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External Advisory Board
Prof Jennifer McConnell, Chair
Jennifer Mc Connell was born in 1948 and educated at North Perth Primary School and Tuart Hill High School. Her educational achievements include Registered Nurse (1966-1969) and a MBBS from the University of WA (1971-1976). She completed postgraduate medical training achieving a FRACGP in 1986. She worked as a General Practitioner in Rockingham for 13 years. Much of this time was supervising and mentoring GP registrars She then followed her interest in medical education to undergraduate education at UWA ( 1989 -2002), vocational medical education for the Victorian (1987) and the West Australian (1988-93) RACGP Training programs, some of the time spent as Acting Director. Jennifer followed on to post graduation medical education as the augural officer of the WA RACGP Post Graduate Quality Assurance and CME Program (1993-2000). In 2001 she was invited to the position of Deputy Head of the new medical school at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle (2001-2013). Her tasks included development and implementation of the Communication and Clinical Skills Curriculum including all clinical placements. Due to unforeseen circumstances she also was Acting Dean for significant periods. The last 3 years were spent on the Broome Campus developing the Rural and Aboriginal Curriculum and to identify further opportunities for students of the School of Medicine Fremantle. Jennifer has relished and is thankful for the multiple opportunities afforded her in innovative educational development throughout her professional life. Jennifer is now retired but has remained as a member of the External Advisory Board of the School from 2014-2020 and is now Chairperson of the Board. She now spends her time sailing, reading, walking, having time with friends and caring for her four young grandchildren.”
Prof Gervase Chaney, National Head of Medicine
Professor Gervase Chaney is the National Head of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia. Gervase is a graduate from the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. He has been a consultant general paediatrician since 1999, working predominantly at Perth’s sole tertiary paediatric hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) – now Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). Gervase has served in numerous leadership and management roles throughout his career at PMH and the Child and Adolescent Health Service. These include Director of Postgraduate Medical Education; Director of Clinical Planning and Reform; Chairman of Paediatric Medicine Clinical Care Unit; the Executive Director of PMH and Executive Director Commissioning, Perth Children’s Hospital. Gervase has undertaken National and State leadership roles in health, including President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division and Board member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; co-Chair of the WA Child and Youth Health Network; chair of Kidsafe WA; Board Secretary of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Medicine; Board member of the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation and Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Dr Paul Sprague
Married to Beverley with three children and five grandchildren. Entered Melbourne University in 1958 initially obtaining a BSc in physics in 1962 followed by graduating MB BS in 1964. Residency at the Royal Melbourne Hospital including medical registrar and radiology registrar. Obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians followed by Fellowship in the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists. Admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (London) in 1973 being awarded the Rohan Williams prize. Awarded Baker Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists (overseas travelling Fellowship) in 1976. Fellowships in Paediatric Radiology at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and The Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. In 1976 became Director of Diagnostic radiology at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and appointed Clinical tutor in postgraduate studies which enabled me to establish combined radiology clinical meetings and to set up a teaching program for medical students and postgraduate students including for Paediatricians. Director of Diagnostic Imaging at PMH for eight years. Involved in startup of a new radiology department comprising General Radiology, Angiography with Interventional Radiology, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, CT and a large centrally located conference area for meetings and teaching. Identified the need for a CT scanner for PMH. Commenced a fund raising programme with The Variety Club and Telethon to raise money for a CT scanner. This was subsequently successful and the CT scanner was installed into the hospital in 1987. Served on numerous committees within the hospital including being a member of the Hospital Board. In 1985 participated in the World Health Organisation (WHO) working party developing guidelines for the rational use of radiology in Paediatrics, followed by visits to Africa being involved in the installation of basic radiological systems in third world countries. In 1981 established a single radiology specialist practice in Ord Street West Perth with particular emphasis on Paediatric Imaging for the children of Western Australia. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the business grew with the help of dedicated staﬀ and radiologists establishing SKG Radiology. During this era we were privileged to be chosen to provide diagnostic imaging at St John of God hospitals including Rivervale, Murdoch and Subiaco. SKG Radiology was invited to provide diagnostic imaging at Hollywood Private Hospital when Ramsay Healthcare took over the Veterans Hospital thus furthering our commitment to hospital-based radiology whilst maintaining community-based locations. From our very early days we were involved in teaching of medical students and subspecialty trainees including Diagnostic Imaging. This continues today including involvement in the teaching of the medical students from Notre Dame University. During the 1990s involved in various local and national committees and training for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists which included being head of the examining body for Paediatric Radiology for Radiology trainees. After being involved with various committees and subcommittees became elected as President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of radiologists for the period 2002 to 2003. I have been privileged to serve on the external advisory committee of the medical school of the University of Notre Dame since its early days and I am delighted that this privilege has been extended under the Chairmanship of Professor Jenny McConnell.
