Reference Groups

Purpose & Scope

The Reference Groups are central to our project, providing crucial support to our Working Groups. Designed to ensure broad and meaningful engagement, these groups bring in perspectives that are often underrepresented in healthcare. They serve as vital consultation bodies, offering grassroots-level insights to support the Working Groups and the project team.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Sarah Jane Springer (Wiradjuri) Senior Aboriginal Medical Advisor and Medical Officer, (QLD)

Culturally Ethnically and Linguistically Diverse Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Judith Ochola Senior Staff Specialist, (QLD), Gaia Bahaar Medical Student (VIC)

Disability & Neurodiversity Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Megan Gilbert Psychiatrist, (WA) , Dr Jacqui Irvine Director of Medical Services, (NSW)

International Medical Graduate Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Sumaiya Sayed PHO(Obstetrics and Gynaecology), (QLD) , Dr Ashwita Siri Vanga SHO Senior House Officer , (QLD), Dr Mahalekshmi Selvanathan General Practitioner, (NSW), Dr Ajith Thampi Clinical Lead, (QLD)

LGBTIQ+SB Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Edward Wims Psychiatrist , (NSW)

Non-Hospital Setting Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Phillipa Heard Medical Advisor , Medical Administration Registrar , (VIC) , Dr Asha Juniper Psychiatrist, (WA)

Rural Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Emily Harrison Clinical Lead, (NSW), Dr Hwee Sin Chong Executive Director Medical Services, (QLD), Dr Caroline Manuel Psychiatrist, (NSW) , Dr Mark Dixon Deputy Director of Medical Services - A/AMC WBA Clinical Lead , (QLD)

Senior Doctors Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

To be advised

Students & Early Career (PGY 1-3)

Reference Group Chair

Alan Pham Medical Administration Trainee, (NSW) , Dr Andrew Woods Clinical Lead Women's Health (NSW), Haseeb Riaz Medical Student and Man Up Founder, (WA), Dr Rewena Mahesh Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer , (WA)

Supervisors & Educators Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Karyn Lun Dermatologist, (QLD), Dr Georga Cooke Medical admin / Medical Education Director Clinical Training (QLD)

Trainees Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Shilpa Veerappa Senior Registrar, (VIC), Dr Charles Jenkinson Doctor , (NSW)

Women in Healthcare Reference Group

Reference Group Chair

Dr Lea Merone Director of Medical Services, (QLD), Dr Leah Barrett Beck Deputy Chief Medical Officer, (QLD), Dr Nicola Cunningham Dual Specialist in Emergency and Forensic Medicine, (VIC), Dr Phillipa Heard Medical Advisor , Medical Administration Registrar , (VIC) Dr Clare Morgan Senior Medical Executive Leader , (QLD)