Dr Amandeep Hansra
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.
Dr Mellissa Naidoo
Director of Medical Services, Greenslopes Hospital - Ramsay Health Care
Dr Naidoo has over 15 years experience in clinical and medical leadership roles across both the public and private sector, currently as Director of Medical Services of Greenslopes and formerly The Wesley/St Andrew’s Hospitals in Brisbane and the first Deputy Director Medical Services at the then newly established Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. 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, GAICD 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 seven and eight.
Dr Yvonne Ho AM
Radiologist & Nuclear Medicine Specialist; Founder and Director, Charteris Music School
Yvonne is an inspirational speaker, businesswoman, educator, musician, medical specialist and more. She is the first woman in the state of Victoria and first Australian woman of Asian heritage to be dually qualified as a radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist (both male-dominated medical specialties), first woman radiologist to be Director of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and first Malaysian-born woman to be award Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
In her medical specialties, she diagnoses and treats diseases via cutting-edge, non-invasive imaging techniques. She subspecialises in musculoskeletal imaging, with research expertise in imaging cartilage post novel transplantation techniques. She is also the Director of Emmanuel Healthcare.
She has contributed to medical imaging availability internationally by co-pioneering Fellowship of RANZCR radiodiagnosis training to Asia. She was also pivotal in introducing PET-CT imaging to Singapore. Yvonne is unique because she has an established parallel career in music. She obtained her music qualifications as a teenager, and established Charteris Music School that innovates music education, with high quality fun learning. Her numerous awards include Order of Australia (2015), Australia Awards (2014) and Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2013). She is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government. She serves on various Boards and Councils of Australian organisations, and is co-founder of an international marketing firm.
Some of Yvonne’s passions are (1) to inspire our next generation, particularly women and minority groups, to equal workforce participation and to top leadership roles and (2) to encourage lifelong community engagement of people of the Third-Age. She speaks publicly at wide-ranging events, gives media presentations and publishes on various topics.
Dr Vyom Sharma
Doctor, Magician & Mentalist, Southbank Medical Clinic
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.
Dr Chris Jeffery
Dr Chris Jeffery has a well-rounded background of technical and management experience with qualifications in Engineering, Medicine, Leadership and Business. Initially undertaking an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chris graduated with honours and the J.H. Curtis Award for Engineering Australia’s thesis of the year. Chris graduated from medicine in 2014 and mid-way through 2016 had successfully translated aspects of his PHD into 3 different commercial entities.
Today Chris’ time is focused as the CEO of Field Orthopaedics, a medical device company valued at over 100Mn. Chris’ work has led to the inception of numerous companies and novel innovations such as headphones that personally customise sound, medical devices treating wrist arthritis, preventing surgical related infections and improving minimally invasive surgery.
Dr James Khong
Formerly Board Director, Australian Film Institute and President Australian Chinese Medical Association VIC; consultant in natural healing
Dr James Khong has experienced many things during his 77 years, but one of the things he is most enthusiastic about is living in Melbourne’s CBD.
Dr Khong has lived at the Queen Victoria Centre for the past decade and has just opened a new medical clinic in nearby Lonsdale St.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that he’s too old. The medico is lucid, lean and radiates life.
“I practise what I preach,” he said. This means good nutrition, meditation and exercise.
And if you think that’s just a bunch of well-meaning words, consider this: James’s mum Chong Chiew Ying is 100-years-old and is happily living with 100 per cent of her mental facilities in Blackburn.
Dr Khong wants to give. In particular, he wants the CBD to be a healthy place to live and says that his is the only after-hours medical clinic. He says he is always available on call (see his ad in page X in this edition of CBD News).
He is a western trained medical doctor with an appreciation of the well being benefits of more alternative practices such as massage, yoga and meditation.
He particularly believes that after hours facilities are needed for students and visitors to Melbourne.
Dr Khong came to Melbourne as a boy many years ago from his native Malaysia and boarded Melbourne Grammar before going on to graduate in medicine from Monash University in 1967.
Since then he has had a full career including directing emergency departments at Preston/Northcote, the Austin and Epworth hospitals and general practice at both Phillip Island and South Melbourne.
