Committee of General Practice 2021 - 2022

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.

AMA Queensland's Board members are also honorary members of the Committee of General Practice. 

Dr Eleanor Chew
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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 Kimberley Bondeson
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Dr Kimberley Bondeson BSc (Hons) MBBS FRACGP DAME General Practice, Aviation Medicine, Coal Mine Medicals

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr Bondeson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996, and spent five years working in rural and remote Queensland. This included 12-month stints in Emerald, Warwick and Doomadgee. After completing the accident and emergency basic training, Dr Bondeson returned to Brisbane, where she worked as an after-hours doctor for three years, before attaining her FRACGP.

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She has a special interest in aviation medicine. Dr Bondeson is now a partner in a group practice in Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula where she works full-time. Dr Bondeson is the President of the Redcliffe and District Local Medical Association and serves on the Council of General Practice.

“My intention is to represent the views and voices of the doctors in the Greater Brisbane area. This includes both public and private doctors, specialist and general practitioners, and doctors in training. I will ensure the concerns of our patients and the public are listened to carefully and advocate for those who do not have a voice. Continuing ongoing monitoring of important local and national medical and political issues.”

Dr Maria Boulton
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Dr Maria Boulton MBBS FRACGP GAICD General Practice

Member Appointed Director, Greater Brisbane Area Representative, Committee of General Practice Chair

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.”
 

Lisa Fraser
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Dr Lisa Fraser MBBS FRACGP BSc (Hons) Certificate of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia General Practice

Member

Dr Lisa Fraser is a new practice owner, recent ex-new fellow, and keen supervisor in regional Queensland. Dr Fraser is a full-time GP whose interests include supporting GP ownership, maintaining high standards of training for GPs, managing change and systems development.

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Although Dr Fraser enjoy women's, children's and mental health, she enjoys all aspects of general practice, including expanding her emergency and skin cancer skills, driven by the needs of her local community.

"I am on CGP to maintain high quality, accessible general practice for Australian communities."

 

Dr Carl de Wet
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Dr Carl de Wet MBChB FRCGP FRACGP MMed PhD General Practice

Member

Dr Carl de Wet (MBChB FRCGP FRACGP MMed PhD) is a General Practitioner, the Clinical Lead for the Gold Coast PHN, and a part-time liaison and Clinical Lead for Queensland Health and resides in the beautiful Gold Coast. He is a member of the Queensland Clinical Senate Executive and the Deputy Chair of the RACGP Standards Expert Committee. His research has been presented at international conferences, published in peer reviewed journals and as a textbook. Carl is passionate about health care quality, safety and innovation (www.carldewet.com.au).

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"As the Primary Care Liaison for Queensland during the COVID-19 pandemic, the support of the AMA Queensland and its General Practice Council was invaluable. Joining the Council provided an opportunity to support our profession and peers in a practical manner." 

Dr Michael Clements
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Dr Michael Clements MBBS BEcon (Hons) MPH MHM DAvMed FRACGP FARGP FRACMA FACAsM GAICD MRAeS General Practice

North Area Representative

Dr Michael Clements served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 13 years. After working in various locations around the country and the world, Dr Clements now owns and works in a private practice in Townsville as a GP and as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He completed the DipAvmed in the UK in 2010 and remains active in the RAAF Specialist Reserve. Dr Clements continues to supervise general practitioners in training and works part-time as a Director of Rural Generalist Training for the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway.

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“My goal on the AMA Queensland Council is to represent and promote the interests of Far North Queensland doctors and practitioners in private general practices, in particular those in rural and remote areas. AMA Queensland also offers a lot in terms of support and advocacy for junior doctors and general practice registrars and I look forward to supporting our members in Far North Queensland in these matters.”

Dr Dilip Dhupelia
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Dr Dilip Dhupelia LRCPS (Ire) Dip Obst ACOG FRACGP FARGP FAICD AFRACMA General Practice

Immediate Past President

Trained in Dublin, Ireland, Dr Dhupelia immigrated to Queensland as a Resident at Toowoomba Base Hospital and subsequently Medical Superintendent at Millmerran (1978-1982) and then practised in Toowoomba (1982-2005) as a Rural Generalist Obstetrician. He served as Toowoomba LMA President, GP Connections Chair (Toowoomba Division of General Practice) and Chair of CheckUP Australia.From 2006-2010, Dr Dhupelia was Senior Medical Advisor for Medicare Australia, Health Advisory Branch.

