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Amandeep_Hansra

Dr Amandeep Hansra

CEO, Evermed Consulting & Founder, CCIM
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Dr Amandeep Hansra is a leader in digital health and telehealth sevices in Australia. Amandeep co-founded Evermed Consulting and provides consulting services to insurers, start ups, health service, investors and businesses. She was most recently the CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business ReadyCare; a joint venture between Telstra and Medgate, Switzerland’s leading telemedicine provider. She also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Telstra Health and separately has assisted Medgate in setting up a telemedicine business in the Philippines where she remains the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board. She is a locally trained specialist General Practitioner who has worked both nationally and overseas and continues to work in clinical medicine at a General Practice in Bondi, Sydney.

Amandeep has a passion for medical start-ups and entrepreneurship providing advisory services for start-ups in the health technology space. She has been awarded the “Women Leading in Business Scholarship” for the Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney.

Her past career has included both public, volunteer and private work, as well as in Aboriginal Health, Refugee Health, Occupational Medicine and Travel Medicine. She is a Fellow of the RACGP, an examiner for the College, holds a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Australia Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine, mentors junior doctors through the AMA and has completed the Company Directors Course through AICD.

Dinesh Palipana

Dr Dinesh Palipana

Resident Medical Officer, Gold Coast University Hospital | Lecturer, Griffith University | Adjunct research fellow, Menzies Health Institute of Queensland & Founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia
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Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia. 

Dinesh earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), prior to completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the Griffith University. He has completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University. Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury.

As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity in medicine and the workplace generally. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.

Dinesh is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.

Dinesh is the Gold Coast University Hospital’s representative in the Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, adjunct member of Gold Coast Orthopaedic Research and Education Alliance (GCORE), and member of the Ambassador Council at the Hopkins Centre. 

Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019.

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Dr Tony Chu

Writer-Director-Producer, NAFA Productions
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Beyond clinical medicine, Tony has creative careers in filmmaking, acting and screenwriting. He is an award-winning director-producer, who has made over 35 short films across multiple genres (special interest in medical drama-comedy). He is also an accomplished actor (“Packed to the Rafters”, “Wild Boys”) and emerging feature film screenwriter (all screenplays have medical comedy themes). Within the film industry, Tony is known as the Head of NAFA [Networking Action for Filmmakers & Actors] and Festival Director of Show-Fest International.  Merging creativity with medicine, Tony founded the Creative Doctors Network and Doc Art Festival, where he was President for four years.

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Dr Ashe Coxon

Founder & Director, Medical Career Planning
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Dr Ashe Coxon (MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, MClinEd, Grad Cert Career Development), is a General Practitioner and career counsellor. Ashe started to develop an interest in career development for doctors whilst attempting to construct her career pathway in her early postgraduate training. Ashe has done her Masters of Clinical Education with a focus on career development and has completed postgraduate qualifications in career development.

Ashe is the founder and principal career counsellor for Medical Career Planning, a career counselling and planning service for doctors, and speaks to doctors nationally and internationally about their career plans and assists them to forge their careers.

Trung Ton

Dr Trung Ton

CEO, Vleep & Associate, McKinsey & Company
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Trung began his postgraduate journey on the emergency medicine training pathway, and after 7 years of soul-searching made the leap out of clinical medicine without a fellowship. He is now an associate for the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, the CEO of Vleep, a digital health startup, an Army Reserve military engineering officer, a military and medical advisor for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Trung also has a strong passion for global health, and spends time in Timor-Leste working on public health systems projects. He completed a Master of Public Health at Harvard University, focussing on global health systems and humanitarian health and human rights, and will undertake a PhD in International Development and Relations focussing on humanitarian leadership theory. He also runs his own photography business, and can occasionally be spotted busking on the streets of Sydney.

Jocelyn Lowinger

Dr Jocelyn Lowinger

Founder, Coach GP
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Dr Jocelyn Lowinger has been a doctor for 25 years and has extensive experience in medical writing dating back to 2001. She is a mentor for the Australian Medical Writers Association and been published by Medical Observer, The Medical Republic and MJA Insight as well as The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC Health and Wellbeing. She has written for Bupa and Healthdirect Australia and provided medical editing services to the Safety and Quality Commission. As well as other creative medical career activities, Jocelyn recently completed her MSc in Coaching Psychology and coaches doctors in leadership, confidence and career development.

Sonia Henry

Dr Sonia Henry

GP Registrar & Writer
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Sonia Henry is a doctor and a writer. She works as a GP registrar and her debut novel 'GOING UNDER' is being released by Allen & Unwin in September this year. The TV and film option has been sold to Lingo Pictures. She has publications on a variety of platforms, including the physician blog Kevin MD, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Medical Students Association Magazine, and the ANZ Journal of Surgery. When she's not working or writing Sonia likes travelling, drinking wine, spending time with her friends, and skiing. She is passionate about the topics covered in her book and is an advocate for a more supportive, well rounded medical system for training its junior doctors. 

