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Michelle Farquhar is an executive leader with a background in journalism, communications and marketing. Having worked across many industries including tourism, education, health and now energy, her passion lies in creating impact at both operational and cultural levels. A key component of that is being a disruptor, challenging norms around gender balance and other forms of diversity.
Most recently Michelle was the program director for the Aspiring Women Leaders’ Summit for the Queensland public service, and she also delivered recommendations for the recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Queensland Health hospital boards.
Michelle is a board member of the Brisbane Portrait Prize which is in its inaugural this year, which will be housed at the Brisbane Powerhouse in October.
Dr Monica Trujillo is Senior Director, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Cerner Australia and Asia Pac. She leads Cerner's highly skilled team of doctors, nurses and clinicians, to raise clinical leadership, strategy and engagement across the 400+ Asia Pacific hospitals and community health centre clients.
Prior to her role with Cerner she was Executive General Manager, Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and inaugural Chief Clinical Information Officer at the Australian Digital Health Agency. Monica was also the Chief Medical Information Officer at UnitingCare Health, Australia's first, as well as being the Regional Director of Medical Services for St Stephen's Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. She was instrumental in leading the Cerner implementation at St Stephen's Hervey Bay. This project delivered the first fully integrated digital hospital in Australia and St Stephen's was the first Australian hospital to achieve HIMSS Stage 6 and now stage 7 accreditation.
Monica obtained her degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1998, holds a Master of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators as well as Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. She is a well-known advocate for clinician and consumer leadership and engagement to achieve better health outcomes.
Dr Dinesh Palipana was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.
Dinesh earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), prior to completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the Griffith University. He has completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University. Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury.
As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity in medicine and the workplace generally. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
Dinesh is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.
Dinesh is the Gold Coast University Hospital’s representative in the Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, and the Ambassador Council at the Hopkins Centre.
Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2019 for service to medicine.
Professor Judith Goh is a urogynaecologist, practicing in Brisbane.
Prof Goh spent her childhood in Malaysia, before moving to Townsville with her family. She attended medical school at the University of Queensland, completed her FRANZCOG, and spent her final six months of registrar training in Ethiopia with Dr Catherine Hamlin AC at the Addis Ababa Hospital in 1995.
Since 1995, she has been a self-funded medical volunteer, working mainly in the area of obstetric fistula and training doctors in how to treat vesico-vaginal fistula. She has worked in parts of Africa and Asia including Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia, braving political unrest whilst performing surgery in challenging environments. Her work has changed lives for the better for hundreds of affected women, correcting their often long-standing and preventable obstetric trauma.
In 2012, Prof Goh was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to gynaecological medicine, particularly in the field of fistula surgery, and to the promotion of the rights of women and children in developing countries.
In 2018 she received the AMA Woman in Medicine Award which recognises major contributions to the medical profession through ongoing commitment to quality care, research, public health projects, or improving the availability and accessibility of education and training for women.
Dr Peta Fairweather graduated Medicine from The University of Queensland in 1998. She had broad interests in both medicine and surgery as a resident then entered training in anatomical pathology in 2001. She gained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2006.
Peta is based at the Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Greenslopes Laboratory where she is the Pathologist-in-Charge. She has a special interest in breast and gynaecological pathology and cytology. She works closely with the clinicians on site and performs a large number of intraoperative assessments (frozen sections). She is an active member of her local medical community and participates in a fortnightly breast multidisciplinary meeting with Greenslopes colleagues. Dr Fairweather has presented at state and national meetings and has been involved in educating GPs about the new cervical screening program. She serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for Greenslopes Private Hospital and has previously served on the Queensland committee reference group for the Cervical Screening Program Update. She actively participates in the training of registrars, in both anatomical pathology and gynaecological oncology.
Peta is proud to have completed her training in Process Communication Management (PCM) under Werner Naef and Kris Kerr and strives to utilise this highly effective communication tool to improve her interactions at work and in her personal life.
In her 'spare time' she spends quality time with her family and enjoys cooking, pilates and yoga.
Dr Lily Vrtik has been a consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Brisbane since 2009. She initially started her medical career and early surgical training in Perth, Western Australia. She currently works as a public VMO at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and runs a successful private practice on the north side of Brisbane.
