AMA Queensland Directors carry certain responsibilities additional to those of councillor, including financial overview of the organisation.
Each member of the Board of Directors must comply with all obligations and duties imposed on them as director of the Association under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
The Board of Directors must carry out the general policy of the association and generally administer the affairs of the association in compliance with this constitution, the by-laws and represent the association on all matters of policy with government or other bodies or persons.
The Board of Directors may exercise all powers and do all things which the association may do which are not required by any statute, this constitution or the by-laws to be exercised or done by a general meeting or any other person(s).
Dr Rudd has been practising as a general practitioner for 30 years and is currently based on the Sunshine Coast. He enjoys all areas of general practice and served as AMA Queensland President in 2014-15 and is now Chair of the AMA Queensland Board and Council, on which he has been a representative for the past 11 years.
He also served as the AMA Queensland Honorary Secretary; Chair of the AMA Queensland International Medical Graduates Committee and Chair of the General Practice Liaison Officer State Committee.
"My goal is to represent and serve the members of our association and continue building a strong membership and financial base that provides us with a powerful lobbying platform."
Trained in Dublin, Ireland, Dr Dhupelia immigrated to Queensland as a Resident at Toowoomba Base Hospital and subsequently Medical Superintendent at Millmerran (1978-1982) and then practised in Toowoomba (1982-2005) as a Rural Generalist Obstetrician. He served as Toowoomba LMA President, GP Connections Chair (Toowoomba Division of General Practice) and Chair of CheckUP Australia.
From 2006-2010, Dr Dhupelia was Senior Medical Advisor for Medicare Australia, Health Advisory Branch. 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; Chair of Governance; 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 Michael Cleary commenced working with Queensland Health over 30 years ago, and currently holds a clinical leadership role as the Executive Director of the Princess Alexandra and QE II Hospitals. He has a number of qualifications including a medical degree from the University of Queensland, a Master of Health Administration; he is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
He has qualifications in disaster medicine, trauma care, pre-hospital care, and has been a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS). Dr Cleary has worked in a range of roles within emergency medicine, medical administration and health policy development. His previous appointment was Deputy Director-General Health and Chief Operations Officer within the Department of Health. Prior to that, he held roles within health services as Executive Director and Director Medical Services at Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals and Executive Director of Medical Services for the Prince Charles Hospital Health Service District. Dr Cleary is currently the President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
“Leadership by the medical profession in the design and operation of the Australian healthcare system is essential. AMA Queensland’s role in supporting the development of medical leadership is essential in ensuring well-constructed and considered advice is provided to the community, government and health service managers."
Member Appointed Director
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.
“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."
Member Appointed Director
Dr Manoharan is a Radiology Registrar based in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. He is currently the AMA Queensland Treasurer and Director of the Board. He has been a member of AMA Queensland’s Branch Council for seven years representing South-East Queensland. Dr Manoharan is also a executive member of the Queensland Council of Doctors in Training (CDT).
At the federal level, Dr Manoharan previously served as the Queensland representative on the AMA CDT and currently serves as a Director of the AMA Board. He is also a Statutory Appointee to the Medical Board of Australia's National Training Survey Steering Committee and a member of MDA National's State Advisory Committee. His special interests include medical education, clinical governance and management.
“As a training doctor and a representative for the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions, which represents a significant proportion of Queensland’s doctors in training, I will focus on representing my colleagues at both the federal and state level. We need to work to improve the quality of, and fair access to, training and education in both the prevocational and vocational arenas, including ensuring training is affordable to trainee doctors and working conditions and awards are protected and enforced. As an organisation, we need to prioritise our engagement with our membership and deliver value to them. I look forward to assisting all Directors, Branch Councillors and members of the profession who ask for my counsel.”
Member Appointed Director
Dr Naidoo has over 14 years’ experience in clinical and medical executive 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 and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The recipient of a Joint Australian Government/AICD Board Diversity Scholarship, Dr Naidoo is an advocate for leadership diversity and inclusive decision-making, serves on the Queensland Medical Women’s Society, and has undertaken the highly regarded Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program in Boston. She is passionate about person-centred care, health system improvement and doctor health and wellbeing. Dr Naidoo is a long-standing AMA member, having previously served on the Queensland Council of Doctors in Training.
Ben is a practising financial adviser and senior partner with the privately-owned financial planning and funds management firm, Stonehouse Group. He holds qualifications in finance, accounting, economics and business administration and has been a representative on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards since 2006.
Ben, as a Special Skills director, brings attributes relating to finance and business to the AMA Queensland Board from a perspective outside the medical sphere but yet with a great appreciation and respect for the profession and its many stakeholders.
“I am honoured to serve the members of the AMA Queensland as a board member, to help assure the continuing success of the organisation in improving the conditions of the profession and to assist them in meeting patients’ needs.”
Dr Isdale has spent a lifetime helping science discoveries into platforms for others on which to build. He enjoys working with organisations to solve strategic and organisational dilemmas. Author/co-author of more than 50 papers in the literature of marine science, he is also been involved in the genesis, governance and management of a dozen companies, large and small, successful and vanished, and reached senior executive level in an ASX150 corporation.
Now “retired” to a world of consulting, skilled governance and advisory service to industry, member organisations and researchers. He would like to be counted among those who helped to bring innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial sustenance and good governance to organisations that make significant contributions to the society in which we live.
For his service to science and commerce, Peter was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) - Member of the General Division – 2006 and an Outstanding Alumni Award - First Forty Years 1970-2012 - James Cook University.
He is currently the Chairman of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd, the The Wetlands and Grasslands Foundation, Non-Executive Director, Emergency Medicine Foundation Ltd (Chair of the Research Evaluation Panel), Deputy Chairman of Suncare Community Services Ltd, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Medical Engineering Research Facility, QUT, Member, Advisory Committee, Institute for Future Environments, QUT, and is Adjunct Professor, School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering, QUT. He has served on more than 30 boards over the last three decades.