Monday, 18 — Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Invited speakers

We are proud to introduce the following speakers

Prof Karen Adams

Karen is Wiradjuri and is Associate Dean Indigenous and the Director of Gukwonderuk Indigenous Health Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University. Karen has over 25-years’ experience in Indigenous health as a clinician, researcher and educator. In her current role she oversees programs to develop Indigenous health curriculum across multiple health disciplines and increase the number of Indigenous health professional graduates. Her research interests focus on Indigenous equity within health systems and workforces

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Prof Katrina Anderson

Katrina is Chair of the Canberra Region Medical Education Council and a Board member of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Councils. She is a member of the Australian Medical Council Prevocational Committee and the Intern Training Framework Review Working Party. She is an Associate Professor, General Practice at the Australian National University Medical School. She teaches students, junior doctors, registrars, and clinical supervisors. Her main research and education interests are in medical education specifically around vertical integration, faculty development, supervisor support and prevocational training. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads a "Teaching in Medicine" pathway to Associate Fellowship Higher Education Academy for junior doctors and supervisors.

In 2017 Katrina received an Australian Award for University Teaching for Excellence in Education within Biological and Health Sciences.

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A/Prof Lilon Bandler

MB BS, MHPol, GradCertEdStud (Higher Education), FRACGP

Lilon is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. She has been involved in medical education across the healthcare sector since 1985.

Lilon has worked in general practice for many years and currently provides regular GP services (including Telehealth) to rural and remote western New South Wales, Australia. She is a member of the Macquarie University Humanities and Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.

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Dr Claire Blizard

Dr Claire Blizard is Chair of Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils, and also represents the NSW Health Education and Training Institute where she brings a wealth of both clinical and managerial experience to its Medical portfolio.

Claire has previously held positions as Director of Medical Services, Director of Acute Medical Service, Chief Executive and Director Clinical Practice and Innovation.

Claire has a passion for health education and a strong belief that it is every person’s responsibility to train the next generation.

Claire is registered with the Medical Board of Australia and has a Masters in Health Management and a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.

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Dr Kenneth Clark

Kenneth was appointed to Council in August 2020.

Kenneth is vocationally registered in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Administration. He is currently a practising gynaecologist in Palmerston North. Dr Clark is a past president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Clark was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of MidCentral DHB for 17 years and he chaired the national DHB CMO group for nine years until leaving his CMO role in 2019.

Kenneth is the Chair of Council's Education Committee. He has been involved in many of Council initiatives over recent years around improving prevocational medical education.

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Prof Peter Crampton

Peter is a professor of public health in Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori, at the University of Otago.

He researches and teaches Māori health, health systems and public health. His academic career has spanned a variety of roles including serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, health care organisation and funding, and Māori health.

He was a member of the Government’s Health and Disability System Review panel, and sits on the boards of the Health Quality and Safety Commission and the Southern District Health Board.

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A/Prof Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca is an academic rheumatologist who is passionate about patient-focused care and medical education at all levels; undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development. She is Associate Dean of Medical Education at University of Otago Wellington and convenor of the committee with oversight of the clinical years of the medical degrees at University of Otago. Rebecca is a Chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Advanced Training subcommittee in Rheumatology and member of the Adult Medicine Assessment Committee for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has active research interests in medical education including student engagement, technology in education and health system improvement and curriculum development.

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Dr Amandeep Hansra

Amandeep is a practicing GP in Sydney and a leader in digital health in Australia. She is a director of Caligo Health and provides digital health consulting services across the health sector as well as being involved with a number of health tech start-ups. She was the first CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business, ReadyCare. 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.

Amandeep works as an advisor to many digital health companies including global organisations such as Teladoc and sits on the board of Coviu, a spinout company from CSIRO’s Data61 program. She founded Creative Careers in Medicine, a community of over 12,000 doctors who think outside the square. She is also the co-founder of the Australian Medical Angels, a group of over 400 doctors who invest in start-ups and a venture partner with Healthcare Ventures, the first digital health venture fund in Australia.

She sits on a number of committees and boards with organisations such as the Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, NPS Medicinewise, Molemap AU/ NZ and ACHS International as well as being a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency. She is a Fellow of the RACGP, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Digital Health, holds a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is a Graduate of the AICD and was awarded the “Women Leading in Business Scholarship” for the Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney which she completed in 2018.

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Art Nahill

Art is a general physician, award-winning teacher, and writer with over 25 years of clinical experience, the last 15 of which have been at Auckland Hospital and Middlemore Hospital where he currently works.