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Since 2010, Dr Dhupelia works at Queensland Health as well as working as a part time general practitioner. Dr Dhupelia is the Director of Medical and Clinical services of Queensland Country Practice, Queensland Rural Medical Service within the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service; part-time general practitioner in Toowong, Brisbane; Board Director of General Practice Training Queensland; Member of the Clinical Advisory Group of Brisbane North Primary Health Network. His AMA Queensland roles include Board Director, Councillor; and Member of the AMA Queensland Council of General Practice. His Federal AMA roles include Member of the Federal Council, Executive Member of the AMA Council of General Practice and Member of the AMA Council of Rural Doctors. He is Chair of the AMA Queensland Foundation Board.

“Having had extensive medical experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as within the federal and state government sectors, I feel I have a good grasp of health policy drivers, ensuring holistic care within a seamless patient journey and improvement strategies in areas such as integration of primary and secondary services in rural areas. As President, I look forward to working within a wide-ranging team and hopefully add value to the fine work already being performed in representation, leadership and advocacy.”

Following his role as State President of AMA Queensland, Dr Dhupelia has eagerly taken up the position of Treasurer at Brisbane Local Medical Association and is excited to be working with the current Management Committee and Secretariat in revitalising and growing the LMA

Dr Marco Giuseppin
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Dr Marco Giuseppin BPharm(Hons) MBBS JCCA Rural Generalist Anaesthetist

Dr Giuseppin is a Rural Generalist Anaesthetist currently working at the UQ Rural Clinical School and the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Charleville, Western Queensland. A keen advocate for rural practice, rural anaesthesia, and rural maternity services, his aim is to work to "Make Rural Great Again".

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A former clinical pharmacist, he is also interested in the appropriate use of pharmacy skills in the Australian Health System. He sits on multiple federal AMA and state and national committees. His pet hate is "geographic narcissism" - the cognitive bias that (incorrectly) assumes that rural doctors and health services are inherently inferior to city services because of where they are based.

"There is an assumption by many in the city and in politics that rural doctors are 'stupid' or somehow unable to make it in big city medicine. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we accept that rural practitioners; GP's and non-GP's alike; bring skills and knowledge equal to their city counterparts, we will have a health system that Australians can be proud of."

Dr Fiona Raciti
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Dr Fiona Raciti MBBS (Honours) FRACGP DCH General practice, business owner, company director

General Practitioner Representative

As a Brisbane-based GP and co-founder of the award-winning Family Doctors Plus in Windsor, Dr Fiona Raciti is passionate about delivering patient-centred, holistic medical care and an avid advocate of owner-operated general practice as the best way to achieve it.

Helping the next generation of GPs to become independent, quality practitioners is particularly important to Dr Raciti, so she teaches GP registrars, engaging them fully in the day-to-day life of her practice and supporting them as they tackle the numerous issues and volatility currently facing the profession.

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“Empowering people to take charge of their own health and well-being is my driving ethos and I consider encouraging young doctors to actively participate in the ‘business’ of medicine equally important. 

I'm proud to be part of a supported, committed and collegiate team which thrives in a workplace that actively focuses on providing continuity of care for all patients and all staff. I enjoy adding my voice to the advocacy of Australia’s general practitioners and helping to keep their interests in the public and government’s line of sight.”

Dr Ian Williams
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Dr Ian Williams MBBS FRACGP GAICD General Practice

General Practitioner Craft Group Representative

Dr Ian Williams has worked at the Camp Hill practice since 1986 and enjoys working as a General Practitioner and with the diverse multidisciplinary practice team. He is interested in all aspects of General Practice including improving the patient journey, as well as understanding and developing the role of the whole primary health care team. Away from the practice, Dr Williams is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Medicine. In his spare time, Dr Williams is a passionate gardener.

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“I remain as keen as ever about general practice, and I’m keen to improve the healthcare of Queenslanders through the work of AMA Queensland.”

Dr Nicholas Yim
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Dr Nicholas Yim BPharm MBBS FRACGP General Practice

Member Appointed Director and General Practitioner Representative

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."