Dr Scott Sargant
Scott started medical school at Notre Dame in 2008 at the age of 30 having formerly been a community pharmacist and lecturer at Curtin University School of Pharmacy. Graduated in 2011 and was awarded both the School of Medicine Medal and the Chandraratna Family Prize in Medicine. Completed Internship and Resident years at Fremantle Health Service before starting as an Intensive Care trainee in 2014. Switched to Anaesthetic training in 2015 and Graduated as a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in February 2020. Currently working as neurosurgical anaesthesia fellow at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Joined the Notre Dame School of Medicine External Advisory Board in 2014 as a recent graduate representative and continues to serve on the Board as a public hospital representative. Scott has a keen professional interest in teaching, perioperative medicine, pre-habilitation and regional anaesthesia. Outside of work, Scott has been an adult volunteer with Scouts WA for the last 23 years and is currently the state Vice President. Married with 2 kids, 2 bulldogs and a love of travelling, camping and the outdoors.
Prof Helen Slattery
I graduated with a B.Sc (Honours) from The Australian National University in 1976, winning the University Medal, and obtained a PhD (UWA) in 1981 in plant physiology. After a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Melbourne University I enrolled in a MBBS at UWA, with the aim of becoming a psychiatrist. I completed this in 1989. I have had extensive clinical experience in psychiatry since attaining FRANZCP in 1996 with a particular interest in Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychiatry and the law. My substantive position is Director of Training WA, which I have held since 2000. I am the psychiatrist on the Mentally Impaired accused Board. I have been an adjunct Professor, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences UWA (2008-2014), Professor of Psychiatry Notre Dame University (2015-2018) and now have an appointment at the School of Medicine, Curtin University. I have been a contributor to the RANZCP’s training, overseas trained psychiatrists and examination committees since the 1990s and have previously been a Board member of the RANZCP.
Dr Colleen Bradford
Dr Colleen Bradford is a GP practising in Mt Lawley WA. Following her graduation from UWA she embarked on a career with the military and was fortunate enough to practice in the Solomon Islands, Wagga Wagga and the ACT before moving into medical education after a deployment to the Western Sahara with the United Nations. She has been a medical educator for over 20 years and the Director of Training for WAGPET since 2011. In 2019 she was awarded the Sam Bada award for medical education by the RACGP.
Ms Debra Langridge
Deb has worked in the public health and prevention space at all levels of government – Federal, State and Local – and not for profit sectors to contribute to the health and well-being of communities. She has worked to capture the voices of all parts of community including access and inclusion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, children and young people, mental health, health and community services. Deb has been the Chair of Advisory Groups in both, NSW and WA. She works connecting community, government and well-being, also a member of the NSW Commission for Children and Young People’s work with the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on Children and the Built Environment. She was also a representative for WA Local Government on the recent WA Sustainable Health Review.
Dr David Oldham
David is the Director of Medical Education for WA Country Health Service. He has also been Medical Director and Convenor of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in WA (DHAS WA) since 2006. David has previously worked in medical administration at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and the Department of Health WA. He is also a former general practitioner, state manager of GP training in WA, and Director of Clinical Training at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals.
Dr Siddhanth Sharma
Sid graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 and started at the East Metropolitan Health Service the following year. During medical school, he was increasingly intrigued by the questions Public Health asked, seeing it as an effective vehicle to address the social determinants of health, reduce inequity and improve collective wellbeing. This growing passion led to collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia for his final year clinical audit. He received the WA John Snow Scholarship for his reflections on the experience, providing him the opportunity to share his thoughts at the Royal Australian College of Physician’s Congress. Sid will pursue a Master of Public Health in the United States via a Fulbright scholarship in 2020, hoping to develop the skills, knowledge and models of thinking required to ask incisive population health questions and answer them effectively. He endeavours to forge a career in Public Health and/or General Practice.
Dr Shane Kelly Dr Shane Kelly was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Health Care in June 2018. Dr Kelly completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia, following which he worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in clinical roles. He went on to complete a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Public Health and took on senior management roles in Western Australia including as the Chief Executive of the Women’s and Children’s Health Service and subsequently the South Metropolitan Health Service. Before joining St John of God Health Care, Dr Kelly was Group Chief Executive Officer of Mater Misericordiae in Queensland and prior to that he was Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Health Service. He also spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Dr Kelly is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, the Australasian College of Health Service Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly Australian Institute of Management). He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences) and an Adjunct Professor of Australian Catholic University. His main professional interests are in relation to health system performance and accountability, and the provision of safe, high quality evidence-based patient care.
Mr Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Murdoch Hospital in April 2017. More recently he has also taken on responsibility for St John of God’s Geraldton Hospital and is the lead for the organisation’s arts portfolio. He was previously Acting CEO at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital and prior to this role, he led the Transformation Team’s innovative work on the One Pathology Program, Procedural Areas Transformation Program and Business Analytics and Reporting Program. Ben’s early career involved six years in the NHS in the UK. He completed their graduate management program and ran all clinical services across a multi campus NHS Trust. He then spent 10 years in health care consulting in the UK and Australia with Ernst and Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers before joining St John of God Healthcare.
