Stream Speakers


Adult Medicine Stream


Professor Rinaldo BellomoBellomo, Rinaldo_resized

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo is a Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne; Honorary Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University; Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney; Concurrent Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nanjing, China; and Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne. He is also Director of Intensive Care Research and Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne.

Professor Bellomo is the Founding Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group and the current co-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. He has received numerous national and international awards, delivered lectures at 150 national and international conferences, authored over 900 PubMed cited papers and co-managed National Health and Medical Research Council grants. He is editor-in-chief of Critical Care and Resuscitation, the journal of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

Presentation Title: Septic acute kidney injury


Associate Professor Andrew BlockBlock, Andrew_resized

Associate Professor Andrew Block is an infectious diseases and general physician with qualifications in research, education and leadership.

He works at Monash Health and Monash University in a number of roles – Senior Consultant Physician (General Medicine and Infectious Diseases), Director of General Medicine and Refugee Health at Dandenong Hospital and is Chair, Personal and Professional Development for the MBBS undergraduate curriculum at Monash University.

Associate Professor Block has held National Advisory Council roles for Refugee and Asylum Seeker issues, and is a contributor to the recent RACP position statement on refugee and asylum seeker health

His main professional interests centre on a co-designed approach to refugee health and well-being encompassing health delivery, capacity building and research for policy and advocacy, and the application of these insights to the broader health service.

Associate Professor Block has developed innovative programs to increase refugee tertiary education participation such as the Hands on Health program, with Monash University, and medical undergraduate refugee learning modules.

Presentation Title: Refugee Health


Dr Paul Chia

Dr Paul Chia is an Advanced Trainee in General and Acute Care Medicine, with a keen interest in reviewing difficult problems in medicine at a system level, to identify systems that perpetuate previously unfixed problems. He has applied this approach to overturning vexed issues including hospital antimicrobial stewardship and alcohol dependence.

Presentation Title: Overturning Antibiotic Wastage: From Restriction to Revolution


Dr James Dalydaly_james

Dr James Daly is a clinical and laboratory haematologist with joint fellowship of RACP and the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA).

Dr Daly is a member and former chair of the RCPA haematology advisory committee, a member of the RACP AMD council, and a member of the Joint Specialist Advisory Committee  for haematology training.

Dr Daly has an interest in Transfusion Medicine and is a member of the Australia & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) Council and the ANZSBT Transfusion Science Subcommittee, several private hospital transfusion committees, the Queensland Blood Advisory Council, the National Blood Transfusion Committee and the National Haemovigilance Advisory Committee.

Presentation Title: Blood Transfusion 


Dr Michael Gattas gattas_michael

Dr Michael Gattas is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Genetic Health Queensland, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

In 2004, Dr Gattas became one of the few Clinical Geneticists in Australia to work in private practice. He has an interest in all aspects of genetics, but much of his work is with patients with a family history of cancer and has extensive experience with video-consultations with patients in regional Australia.

Dr Gattas trained as a Paediatrician, then as a Clinical Geneticist, after graduating from Sydney University in 1986.  He was a member of the Royal Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee from 2002-2007.

Presentation Title: How new genetic testing can benefit your patient: an update on genetic testing technology


Dr Simon Gibbsgibbs_simon

Dr Simon Gibbs is a haematologist with a passion for amyloidosis treatment. After training in Melbourne, Dr Gibbs obtained his FRACP and FRCPA studying stem cell transplantation in Cambridge.

Dr Gibbs spent four years at UCL’s National Amyloidosis Centre, London before his appointment as Consultant in Myeloma at the Manchester Royal Infirmary before returning to his native Melbourne in July 2014 to establish a new Myeloma and Amyloidosis Service at Eastern Health.

Dr Gibbs has published extensively on the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of amyloidosis, including in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Internal Medicine Journal.

Dr Gibbs is a member of the Australasian Leukemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG), Myeloma Scientific Advisory Group and International Renal and Monoclonal Gammopathy Research Group. He believes a multi-disciplinary approach with clinical trials is the best way to manage and support patients with amyloidosis. He is delighted to speak at the 2015 RACP Congress in Cairns.

Presentation Title: Missing amyloidosis? A multidisciplinary update on the improved diagnostics, treatments and patient outcomes for 2015 and beyond


Dr Donald McLeod McLeod_Don

Dr Donald McLeod is an endocrinologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital, and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Dr McLeod became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2010. He then completed a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA, followed by a research fellowship in thyroid cancer in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA.

