Committee of Doctors in Training Special Interest Group Leads

The AMA Queensland Committee of Doctors in Training has six special interest groups (SIGs): digital health, industrial relations, rural and remote, wellbeing, sustainability and education. The Chairs and Deputy Chairs are listed below. 

Oliver Hovav
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Dr Oliver Hovav MD Principal House Officer

Digital Health Special Interest Group Chair

Dr Oliver Hovav was the immediate past communication portfolio executive for CDT. In 2022, Oliver will be the chair for the new Digital Health SIG and working as a Principal House Officer in plastic and reconstructive Surgery. Oliver has previously worked in research and areas of virtual surgical planning and electronic scheduling delivery. He has a passion for creating a collaborative environment for doctors in training to access, innovate and undertake research in areas of digital health. 

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Honor Magon
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Dr Honor Magon BSc MBBS GCertBLead Registrar

Digital Health Special Interest Group Deputy Chair

Honor has been a member of AMA Queensland's Committee of Doctors in Training since 2015, being a part of the inception of projects such as the Resident Hospital Health Check and Wellbeing at Work. She's a doctor who is passionate about improving the lives of healthcare workers through digital innovation. Honor is the first digital health junior doctor for Metro South Health, uncovering frontline clinician needs and translating them to digital solutions. In addition to this, she is also working towards specialist qualifications in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

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"I’m part of AMA Queensland because of the support that the organisation has shown me over the years. I also love the collaborative nature which inspires creativity amongst doctors."

Michael Isaacs
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Dr Michael Isaacs MD BSc BA Junior House Officer

Industrial Relations Special Interest Group Chair

Dr Isaacs is a JHO at Ipswich Hospital, researcher in opthalmology at QCH, and was the 2021 CDT Industrial Portfolio Co-Lead. He has a passion for IR issues and advocacy, including fostering better knowledge of workplace rights and aggressively pursuing DiT issues on a local level. His experience as a union delegate, both presently with ASMOFQ and in other industries, positions him well for this year's MOCA6 negotiations.

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Antony Ji
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Dr Antony Ji MBBS BSc(Biom) AMusA Registrar

Industrial Relations Special Interest Group Deputy Chair

Dr Antony Ji is currently an Anaesthetics registrar, and passionate supporter of helping make the working lives for doctors fairer. He has previously held positions on various hospital prevocational medical education committees, and the AMA Junior Medical Officer Forum Queensland. His advocacy, passion for improving work environments, and interest in technology helps bring a unique skill-set for the Industrial Relations Special Interest Group. 

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Keith Potent
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Dr Keith Potent MBBS(Hons) BSc BMath AMAQ Principal House Officer

Rural and Remote Portfolio Chair

Dr Potent is a strong advocate for rural and remote issues. He is member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Rural Surgery Section, a Lecturer at University of Queensland Rural Clinical School, and a reviewer for the Australian Health Review. He has been a Principal investigator for three industry clinical trials in point-of-care devices and vaccines. His primary agenda is to improve local access to accredited specialist care in Northern Australia by decentralising accredited training locations and increase duration of training in regional centres.

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Elise Witter
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Dr Elise Witter BSc MD Registrar

Rural and Remote Special Interest Group Deputy Chair

Dr Witter works at the Cairns Hospital and has worked and studied in a variety of regional, rural and remote settings, ranging from Bundaberg to Yeppoon, including a term with the Royal Flying Doctors' Service in Lockhart River. Currently working in mental health, she has a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, promoting doctor-in-training wellbeing and ensuring equity in educational and vocational opportunities for the rural and remote medical workforce.  She has an extensive background in advocacy and hopes to utilise this experience to improve the experience of doctors training in rural and remote Australia. 

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Henness Wong
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Dr Henness Wong BSc MD Junior House Officer

Sustainability Special Interest Group Deputy Chair

Dr Wong has been part of the CDT from 2021 as a Hospital Representative. He is excited to serve the inaugural Sustainability Special Interest Group in 2022 with his trainings from Climate And Health Advocacy and Doctors for Environment Australia. He is an Indigenous person from Hong Kong, his upbringing in the agricultural community nurtured his commitment to serve environmental sustainability, health equity and social justice causes. After studying psychology in the UK, he worked in smoking cessation research and volunteered as a counsellor for HIV/AIDS testing in Hong Kong.  
 

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Rob Thomas
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Dr Robert Thomas BSc MBBS GCBusLead (Med Leadership) Rehabilitation Registrar

Wellbeing Special Interest Group Chair

Dr Thomas has been heavily involved with membership organisations for several years, and is a past National President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association. He is passionate about medical education, health equity and supporting diversity in the medical field. In 2022, Rob is commencing as a Rehabilitation Registrar, and will be using his mental health and policy background in the role of chair of the Wellbeing SIG.
 

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Rhys Harris
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Dr Rhys Harris BMedSc MD Junior House Officer

Education Special Interest Group Deputy Chair

Rhys is the 2022 Education Special Interest Group Deputy Chair and is working at Gold Coast University Hospital as a Junior House Officer. In 2021, he was the AMA Queensland Committee of Doctors in Training Gold Coast University Hospital Representative. He is also the current chair of the Prevocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (PVOGS) Queensland, and a member of the AMA CDT Policy Advisory Committee (C-PAC). He is passionate about ensuring doctors in training are well supported through all stages of their training.

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"I am a member of the AMA as I am passionate about supporting doctors in achieving their career goals and ensuring we are well supported in our workplace."