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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.

Monica Trujillo

Dr Monica Trujillo

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cerner Australia and AsiaPac
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Dr Monica Trujillo is Senior Director, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Cerner Australia and Asia Pac. She leads Cerner's highly skilled team of doctors, nurses and clinicians, to raise clinical leadership, strategy and engagement across the 400+ Asia Pacific hospitals and community health centre clients. Prior to her role with Cerner she was Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and inaugural Chief Clinical Information Officer at the Australian Digital Health Agency. Monica was also the Chief Medical Information Officer at UnitingCare Health, Australia's first, as well as being the Regional Director of Medical Services for St Stephen's Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. She was instrumental in leading the Cerner implementation at St Stephen's Hervey Bay. This project delivered the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia and St Stephen's was the first Australian hospital to achieve HIMSS Stage 6 and now stage 7 accreditation. Monica obtained her degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1998, holds a Master of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators as well as Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She is a well-known advocate for clinician and consumer leadership and engagement to achieve better health outcomes.

Mikaela Seymour

Dr Mikaela Seymour

Orienteering Doctor, Queensland Rural Medical Education PNG Health Project
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Dr. Mikaela Seymour graduated Griffith University in 2015, and has been participating in medical volunteering in Papua New Guinea ever since. As an unaccredited general surgery registrar, her passions are surgery in low resource environments and combatting communicable disease. Working with Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME) she assists in the administration of the PNG health Project Orienteering Medical students to work in developing health care systems. In her spare time, she sits on the Qld council of doctors in training, and serves with the Australian Army as a reservist medical officer.

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Dr Victoria Oey

Senior Medical Officer, icare
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Dr Victoria Oey is an Occupational Physician currently working as the Senior Medical Officer with icare. In this role, she is involved in providing clinical advice and support on several initiatives across the organisation.
Victoria graduated in 2005 and moved into Occupational Health in 2011, working with national Occupational health organisations.
Victoria moved from clinical work into leadership roles, realising she had a passion for the operational and business aspects of the organisation. Victoria has worked in lead roles to ensure consistent and efficient delivery of work across national contracts. Her work has included providing clinical advice and support to medical practitioners as well as to external clients. She has also been involved in the implementation and management of a new national contract across an organisation.

Kieran Kennedy

Dr Kieran Kennedy

Psychiatry Registrar & Mental Health Advocate
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Dr Kieran Kennedy BSc, MBChB is a registrar from Melbourne working and training in Psychiatry. He holds a passion for fuelling the mental health and wellbeing of the modern man & woman. Alongside his medical work, Kieran has made moving outside the traditional medical box a mission, with an aim to break down barriers and advocate for health of body and mind combined. With a passion for sport and exercise, and work in men’s bodybuilding and fitness modelling, Kieran is a firm believer that fitness on the outside begins on the inside. His increasing moves into speaking, writing and media advocacy aim to promote this call, and have recently seen him published across prominent health & fitness magazines and appear regularly on Channel 9’s ‘The Today Show’ and Channel 10’s ‘Studio 10’. Kieran is a passionate proponent for the place modern doctors can have in the healthy influence of our communities, and is excited to share his experience of the challenges and rewards that stepping outside the lines can bring.

Instagram @drkierankennedy
www.drkierankennedy.com

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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. 

Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning

Chief Medical Officer, Inspired Adventures & Medical Director, Dermasensor
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Dr Michael Bonning is a practicing GP who works in Sydney for Loxley Health and is Chief Medical Officer for Inspired Adventures. He is also Medical Director of a US tech start-up, Dermasensor and has split his time between Australia and Sydney since 2017. Prior to that he was a medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy deploying overseas to the Middle East, South East Asia, the Mediterranean and off Australia’s northern borders. He is the current Chair of the AMA (NSW) and a Director of GP Synergy. He has previously led the Australian Medical Students’ Association and the AMA Council of Doctors in Training and been a Director of Beyond Blue. Once, just for fun he was a partner in a healthcare consulting firm.