Dr McLeod’s PhD thesis assessed the causes of thyroid autoimmunity and thyroid cancer, and these continue to be his major research and clinical interests.

Presentation Title: The Year in Thyroid Treatments


Professor Matthew NaughtonNaughton, Matthew_resized

Professor Matthew Naughton is Head of General Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University.

He has a particular research interest in cardiopulmonary interaction, and its relationship to heart failure and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation.

Professor Naughton is a past president of the Australasian Sleep Association and is a respiratory editor for the Internal Medicine Journal. He has over 150 scientific publications to his name.

Presentation Title: Sleep Health and Science


Dr John Perry

Dr John Perry is a Gastroenterologist at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, working in both Luminal Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr Perry graduated from the Auckland Medical School and completed his FRACP in Gastroenterology in 2004.

He then did a research fellowship in liver disease at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, completing a Masters of Medicine in 2005.This was followed by a clinical fellowship in liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK.

Presentation Title: Gastroenterology – the year in review


Associate Professor Marius Rademakerrademaker_marius

A/Prof Marius Rademaker is clinical director of the Dermatology Department, Waikato Hospital District Health Board, Honorary Associate Professor at Waikato Clinical School, Auckland University School of Medicine, and Regional Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

A/Prof Rademaker has been involved in a large number of national and international committees including Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee as acting Chair, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee, Standards Australia, Standards New Zealand, New Zealand Council on Healthcare Standards as surveyor, National Paediatric Dermatology Review as Chair), a Royal Australasian College of Physicians Speciality Advisory Committee, New Zealand Skin Cancer Control Steering Committee, International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative.

A/Prof Rademaker completed an MD thesis on Systemic Sclerosis, and sub-specialised in paediatric dermatology, occupational dermatology and contact dermatitis. He is particularly interested in the management of inflammatory skin disorders. His current research interests include systemic retinoids for use in both wound healing and dermato-oncology, as well as re-purposing of established medicines for dermatological use.

He has published over 150 articles and book chapters in the medical literature and has recently completed a paediatric dermatology textbook.

Presentation Title: What’s New in Dermatology 2015?

Dr Ian Scott

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Dr Ian Scott is Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Queensland; Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Monash University and practices as a consultant general physician.

He has research interests in evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, health technology assessment and guideline development.

Dr Scott is a member of Queensland Policy and Advisory Committee on new Technology (QPACT) and sits on the Executive Committee of the CSANZ/NHFA Acute Coronary Syndrome Guidelines Update for 2015 in addition to various working groups of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Queensland Health, and the Australian Commission of Quality and Safety in Health Care.

Presentation Title: Advance care planning and end of life care

Dr Graham Simpsonsimpson_graham

Dr Graham Simpson trained at Edinburgh University Medical School and later trained in General Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in Yorkshire.He was a Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine in Durham, England andspent one year as head of Department of Medicine in Suva, Fiji as part of an aid project in 1990.

Dr Simpson moved to Cairns in 1993 and was the Director of the Department of Respiratory Medicine and Regional TB Control from 1995 to 2012.

Originally an immunologist, in recent years Dr Simpson’s main interests have been the management of pleural empyema. He worked on teams that conducted the original in vitro work on the effects of DNase on pus viscosity and the first clinical use of intra-pleural DNase and originated the current multi-centre trial of conservative management of pneumothorax and managing the current epidemic of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.

Presentation Title: TB, MDRTB, XDRTB, TDRTB – How did we get into this mess and what can we do about it?


Associate Professor Stephen Stranksstranks_stephen

A/Professor Stephen Stranks is Director of Southern Adelaide Diabetes and Endocrine Services and Associate Professor at Flinders University of South Australia. His clinical role involves delivery of services in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Bone Disease at Flinders Medical Centre, Repatriation General Hospital (RGH), Noarlunga Hospital and public outreach services in community settings in the region.

A/Professor Stranks’s major personal interests are in postgraduate training and clinical trials in diabetes management in outpatient and inpatient settings. He leads a clinical research team based at RGH and provides diabetes and metabolic input to Flinders Cardiac Research and the Flinders Clinical Trial Centre at SAHMRI.

