The council is responsible for:
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.”
Immediate Past President
Born in Scotland and with a medical degree from Dundee University, Dr Boyd came to Australia in 1982, before working in general practice in Weipa. He completed obstetric training in Adelaide and moved to Mackay in 1986, initially to work at Mackay Base Hospital. In 1989, Dr Boyd entered private practice, based at the Mater Misericordiae hospital in Mackay and has provided outreach services to the Mackay hinterland for the past 30 years.
Dr Boyd ceased delivering babies in 2004 and now offers a full-time gynaecology service. He served two years as AMA Queensland Chair and has completed a company director’s course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
“It is my intention to further the interests of our members. I will support and uphold AMA Queensland, its standards and aspirations and will work on behalf of the members towards achieving the goals of the association.”
Doctors in Training Representative
Dr Hashim Abdeen is a medical registrar at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (HHS). He was the 2017 Chair of the Australasian Junior Medical Officers Committee (AJMOC), and the Chair of the Queensland State Junior Medical Officer Forum (JMOFQ).
Dr Abdeen has been one of the Gold Coast HHS AMA Queensland Council of Doctors in Training (CDT) representatives since 2015, was Deputy Chair in 2018 and now currently serves as Chair of AMAQ CDT for 2019. He was also President of the Doctors in Training Society of Gold Coast in 2016. Currently, he is a sitting member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians College Qld Trainees’ Committee (CTC), member of the Medical Board National Training Survey (NTS) Advisory Committee, member of the MDA National State Advisory Committee, representative on the AMC Intern Training Framework Review Working Party, JMO representative on the Prevocational Medical Accreditation Queensland (PMAQ) Governance Committee and Director on the Board of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Councils (CPMEC). He aspires to complete his physician training in Rheumatology and one day become a medical administrator.
“I have been fortunate enough that throughout my career thus far, I have filled many different medical leadership roles that have placed me in a unique position to gauge the advocacy, training, and wellbeing needs of doctors in training. As a Gold Coast Councillor, I hope to empower my fellow Gold Coast colleagues to become involved with the AMA Queensland and take charge of their futures. Through my role I wish to inspire others to take part in medical leadership and to foster an inclusive AMA environment to maintain the legacy of the organisation and to produce strong medical leaders of the future.”
Specialist Craft Group Representative
Dr Ashrafi is currently based at the Toowoomba Base Hospital as a part-time staff specialist; serves as Squadron leader (reservist) with the Australian Airforce; practices privately in Brisbane; is a Senior Lecturer at School of Medicine, University of Queensland; and is an examiner for University of Queensland Final Year objective structured clinical examinations, Australian Medical Council Clinical Examinations, RANZCOG Fellowship examinations.
“I believe in patient-centred care that is respectful and responsive to the preferences, needs and values of patients and consumers. I am firmly focused on women’s health issues locally and internationally. I believe I will be a strong advocate for women’s health, our specialist doctors, trainees and most importantly our patients – diverse and multicultural ensuring that everyone has access to good quality care.”
Capricornia Area Representative
Dr Bandi is a consultant urologist trained in India, Ireland and Australia. Dr Bandi was the Chair of the Special Advisory Group in Andrology of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand for two terms from 2007 to 2014.
Dr Bandi has a special interest in andrology, urological oncology, prostate brachytherapy, erectile dysfunction and infertility, endourology and lithotripsy. Dr Bandi develops mobile applications for smart phones and virtual reality applications and simulations. He was one of the members of the committee appointed by the Board of Urology of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand to convert the curriculum for trainees to a modular curriculum using current technology due to his expertise in this area. Dr Bandi is the international scientific advisor and marketing director for Urodev and clinical advisor to the multi award winning CancerAid app which is currently the most downloaded cancer app in the US, UK and Australia and won the Best Global Startup and Best Startup for Social Good in 2017 in San Francisco. Dr Bandi has been one of Australia’s most successful fundraisers for the Movember Foundation for the last 11 years and has been the highest individual fundraiser for the last three years. Dr Bandi is the champion, mentor and facilitator of Coder Dojo Mackay – a volunteer group that runs coding classes for children. He is also Clinical Advisor for PHIT (Prescribed Health Initiative Targets) Nutrition and the Chief Medical Officer and one of the Founder Directors of PHIT-LABS, which is developing AI-based applications for promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.