Dr Bill Sands
Bill Sands has been a General Practitioner in Fremantle since 1981. He has a long experience working with the community in a variety of roles. For many years he practised GP obstetrics and more recently has been involved in coordinated care of complex multi-morbidity patients. Throughout his career he has been involved in teaching medical students and in later half of his career also teaching GP registrars. He and his wife ran their own medium size practice for many years but recently sold it to a GP who owns multiple practices. He continues to work full time in the same practice but without the concerns of management. He continues to believe that medicine is a vocation driven by science for the service of the community. Over the years he has been involved in a number of medical organisations. These include being on the WA RACGP Faculty Board, various roles within the Fremantle GP Network including Chair and ongoing involvement in a variety of successor organisations. More recently he has been involved with WAGPET and having just stepped down as Chair of the Supervisor Advisory Committee. He was very honoured to be recognised by his peer in receiving RACGP GP of the Year Award in 2018. He and his wife Paula have been married for thirty three years. They have four children and at this stage four grandchildren. He is a member of St Patrick’s Parish in Fremantle. He enjoys watching Rugby, gardening, walking and spending time with friends and family
Mr Tim Shanahan
Tim Shanahan is a motivated and highly respected Western Australian who prides himself on creating strong relationships, working with integrity and inspiring excellence and innovation. In a strong corporate and civic career, Tim has led key Western Australian organisations that have shaped the State, including the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, the WA Municipal Association, and more recently the Energy and Minerals Institute at The University of Western Australia (UWA). He is currently working as Director and adviser. He is Chairman of WA Super. A Perth based superannuation fund with $4 Billion in FUM and 50,000 members. He is a Director of RACWA Holdings. RAC Holdings Pty Ltd, which owns and operates the RACWA’s insurance, motoring, finance, aged care, retirement and tourism businesses. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the RACWA, and is a past President and Councillor. He is Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Battery Industries based around Australia's emerging resources for battery components and capability, Chair of Zetta Group a WA headquartered IT company and Chair of WA SuperNet supported by Arc Infrastructure seeking to deliver enterprise level broadband to the WA Grainbelt. In November 2018, Tim was elected to the Board of the Committee for Perth. From 2007 Tim was the founding Director of the UWA Energy and Minerals Institute (EMI). Tim was also a founder of the In The Zone geo-political business forum, and the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC). In 2010 Tim was appointed to the Western Australian Regional Development Trust, becoming Chairman in 2016 and finishing in this role in September 2017. Tim is a Trustee of CEDA, and a former member of the CEDA WA Advisory Committee. Tim is a past Chairman of the Australia Day Council, Western Australia. Tim was honoured with a Public Service Medal in 2001 and in 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal.
Dr Judy Edwards
Judy’s career has been characterised by strong leadership, commitment and exemplary service in the government, not for profit, community and health sectors. She is a former medical practitioner (GP) and was a member of the Western Australian Parliament for eighteen years. During this time, she also served as WA Environment Minister 2001 - 2006. After leaving Parliament in 2008 she worked at the Australian (formerly McCusker) Alzheimer’s Research Foundation for seven years, in a variety of positions including CEO 2014 - 2017. Her experience includes leading policy and organisational change across a number of sectors, working on various projects at any one time. These have ranged from implementation of contentious environmental policy; building partnerships with like-minded medical research institutions and donors; to overseeing complex clinical trial contract negotiations. She also led a high-level committee of consumers, service providers and health professionals, advising the Commissioner of Mental Health on implementation of new Mental Health legislation. Judy has strong interpersonal and communication skills and relishes the opportunity to work with close knit teams, problem solving through challenge and change. She is currently Chair of Members, Ruah Community Services and is also undertaking voluntary work in the not for profit sector with a variety of organisations. These include Royal Perth Hospital, where as a member of the Forget-Me-Not program, she supports inpatients who are experiencing delirium or have dementia. Judy holds an MB,BS (UWA); MPH (UWA) and Grad Cert in Health Impact Assessment (Curtin).
Dr Zoe Tippet
Zoe Tippet is currently completing her internship at Royal Perth Hospital. She graduated from the Notre Dame School of Medicine in 2019 where she was honoured to deliver the valedictorian address for the graduating students. Zoe continues to work closely with the Aboriginal Health team at Notre Dame, in her role as a tutor for the Indigenous medical students. While she has not decided on a career trajectory, she is sure that her future will involve medical education, ongoing clinical governance and public health advocacy.
Dr Ryan Cohen
After graduating Bachelor of Science in 2013 I completed my Doctor of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in 2017. I subsequently interned at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and have since worked at St John of God Subiaco Hospital within their surgical mentoring program. During this time I established and coordinated the near-peer surgical education program at St John of God Subiaco Hospital and have published several papers focussing on general and vascular surgery. I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education through the University of Western Australia and in March of this year, I will be commencing my Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia, exploring several biomarkers of bowel cancer metastasis. I am keenly pursuing a career as a colorectal surgeon with a special interest in surgical education and research.