Raghav Murali-Ganesh

Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh

Co-Founder & President, CancerAid
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Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh is the Co-Founder & President of CancerAid. Completing his Medical Training at Nottingham University, UK, Raghav moved to Sydney, Australia and undertook training in Radiation Oncology at RPA hospital, having completed his specialist qualifications in Radiation Oncology in 2016. Raghav has the ambition of improving healthcare outcomes with the use of digital tools and was drawn towards developing CancerAid. Combining oncological knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and a vision for technology solutions, CancerAid has become the number 1 Cancer App in Australia, the US and the UK. Having received prestigious honours including an appearance on Shark Tank 2017, Emerging Company of the year 2017 (AusBiotech / Johnson & Johnson), Best Global Startup (Sir Richard Branson), Best Startup creating Social impact (Steve Wozniak) and the EY Accelerating Entrepreneur award for recognition towards the initiative in creating CancerAid as an innovative healthcare solution to change cancer care on a global scale.

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Dr Georga Cooke

Director Clinical Training, Princess Alexandra Hospital
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Dr Georga Cooke has had the pleasure of working with interns, junior doctors and other clinicians for the past 6 years as the Director of Clinical Training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.   Having completed fellowships in both general practice and medical administration, Georga’s role allows her to combine her interests in education, wellbeing, clinical supervision, research, governance and quality improvement.

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Dr Preeya Alexander

Founder, The Wholesome Doctor
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Dr Preeya Alexander is a GP based in Richmond, Melbourne with a passion for all things ‘prevention’ in medicine. She also works as a medical educator at Eastern Victoria GP Training where she assists in the education of training GPs. Preeya is a regular commentator on lifestyle publications, Mamamia and The Grace Tales and is often called in as an expert for Channel 7’s morning program, Sunrise.

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)

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Dr Mitch Anderson

Shinbone
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Dr Mitch Anderson is a dual world record holder for both the 12 and 24h outdoor track cycling events. Mitch successfully attained a new World Record of 491km in 2017 by averaging close to 42km/h for twelve hours. He then went on and broke a ten year old world record of 890km in late March 2018. He recorded a new mark of 894km at an average speed of 37.25km/h. He practises as a sports doctor, physiotherapist and exercise scientist in his private practice as well as assisting in orthopaedics.

Rob Pearlman

Dr Rob Pearlman

Founder, MedApps
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Dr Rob Pearlman taught himself to code during internship and built Resident Guide, his response to the inefficiencies that a Junior Doctor experiences whilst rotating through different hospitals and terms. Since launching in 2015, the platform is now deployed in 30 Hospitals in NSW and QLD with 5,000 Doctor, Allied Health, Nursing and student user. He is passionate about health tech and improving Doctor mental health.

Zach Tan

Dr Zachary Tan

Chief Strategy Officer, CancerAid
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Zach is the Chief Strategy Officer at CancerAid. He completed his medical residency in Brisbane and St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, a management degree in Medical Leadership, and is a Schwarzman Scholar. Zachary is responsible for leading CancerAid’s commercialisation and digital product development strategies. He is passionate about finding the intersection of clinical medicine and health technology to improve the health outcomes for patients in a scalable way; and is excited to share his experiences to support other clinicians in their health innovations.

Rachael Mckellar

Dr Rachael MacKellar

Aviation Registrar, CASA
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Rachel completed her medical training in Glasgow in 2005 before moving to London where she trained as a General Practitioner. After a particularly cold, grey abd wet Winter (and Summer) in 2012 she decided to move to sunny Sydney where she started working in General Practice. She has since worked for International SOS as a Deputy Medical Director and is now on an Aviation Medicine Fellowship between Virgin, Qantas and CASA.

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Dr Robert Marshall

Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
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Dr. Robert Marshall is a medical doctor and management consultant at Boston Consulting Group. Robert interrupted his training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to complete a Master of Public Administration (Health Policy) at Columbia University, supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. He has since worked on health reform as an advisor to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and as a health economics consultant at the World Health Organization. Robert currently splits his time between clinical medicine and management consulting, where his focus is on solving complex challenges facing the public sector.

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
Learn more about Mellissa

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.