Presentation Title: Year in Diabetes Treatment Advances 

Dr Catherine Yelland PSM

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Dr Yelland began her career in Geriatric Medicine with two years in Newcastle, before returning to Brisbane, where she continues to work in full time public hospital practice, in both General Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr Yelland has worked across the full range of geriatric services including rehabilitation, memory clinic, consultations in residential aged care, orthogeriatic liaison, aged care assessment teams and in acute medicine. She has supervised many Advanced Trainees and was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine from 2007 to 2009.

Presentation Title: The Year in Geriatrics



Paediatrics & Child Health Stream


Dr Sophie Calvert Sophie Calvert

Dr Sophie Calvert is a paediatric neurologist based in Brisbane. Sophie began paediatric training at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, moving on to do Advanced Training in Paediatric Neurology in the UK, working in Bristol,  and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

While in the UK, Dr Calvert had the opportunity to work as a locum paediatric neurologist at Evelina Chidren’s Hospital, King College Hospital in London and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Dr Calvert has been involved in creating the Statewide Paediatric Ketogenic Diet Service and started the paediatric headache clinic at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital this year.

Presentation Title: Investigation and treatment of headaches and migraines in children and adolescents 


Dr Grant Ferguson

Dr Grant Ferguson is a paediatric basic trainee with the Victorian Paediatric Training Program.

In 2013, when taking a break from his training, he worked for a short period at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. As a result of his experiences there he co-authored a letter of concern, detailing the poor treatment of detainees at the centre, which was subsequently published in The Guardian. This led to giving evidence at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in detention and working on a paper addressing some of the ethical issues faced by health care workers in Australian Immigration Detention Centres. Dr Ferguson has both first-hand experience and an appreciation of the issues facing doctors in caring for asylum seekers aiming to enter Australia.

Presentation Title: Ethics of Providing Paediatric Care in Detention


Dr Anna Francis

Dr Anna Francis is a paediatric nephrology trainee who has trained in the renal units at Lady Cilento Children’s and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Brisbane and Sydney Children’s Westmead Children’s Hospitals in Sydney.

Dr Francis is also studying for a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney and working on various research projects at the Centre for Children’s Research, Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Presentation Title: Outcome of Primary Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis in Australian and New Zealand (children) Paediatric Renal Transplant Recipients 


Dr Anthony HerbertAnthony Herbert.

Dr Anthony Herbert (B Med Sci, MBBS, FRACP, FAChPM) undertook medical studies in Brisbane and subsequently obtained Fellowships in Paediatric Medical Oncology and Paediatric Palliative Care.

Dr Herbert currently specialises in paediatric palliative care and spent part of his fellowship working at the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.  He has been working full-time in paediatric palliative care in Queensland since 2008 and currently works at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.  His research interests relate to management of insomnia, use of telehealth, music therapy and communication within clinical contexts.

Dr Herbert was Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Palliative Care Reference Group from September 2012 to September 2014.

Presentation Title: The rights of the child at end of life and Components and principles of a paediatric palliative care consultation: results of a Delphi Study


Dr David Isaacs isaacs_david

Dr David Isaacs is Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney.

Originally from London, Dr Isaacs trained there, in Sydney and Oxford, before moving permanently to Sydney in 1989 to head a Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital, he was at the time, the only member of the Department.

His identical twin brother, Stephen, is a child psychiatrist as was their mother. Stephen and David went to different schools and once even swapped schools for a day. Their father, Alick Issacs, discovered interferon in 1957.

Dr Isaacs’s research is mainly in neonatal infections, respiratory viral infections and immunisation. In 2001 to 2002, he completed a post-graduate diploma in bioethics at Monash University and has been involved in teaching and writing about bioethics ever since.

He loves writing and has published over 350 papers and 10 books on paediatric infectious diseases, neonatal infections, immunisations and ethics. Dr Isaacs is also is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health and has published 25 humorous articles.

Presentation Title: Ebola and other infections


Dr Andrew McDonaldmcdonald_andrew

Dr Andrew McDonald was the Member for Macquarie Fields in the NSW Parliament from 2007 to 2015. During this time he continued to practise as an honorary consultant paediatrician.

Prior to entering politics he was a consultant paediatrician at Campbelltown Hospital, a member of the national examining panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and  Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney and University of New South Wales.