He has presented on the teaching and remediating clinical reasoning throughout Australasia and the US and was the former co-host and producer of the popular medical education podcast IMreasoning.

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Prof Suzanne Pitama

MA (First Class Hons) PGDipEdPsych, PhD (Otago). NZSPsS

Suzanne is the Hauora Māori Discipline lead of the Otago Medical School and Associate Dean Māori, Christchurch campus. She is a registered educational psychologist and has been involved in Māori health research and health professional education for 20 years. Suzanne is focussed on addressing Māori health inequities through medical education, health research and through membership on appropriate committees and boards, which include the Health Research Council of New Zealand Board and as a Director on the Australia Medical Council Ltd.

Suzanne has received a number of awards for her teaching including the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence and the Indigenous Leadership Award from the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) community of practice. Suzanne was awarded the Joan Metge Medal for her research within the field of Indigenous medical education.

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Prof Lambert Schuwirth

Lambert obtained his MD from Maastricht University. In 1991, he joined the Department of Educational Development and Research there, taking up various roles in student assessment: Chairman of the Inter-university and the Local Progress Test Review Committee, the OSCE Review Committee and the Case-based Testing Committee.

Since the early 2000s, he has been Chair of the overall Taskforce on Assessment. He has been advisor on assessment to medical colleges in the Netherlands and the UK. In 2010, he chaired an international consensus group on educational research, the results of which were published in Medical Teacher.

Since 2007, he has been a full-professor for Innovative Assessment at Maastricht University – currently as Adjunct. In 2011, he was made a Strategic Professor for Medical Education at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and is also the Chair of the Flinders University Prideaux Discipline of Clinical Education.

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Joan Simeon

Joan was appointed Chief Executive in December 2017, having spent the past 14 years in various senior operational and strategic roles at Council.

Joan led the review of prevocational medical training in 2011, which has since led the implementation of changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns. This work included developing the New Zealand Curriculum Framework, creating an electronic portfolio to record an intern’s learning and provide guidance for addressing their development needs, and training for clinical supervisors.

More recently, Joan’s work has been focused on promoting the competence of, and collegial support for, vocationally registered doctors. This includes strengthening recertification programmes to ensure that doctors maintain and continue to improve their standard of medical practice and ensuring that there is a key focus on cultural safety and health equity.

Joan sits on the Management Committee of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).

Joan holds a Masters in Public Management through Victoria University of Wellington and a post-graduate qualification in Business Studies from Massey University.

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Dr Inia Tomas

Inia is an ED consultant at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland and also has experience in Emergency Medicine in Australia and Ireland. He has an interest in Māori and Indigenous health and health equity and is co-chair of ACEM’s Manaaki Mana (Māori health equity) strategy implementation group.

Since 2018, Inia has been involved in Counties Manukau Health's (CMH) Whakamana Tākuta Māori (WTM) project, strengthening the capacity of the Māori health workforce through mentoring, pastoral care and advocacy for Māori (junior) medical staff. WTM also seeks to promote whanaungatanga among Māori clinicians and students at CMH to facilitate networking and peer support within the Māori health workforce.

Inia has three little kids, plays over 40’s football and is a keen armchair sportsman.

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Dr Anne Tonkin

Anne is Chair of the Medical Board of Australia which is responsible for registration and regulation of all doctors in Australia. She has been involved in medical regulation for more than 10 years and was first appointed to the Medical Board of South Australia in 2009, prior to the National Scheme. She held the position of Chair of the South Australian Board from 2012 until she was appointed as Chair of the National Board in 2018.

Anne trained as a general physician with a sub-specialty in clinical pharmacology, and practised at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for more than 25 years. She was a clinical academic in the Adelaide Medical School for 22 years, becoming Professor in Medical Education with responsibilities for curriculum planning and implementation.

Anne has also served the Australian Medical Council as a council member and had long-standing involvement with its accreditation processes for medical school and specialist colleges up until her appointment to the Medical Board of Australia.

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Dr Janice Wilson

Janice is the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s chief executive, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to this she was a deputy director-general at the Ministry of Health, initially for mental health, then population health.

A psychiatrist by training, she was also director of mental health at the Ministry and has worked clinically as a psychiatrist, as well as a manager of mental health services.

Janice enjoys living in Wellington with her family including her dog and cat, and the challenges of being an active gardener within the wonderful climatic variations this city experiences.

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