Lily has had to set up her own private practice a few times, and currently not only manages her own private practice, but also, being the wife of a surgeon, she manages her husband’s practice as well. She has been heavily involved in with different organisations since early resident years, starting with the WA surgical trainee association, to being an integral part of establishing an official trainee representative body within RACS when she was a surgical registrar. Presently, she runs the QLD Plastic Surgery Journal Club, is the marketing and sponsorship manager for Queensland Medical Orchestra (QMO), and manages her own business marketing & social media.
With a special interest in medicolegal aspect of Medicine, Lily is a specialist risk assessor for MDA National, and does contracted case assessments for health regulatory bodies. Through various formal and informal networks, in outmost confidentiality, Lily is also heavily involved in helping surgeons in strife and junior doctors with concerns.
As an advocate for both doctors and patients, Lily is an avid educator, who spends her ‘spare’ time doing both clinical & non-clinical workshops, with doctors, medical students and other health professionals. She firmly believes that it is through education and communication, that both patient safety and doctor wellbeing can be promoted and practised.
Dr Kirsten Connan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with a specialist interest in pelvic pain, endometriosis, advanced laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies, and medical education.
Born in Tonga, lived in America & the UK, completed medical school in Sydney, and trained in Melbourne, Kirsten moved with her family to Hobart (for good!) in late 2014. Here she is the director and owner of TasOGS, Tasmania’s first all-female multi-disciplinary women's health practice. In 2016 Kirsten won the Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneurial Award for her business lead at TasOGS, and in 2017 she represented Tasmania at the Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus Congress.
In December 2017 Kirsten completed a Master of Clinical Education from Melbourne University with her thesis titled 'Gender and Leadership in O&G in Australia and New Zealand’. In 2018 Kirsten accepted the role of deputy chair for RANZCOG’s Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group, and in 2019 was delighted to join the AGES (The Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopic & Surgery Society) board.
Beyond her clinical practice, Kirsten has interests in leadership training, organisational diversity, business excellence, and creating a sustainable future for her specialty. Any spare time Kirsten has is spent on the hockey field (she’d suggest not getting in front of her with a stick!), running half marathons, reading great biography’s, and enjoying life with her feminist husband Daniel and two fabulous daughters Anika & Isabel.
Tanya is a medical doctor dedicated to supporting the role of clinicians in leadership of positive change across the health care system. She has worked for the last 22 years across a range of levels of the health system, to help facilitate pragmatic change that supports and is
co-designed by front-line clinicians. She supports doctors and health care organisations who value a collaborative, clinician-led approach to delivering better health outcomes for their patients, and more positive working environments for health professionals.
Tanya draws on experience in clinical medicine, clinical education, health outcomes measurement, organisational leadership and culture and change management in other industries. She has worked in many varied health care environments, from preventative health, to medical technology, to GP education design to strategic consulting on health policy and system improvement.
Tanya is currently also the Head of Clinical Insights on the executive leadership team of Quantium Health: a leading health data and analytics business. She practices part time clinically as a surgical assistant in head and neck surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
You’ve probably heard there’s a superannuation savings gap between men and women, but did you know Australian women retire with about 58 per cent less super than men? With such a huge gap, QSuper is about empowering women through financial literacy – and we’d love you to find out how we can help.
Join QSuper’s Shaun Weston for a breakfast session on Why Women invest differently, strategies to grow your super, how to overcome the common challenges that cause super balance gaps and introduce some simple steps you can do now.
Dr Gerard Connors - Panel Chair
Dr Gerard Connors is a Cardiologist and Vascular Physician at Greenslopes Private Hospital, a Visiting Medical Officer at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and regularly visits Springfield and Emerald.
He is also Director of Clinical Training at GPH, Founder of Fortitude Brewing Company, Chair of Health Policy for the Liberal National Party, and coach of the under 6 Easts Tigers Rugby Team.
Dr Honor Magon - Panellist
Dr Honor Magon is a junior house officer at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, currently doing her rotation in Haematology. She plays an active role on the AMAQ Council of Doctors in Training, having been involved for the last five years. Her interests lie in the developing health care technology arena, in addition to junior doctor mental health, complemented by her studies in a Graduate Certificate in Business Leadership.
Honor is also one of the co-founders of YUMM!, a chocolate company aimed at spreading community awareness of mental wellness strategies. She aspires one day to be part of a more streamlined and resource effective, yet patient centric and clinician friendly health system in Queensland.
