Dr Allison Turnock
Medical Director, GP & Primary Health, Department of Health & Human Services VIC
Dr Allison Turnock is a GP who also works in medical education and medical administration. Allison has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, and was Chair of Admissions. She has also worked for General Practice Regional Training Organisations in both Tasmania and Queensland. More recently as Director, Rural Pathways in Tasmania, Allison is facilitating the Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway (TRMGP).
Dr Jonathan King
Founder & CEO, Lysn
Dr Jonathan King is the Founder and CEO of Lysn, an online health platform which allows all Australians access to qualified Australian psychologists via phone and video tele-conferencing. After graduating from Bond University, Jonathan travelled throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria and ACT as a surgical registrar in both the metropolitan and rural communities. It was during these travels, he recognised the health inequalities relating to access of services, and as a result, Lysn was born.
Given his passion for utilising health technology to improve outcomes, Jonathan has co-founded an AI research platform with a major Sydney Hospital that will launch in the near future.
Jonathan is also a strong advocate for decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and improving wellbeing in the workplace. He dedicates his spare time to supporting several charities including Livin, Heart On My Sleeve, Mindful Aus, Stay ChatTy, and Bladder Cancer Awareness Australia.
Dr Vijay Paul
Co founder, Vantari VR
Dr Vijay Paul is co-founder of Vantari VR, a virtual reality application for medicine, built with the intention of harnessing the power of VR for transformative healthcare applications. Vijay has always been passionate about working at the intersection of technology and health, to leverage the unique strengths of emerging technology to solve real life problems in clinical medicine. He sees the Australian healthcare landscape as somewhat lagging in embracing innovation and wants to be part of the change.
After completing his undergraduate in medical science with neuroscience research, Vijay completed medicine at the University of Queensland. Post-graduation he was interested in both surgery and acute medicine and worked in various health networks over time. His time commitments to Vantari VR means that he now travels around regional Australia working as an emergency medicine registrar as time allows, combining clinical medicine with a full-time business venture.
Previously, Vijay has been involved in junior doctor representation as Vice President of the RMO Association of the Bankstown network, as well as co-founding Doclife, a mentoring and educational platform for students and doctors. He speaks passionately about careers outside of medicine and especially leveraging sophisticated skills learnt in medical practice to do good globally. When he isn’t working, you can find Vijay reading the works of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Hawking, or honing his skills as a gaming and movie buff.
Mare Jordan Forfa
Co-Founder of The Doctors Collective and Director at PassGAMSAT
Starting her career in Human Resource Management, Mare has worked across multiple industries (including investment banking and international shipping) and high end brands such as Clarins, Prada, Versace and many more. She used her skills to revamp and skyrocket the success of the online education company, PassGAMSAT. With her doctor husband, Tom, they were able to establish PassGAMSAT in a way that allowed them to travel internationally 6 months of the year while helping thousands of people and earning millions.
Mare grew up seeing her parents struggle to create a great life for their family. Her father, an immigrant from Macedonia, only had a primary school education before he was sent to the family farm to work as a shepherd. She was inspired by her mother to keep learning, get into business and give to others.
Specialising in people management, sales and kicking-butt, she is now the Co-founder of The Doctors Collective. Together with Tom, they teach other doctors how to do what they did - create more time, money and freedom, have more impact on your clients (or patients) or scale your practice. That way, helping other doctors to also live their best lives.
Dr Tomasz Forfa
Co-Founder of The Doctors Collective and Founder & CEO at PassGAMSAT.
After his parents escaped Communist Poland in the 80s by saying they were going on a camping trip, they got asylum in Australia. Tom needed to make the most of the opportunities his parents risked so much for and after many attempts, he got through the grueling post-graduate medical school entrance exam called the GAMSAT. He wrote a book which showed others how to also pass that exam. It’s since been read by over 60,000 people. He quickly became a celebrity in his niche and created a company leading it’s field, called PassGAMSAT. He then used his online business skills to start other ventures all while studying medicine.
The way he set up the businesses meant that he could leverage his time and skills, and after 8 years invested in medicine, made the difficult decision to leave clinical practice. He and his wife now travel internationally 6 months of the year, help more people than ever before in their businesses and have earnt millions along the way.
After seeing the struggles his parents (who are both doctors) have gone through, as well as what his current medical colleagues are going through, Tom teamed up with Mare and started the Doctors Collective. They teach other doctors how to do what they did - create more time, money and freedom, have more impact on your clients (or patients) or scale your practice. That way, helping other doctors (and indirectly, his parents) to also live their best lives.
Dr Henry Su
Dr Henry Su is a Cardiology Advanced Trainee and Co-Director of PhysEd Pty Ltd, an innovative Medical Education company that donates a portion of sales to handpicked charities giving effectively to various causes. Henry’s Medical career has spanned across Australia from urban Melbourne to the mines of WA, and Indigenous communities in the Outback. His journey to a very coveted specialty includes two years of locuming; running his social enterprise; studying near Everest Base Camp; and founding the Melbourne chapter of The Life You Can Save, whose founder Peter Singer’s principles inspired PhysEd. Henry will share about thinking outside the box when creating your career journey, how his interests led to his Cardiology journey, and the art of giving through business.
Dr Andrew Yap
CEO & Co-Founder, Medtasker
Dr Andrew Yap is the CEO & Co-Founder of Medtasker, a mobile communication and task management platform for hospitals that improves patient safety, increases organisational efficiency and reduces medicolegal risk. Our mission at Medtasker is to create a world where the best care is provided to all patients, all of the time.
After graduating from Monash University, he spent the first three years of his medical career pursuing emergency and intensive care medicine at Alfred Health. It was during this time that he became increasingly frustrated with the way hospital staff have to work in order to deliver care. This resulted in Andrew implementing a number of communication and workflow improvements at the hospital with the support of the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Information Services.
In 2014, Andrew left full-time clinical medicine to pursue Medtasker. He continues to locum a few days each month. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Honours and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from Monash University.
Dr Louise Schaper
CEO of Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
As the leader of Australia’s peak professional organisation for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper is a renowned advocate for the transformation of healthcare through technology and information. Louise is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial national health reform efforts, where e-health is acknowledged as a key enabler to achieving high quality, safe, sustainable and patient-centred care.
With her passion for innovation and commitment to entrepreneurship within Australia’s digital health community, she has achieved a global reputation in the rapidly evolving field of health informatics. In addition to her leadership of HISA, Louise sits on the Advisory Board for the Stanford Medicine X conference, is a National E-Health Transition Authority Clinical Leader, and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Louise has a background as an occupational therapist, a PhD on technology acceptance amongst healthcare professionals and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Leadership Program.
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.