Council 2020 - 2021

The council is responsible for:

  • determining questions and matters of policy for the association;
  • making by-laws about ethical considerations (including handling complaints related to the profession); and
  • making recommendations to the Board of Directors about representing the association on all matters of policy with government or other stakeholders.

 

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

President

Dr 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
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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
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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 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.

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From 2006-2010, Dr Dhupelia was Senior Medical Advisor for Medicare Australia, Health Advisory Branch. 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 also Vice President of AMA Queensland Foundation.

“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.”

Dr Sanjeev Bandi
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Dr Sanjeev Bandi MBBS, FRCSI, FRACS Urology

Capricornia Area Representative

Dr Bandi is a consultant urologist trained in India, Ireland and Australia. Dr Bandi was the Chair of the Special Advisory Group in Andrology of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand for two terms from 2007 to 2014.

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Dr Bandi has a special interest in andrology, urological oncology, prostate brachytherapy, erectile dysfunction and infertility, endourology and lithotripsy. Dr Bandi develops mobile applications for smart phones and virtual reality applications and simulations. He was one of the members of the committee appointed by the Board of Urology of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand to convert the curriculum for trainees to a modular curriculum using current technology due to his expertise in this area. Dr Bandi is the international scientific advisor and marketing director for Urodev and clinical advisor to the multi award winning CancerAid app which is currently the most downloaded cancer app in the US, UK and Australia and won the Best Global Startup and Best Startup for Social Good in 2017 in San Francisco. Dr Bandi has been one of Australia’s most successful fundraisers for the Movember Foundation for the last 11 years and has been the highest individual fundraiser for the last three years. Dr Bandi is the champion, mentor and facilitator of Coder Dojo Mackay – a volunteer group that runs coding classes for children. He is also Clinical Advisor for PHIT (Prescribed Health Initiative Targets) Nutrition and the Chief Medical Officer and one of the Founder Directors of PHIT-LABS, which is developing AI-based applications for promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

“I am looking forward to representing the regional doctors from the Capricornia Area, and those of us who work hard in these trying times to balance work and family commitments. I would like to see doctors be more proactive in influencing their own quality of life and set an example for healthy living. I am keen to be a role model to influence a change in the nutrition and activity practices across the wider community."

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 General Practice

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr Maria Boulton founded general practice clinic Family Doctors Plus with Dr Fiona Raciti in 2016 and they won the Telstra Queensland Business of the Year in 2017. Dr Boulton has worked in general practice for 16 years and enjoys family medicine and skin cancer screening, as well as performing work, pre-employment and coal board medicals and doing travel vaccinations.

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Dr Boulton is passionate about preventive medicine, continuity of care and ongoing education. Family Doctors Plus holds frequent seminars on empowering patients to manage and understand their health conditions. Dr Boulton is a regular guest on Afternoons with Kat Feeney on ABC Brisbane Radio and is the author of Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy. She is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and a member of The International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

“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 returns, inadequate MBS rebates and increased competition.”

Dr Paul Bryan
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Dr Paul Bryan BSc MBBS FRACGP DCH General Practice, Skin Cancer Medicine

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr Bryan completed his tertiary studies at the University of Queensland. Following internship and residency, he worked as a surgical registrar before entering general practice. He earned his FRACGP in 2015, and is a recipient of the Maureen Duke and Marian Sullivan Award. He has also completed postgraduate studies in both child health and skin cancer medicine

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Dr Bryan has a passion for advocacy, education, and training. In addition to his current roles on the AMA Queensland Council and AMA Queensland Council of General Practice, Dr Bryan is a representative on the RACGP Pre-Fellowship Education Expert Committee, RACGP Queensland New Fellows Committee, and RACGP Queensland Faculty Board. He is also a clinical tutor for GPTQ and an OSCE examiner for both the RACGP and the University of Queensland. Dr Bryan works as specialist general practitioner and accredited skin cancer doctor in Brisbane.

“Our profession is at a crossroads: general practice and public healthcare remain chronically underfunded, of particular concern given the ageing population and growing burden of chronic disease; our rural workforce crisis shows no sign of abating, whilst the burgeoning number of graduates creates bottlenecks in the training pipeline and threatens the quality of vocational training; pharmacist and allied health groups continue to agitate for a greater role in primary care, whilst emerging technologies threaten to fragment care and undermine the doctor-patient relationship. As an AMA Queensland Council Representative, I intend to be a tireless advocate for junior doctors, general practice, and the medical profession in general.”

