in advancing the health of the Australian community. It is imperative that a lifetime of training does not go to waste. I hope to be able to lobby on behalf of our senior members. If a retired judge can run a royal commission, why are we considered past our prime just because we hang up our shingle? Many doctors view their profession as a calling which doesn't cease when practice reduces, employment ends, or full registration demands cannot be met. We deserve the option of an encore career. As a board member I wish to assist AMA Queensland represent its members and ensure their wishes are incorporated in our strategic direction.”

Dr Peter Isdale AM
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Dr Peter Isdale AM PhD Hon DSc FQA MAICD Governance and advisory

Skilled Director

Dr Isdale has spent a lifetime helping bring science discoveries into platforms for others on which to build. He works with organisations to solve strategic and organisational dilemmas. Author/co-author of more than 50 papers in the literature of marine science, he has also been involved in the genesis, governance and management of a dozen companies, large and small, successful and vanished, and reached senior executive level in an ASX150 corporation.

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Peter is now "retired" to a world of consulting, skilled governance and advisory service to industry, member organisations and researchers. He would like to be counted among those who helped to bring innovation, entrepreneurship, commercial sustenance and good governance to organisations that make significant contributions to the society in which we live.

For his service to science and commerce, Peter was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) - Member of the General Division – 2006 and an Outstanding Alumni Award - First Forty Years 1970-2012 - James Cook University. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by James Cook University.

Beside his duties as a Non-Executive Director, he is Chairman of the Governance Committee on the AMAQ Board. He is currently the Chairman of The Wetlands and Grasslands Foundation, Non-Executive Director of Suncare Community Services Ltd (and Chairman of the Governance Committee), Chairman of the Advisory Board of the  Medical Engineering Research Facility at QUT, and is an Adjunct Professor, School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, QUT. He is an Adjunct Professor in Science and Technology, Commercialisation, School of Science, Technology and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast. Peter has  has served on more than 30 boards over the last three decades, seven of those as Chair.

“Good governance and well-conceived strategy are cornerstones of excellence in member-focused organisations. I intend that my contribution to the AMA Queensland members’ benefit will be through support for the Board and management in applying effective, well-tried principles and practice in wise governance.”