“I am looking forward to representing the regional doctors from the Capricornia Area, and those of us who work hard in these trying times to balance work and family commitments. I would like to see doctors be more proactive in influencing their own quality of life and set an example for healthy living. I am keen to be a role model to influence a change in the nutrition and activity practices across the wider community."
Greater Brisbane Area Representative
Dr Bondeson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996, and spent five years working in rural and remote Queensland. This included 12-month stints in Emerald, Warwick and Doomadgee. After completing the accident and emergency basic training, Dr Bondeson returned to Brisbane, where she worked as an after-hours doctor for three years, before attaining her FRACGP.
She has a special interest in aviation medicine. Dr Bondeson is now a partner in a group practice in Margate on the Redcliffe Peninsula where she works full-time. Dr Bondeson is the President of the Redcliffe and District Local Medical Association and serves on the Council of General Practice.
“My intention is to represent the views and voices of the doctors in the Greater Brisbane area. This includes both public and private doctors, specialist and general practitioners, and doctors in training. I will ensure the concerns of our patients and the public are listened to carefully and advocate for those who do not have a voice. Continuing ongoing monitoring of important local and national medical and political issues.”
Greater Brisbane Area
Dr Maria Boulton founded general practice clinic Family Doctors Plus with Dr Fiona Raciti in 2016 and they won the Telstra Queensland Business of the Year in 2017. Dr Boulton has worked in general practice for 16 years and enjoys family medicine and skin cancer screening, as well as performing work, pre-employment and coal board medicals and doing travel vaccinations.
Dr Boulton is passionate about preventive medicine, continuity of care and ongoing education. Family Doctors Plus holds frequent seminars on empowering patients to manage and understand their health conditions. Dr Boulton is a regular guest on Afternoons with Kat Feeney on ABC Brisbane Radio and is the author of Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy. She is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and a member of The International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
Medical Student Representative
Zoe Byrne is currently a medical student at the University of Queensland. With a passion for all things in medical school, Zoe will be convening the AMSA Global Health Conference in 2020 on the Gold Coast and function on the AMSA Board of Directors as an Executive member at the end of 2019.
“Leadership and advocacy are integral elements to the core of medicine, to speak for those who need a voice, to connect and unify within our profession and to continue to critically examine healthcare. I hope to engage medical students in issues that will affect our patients into the future and to ensure that people feel their voice is important in advocacy.”
Greater Brisbane Area
Dr Marian Cannon is an emergency physician with interests in public and global health, medical education and physician wellbeing. Dr Cannon trained in Melbourne and Fremantle and has worked in the private and public health sectors in UK, USA and interstate, based in Brisbane for the last 17 years. Dr Cannon is affiliated to the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, where she is currently working as Sub Dean (Wesley Hospital). Dr Cannon has numerous publications within the specialty and is published in reputed national and international peer-reviewed journals.
"I am actively engaged in medical education as a clinical subdean at UCH clinical school and have an ongoing interest in the wellbeing of doctors in training, particularly in hospital settings, and how system factors inform their experience. I am acutely aware of the implications of climate on the health of all Australians, and the implications of this for the medical workforce. As a parent of three young adult children, I am prepared to speak truth to power, as evidenced by my advocacy activities in the past. I am inspired by those who bring integrity to leadership, and strive to create a fair and sustainable habitat for human growth and wellbeing. If I can create positive change in the role of AMA Councillor, I would be honoured to serve in this role."
North Area Representative
Dr Michael Clements served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 13 years. After working in various locations around the country and the world, Dr Clements now owns and works in a private practice in Townsville as a GP and as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner.
He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. He completed the DipAvmed in the UK in 2010 and remains active in the RAAF Specialist Reserve. Dr Clements continues to supervise general practitioners in training and works part-time as a Director of Rural Generalist Training for the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway.