Lucy Desmond

Dr Lucy Desmond

Founder & Director, beauty within medicine
Learn more about Lucy

Lucy is a doctor, author and speaker who believes in better medicine. Better relationships with patients, more inclusive processes in hospitals and innovative resources for students and doctors alike. After having five medical journal articles accepted for publication in her first year of submitting research, Lucy realised that she wanted to be on the front lines of medical education by creating high-yield beautifully designed infographic textbooks and digital content for medical students. Celebrating the joy of learning and fighting for equality & diversity in medicine are what drives Lucy to pursue the project, called ‘beauty within medicine’.

website: www.beautywithinmedicine.com
email: info@beautywithinmedicine.com
facebook: beauty within medicine (@beautywithinmed)
instagram: @beautywithinmedicine

Bav Manohoran

Dr Bav Manoharan

Doctor, Director & Adviser, Various.
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Bav‘s a RACMA Medical Administration Registrar in Queensland, having previously dabbled as a Radiology and General Surgery Registrar over the last few years. In amongst his various clinical career hops, he developed a strong interest in corporate governance and risk management and is a director of the National and Queensland Australian Medical Association(s), founding director of doctorportal Learning; a company aimed at providing free CPD to specialists and non-specialists alike and QUEST; a Research collaborative. He advises groups like MDA National, QUT’s MERF Visions Board, the Medical Board of Australia, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and RACS in various ways.

Rob McCartney

Dr Robert McCartney

Occupational Physician, Resile
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Dr Rob McCartney is a physician who has specialised in the field of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for over 20 years. His career goal is to maximise the health, wellbeing and productivity of working people.

He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine with the Royal Australian College of Physicians and past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine. He has been an adjunct associate professor at Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work. Rob is a Board Member of Australasian Medical Review Officers Association.

A lateral thinker, Rob thrives on conceptualising new and innovative solutions, having built up several successful businesses – partnering with industry to meet their occupational health needs.

Rob has been at the forefront of innovation in Occupational and Environmental Medicine over the years with his expertise including leading the introduction of Medical Review Officer and Alcohol and other drug services to industry; being called as an expert witness at the Fair Work Commission and most recently developing cost effective approaches to pre-employment screening and injury management for the growing human services/aged care sector.

Rob has a breadth of experiences in occupational health – during the recent re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and other forms of coal mine dust lung disease (CMDLD) in Queensland, Rob assisted and advised many coal mines to not only implement new processes in response to this issue, but also to manage the levels of anxiety amongst their workers.

Clair Sullivan

A/Prof Clair Sullivan

Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
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A/ Prof Clair Sullivan graduated with Honours in Medicine from UQ and a Research Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Leeds. She is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics. She has been appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Informatics at the University of QLD and is widely published in clinical informatics and serves on several national advisory boards for digital health. She is currently the Chief Digital Health Officer for Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

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Dr Sara Souter

Group Medical Officer, Virgin Australia
Learn more about Sara

Sara is an Occupational and Aviation Medicine Specialist, kiwi born and bred but now living in the colder part of Australia (Snowy Mountains) with her husband and two teenage children. She is currently Group Medical Officer at Virgin Australia Airlines, but previously has held roles as Senior Medical Officer at Air New Zealand, and Senior Medical Officer at CASA. She has lived in the hotter parts of Australia (Broken Hill) on two occasions, early on as a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It was here she began working hand in hand with pilots and so began a career in and love of aviation medicine. She has been a CAA/CASA pilot Medical examiner for nearly 20 years.

Sara is lucky enough to have the support of her very patient husband and children to allow her to live in a rural community, but commute to work in Sydney and Brisbane for Virgin, and follow her passion for the airline industry.

Sara is an Occupational and Aviation Medicine Specialist, kiwi born and bred but now living in the colder part of Australia (Snowy Mountains) with her husband and two teenage children. She is currently Group Medical Officer at Virgin Australia Airlines, but previously has held roles as Senior Medical Officer at Air New Zealand, and Senior Medical Officer at CASA. She has lived in the hotter parts of Australia (Broken Hill) on two occasions, early on as a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It was here she began working hand in hand with pilots and so began a career in and love of aviation medicine. She has been a CAA/CASA pilot Medical examiner for nearly 20 years.

Sara is lucky enough to have the support of her very patient husband and children to allow her to live in a rural community, but commute to work in Sydney and Brisbane for Virgin, and follow her passion for the airline industry.

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