Presentation Title: Politics and Paediatrics. Breaking Connections, Creating Boundaries 



Dr Jim McGillJ. McGill

Dr Jim McGill is a paediatrician, metabolic physician, clinical geneticist and biochemical genetics pathologist.

Dr McGill is the Director of the Department of Metabolic Medicine, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and works as a biochemical genetics pathologist at Pathology Queensland and Mater Pathology in Brisbane.

Dr McGill trained in paediatrics in Queensland and Victoria, in clinical genetics and metabolic medicine in Melbourne and Montreal, Canada and more recently in biochemical genetics pathology in Queensland. He has 30 years clinical and laboratory experience in newborn screening.

Dr McGill has been a member of the HGSA-RACP Division of Paediatrics Joint Subcommittee on Newborn Screening for 25 years and is a member of the Newborn Bloodspot Screening Working Group of the Standing Committee on Screening.

Presentation Title: Newborn screening update



Emeritus Professor Kim Oates AMOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Professor Kim Oates is Director of Undergraduate Quality and Safety at the Clinical Excellence Commission and teaches at five medical schools on how doctors can work more safely to reduce patient harm. He also co-leads a program at Sydney University to develop future health leaders in Vietnam.

A general paediatrician,  Professor Oates has long-standing clinical and research interests in child development, child behaviour, child abuse and child advocacy.

Professor Oates’ career began as a resident at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Camperdown (that later became The Children’s Hospital at Westmead), in 1969 and for the eight years to 2006 he was its Chief Executive Officer.

Professor Oates also served as Head of Community Paediatrics, Child Protection, Child Development, Children’s Assessment Centre, Director of Medical Services and Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at Sydney University, a position he held simultaneously with Chair, Division of Medicine at the Hospital.

Professor Oates has received a several national and international awards and named lectureships, has published written 14 books and over 300 journal articles. He delivered the RACP Howard Williams Oration in 2007.

Presentation Title: Physical punishment of children: time we took a stand


Dr Michael O’Callaghanocallaghan_michael

Dr Michael O’Callaghan was a developmental and general paediatrician with professional interests in the practice and development of services for children with neurodevelopment disorders, education of medical students and paediatric trainees, and research focused on Developmental Paediatrics and longitudinal studies.

Dr O’Callaghan graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 1971, spent three years at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, two years in Nottingham, England, and 12 months at Chedoke Child and Family Centre, McMaster University, Canada before commencing at the Mater Children’s Hospital (MCH) in 1980.

Dr O’Callaghan became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 1978, received a Masters of Science in Epidemiology in 1986, and MD in 2012.

In 1995 he was appointed Director of Developmental Paediatrics and Rehabilitation at MCH and Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2002. For 2000-3 he was a member of the NHMRC Health Advisory Committee.

Presentation Title: Consequences of Prematurity 


Dr Alan Ruben

Dr Alan Ruben moved from Sydney to Darwin for 12 months to complete his paediatric and public health training, but stayed for 21 years.

For the past four years he has been the paediatrician for Cape York, the Torres Strait Islands and Yarrabah holding joint appointments with the Aboriginal community controlled health organisation, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, and Queensland Health. He is also a principal investigator with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for improving health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Presentation Title: Viewpoint: Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; the specialists’ role in a primary health care setting 


Associate Professor Leslie Sheffield Les Sheffield

Associate Professor Leslie J Sheffield is a clinical geneticist and medical director of GenesFX Health, a company that provides pharmacogenomic testing and interpretation in the Australian pathology system.

Associate Prof Sheffield has many years’ experience in the interpretation of molecular tests and has been involved in the new field of genetic response to drugs (pharmacogenomics)  for the last 14 years. He is the genetic editor of the Internal Medicine Journal and on the editorial board of the Pharmacogenomic Journal.

GenesFX Health has been developing computer software to provide clinically useful interpretation of complex genetic results. He has recently introduced pharmacogenomic testing into a major teaching hospital in Melbourne which includes testing and a new online ordering and result lookup system using modern secure web based methods. Associate Prof Sheffield has been developing a similar reporting system using whole genome sequencing for interpreting pharmacogenomics.

Presentation Title: Precision Medicine 2015: From psychotropic medication to proton pump inhibitors 


Associate Professor Stephen Stathis

Associate Professor Stephen Stathis has obtained a dual fellowship in paediatrics and psychiatry.He is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane.