“My goal on the AMA Queensland Council is to represent and promote the interests of Far North Queensland doctors and practitioners in private general practices, in particular those in rural and remote areas. AMA Queensland also offers a lot in terms of support and advocacy for junior doctors and general practice registrars and I look forward to supporting our members in Far North Queensland in these matters.”
Specialist Craft Group Representative
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."
International Medical Graduate Representative
Dr Hasthika Ellepola is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist trained in Sri Lanka and Australia. Currently he holds the position of Deputy Director Gynaecology, Senior Staff Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Logan Hospital Metro South HS and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Medical school, Griffith University. He also is a member of the RANZCOG board of examiners.
Dr Ellepola is a recipient of SS Ratnam - Young Gynaecologist Award (SSR - YGA) International award presented by the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the National Society and Demonstrating Leadership Qualities’ and Heart Felt Service Award in recognition of outstanding and caring service. Nominated through the ‘Heartfelt Service Award’ Metro South Health district
“My vision is not only for AMA to be seen as a world leader for health, but to provide nationally consistent and streamlined health care system that supports its constitutes and wellbeing of our national population. I also believe that the AMA can be a leader in shaping training in our junior medical craft groups, driving clinical quality and influencing health policy”
Part-Time Medical Practitioner Craft Group
Dr Gannon is a senior medical officer and staff specialist emergency physician at Caboolture Hospital. A former pharmacist, she began her medical studies in 2000 at the University of Sydney and completed her fellowship with The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2012. Dr Gannon completed her early training at RBWH and most of her emergency training there as well.
I believe that the AMA is a powerful, important body and a community of members. Championing leadership and advocacy for members, patients and the community in general, is of paramount importance. Personally and professionally, becoming involved in the AMA will provide me a platform to not only benefit others, but also allow me that opportunity to help maintain and uphold the traditions and integrity of the medical profession in which we work.
Downs and West Area Representative
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."
Retired Doctors Representative
Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1969. He trained initially in laboratory haematology (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital) then as a physician in clinical haematology (Princess Alexandra Hospital) and was director of pathology and medical oncology at The Prince Charles Hospital from 1981 to 1995.
Associate Professor Hawson served as Director of Oncology and Palliative Care at Redcliffe Hospital, then served a similar role at Nambour Hospital. Queensland Health appointed Associate Professor Hawson as an Eminent Specialist. He has worked in private practice as a laboratory haematologist and medical oncologist intermittently throughout his career and was Chair of the Redcliffe and District Medical Association from 1999-2000. He retired from public hospital practice in September 2017 and is now involved part-time in his new interest of ‘Cancer Second Opinion’ hoping to help those who are confused by their cancer diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and the emerging area of personalised medicine.
“Having reached the period of incipient permanent retirement, I am passionate about ensuring we medical professionals can continue to contribute to medicine and a lifetime of training does not go to waste. I hope to be able to lobby on behalf of our senior members. If a retired judge can run a royal commission, why are we considered past our prime just because we hang up our shingle? Consideration needs to be made for genuine impairment but, if not impaired, why waste a resource?”
North Coast Area Representative
Dr Herdy graduated from University of Queensland in 1973. He is currently in family practice in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, where about one-third of his practice is with residential aged care and about one-third with drug addiction practice. He has three GP registrars in his practice. Dr Herdy is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army Reserve.
“I aim to represent the views of my constituents to Council; to promote patient safety especially by diminishing role substitution and developing task delegation; and to assure the future of young graduates by promoting best education and best career prospects.”
General Practitioner Craft Group Representative
Dr Horsburgh trained at the University of Queensland (UQ) and graduated in 2002, before performing his internship and residency at Townsville Hospital. He then served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Medical Officer, where he served in Iraq and East Timor.
Dr Horsburgh trained in aviation and diving medicine during this time. Dr Horsburgh completed his FRACGP training in 2008. He is now a full-time general practitioner in Annerley, Brisbane.