Never one to stay too long on the same things, he also has a keen interest in the arts and has combined this passion with medical services to the Australian Ballet and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Dr Khong has an infectious zest for life which, in part, stems from a serious illness 10 years ago which almost killed him.
He says western medicine saved him, but eastern practices sustain him.
While he regularly prescribes drugs to patients, the real prescription, he says, is wisdom and advice about how to live a full and meaningful life.
“While I was recovering from my illness, I had to hang on to something deeper and stronger to survive,” he said.
“I consider myself my lucky to be here. My purpose is to now give back what I have learned.”
Dr Niki Springett
Resident Medical Officer, Hunter New England Health
Dr Niki Springett is a Resident Medical Officer. Prior to medicine she was a fashion designer and also worked in radio. The running joke was that her surgical career would be used to fund her creative pursuits and endless art supplies.
Recognising the immense and overwhelming challenges faced by junior doctors Niki and her daughter hopped on a plane and vanished prior to internship. A year and 21 countries later they returned refreshed, excited, and ready to insist on change. Niki’s passions are peer advocacy and positive workplace cultures.
Dr Amy Imms
Founder, The Burnout Project
Dr Amy Imms is passionate about mental wellbeing, and is the founder of The Burnout Project. With a background in Emergency Medicine and General Practice, she became concerned about the prevalence of burnout amongst both patients and colleagues, and was disillusioned by a lack of appropriate support. She has spent the last three years providing education and assistance with burnout and mental wellbeing through talks, workshops, community events, online programs, and telehealth services. The Burnout Project addresses burnout at a personal and community level, and allows people to anonymously nominate people to receive a package of resources to assist in recognising burnout and taking some first steps towards overcoming it. Amy is also collaborating with a team of doctors investigating the factors that cause burnout, and aims to assist organisations and workplaces to provide safe and supportive work environments that foster health, happiness, creativity, and productivity.
Dr Nic Woods
Chief Medical Officer, Microsoft Australia
Having over 25 years’ experience in clinical medicine and digital health globally, Dr Nic Woods has held diverse roles in health tech startups, national digital health programs and medical executive leadership roles within the health IT and technology industry. These have included as the London Acute Health Clinical Lead for British Telecom on the National Program for IT, England NHS and as Physician Executive, Cerner Australia.
His role at Microsoft is to grow an ecosystem of partners spanning the healthcare continuum and improve healthcare through innovative initiatives using new technologies such as advanced analytics, AI and medical internet of things.
He believes this is an incredibly dynamic time to be working in this intersection with health information technology increasingly contributing to the delivery of better and safer healthcare now and into the future.
Dr Woods completed a BSc in chemistry and mathematics, holds an MBChB from Otago University and a Diploma in Community Emergency Medicine from Auckland University, New Zealand. He maintains his AHPRA medical registration in Australia.
Dr Jason Lam
Crichton Dance Medicine Fellow, The Australian Ballet; Principal Doctor, Performance Medicine, Southbank VIC
Jason is thoroughly unqualified to be giving any career advice. His career is notable only for being higgledy-piggledy. Somehow sneaking his way into a professional dance career despite starting late and being a bit short and stumpy, he also obtained a visual arts degree and formed a fun, but astonishingly unprofitable boutique design firm with Adam Synnott, creating visuals for companies like Australian Ballet, Bayerische Statsballet, Sydney Dance Company, Langham Hotels amongst others. #humblebrag. He collapsed a lung and had to retire from performing and decided that medicine sounded like fun after a marathon 'Scrubs' binge. After a couple of years in plastic and reconstructive surgery (and realising medicine was almost entirely unlike ‘Scrubs’), he was missing his art practice and jumped ship to GP training. It has allowed him to resume his art practice and has a new, ultra-pretentious film in the works and an overly-complicated interactive installation. He also takes photos, draws badly, teaches ballet, has an Etsy store selling custom dinosaur based jewellery, and rides his mountain bike with more enthusiasm than skill (and keeps the local ED on its toes)
He is also very fortunate to be working with the Australian Ballet as the Crichton Dance Medicine Fellow and has authored a Dance Medicine online module for the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians and has numerous research projects on the run, recently presenting at the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and really ought to write the paper soon. He loves his gizmos and is a point of care ultrasound evangelist with the RACGP, facilitating a course on POCUS for rural GPs and is personally fascinated its use in biofeedback and motor control in rehabilitation. He works at a couple of GP practices around Melbourne with an interest in skin cancer surgery and musculoskeletal medicine. He has just joined forces with Annie Strauch in launching Performance Medicine, Australia's first clinic dedicated to the health of performing artists. He rounds off his week as a medical educator with Eastern Victoria GP training where he sprouts nonsense to the next generation of GPs.
