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).
Associate Professor 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 Hospital. 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."
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; 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.”
Associate Professor 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 Associate Professor 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.
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, 8 book chapters and 1600 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.”
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 Hall graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000. As a Queensland Health Rural Scholar, he trained in regional Queensland and fulfilled his bonded service in Stanthorpe, working as a full-time rural generalist obstetrician. In 2007 Dr Hall was Acting Medical Superintendent of Stanthorpe Hospital.
He then moved to Oakey and worked as the Medical Superintendent (with right to private practice) at the Oakey Hospital on the Darling Downs, and became the Principal at Downs Rural Medical. In 2012, the practice established a second site, in Kingsthorpe, and in 2015 opened a third site, in the western suburbs of Toowoomba. Dr Hall continues to practice as a GP obstetrician as a visiting medical officer in St George and other rural locations. He was one of the founding members of the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway team. He served as Rural Doctors Association Queensland President in 2008, and was Vice President of Rural Doctors Association Australia for four years. He has a passion for teaching the next generation of rural doctors and is a senior lecturer in rural medicine for Griffith University and the University of Queensland.
"As a representative of rural and regional Queensland, I hope to help advise the Council on issues affecting the health of rural Queenslanders and their health care teams. I intend to highlight important issues including the strengthening of the rural health workforce; access to essential health services, including quality primary care, emergency care, inpatient and maternity services; and strengthening access to local specialty services."
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 Gold Coast regions, which represents a significant proportion of Queensland’s doctors in training, I will focus on representing my colleagues at both the CDT and Branch Council 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.”
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.