“As an AMA Queensland Councillor, I hope to focus on improving the MBS rebate for medical practitioners to help make general practice viable. I feel it is important that we keep advocating for improved clinical training pathways for medical students and junior doctors with access to general practice exposure during that time. I have worked across many aspects of the health care spectrum including critical care, general practice and defence. I look forward to working with the hard-working team that makes up the AMA Queensland Council and I hope to continue advocating for all doctors.”
Greater Brisbane Area Representative
Dr John de Laat graduated from the University of Queensland's Medical School in 2012. He did his intern and resident training at Redcliffe Hospital, where he was Chair of the Residents' Council. He enthusiastically completed general practice training in practices in Morayfield, Deception Bay and Nundah.
Currently he is enjoying dividing his time between a practice in Wavell Heights and teaching medical students at the University of Queensland. As a Brisbane native he appreciates the opportunity to serve as one of the Greater Brisbane Area Representatives, and is always happy to have a chat with any of his colleagues..
“Doctors always seem willing to put in their best for their patients. The AMA is a group dedicated not just to protecting healthcare and patients, it also fights for all these medical practitioners who advocate for their patients, often at the expense of advocating for themselves. I hope to continue the AMA's proud tradition of supporting all of the doctors who put their patients first. I believe that by doing this the AMA also helps to protect the Australian healthcare system and the patients who access it. For a long time the care, knowledge and hard work of Australian doctors has made our healthcare system one of the world's best, and we must keep fighting to ensure it stays that way."
Greater Brisbane Area Representative
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.”
Gold Coast Area Representative
Dr McLean was born and raised in rural New Zealand and studied medicine at the University of Otago and graduated in 2003. She works as a part-time general practitioner on the Gold Coast and is an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Director of Gold Coast General Practice, Executive Member of the Gold Coast Medical Association and a Queensland Board Member for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr McLean serves on the Gold Coast Primary Healthcare Network’s Aged Care and Palliative Care Leadership Committee, the Primary Healthcare Network’s Education Committee and RACGP’s Expert Committee on Post Fellowship Education.
“I firmly believe medicine extends beyond the immediate clinical environments in which we are working. So much can be achieved by actively stepping outside of our individual comfort zones and contributing at a broader level. My involvement in organisational work came primarily from a frustration at a ‘grassroots level’, over time however I have come to understand the complexity and challenges involved with advocacy work. I have gained a glimpse at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and am constantly inspired by the clinicians I meet and work they are undertaking.
As medical professionals we lead exceedingly busy lives, communication is challenging, we constantly grapple with 'information overload'. I feel is is critical that our professional organisations continue to explore innovative ways to communicate with, and engage with, members, the broader medical profession, and the students who are our medical future. I believe that strength lies with genuinely embracing and recognising the power that comes with diversity, in all its forms. There is a shift in the culture around this and it is pleasing to see organisations such as the Lancet leading the way https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(19)31797-0.pdf
‘Moral Injury’ is a term being adopted by many in the medical profession. This is a term encompasses the impact on clinicians of systems restraints, colliding with the desire to deliver the best possible care we can for our patients. As a GP I hear first hand the stories of many Doctors, there are common themes and collectively we are all grappling with significant professional challenges. We must all work to ensure the culture of medicine evolves, and that systems adapt to better support clinicians. Being outside the hospital system I have unique perspective of the issues being faced, I am also in a unique position to advocate on behalf of those who feel unable to raise concerns individually. On the Gold Coast I am working closely with the Gold Coast Medical Association executive, General Practice Gold Coast Board, and our Gold Coast University Hospital Doctors in Training representatives to identify how our local independent medical associations can better support our hospital based colleagues. Whilst there are significant challenges I am constantly humbled by those I meet and inspired by the strengthening desire to drive for meaningful change.
I view leadership to have two core components, firstly to facilitate connection between those driven by shared interests. And secondly, to assist in facilitating the collaborative outcomes that stem from this to translate to meaningful changes.
I have had the privilege of being actively involved with our local Gold Coast medical organisations look forward to representing the Gold Coast on the AMA Queensland Council."