Dr Vyom Sharma

Dr Vyom Sharma

GP, Magician & Mentalist, Southbank Medical Clinic
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After gaining his medical degree in 2008, Vyom Sharma completed specialist training and currently works as a General Practitioner. However alongside his clinical work, he has carved out a career in show business. As a magician and mentalist, he has performed live stage shows at the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. He enjoys engaging in health and science communication. He is a regular Guest Lecturer at Monash University’s school of biological sciences, writes op-eds on health issues and is a regular host on RRR radio station.

Natalie Thurtle

Dr Natalie Thurtle

Emergency Physician, Médecins Sans Frontières
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Natalie has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières as a field doctor, medical
team leader and health advisor, most recently on the lead poisoning outbreak in
Northern Nigeria. She has worked on this outbreak since it’s discovery in 2010
and continues to be involved. She is also an advanced trainee in Emergency
Medicine with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, currently based
at St George Hospital, Sydney. In 2014-15 she was a clinical fellow in Emergency
Medicine and Toxicology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Victoria Brazil

Dr Victoria Brazil

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service
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Victoria is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University medical program. Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care - through healthcare simulation, technology enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences. She also serves as a faculty member with the Harvard Macy Institute. Victoria is an enthusiast in the social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (Simulationpodcast.com)

Mark Hohenberg

Dr Mark Hohenberg

Managing Director & Chief Medical Officer, The Salus Clinic & Curiious
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Mark is a specialist geriatrician thirteen years out from medical school and three years out from his specialist qualification. He is working in a variety of roles from clinical geriatrics through to education, technology and consultancy to the aged care sector. His passion lies in supporting those to recognise and follow their dreams as well as helping healthcare adapt to the fourth industrial revolution: the digital age.

Rebecca Stewart

Dr Rebecca Stewart

GP and Medical Education Consultant, Medical Education Experts
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Rebecca has over 15 years experience in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education including working with Doctors who have gained their primary medical qualifications overseas. Rebecca is passionate about working with individual doctors, practices and training organisations to create successful learning environments and outcomes to enhance patient care. 

Rebecca has been a GP for over 20 years, and a GP Supervisor for most of those.  She has clinical interests  in Women’s Health, Mental Health (FPS Level 2) and Skin Cancer Medicine.

She has specific Medical Education expertise working with medical practitioners that require additional assistance to meet competency standards (e.g. with AHPRA) and/or to complete College examinations, including having developed nationally recognised monitoring and intervention systems for Doctors in difficulty, and conducted internationally recognised research in the area.   Rebecca loves mentoring and supporting Doctors interested in Medical Education, demonstrated by her supervision of many Registrar Medical Educators and Academic Registrars.  Her consultancy roles have included work for the RACGP, MedCast, RVTS, WAGPET, GPTQ, eTG and Reed Medical Education.  She is currently the Associate Director of Medical Education for the GPTQ practice Experience Program and Project Manager for the Medical Educator Research Project.

Rebecca is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (FANZAHPE).  She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation, and Masters in Clinical Education (Research).

Rebecca holds the following representative roles:

  • RACGP Qld Council Member
  • RACGP Expert Committee Member – Pre-Fellowship
  • Townsville Hospital and Health Services Ethics Committee Member
  • RACGP National Faculty of Special Interest – Medical Education (Chair)
  • RACGP Qld Research Committee Member
  • General Practice Medical Education Inc. – Executive Member

When not at work, Bec likes long-distance running, embroidery and dress-making, cooking, (trying) to play the saxophone/keyboard/ukulele,  and supporting the NQ Cowboys NRL team!

Mellissa Naidoo

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Director of Medical Services, Greenslopes Hospital - Ramsay Health Care
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Dr Naidoo has over 15 years experience in clinical and medical leadership roles across both the public and private sector.  She holds a Masters in Health Management and fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and Australasian College of Health Service Management.

A firm believer in the benefits of inclusion and diversity in leadership and decision-making, Dr Naidoo is the recipient of a Joint government/Australian institute of Company Directors Board Scholarship and has undertaken the prestigious Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program in Boston.  

She is an experienced board director and serves on several medical professional and health committees. She is an advocate for inclusive leadership, doctor health and wellbeing and flexible work and training.

With a strong interest in standards of care, diversity and medical professionalism, Dr Naidoo is passionate about healthcare improvement and person-centred care.  She is mother to two aspiring medical administrators aged 7 and 8.