Board of Directors 2020 - 2021

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.

Professor Chris Perry

Professor Chris Perry OAM OAM RFD ED (MBBS (UQ) DTM&H (Liverpool) FRACS) ENT Surgeon


Professor Chris Perry has been a member of the AMA since 1977 when he graduated from the University of Queensland. Chris has had public appointments in Brisbane in paediatric and adult Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery since 1987. He is a Doctor at the University of Queensland. He is Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and an immediate past President of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

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Chris has been involved with research with olfactory cells and paraplegia, and is currently involved in head and neck cancer research – his CV includes 50 papers, eight book chapters and 1,600 citations. Chris has done a lot of work in remote Aboriginal communities and was one of the founders of the Deadly Ears program.

“There has not been a public/private surgeon within the AMA leadership team for some time in Queensland. As the VMOs are the major providers of public surgical services for Queensland Health, as well as the private sphere where they do more than half of the total surgery in Australia. They are an important cog in the wheel of health delivery.

The interaction between the medical profession and the federal and state health departments, to the Ministers and potentially the Queensland Premier is very important. The AMA is the only lead organisation for all doctors in Australia. We need interaction with jurisdictions, which is respectful and mature. We also need to be able to present ideas and messages to the community in a way that people can understand.”

Dr Bav Manoharan

Dr Bav Manoharan MBBS BSc GAICD Doctor in Training

Vice President

Dr Bav Manoharan is currently working as the Acting Deputy Director of Medical Services and Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Logan Hospital in Brisbane, on a secondment from his Medical Administration role at Toowoomba Hospital. He has primarily been based in south-east and central Queensland and has previous experience as a general surgery and radiology trainee.

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Dr Manoharan has had a long and deep history of service for the AMA, both in Queensland and nationally. He has been a member of AMA Queensland’s Branch Council since 2010 representing south-east Queensland and was heavily involved in major policy decisions by AMA Queensland over the years including termination of pregnancy, the Queenlsand SMO contracts crisis, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, climate change, OHO legislation, medical schools expansions and the issues surrounding scope creed by nurse endoscopists, physician assistants, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

He joined the AMA Queensland Board in 2014 and is a member of its Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and Governance committee. He was an executive member of the Queensland Council of Doctors in Training (CDT) from 2011-2018 and was responsible for designing and implementing the first Resident Hospital Health Check survey in 2016, lead and co-convened the inaugural AMA Queensland Junior Doctor Conference in 2014 and was part of the team responsible for AMA Queensland's well-being program.

At the national level, Dr Manoharan currently serves as a Director of the AMA Board (2015-) and is member of the Medical Board of Australia's Medical Training Survey Steering Committee. He is also a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency, part of the Clinical Governance Committee and was part of the Agency’s Covid-19 Response Taskforce, which led the design and implementation of several digital health initiatives to assist with the national response.

Bav has a very strong interest in medical workforce strategy and planning, advocacy, industrial fairness, and training and wellbeing of our senior and junior doctors. Professionally, he is interested in clinical governance, digital health (in particular better utilisation of digital health technologies for improved patient outcomes), population health (chronic disease and oncological management) and designing Value Based Health Care (VBHC) systems (recently completing the Harvard Business School VBHC Program in Boston). He is currently completing his Master of Public Health and Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) Qualifications.

“It probably comes as no surprise that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and evolving recovery efforts will need to be the focus for the leadership of the incoming AMA Queensland Executive team and Council."

“2020-2021 is going to be a year replete with challenges for the medical profession in the recovery from Covid-19, but therein lies opportunity as well. We know that our private colleagues (GPs and non-GP Specialists alike) have really been struggling over the last few months and the road ahead will be rough. We will stand beside them as we advocate to preserve the positive system reform that have come from the current pandemic (i.e. telehealth MBS items, electronic prescribing and improved digital systems), but ensure that the deficiencies of these are not precedent to the new baseline. We will also support them to ensure they receive fair and equitable compensation for any work they undertake to assist the load the public system will face as we come out of this crisis. Equally, we must address the significant challenges faced by our doctors in training; our stood-down GP registrars; our residents and PHOs whose attempts at readying themselves for training roles have been disrupted and the ongoing challenges faced by training registrars with interruptions to their training progression and assessments.”

Dr Eleanor Chew

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

Chair of Board and Council

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 30 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.”

Dr Sarah Coll

Dr Sarah Coll MBBS FRACS FAOA Orthopaedic Surgery

Member Appointed 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 2 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."

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Dr Mellissa Naidoo BSc BMBS DCH MHM FRACMA FCHSM GAICD CHIA Medical administration

Member Appointed Director

Dr Mellissa Naidoo has over 16 years’ experience in clinical and medical roles in the public and private sector. She advocates for leadership diversity and inclusive decision-making and has undertaken the Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program. She is passionate about person-centred care, health system improvement and doctor health and wellbeing.

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“I have a strong interest in advocacy and governance and see serving on the board as a way of contributing to the strength of the organisation and supporting the interests of the medical profession and patient care.”

Dr Nicholas Yim

Dr Nicholas Yim BPharm MBBS FRACGP General Practice

Member Appointed Director

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 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.

"I hope to bring enthusiasm and representation to address issues facing regional Queensland. I intend to advocate for all doctors and to ensure the high standards of the clinical training, which I hope will in turn improve the health of our communities and patients."

Mrs Ann Fordyce

Mrs Ann Fordyce FCA, GAICD Restructuring and Turnaround Advisor

Skilled Director

Mrs Ann Fordyce is an experienced senior executive with over 30 years’ accounting and consulting experience. With a background in restructuring and business performance services, Ann has diverse industry experience having provided specialist advice and assistance to a broad range of businesses and stakeholders.

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Ann is currently a consultant to Pilot Partners and her specialist knowledge of insolvency law enables her to provide a practical perspective to businesses whether they are looking to improve performance or manage financially distressing circumstances. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“It is important for member-focussed organisations to provide support and representation of their members, through advocacy and member services, promotion and leadership. As a generalist advising on financial and business matters, I look forward to assisting and supporting the Board and management with their decisions which will impact AMA Queensland’s standing.”


Dr Peter Isdale AM BA(Hons) PhD Hon DSc JCU 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 the 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 and Remuneration Committee), Chairman of the Advisory Board, Medical Engineering Research Facility at QUT, Member of the Advisory Committee, Institute for Future Environments, QUT, and is an Adjunct Professor, School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering, QUT. He is the Strategic Commercial Advisor in the Division of Research and Innovation at Sunshine Coast University. He 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-focussed 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.”