NSWJDC2018 – Speakers


Our speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds but have the same focus; to tease out the theme of the conference, ‘What does it mean to be a Good Doctor in 2018?’ Our program is divided into three overarching areas: Medical Training, Technology and Non-Clinical Careers. We hope you enjoy the insights the speakers have to offer and leave with both answers but also more questions to fuel your own personal inquiry.

We’ll be adding more speakers soon, check back for updates!

Plenary Speakers

Prof Gordian Fulde

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Gordian Fulde

Professor Gordian Fulde is amongst the longest serving Directors of Emergency Medicine, holding the position at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and presiding over one of Australia’s busiest emergency departments since 1983. He is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence, which is one of the dominant causes of injury in Australia’s emergency departments.

Professor Fulde is one of the founding fathers of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. A member of the Board of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Professor Fulde also supports many schools and community organisations.

For the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to emergency medicine and to the community.

Dr Amandeep Hansra

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Amandeep Hansra

Dr Amandeep Hansra is a leader in digital health and telehealth services 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.

Annette Hicks

Annette is the Senior Health Advisor at IBM Australia and sees it as a happy marriage of her healthcare and IT knowledge leveraging both to improve the system.

Annette has been with IBM for 10 years focused on IBM Healthcare across Australia and New Zealand initially working with the IBM Software business as a Health Industry Solution Lead and now as IBM Healthcare Executive with a focus on transformational solutions in Healthcare.

Annette Hicks has experience in healthcare as well as the ICT Industries. With a Bachelor in Health Admin, a Bachelor of Science in Micro Biology & Bio Chemistry, experience as a registered nurse, operating theatre manager, clinical specialist, & health administrator (as well as sporting a Masters in both Commercial Law & Business Admin). Annette has healthcare (and a few other fields) pretty well covered. Annette moved away from healthcare for a time, working for 6 years with a leading Telco, as account director for a major bank and airline.

Dr Ahmed Kazmi

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Ahmed Kazmi

Dr Ahmed Kazmi is a General Practitioner who splits his time between Australia and England. He is very passionate about doctor wellbeing and frequently lectures on the subject. In addition to his clinical work as a GP and specialty doctor in dermatology, he is also an accomplished comedian and cabaret performer having participated in prestigious festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His performance work is largely inspired by his professional work and he enjoys using the stage to facilitate health reflection and cultivating empathy for doctors.

A/Prof Payal Mukherjee

A/Prof Payal Mukherjee is an Adult and Paediatric ENT Surgeon subspecialising in Otology, Cochlear Implantation, and Lateral Skull Base Surgery.  As the ENT Research Lead of the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, she has been awarded many research grants and is currently undertaking a PhD on disruptive technologies in ENT. She has an interest in both lab based and clinical research and is inspired by anything that involves thinking outside the square. She is the founder of the Sydney ENT and Hearing and Balance Centre at the SAN and is focused on multidisciplinary collaboration both in her clinical work and research. As the deputy chair elect of the NSW State committee of RACS, she is very passionate about leadership and advocacy for surgical research, domestic violence, and gender equity in surgery and academia.

Dr Alex Psirides

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Alex Psirides

Dr Alex Prisides is an Intensive Care specialist working in the tertiary Intensive Care Unit in Wellington. He trained in London, Queensland, Melbourne and New Zealand. He has been involved in the design and implementation of rapid response systems to detect and address patient deterioration in several different hospitals. His work and research in this area led to an appointment as the clinical lead for the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission’s 5-year national ‘Deteriorating Patient’ programme. He is also the clinical lead for Wellington’s aeromedical retrieval service which covers the lower North and upper South Islands of New Zealand. He has an interest in the way hospitals (often fail to) recognise and manage dying patients and thinks we could probably do better. In his spare time, when not walking his dog or children, he builds websites & designs logos for Wellington ICU’s prodigious research department. He has nearly written a lot more papers & as such should spend less time on Twitter.

Panel and Q&A Speakers

Dr Michael Bonning

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning is a GP with a public health background and works as senior director of medical affairs at DermaSensor, an American technology company. He currently sits on multiple boards and provides advisory services to government and NFPs. He is also head of adventure medicine for Inspired Adventures. He is a former senior medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy where he deployed to the Middle East, Asia, India, the South Pacific, and off northern Australia. He has been involved in advocacy with the Australian Medical Association, Health Workforce Australia and beyondblue. His is a past president of AMSA and former Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training.