Dr Marianne Cannon
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Dr Marianne Cannon MBBS MPH Grad Cert HPE FACEM Emergency medicine

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr Marian Cannon is an emergency physician with interests in public and global health, medical education and physician wellbeing. Dr Cannon trained in Melbourne and Fremantle and has worked in the private and public health sectors in UK, USA and interstate, based in Brisbane for the last 17 years. Dr Cannon is affiliated to the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, where she is currently working as Sub Dean (Wesley Hospital). Dr Cannon has numerous publications within the specialty and is published in reputed national and international peer-reviewed journals.

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"I am actively engaged in medical education as a clinical subdean at UCH clinical school and have an ongoing interest in the wellbeing of doctors in training, particularly in hospital settings, and how system factors inform their experience. I am acutely aware of the implications of climate on the health of all Australians, and the implications of this for the medical workforce. As a parent of three young adult children, I am prepared to speak truth to power, as evidenced by my advocacy activities in the past. I am inspired by those who bring integrity to leadership, and strive to create a fair and sustainable habitat for human growth and wellbeing. If I can create positive change in the role of AMA Councillor, I would be honoured to serve in this role."

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 Sarah Coll
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Dr Sarah Coll MBBS FRACS FAOA Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialist Craft Representative

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 Hasthika Ellepola
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Dr Hasthika Ellepola MBBS MD FSLCOG FRANZCOG Obstetrics and Gynaecology

International Medical Graduate Representative

Dr Hasthika Ellepola is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist trained in Sri Lanka and Australia. Currently he holds the position of Senior Staff Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Logan Hospital Metro South HS and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Medical school, Griffith University. He also is a member of the RANZCOG board of examiners.

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Dr Ellepola is a recipient of SS Ratnam - Young Gynaecologist Award (SSR - YGA) International award presented by the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the National Society and Demonstrating Leadership Qualities’ and Heart Felt Service Award in recognition of outstanding and caring service. Nominated through the ‘Heartfelt Service Award’ Metro South Health district.

“My vision is not only for AMA to be seen as a world leader for health, but to provide nationally consistent and streamlined health care system that supports its constitutes and wellbeing of our national population. I also believe that the AMA can be a leader in shaping training in our junior medical craft groups, driving clinical quality and influencing health policy.”

Dr (Deborah) Erica Gannon
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Dr Erica Gannon B Pharmacy MBBS Emergency Physician

Part-Time Medical Practitioner Representative

Dr Gannon is a senior medical officer and staff specialist emergency physician at Caboolture Hospital. A former pharmacist, she began her medical studies in 2000 at the University of Sydney and completed her fellowship with The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2012. Dr Gannon completed her early training at RBWH and most of her emergency training there as well.

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“I believe that the AMA is a powerful, important body and a community of members. Championing leadership and advocacy for members, patients and the community in general, is of paramount importance. Personally and professionally, becoming involved in the AMA will provide me a platform to not only benefit others, but also allow me that opportunity to help maintain and uphold the traditions and integrity of the medical profession in which we work."

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

Downs and West Area Representative

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."

Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson
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Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson FRACP FAChPM FRCPA (1976) Clinical Haematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care

Retired Doctors Representative

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).

“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.”

Assoc Prof Kees Nydam
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Associate Professor Kees Nydam MBBS FACEM FAChAM (RACP) AFRACMA MMEd MHM Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine

North Coast Area Representative

Although Dr Nydam now mainly works with those with recreational and or therapeutic substance disorders/persistent pain syndromes, he still visits the emergency department in a liaison consultant role. Dr Nydam holds formal qualifications in medical management, medical education and health management and is very involved with advocacy and education at local, state national and Australasian levels.

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“I have a firm belief and commitment to Virchow’s notion that ‘Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale’. I see the AMA as a modern-day conveyor of that message. My major concern over the many years of working in healthcare, has been the relatively low genuine engagement rates by my colleagues, in the macro healthcare issues. Whilst the reasons for this are multiple and complex, the glue that binds engagement is authentic personal relationships. By this I mean a genuine desire to move outside our own silos, biases and agendas to see things as others see them. The main others are, of course, our patients and the community at large. I strive to always do this. This is the sole value proposition that makes us relevant as a profession.

My hope and desire is to galvanise greater relevance and drive the necessary changes that we must take to navigate the future, rather than have them imposed on us. To succeed we will need to temper our own professional illusory superiority and the Dunning-Kruger effect.”

Dr Nikola Ognyenovits
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Dr Nikola Ognyenovits MD FRACGP FACRRM FAChAM (RACP) Addiction Medicine Specialist

Specialist Representative

Dr Nikola Ognyenovits is an addiction medicine specialist. He has a strong interest in the clinical management and research in substance use disorders, and associated mental health conditions, including developmental trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders.