Associate Professor Stathis is a strong supporter of regional and rural psychiatry, and directs one of the largest telepsychiatry services in Australia. Together with Professor Jenny Batch, he established Queensland’s first Gender Clinic specifically for children and adolescents, which is run from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

His clinical interests are broad and include ‘bridging the gap’ between paediatrics and psychiatry, gender dysphoria, consequences of early childhood trauma and abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and adolescent forensic psychiatry.

Presentation Title: Child and adolescent trans* medicine


Occupational and Environmental Medicine Stream


Dr Leila Coelho 

Dr Leila Coelho is a Stage C trainee of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She has been working in the field for over eight years and is currently working as a District Medical Officer for Coal Services Health in Lithgow, NSW. Her role involves the provision of occupational health and medical services to the mining sector and heavy industry.

Presentation Title: Between Shift Work and Unhealthy Weight in Underground Coal Miners in New South Wales: A Cross-Sectional Study


Dr Warren Harrexharrex_warren

Dr Warren Harrex gained his primary medical qualifications at the University of Tasmania in 1974.

Dr Harrex obtained a Diploma in Aviation Medicine and a Master of Science in Occupational Medicine from the University of London in 1985 and obtained Fellowships in occupational medicine in 1988, public health medicine in 1991 and aerospace medicine in the newly formed Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine in 2012.

Dr Harrex served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 26 years and was promoted to Air Commodore in 1996 as the Conjoint Director General of Clinical Services in the Office of the Surgeon General Australian Defence Force and Director General of Air Force Health Services.

After leaving the RAAF in 1998, he worked at the ACT Division of General Practice on an After Hours project then established a private practice as a consultant occupational physician.

Dr  Harrex has provided consultancy services to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Centrelink, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Department of Defence, Airservices Australia and the Department of Environment and Heritage.

Dr Harrex has held the part-time post of Senior Medical Advisor in primary care policy in the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2006 and represented DVA on the Review of Impairment Tables for Disability Support Pension in 2010-11.

Dr Warren Harrex remains on the Air Force Reserve and saw active service in East Timor in 2003.

Dr Harrex is a past President of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He is an active committee member of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Health Benefits of Work Stakeholder Executive Group in 2014.

Presentation Title: Future of the Health Benefits of Work


Dr Alan Homehome_alan

Dr Alan Home is an occupational physician and independent medical examiner in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga and Perth.

Dr Home is an Approved Medical Specialist in WA and NSW and a medical assessor for the NSW Motor Accident Authority.

Dr Home graduated in medicine at the University of WA in 1984, commenced training in occupational medicine in 1989 and completed further training in the United Kingdom in 1992.

He completed his Fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in November 1993.

In his role as a member of the WorkCover Medical Committee, Dr Home is asked to conduct regular peer review of medical reports and has written approximately 21,000 independent medical examination reports.

Presentation Title: Best Practice of report writing


Dr Ramsey Jabbour

Dr Ramsey Jabbour is a trainee of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He gained his primary medical qualifications from the University of London and went on to become a General Practitioner in London.

In 2008 he immigrated to Australia and worked as a GP on the Gold Coast. He is currently working at ‘The Wheatstone Project’ a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant construction site for Aspen Medical.

His presentation will be a culmination of research he conducted while attaining his Masters from the University of Manchester, in England.

Presentation Title: A comparison of workplace injuries reported by occupational physicians (OPs) and general practitioners (GPs) in the United Kingdom (UK)


Ms Suzanne Jones


Ms Suzanne Jones is the NSW Advisory Manager at Xchanging.

In the role, Ms Jones  is responsible for supporting large employers and insurers to meet their legislative, social and financial responsibilities in their efforts to return people to the workforce following injury or illness.

Ms Jones’ career spans corporate and public sector environments with a focus on developing policy, intervention, work options and opportunity which maximises people’s capacity to secure employment. She is passionate about, and fundamentally believes in, the health benefits of work.

As a physiotherapist with post graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Labour Law, Ms Jones has worked in the health, personal injury, salary continuance, rehabilitation, disability and vocational sectors.

Ms Jones served on the Australian Physiotherapy Association Council and Professional Standards Committee and was appointed by the NSW WorkCover and Motor Accident Authorities as an Independent Peer Reviewer. She is a board director of MTC Australia and Chair of the Australian Health Benefits of Work Signatory Steering Group.