Dr Amandeep Hansra - Panellist
Dr Amandeep Hansra is a leader in digital health and telehealth sevices in Australia. Amandeep is the director of Evermed Consulting and provides consulting services to hospitals, government, insurers, start ups, health services, investors and businesses. She was the the CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business ReadyCare up until 2018. She is a locally trained specialist General Practitioner who works 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. Amandeep is also the founder of Creative Careers in Medicine, an organisation that supports clinicians in thinking creatively and finding a career path that they are passionate about. She has been awarded the “Women Leading in Business Scholarship” for the Global Executive MBA at the University of Sydney. She is also a graduate of the AICD and sits on a number of committees and boards
Professor David Coman - Panellist
Professor David Coman is a General Paediatrician, Metabolic Physician and Clinical Geneticist.
David graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He has worked extensively in Queensland, Melbourne, The United Kingdom and Ireland within paediatrics and clinical genetics. His area of expertise is in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. David is a passionate and experienced rare disease advocate and engages with multiple rare disease support groups.
David is currently involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with inherited diseases. David is director of a national clinical-translational clinic for Ataxia Telangiectasia. He is an active research member of Australian Genomic Health Alliance. David is involved in the teaching of medical students and paediatric trainees and currently holds academic appointments at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, and Bond University.
David has a part-time public appointment in Metabolic Medicine at The Queensland Children's Hospital, and runs a very busy private practice from Queensland Fertility Group. David is the Clinical Genetics Supervisor for Virtus Health. He also runs philanthropic Paediatric Outreach Clinics in conjunction with UnitingCare Health to the Helena Goldie Hospital in the Western Provence of the Solomon Islands.
When not working, David enjoys spending time with his family, watching as much sport as possible, and reading comics. He a life-long supporter of the mighty Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
Dr Maria Boulton - Panellist
I am a Company Director, Brisbane GP, author and public speaker who is creating waves with innovative ideas on health care with a focus on education.
In 2016, together with Dr Fiona Raciti, I founded the general practice clinic Family Doctors Plus (Windsor, Brisbane), with a view to make a difference in health care. In 2017 Family Doctors Plus won the Telstra Queensland Business of the Year Award. In 2018 I was named one of the 100 faces of Small Business in Queensland and a finalist for Businessperson of the Year in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.
I completed my medical degree at The University of Queensland in 2002, am a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and have enjoyed working in general practice for the past 16 years. I enjoy all aspects of general practice in particular family medicine and skin cancer screening. I am experienced in performing work, pre-employment and coal board medicals (registered as AMA in both QLD and NSW) and travel vaccinations.
I am passionate about preventive medicine, continuity of care and ongoing education.
Together, with Family Doctors Plus health professionals, I hold frequent seminar sessions aimed at empowering people to manage and understand issues such as menopause, puberty, school readiness, digestive health, fatigue and weight loss. I am a regular guest on Afternoons with Kat Feeney on ABC Brisbane Radio where I discuss the latest in health news affecting the local community and disease prevention. I have been invited to discuss various medical and business topics at conferences in Brisbane and interstate (Eg. 2018 RACGP Private Practice Owner's Conference).
My book “Mum’s guide to…pregnancy”, empowers women with the knowledge they need to help them through the pregnancy rollercoaster and be well informed.
I am a representative in the AMA and RACGP Qld Councils and a member of QWMS.
Dr Bav Manoharan - Panellist
Bav‘s the Deputy Director of Medical Services at Toowoomba Hospital and a RACMA Medical Administration Registrar, having previously dabbled as a Radiology and General Surgery Registrar over the last few years.
In amongst his various clinical career hops, he developed a strong interest in corporate governance and is a director on a few boards, advises government bodies, colleges and universities on a range of issues and likes to garden in his spare time.
Dr Ann-Maree Craven - Panellist
Dr Ann-Maree Craven is a Renal and Obstetric Physician who currently works at both Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital. She underwent her medical training at the University of Queensland, during which she was the founder and founding President of the student group Supporting Women In Medicine (SWIM).
Following her graduation in 1998, she undertook her basic physician training and advanced training in Nephrology at Gold Coast Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital. Ann-Maree completed a fellowship in Obstetric Medicine at Kings College, London in 2013. In addition to her passion for Obstetric Medicine and Nephrology, she is a mother to four loud children and two loveable dogs.