Dr Bi Mian
Founder, Investing for Doctors
Mian Bi (aka Bi), is the founder and admin for Investing for Doctors, a Facebook group for medical professionals to learn and talk about investing. He recently finished a PhD in neuroscience and has 10 years experience in basic science research. Currently, he is working his own practice aiming to reinvent the model of specialist in regional Australia amongst other projects.
Dr Marisa Magiros
Regional Head of Education – Central, Eastern & South Western Sydney, GP Synergy
Dr Marisa Magiros is a mother, wife, medical educator and GP working in Sydney. Marisa completed her JMO years at the original Orange Base Hospital before travelling overseas to locum in the UK and Ireland. She worked as a cruise ship doctor for 2.5 years before returning to Australia to attain her FRACGP. Marisa is passionate about medical education and became involved as a GP registrar. She has continued in this arena since fellowship and now holds the role of Regional Head of Education for Central, Eastern and South Western Sydney at GP Synergy. Marisa also works part time in private general practice and at Family Planning NSW. Her new challenges for 2018 are to join the MDA Eastern Cases Committee as the GP representative and undertake a leadership course. Her greatest achievement to date is raising her young sons, Will and Jack, with her Irish husband Jason.
Dr Magiros’ interests are in Womens and Children’s health, travel medicine, teaching, Doctor's health and well being, clinical reasoning and diagnostic errors.
Dr Allison Turnock
Medical Director, GP & Primary Care, Department of Health, TAS
Allison is a GP who currently works in medical administration. Enjoying variety, she has experience as a clinician; a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, where she was Chair of Admissions; a medical educator with a number of GP training organisations; Director of Rural Pathways, facilitating the Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway (TRGP); research, predominantly in medical education; and is currently Medical Director- GP & Primary Care in Tasmania. She should be finished her Masters of Public Health/Masters of Health Management by the time she speaks to you at CCIM.
Senior Consultant – Careers & Mentoring, AMA Victoria
Mardi O’Keefe is a career management and organisation development professional with 20 years of experience working in the corporate, government and health sectors leading individual, team and organisational change. She has extensive experience supporting individuals to navigate and manage their careers and is experienced working with doctors at all stages of their career – from graduation to retirement.
Mardi transitioned from the corporate sector 6 years ago to establish AMA Victoria’s career advisory & mentoring service due to a growing need from doctors for such support. The service now delivers over 500 individual coaching consultations annually and engages with 100’s of other doctors through their involvement in a range of career, mentoring and wellbeing initiatives. Exploring alternate careers in medicine is a conversation Mardi has with at least one doctor on a weekly basis and she is passionate about supporting doctors to diversify or transition their medical careers. Mardi has a BSc (Psych) and a MAppSci (Organisation Dynamics) and is a member of Group Relations Australia.
Dr Melanie Tan
Lawyer, Medico-legal Consultant and Other
Melanie is a lawyer and medical practitioner. As a lawyer she has worked mainly as a defendant medical negligence solicitor and medico-legal adviser with MDOs, while most of her clinical life has been spent as a locum in emergency departments.
Melanie recently took the step to retire from clinical medicine to channel her energy into other ways of 'giving back' through her experiences. She simultaneously embarked on a sabbatical to focus on legal scholarship, and on developing ideas around medico-legal education and mentorship. On the side, Melanie continues to dabble in a bit of jazz and a dash of media. Melanie has an unshakable habit of following her heart, mind and soul all at once and her perennial question is "Who knows what next?"
A professional development one day event showcasing doctors who have had creative careers in medicine. An opportunity to hear their stories, gain insights, network and build a community of like-minded clinicians.