Specialist Craft Group Representative
Dr Nikola Ognyenovits is an addiction medicine specialist. He has a strong interest in the clinical management and research in substance use disorders, and associated mental health conditions, including developmental trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders.
He is interested in the therapeutic use of ketamine in addictions. Dr Ognyenovits is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and a council member of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs. He is also involved in advocacy to inform drug policy and service development.
As a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, he contributes to the education of various health professionals. Dr Ognyenovits graduated as doctor of medicine in Budapest, Hungary, initially training in psychiatry. After moving to Australia in 1992, he worked in rural and remote centres across Australia.
Greater Brisbane Area Representative
Dr O’Rourke is a radiologist who has trained in Queensland since internship in 2004 to receiving her specialty in 2012. She has worked in both public and private practice in the past six years. In 2014, Dr O’Rourke was a strong advocate for doctors at The Prince Charles Hospital during the Campbell Newman contract negotiations. In 2015, she took on the position of Director of Medical Imaging in order to champion clinical leadership in her department and the hospital.
“I pledge to represent the needs of all doctors, but particularly the role and standing of doctors in our hospital health systems. These doctors are under increasing pressure by a bureaucratic health care system, determined to reduce the vital role of doctors in the delivery of health care. I believe that only medically trained doctors have the skills to make the important decisions regarding the management of our patients. Only doctors can determine the important diagnostic tests and treatments options necessary to obtain the best outcomes for our patients. Only doctors can drive the vital relevant medical research and teaching that our public hospitals require. I will work diligently to achieve the best outcomes for all our members and our patients and resist efforts to diminish the role of doctors in health care delivery.”
General Practitioner Craft Group
Dr Fiona Raciti completed her training in Bundaberg and values the experience and special skills gained from working in a rural environment. Dr Raciti has a special interest in women and children’s health, travel medicine and occupational medicine. She is passionate about continuing her education to provide up-to-date evidence-based care for her patients. Dr Raciti is a founding member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association.
Full-time Salaried Medical Practitioner Craft Group Representative
Dr Senthuran is a Senior Staff Intensivist at Townsville Hospital where he is the lead for intensive care research. He was a founding member of the Townsville Medical Staff Society and is Deputy Queensland Chair of the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society and a member of the final fellowship exam committee for College of Intensive Care Medicine.
Dr Senthuran is also an anaesthetist and Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and has an interest in perioperative medicine. He has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology with research interests in outcomes of critically ill indigenous patients, perioperative advanced care planning and prehabilitation of frail patients prior to major surgery.
"I believe that medical leadership and engagement between administrators and its front line clinicians needs to underpin any drive for efficiency in an era of increasing health care costs. Such engagement needs to be based on shared values transferred from websites where they are proclaimed into every organisational thought, word and deed."
Far North Area Representative
Dr David Shepherd was born and bred in Far North Queensland, growing up and going to school in Cairns. He travelled to Brisbane for university and specialist training in orthopaedics, returning to Cairns after obtaining his specialist qualifications.
He has practised in Cairns in both the public and private sector ever since, apart from a one-year sabbatical to the United Kingdom. He is currently in full-time private practice in Cairns. David has done outreach clinics in Innisfail and Weipa. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. His primary qualification is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He has been involved in teaching medical students from James Cook University and is organising the Cairns Local Medical Association.
“My intention on the AMA Queensland Council is to represent the views and needs of Far North Queensland doctors by acting as a conduit for communication between them and the AMA organisation.”
General Practitioner Craft Group
Dr Yim achieved his MBBS from Griffith University, Gold Coast in 2011. He trained at the Gold Coast Hospital and further pursued a career in general practice in Hervey Bay. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and continues to work as a full-time general practitioner in Hervey Bay.
Since 2015 he joined the Fraser Coast Medical Association as secretary. Dr Yim plays an active role in medical education for the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School and Generalist Medical Training.
"I hope to bring enthusiasm and representation to address issues facing regional Queensland. I intend to advocate for all doctors and to ensure the high standards of the clinical training, which I hope will in turn improve the health of our communities and patients."