Dr. Andrew Peacock
Based in Noosa, Queensland, Andrew works as a locum in Emergency Care and occasionally in General Practice. He is also an award winning photographer, adventurer and an educator in his role as the Medical Director of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Australia.
In between trips, this 1991 BM BS (Hons) graduate was able to spare a few minutes to chat on a recent trip to Adelaide to visit family and friends, and to speak about his upcoming Antarctica photographic journey in November 2015.
So what exactly is Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and how did he get involved?
Andrew explains, “It is relatively new to think of it as a distinct area of medicine. It can involve anything from working as a doctor on an Antarctic cruise ship to participating as a full climbing member of a team trying to summit a Himalayan peak. Medical knowledge and skills are applied in remote environments with little in the way of back up.”
“My ‘career’ in medicine changed when I did a rock-climbing course at the end of my first year surgical residency in the US, and I was immediately hooked.”
Andrew admits he has been fortunate “there isn’t much in the way of well-paid opportunities.” He adds “I have been lucky to move into teaching specialised expedition medicine courses. It affords me ongoing exposure in that area.”
Now a professional adventure travel photographer, Andrew has been perfecting his craft since discovering a penchant for it as a teenager. He took a year off medical studies and documented his travels in Europe while competing in the Junior World Kayaking Championships.
Dr Melanie Tan
Lawyer & Medicolegal Consultant, Rankin & Co & Medical Practitioner, Freelance Educator/Writer, Media Presenter, PhD Candidate (Law).
Melanie is a qualified lawyer and medical practitioner based in Melbourne. She graduated from Melbourne University (MBBS) and completed her internship before relocating to the UK, where she read law at Cambridge University and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in London.
Melanie has worked as a medical negligence solicitor (defence), medical indemnity claims manager, medicolegal adviser with medical defence organisations and more recently as a media presenter (you may have seen her face in your doctor’s surgery!). Over this period she has maintained her clinical practice, working as a locum doctor in emergency departments. As an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship holder, Melanie is currently writing a PhD thesis in law examining concepts of risk at its interface with medicine in the area of medical negligence.
Melanie is now a Lawyer and Medicolegal Consultant with Rankin & Co. [Business Lawyers], offering general medicolegal advice and supporting the wide range of legal services provided by the firm. In her own time, Melanie is a freelance educator and writer.
Dr Jason Lam
Crichton Dance Medicine Fellow, The Australian Ballet
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 which he recently finished. 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, 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 rounds off his week as a medical educator with Eastern Victoria GP training where he sprouts nonsense to the next generation of GPs.
Dr Sachin B Patel
Founder & Director, The Doctors' Success Institute
After achieving extraordinary success in both General Practice and business, Sachin now coaches and mentors fellow medical professionals, helping doctors create a life with less stress, more time and more income.
Previously Sachin, like many, had been caught up in the urgent demands of his medical practices and struggled with feelings of overwhelm. He traveled near and far to learn from some of the best strategic and spiritual thinkers in the world. He implemented their teachings, and has undergone transformational change and made it his mission to share this information to help inspire others.
Dr. Mellissa Naidoo, MD
Deputy Executive Director - Clinical Governance, Research, Education, Gold Coast Health
Dr Naidoo has over 14 years experience in clinical and medical administration roles across both the public and private sector, including as Director of Medical Services of The Wesley and St Andrew’s Hospitals in Brisbane and the first Deputy Director Medical Services at the 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 recently undertaken the prestigious Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program in Boston. She is a not-for-profit board director and serves on the Queensland Medical Women’s Society as the Australian Federation of Medical Women Representative. She is an advocate for inclusive leadership, doctor health and wellbeing and flexible training.
With a strong interest in standards of care, education and training, diversity and medical professionalism, Dr Naidoo is passionate about healthcare improvement and person-centred care. She is mother to two aspiring medical administrators aged 6 and 7.
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. James Khong
Dr. James Khong has experienced many things during his 73 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.”
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