Presentation Title: The Industry Perspective 


Dr Thomas Lee

Dr Thomas Lee is a Stage C trainee with the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He worked as a GP for more than 10 years before joining the training program in 2013. He works in an occupational health centre in Perth in all aspects of occupational health such as injury management, medico legal reports and health surveillance.

Presentation Title: Comparison of outcomes of workplace injuries in different age groups


Colonel Robert Likemanlikeman_robert_2

Colonel Robert Likeman is a former Director of Health for the Australian Army, and a retired Fellow of the Australian Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rural and Remote Medicine, and Tropical Medicine.

Colonel Likeman practised medicine in England, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and New Zealand, and was Medical Superintendent of the Kirwan Hospital for Women in Townsville for ten years. His military career included operational service in Rwanda and East Timor.

Colonel Likeman’s main activity in retirement is writing; he has published six books, four on military history and two biographies, and he is co-author of a textbook on obstetrics and gynecology.

Presentation Title: Australian and New Zealand Contributions to Medical Advances in WWI


Dr Robyn Macbeth

Dr Robyn MacBeth is a Stage C trainee in the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine training program. Dr MacBeth has worked in the field of occupational medicine for more than 10 years, in a clinical and non-clinical capacity.

Dr MacBeth has been in her clinical role on-site at a large pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Boronia for over 7 years. Dr MacBeth has worked in her non-clinical role as a Medical Advisor for the Victorian WorkCover Authority for over 10 years.

Presentation Title: Will a change from 12- to 9-hour shifts reduce the rate of injury in packaging operators at a manufacturing plant?


Dr Robert McCartneymccartney_rob

Dr Robert McCartney is an Occupational and Environmental Physician who has been working exclusively in his area of medical speciality for nearly 20 years.

Dr McCartney has extensive experience in the prevention, diagnosis and management of occupational injury and illness. This experience combined with his understanding of internal risk context and business imperatives enables Dr Robert McCartney to provide effective and efficient solutions to employers whilst serving the needs of employees.

By utilising evidence-based strategies Dr McCartney assists employees in maintaining quality of working life, lifestyle and wellbeing through the adoption of workplace health programs.

Dr Robert McCartney has a growing environmental medical practice with recent experience in assessing the population health impacts of heavy metal exposure, asbestos in drinking water and high frequency noise.

Presentation Title: Infectious disease (Q Fever) outbreak in a work place – Environmental, Occupational and Public Health Medicine 


Dr Azhar Naseeb Khan

Dr Azhar Naseeb Khan is a stage B Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine trainee and Injury Management Consultant from New South Wales.

Presentation Title: An observational study involving work related lowerback injuries in New South Wales


Ms Laura Neil

Ms Laura Neil is a Barrister in Private Practice in Cairns.  She was first called to the Bar in 2013, having previously been a solicitor for approximately 20 years.

Ms Neil specialises in Personal Injuries litigation, and also practices in Family Law and Estate litigation. She sits on a number of Committees, including the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Cairns Community Legal Centre, and until recently, the Far North Medical and Legal Society.

In 2014, Ms Neil was awarded Queensland Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Presentation Title: Legal aspects of report writing 


Dr James Provan

Dr James Provan graduated from the University of Western Australia and went on to obtain Royal Australian College of General Practitioners fellowship.

Over the last twenty years he has worked in a number of roles within the Australian Defence Force, including general practice, underwater medicine, aviation medicine, rehabilitation and medical administration.

Dr Provan joined the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine training program in 2012. He currently holds a position as the Regional Medical Advisor to Defence for WA, NT and SA. In addition he works part-time in a private occupational medicine clinic as well as a public hospital occupational health unit.

Presentation Title: Comparison of hand impairment assessments using Comcare and AMA5


Mr Mark Raberger

Mr Mark Raberger is Head of Claims Specialist Services (CSS) within AMP Claims Operations, leading teams focusing on recovery/RTW, forensic accounting and investigation, process improvement and reporting.

Mark is working on delivering AMP’s philosophy of returning customers to their best life with a strong focus on the Health Benefits of Work (HBOW).

He is a qualified physiotherapist and previously worked as a clinician for 10 years before moving into consulting and occupational rehabilitation. Subsequently Mark worked for WorkSafe in Victoria as the Manager of RTW. During this period, Mark was heavily involved in the integration of the HBOW consensus statement working closely with providers and agents.