Amy Corderoy

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Amy Corderoy

Amy Corderoy is an award winning health journalist, and the former health editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.

She has written for the Guardian AustraliaSBSCrikey The Griffith Review and Australian Doctor, as well as appearing on ABC TV’s The Drum and contributing a chapter to The Curious Country, a book released by the Chief Scientist of Australia.

In 2014 she was awarded the NPS National Medicinewise award for excellence in media reporting, and in 2015 a Public Health Association of Australia President’s Award.

In 2016 she left the Herald to begin a postgraduate medicine degree at the University of Notre Dame Sydney campus, where she is currently learning to palpate, percuss and practice what she preaches when it comes to evidence-based medicine.

Dr Renee Lim

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Renee Lim

Dr Renee Lim is a performer, educator and medical doctor. In addition to her appearances on Australian TV shows likes Pulse, Ask The Doctors, East West 101 and Please Like Me, and theatre works like Grace Under Pressure, His Mothers Voice and Coup De’Tat.

Renee works as the Director of Program Development at the Pam McLean Centre the leading innovative Australian centre for communication skills training in the Health sector, as well as being involved in teaching and curriculum design at the University of Sydney and UNSW.

More recent work focuses on well being and mental health, developing the platform, nayinthelife.com, a collaboration with writer, Clare Hennessy, and becoming the Health Advisor to the Paul Ramsay Foundation, whose pillars are Chronic disease, Mental health, and the Underprivileged.

Dr George Margelis

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr George Mangelis

Dr George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80, before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney. During that time he started a software distribution company that grew to one of the largest direct software sales companies in Australia.

He was CIO of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR.

He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Care Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare, and has some amusing stories he can share about that time. In 2014 he returned to Intel as Health & Life Sciences Lead for Australia & New Zealand.

In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL), and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a startup incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles.

He is passionate about addressing the natural tension that exists between good healthcare and good technology.

Dr Andrew McDonald

Dr Andrew McDonald is an eminent paediatrician at Campbelltown Hospital and is the former New South Wales MP for Macquarie Fields (from 2007 to 2015). He was a highly respected member of Parliament and continues to serve the Campbelltown community through his first passion, medicine.

Dr Gabrielle McMullin

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Gabrielle McMullin

Dr Gabrielle McMullin is a Director of the South Sydney Vascular Centre at Miranda where she consults each business day. Dr McMullin is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon with privileges at The Sutherland Hospital, Caringbah and St George Public and St George Private Hospitals, Kogarah.

She has published over 20 papers and maintains a strong interest in research and teaching. She was appointed as a senior lecturer at UNSW in 2008.  She is a mentor for women in surgery and has managed to balance family life with a successful career. She is married with two teenage children and has found being a mother as challenging as being a surgeon.

Jana Pittman

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Jana Pittman

Jana Pittman is a 4th year medical student at WSU with a keen interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. She completed a Bachelor of medical research last year with current research honours in fertility and uterine transplantation. Jana is a 2 x World Champion and 4x Commonwealth Champion in athletics before she swapped the track for bobsled, becoming the first Australian women to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. A mother of three children aged 11,3,1 balancing life has become a fine art in order to maintain any sanity and wellbeing.

Dr Sam Prince

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Sam Prince

Dr Sam Prince is an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist who is fuelled by the belief that everyone deserves the basic human rights of healthcare and education to propel themselves forward in life.

Triumphing in humanitarian ventures such as Zambrero – a Mexican franchise chain on a mission to end world hunger and One Disease – an aid organisation committed to eliminating crusted scabies from remote indigenous communities in Australia by 2022, the accomplished Doctor is now committed to making a lasting impression on the healthcare system.

Throughout Sam’s career, such achievement has not gone unnoticed. In 2008 he was named “Outstanding Young Person of the World’’ in the Junior Chambers International, in 2011 he was awarded the ‘Weary Dunlop Fellowship’.

Currently a registered Medical Practitioner, Dr. Prince believes that technology and advocacy are the driving forces for the bright future of General Practice.

Dr Lisa Pryor

Junior Doctors' Conference 2018 Speaker Dr Lisa Pryor

Dr Lisa Pryor works as a psychiatry registrar in Sydney. She is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and the author of two books, The Pin Striped Prison and A Small Book About Drugs.