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He is interested in the therapeutic use of ketamine in addictions. Dr Ognyenovits is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and a council member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. He is also involved in advocacy to inform drug policy and service development.

As a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, he contributes to the education of various health professionals. Dr Ognyenovits graduated as doctor of medicine in Budapest, Hungary, initially training in psychiatry. After moving to Australia in 1992, he worked in rural and remote centres across Australia.

“The medical profession needs a strong uniting force as we are experiencing loss on multiple sides. Governments are limiting and giving away areas of our competencies. Lobby groups from other professional bodies claim and take over what we are best trained for which is to serve the public.

At the time of the ‘contract dispute’ when thousands of Queensland doctors expressed their united purpose, we all experienced how well it works when we unite as a profession.

For the last five years, I have been the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer of ASMOFQ. There I have experienced how supporting our peers, who are in need of a professional organisation, can achieve substantial results.

I wish to contribute to the work of AMA Council as a councillor to further strengthen our voice and to protect our interests.”

Dr Rachael O'Rourke
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Dr Rachael O'Rourke MBBS FRANZCR CTCA Radiology

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr O’Rourke is a radiologist who has trained in Queensland since internship in 2004 to receiving her specialty in 2012. She has worked in both public and private practice in the past six years. In 2014, Dr O’Rourke was a strong advocate for doctors at The Prince Charles Hospital during the Campbell Newman contract negotiations. In 2015, she took on the position of Director of Medical Imaging in order to champion clinical leadership in her department and the hospital.

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“I pledge to represent the needs of all doctors, but particularly the role and standing of doctors in our hospital health systems. These doctors are under increasing pressure by a bureaucratic health care system, determined to reduce the vital role of doctors in the delivery of health care. I believe that only medically trained doctors have the skills to make the important decisions regarding the management of our patients. Only doctors can determine the important diagnostic tests and treatments options necessary to obtain the best outcomes for our patients. Only doctors can drive the vital relevant medical research and teaching that our public hospitals require. I will work diligently to achieve the best outcomes for all our members and our patients and resist efforts to diminish the role of doctors in health care delivery.”

Dr Fiona Raciti
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Dr Fiona Raciti MBBS (Honours) FRACGP DCH General practice

General Practitioner Representative

Dr Fiona Raciti completed her training in Bundaberg and values the experience and special skills gained from working in a rural environment. Dr Raciti has a special interest in women and children’s health, travel medicine and occupational medicine. She is passionate about continuing her education to provide up-to-date evidence-based care for her patients. Dr Raciti is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association.

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“General practice is the backbone of the Australian health system but is often overlooked in both the national health agenda and the media. GPs have so much to offer the conversation about primary care, evidence-based first-class health care for our patients and issues facing business owners in general practice.”

Prof Tony Rahman
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Professor Tony Rahman MBBS BMBcH MA PhD DIC FRCP FFICM FRACP PhD Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Specialist Representative

Dr Tony Rahman is Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. Prior to his post in Brisbane, he was a Consultant Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and ICU physician at St. George’s Hospital in London.

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Dr Rahman was awarded Membership of The Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 1995, appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College in 2008 and is now a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

In 2003 he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine at Imperial College, London, (2003) following three years researching mechanisms and novel therapies in acute liver failure at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School & Royal Free Hospitals, London.

His further specialist training included, Institute of Liver Studies & Transplantation, King’s College, St. Thomas’ London, where he was involved in new and innovative treatments of liver diseases, complex reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disorders and functional bowel disease.

“I am passionate about clinical medicine and how it must change to be fit for purpose and relevant to challenges going forward. This includes financial, governmental, governance and professionalism. These challenges require excellent communication skills, trust and relationship nurturing and building. This has to be relevant to all our peers, young, old and across specialties.”

Dr Louise Robinson
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Dr Louise Robinson MBBS (Honors), FRANZCO, B Com Ophthalmology

Gold Coast Area Representative

Dr Louise Robinson obtained her medical degree from the University of Sydney and graduated with honors. She underwent her Ophthalmic training at Sydney Eye Hospital and further sub-specialty training in Surgical and Medical Glaucoma at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Eye Care Centre, Canada.

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She is actively involved and committed to ongoing glaucoma clinical research, having presented at international meetings. She is committed to teaching and is an active mentor to a number of medical students as well as Ophthalmology trainees. She is passionate about supporting Young Fellows in the transition to working in the Public and Private sectors and is the Queensland Representative of the Young Fellows Advisory Group for her college.