Prior to joining AMP Mark was Victorian operations manager for CGU Workers Compensation.

Presentation Title: The Industry Perspective


Dr Reza Sabetghadam

Dr Reza Sabetghadam has been an occupational medicine trainee since 2010 and obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from Tehran Medical University, Masters in Occupation Health and Safety from Newcastle University and Masters in Health Services Management from Griffith University.

Presentation Title: The Effect of Audiometric testing on hearing of coal miners in NSW


Dr Farhan Shahzad

Dr Farhan Shahzad is a Senior Registrar at Occupational Safety and Health Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He also works with Sonic Healthplus as a Senior Occupational Medicine Registrar.

He is currently in Stage C training with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and also holds Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Ireland.

Presentation Title: Effectiveness of safety engineered medical devices in reducing sharps injuries in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, WA


Professor Dennis Shanksshanks_dennis

Professor Dennis Shanks is Director of the Army Malaria Institute (AMI) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health.

Professor Shanks was a US Army medical officer for 20 years, spending the majority of his military career conducting field trials of new antimalarial drugs in the tropics.

Professor Shanks’ assignments included service at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the overseas laboratories of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Thailand and Kenya, and the Australian Army Malaria Research Unit in Ingleburn, Australia (a forerunner of AMI).

Concerned mostly with malaria prevention studies, Professor Shanks has conducted field studies in various rural populations including gold miners in New Guinea, Thai border militia on the Cambodian border, displaced persons in camps along the Thai-Burmese border, tea estate workers of the Kenyan Rift Valley and Kenyan villagers near Lake Victoria.

Professor Shanks performed one of the pivotal efficacy trials for atovaquone/proguanil which lead to its licensure as a chemoprophylactic combination and has tested most antimalarial drugs in use today.

Most recently he has been trying to determine the causes of mortality during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Professor Shanks is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine. He has over 160 publications, most being directly concerned with malaria or influenza.

Presentation Title: Infectious Diseases during WWI


Professor Malcolm Simsim_malcolm_1

Professor Malcolm Sim is an Occupational and Public Health Physician who is Director of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash University.  His main research interests focus on the role of occupational and environmental exposures in the development of chronic diseases.

He is a Lead Investigator on the longitudinal study of health in the community adjacent to the Hazelwood Mine Fire in 2014 and a Chief Investigator on several NHMRC and ARC funded studies, the Australian Mesothelioma Registry, some industrial cohort studies and several international collaborative studies and projects.

Professor Sim is the Editor-in-Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (a specialty journal of the BMJ), a member of the Editorial Board of the Cochrane Collaboration Occupational Safety and Health Review Group, an elected Board Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Presentation Title: Hazelwood mine fire in 2014 – a major environmental health issue


Professional and Personal Development Stream


Dr Sarah DaltonDalton_sarah

Dr Dalton is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as Clinical Director at the Clinical Excellence Commission. She is President-Elect for the Division of Paediatrics & Child Health and holds a Masters in Applied Management in Health.

Dr Dalton has a long-standing interest in developing the capacity of others to drive change, and is a strong advocate for improving quality and safety in healthcare. She has a particular interest in Clinical Leadership and was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to evaluate Clinical Leadership Development Programs in the United States.

Presentation Title: Clinical Leadership Workshop: Physicians of the Future


Associate Professor Grant Phelpsphelps_grant

Dr Grant Phelps is a Gastroenterologist/General Physician with experience in both public and private practice in Victoria, and has extensive experience in clinical management and in clinician leadership for quality.

Dr Phelps has worked with Victoria’s safety and quality program and now provides leadership to the Tasmanian Health Department’s safety and quality programs through which he has national level roles, with a particular interest in clinical leadership for quality.

Dr Phelps has an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Leadership with Deakin University’s Medical School where he coordinates the Master of Clinical Leadership program. He provides consulting advice to organisations on clinical leadership, clinical engagement and clinician performance.  Dr Phelps is a board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is President-Elect of its Adult Medicine Division.

Presentation Title: Clinical Leadership Workshop: Physicians of the Future


PCHD Wiley New Investigator Award for Research  Excellence Presentations


Dr Cheriya Abdulla

Dr Cheriya Abdulla is a paediatrician with 30 years of training and international experience including working in India, UK, Saudi Arabia, US, Japan and Australia.

