Trainees’ Day Speakers


Dr Stephen Deedee_stephen

Dr Stephen Dee has been a General Physician at Hutt Valley District Health Board in Wellington New Zealand for the last 8 years and is currently Acting Clinical Director of Medical and Community.

Dr Dee is also Chair of the General Medicine Advanced Training Committee (NZ) for the RACP and a member of the NZ Adult Medicine Education Committee.

Dr Dee has an interest in Audit and Quality Improvement and was the coordinating author of the RACP Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand document How to survive as a new consultant.

Presentation Title: How to survive as a new consultant 


Dr David Flemingfleming_david

Dr  Fleming is Professor of Medicine and Chairman, Department of Medicine and Director, MU Center for Health Ethics at the University Of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri.

Dr  Fleming has served on faculty there since 1980. From 1999-2001 he was a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services primary care research fellow at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University, having practiced internal medicine and geriatrics in North Central Missouri for nearly 20 years prior.

In addition to his duties as chair of medicine and center director, Dr Fleming directs the clinical ethics consult service at University of Missouri Health Care, co-chairs the clinical ethics committee, and spends a great deal of time teaching and developing curriculum in health ethics and professionalism in the medical school and venues schools across the university campus.

Dr  Fleming is widely published and pursues research in end of life care, health disparity, health literacy, organisational ethics, health care access, and research ethics.

Dr. Fleming also served as Chair of the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee, member of the Board of Regents, and most notably, President, beginning April 2014, for the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the Board of Regents for the National Library of Medicine.

Presentation Title: How to get published


Professor Robyn McDermottrobynmcdermott

Professor Robyn McDermott (MBBS, MPH, PhD, FAFPHM) is a public health doctor and Head of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, recently established as a partnership between James Cook University (JCU) and Queensland Health in Cairns serving rural and remote communities in far north Queensland.

Professor McDermott served as Foundation Director of the SA/NT Data Linkage Unit in Adelaide for three years, Chair in Public Health at the University of South Australia, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences and Vice President at the University of South Australia.

Professor McDermott also served as Professor of Public Health Medicine at JCU in Cairns from 2002 to 2004 and as Medical Epidemiologist in the Cairns Tropical Public Health Unit.

Professor McDermott has been a Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory and spent several years working as a clinician and health services manager in rural and remote Australia, and in refugee health in South East Asia in the 1980’s and 90’s as well as being a consultant for WHO, AusAID, the World Bank and State and Commonwealth governments among others.

Professor McDermott was Vice President, then President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine between 2000 and 2004, and was part of numerous advisory committees to state and Commonwealth governments.

Her research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology, clinical quality improvement and disease prevention.

Professor McDermott has chaired NHMRC Grant Review Panels for Projects, Fellowships and Capacity Building Grants and has had continuous NHMRC funding as lead investigator since 1998.

Presentation Title: Better systems, but clinical inertia still hampers diabetes care in north Queensland giving great opportunities for clinical leadership


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: Setting up a private practice and Medical Professionalism – Whose responsibility?


Ms Lisa Phelpsphelps_lisa

Ms Lisa Phelps is a Practice Management consultant.  She has a background in nursing and education and bravely stepped into Practice Management when Grant decided to ‘set up shop’. 

From a basis of enthusiasm and commitment, but not much knowledge, both she and Grant established two Gastroenterology practices in Western Victoria.  As Grant moved into other facets of physician life, Ms Phelps developed a Practice Management consultancy focusing on specialist practice ‘start ups’ and ‘rescues’ – helping established specialists manage their businesses.

She has helped many practices through difficult times and has worked with specialists to establish 13 practices across a broad range of specialties. Lisa remains actively involved in day to day practice management through ongoing support roles for several specialist practices in Victoria.

Presentation Title: Setting up a private practice 


Laureate Professor Nicholas TalleyNicholas Talley

Laureate Professor Nick Talley is a gastroenterologist and neurogastroenterologist who held an appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from 2010. He was seconded to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research at the University of Newcastle from June 2013 to March 2014. In March 2015 Laureate Professor Talley was named Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research at the University of Newcastle. He is a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, Australia.

Laureate Professor Talley serves on a number of prominent boards, edits a major international journal (Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics), was the previous editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is a section editor for Up To Date, and currently holds adjunct research appointments as Professor at Mayo Clinic, University of North Carolina and the Karolinska Institute. He has published over 800 original and review articles (H index 112) and is listed among the worlds 400 most influential living biomedical researchers. He has research support as a Chief Investigator from NH&MRC and NIH, and undertakes research on functional, neuromuscular and inflammatory and infectious gut disorders. He is a leading educator and textbook author.

Laureate Professor Talley was an RACP Travelling Scholar in 1987 and was awarded the RACP Cottrell Fellowship in 1993. Major awards received include inaugural Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2014, the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Gastroenterological Association in 2014 and the Masters of Clinical Research Award in 2000, the Distinguished Research Award from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia in 2006, the Research Scientist Award from the Functional Brain-Gut Research Group in 2004, the Rome Foundation Board Lifetime Award in 2011, the Excellence in Innovation Award from Newcastle Innovation in 2014, and the NSW Excellence in Biological Sciences Award in 2014.

Laureate Professor Talley was formerly Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where he held the rank of Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Mayo Clinic, and was the Foundation Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Nepean Hospital for nearly a decade.

Presentation Title: How to get published



Associate Professor Karen Zwizwi_karen

Associate Professor Karen Zwi is Consultant Community Paediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Head of the Department of Community Child Health, Sydney Children’s Hospital, as well as Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales.

Associate Professor Zwi has been centrally involved in service development for refugee children in South Eastern Sydney and the Illawarra and represents Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network on the Refugee Health Plan Implementation Group, led by the NSW Ministry of Health.

Associate Professor Karen Zwi previously represented the Royal College of Physicians on an independent federal advisory group addressing the health of refugee children, children in detention and asylum seekers.

As a practicing Community Paediatrician, she aims to improve children’s health, wellbeing and development, with a focus on equity and highly vulnerable children.

Presentation Title: Refugee Health