"The Gold Coast is a vibrant community that has attracted a large number of general practitioners and specialists who are passionate about delivery of quality health care to its growing population. Every doctor has a duty to ensure that the standards underpinning medicine are flexible and up to date to reflect the constantly changing economic and medical environment."

Dr Siva Senthuran
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Dr Siva Senthuran MBBS BSC FRCA FANZCA FCICM Anaesthesia

Full-time Salaried Medical Practitioner Representative

Dr Senthuran is a Senior Staff Intensivist at Townsville Hospital where he is the lead for intensive care research. He was a founding member of the Townsville Medical Staff Society and is Deputy Queensland Chair of the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society and a member of the final fellowship exam committee for College of Intensive Care Medicine.

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Dr Senthuran is also an anaesthetist and Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and has an interest in perioperative medicine. He has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with research interests in outcomes of critically ill indigenous patients, perioperative advanced care planning and prehabilitation of frail patients prior to major surgery.

"I believe that medical leadership and engagement between administrators and its front line clinicians needs to underpin any drive for efficiency in an era of increasing health care costs. Such engagement needs to be based on shared values transferred from websites where they are proclaimed into every organisational thought, word and deed."

Dr Emily Shao
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Dr Emily Shao BSc MBBS MPH PhD candidate

Greater Brisbane Area Representative

Dr Emily Shao is a PhD trainee and has experience as a medical registrar and emergency senior house officer. She has worked across numerous hospitals in the Greater Brisbane area, including the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Redland Hospital. She is a long-standing member of the AMAQ Council of Doctors in Training. She has interests in advocating for junior doctors as well as supporting doctors' wellbeing. She is completing a PhD thesis on skin cancer in kidney transplant recipients.

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"I have a strong passion for doctors’ mental health and wellbeing, gender equality and empowering junior doctors. Junior doctors make up 30% of the medical workforce. I would like to promote the voices and opinions of junior doctors and ensure we have a seat at the table in healthcare decisions and advocacy."

Dr David Shepherd
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Dr David Shepherd MBBS FRACS FAOrthA Orthopaedic surgery

Far North Area Representative

Dr David Shepherd was born and bred in Far North Queensland, growing up and going to school in Cairns. He travelled to Brisbane for university and specialist training in orthopaedics, returning to Cairns after obtaining his specialist qualifications.

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He has practised in Cairns in both the public and private sector ever since, apart from a one-year sabbatical to the United Kingdom. He is currently in full-time private practice in Cairns. David has done outreach clinics in Innisfail and Weipa. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. His primary qualification is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He has been involved in teaching medical students from James Cook University.

“My intention on the AMA Queensland Council is to represent the views and needs of Far North Queensland doctors by acting as a conduit for communication between them and the AMA organisation.”

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Dr Maddison Taylor MD BMedSci Hons(Acc) Doctor in Training

Doctor in Training Representative

Dr Maddison Taylor completed her undergraduate degree, honours and medical degree at Griffith University in 2017. She has spent her internship and residency at Townsville University Hospital, where she is currently undertaking her first year as a medical registrar. Her area of interest centres around Neurology, having completed her honours in migraine genetics.

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Dr Taylor has had a passion for advocacy and volunteering for organisations since medical school, and has being involved in her local medical society, the Australian Medical Students Association, the Townsville Medical Staff Society and now the AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training.

“During my time on AMA Queensland State Council, I hope to be a strong representative voice for Doctors in Training and to ensure that junior doctors, who are working on the front lines, are involved in creating the innovative solutions our healthcare system needs to continue moving forward and sustain a growing population.”

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 Chair of the Brisbane South PHN and is a member of the Queensland Health Statewide Older persons health Clinical network. In addition, he 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

General Practitioner Rep

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."

Zoe Byrne
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Zoe Byrne BSc Medical Student at University of Queensland

Medical Student Representative

Zoe Byrne is currently a medical student at the University of Queensland. With a passion for all things in medical school, Zoe will be convening the AMSA Global Health Conference in 2020 on the Gold Coast and function on the AMSA Board of Directors as an Executive member at the end of 2019.

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“Leadership and advocacy are integral elements to the core of medicine, to speak for those who need a voice, to connect and unify within our profession and to continue to critically examine healthcare. I hope to engage medical students in issues that will affect our patients into the future and to ensure that people feel their voice is important in advocacy.”

Lachlan Crawford
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Lachlan Crawford

Medical Student Observer

Lachlan Crawford is a final-year medical student at the University of Queensland. He is currently attending AMA Queensland Council in the capacity of a medical student observer. Lachlan is interested in quality improvement, medical education, and patient safety. He is particularly interested in the role of organisations such as AMA Queensland in influencing change in health systems.

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