He has worked as consultant paediatrician in university hospital, London for ten years and has been working as a consultant paediatrician in Rockhampton QLD Health and Mater Hospital for the last two years.

Dr Abdulla was involved in developing procedural sedation for children in London and he is now working to the provide high quality service in the Central region of QLD.

Presentation Title: MRI Scanning of children in rural Australia using oral sedation 


Dr Laverne Lok

Dr Laverne Lok has completed training in General Paediatrics and is an Advanced Trainee in Community Child Health. She is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales. and has completed a Masters of Public Health and is enrolled in the Masters of International Public Health at the University of New South Wales.

Presentation Title: Mental health needs of children in out-of-home care


Dr Jennie Monin

Dr Jennie Monin is a final year trainee in general paediatrics who completed much of her training at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She has a special interest in behavioural paediatrics and has just completed a fellowship year in general paediatrics.

Presentation Title: Use of melatonin in a tertiary children’s hospital: A 10 year review


Dr Scott Sypek

Dr Sypek is in his final year of advanced training in general paediatrics.  He is currently working as the Fellow in General Medicine at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.  His research interests include refugee health and medical education.

Presentation Title: An Holistic Approach to Age Estimation in Refugee Children


AMD Wiley Grand Rounds Award for Clinical Excellence Presentations

Dr Kirsty Campbell

Dr Kirsty Campbell is currently in the second year of her dual advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and General and Acute Care Medicine and is based at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.

She completed her MBBS at James Cook University and commenced her Basic Physician Training in Darwin before moving to Adelaide to pursue specialty training.

Dr Campbell is passionate about rural and Indigenous health and hopes to return to the Northern Territory upon completion of her core training.

Presentation Title: A Curious Case of Chylous Ascites


Dr Anoushka Krishnan

Dr Anoushka Krishnan is an RACP Advanced Trainee and is currently pursuing dual training in nephrology and general medicine.

She has previously worked in Tasmania and Melbourne and now works in Perth, WA. Her main interests include renal transplant and indigenous health.

Her presentation will be on an interesting case of acute diarrhoea.

Presentation Title: An Unusual Case of Acute Diarrhoea: Gastrointestinal Amyloidosis

Dr Melissa Clarke 

Dr Melissa Clarke is a second year Endocrinology registrar at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she completed basic physician training. She completed her first year of training at Cairns Hospital

Presentation Title: A rare complication of a common disease 


Chapter of Community & Child Health – Rue Wright Memorial Award Presentations


Dr Emily Fitzpatrick

Dr Emily Fitzpatrick is a Paediatric Registrar working in Sydney, who took some timeout during her training to work on research in the Kimberley. She was very involved in The Lililwan Project, a Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevalence study prior to commencing The Picture Talk Project. This next project is reflecting on the positive engagement with the Fitzroy Valley community, parents, carers and children of the Lililwan project as well as exploring other issues around consent for research with remote Aboriginal communities. This research was invited by, and is conducted in partnership with local Aboriginal leaders and researchers.

Presentation Title: Starting the Conversation: Seeking Consent for Research with Indigenous Populations 

Dr Hasantha Gunasekera

Dr Hasantha Gunasekera is a General Paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and runs the Paediatric Block in the University of Sydney Medical Program. His PhD thesis was on the Epidemiology and Management of Otitis Media in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Presentation Title: Hearing, Ear Health and Language Services (HEALS): An innovative project providing ENT and speech therapy for Aboriginal children


Dr Paul Hotton

Dr Paul Hotton is currently working as the Vulnerable Child Fellow in South Western Sydney and his role includes Refugee Health, Aboriginal Health as well as Child Protection.

He graduated from Imperial College, London, UK in 2006 and started his Paediatrics training in London. In 2010 he moved to Sydney and worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for four years until his current role. He is a dual trainee in General Paediatrics and Community Child Health.

Presentation Title: Developmental disability in refugee children and youth in South Western Sydney: double jeopardy


Dr Christine Jeffries-Stokes 

Dr Christine Jeffries-Stokes is a Paediatrician in Kalgoorlie and has been conducting research in close collaboration with the Aboriginal people of the Goldfields and Western Desert Regions of Western Australia for more than 20 years.

Presentation Title: Pulkurlkpa – The Western Desert Kidney Health Project Strategies to build resilience and combat kidney disease and Type 2 Diabetes