Medical Practitioners / Senior Advisors / Health Service Managers

Dr Bav Manoharan

Dr Bav Manoharan

BSc, MBBS, GAICD, MPH/MHM (candidate) Brisbane and Toowoomba, QLD

Medical Administration

Bav is a currently the Deputy-Director of Medical Services at Toowoomba Hospital and a RACMA Medical Administration Candidate having previously trained as a Radiology and General Surgery Registrar. He is a well-regarded systems and strategic thinker and understands the need and benefit of strong corporate and clinical governance in complex health systems. He works to improve the quality and safety of health care to people in South East Queensland by leveraging on digital tools to help with its efficient and safe delivery. He has a particular interest in leveraging digital capabilities to diminish the gap in healthcare access between rural/regional and metropolitan populations. He has a strong grounding in corporate governance and risk management and is a director of the Australian Medical Association, Chair of doctorportal Learning; a company aimed at providing free online CPD to specialists and non-specialists alike and QUEST; a Clinical Research Collaborative.

 

Dr Helen Freeborn

Dr Helen Freeborn

BSc MBBS FRACMA MPH MHM GAICD CHIA

Medical Administration

Helen is currently the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, having previously worked for Royal North Shore Hospital in Medical Administration. With over ten years of clinical experience working across three states and in metropolitan and regional settings combined with Medical Advisor roles for the Northern Sydney ICT Team and eHealth NSW, she has a comprehensive understanding of the systemic barriers faced by clinicians in adopting digital health solutions for their patients. As a well-regarded contemporary systems thinker, she works to ensure innovative, interoperable, human-centred digital health solutions are designed and implemented. She has a particular interest in ensuring pathology solutions meet patient needs and digital health solutions which enhance rather than detract from a clinician’s well-being.

 

Dr David Evans

Dr David Evans

MBBS, RACMA, FACHSM BBusHeath Admin, Grad Dip IT, Grad Dip Res Methods, Brisbane QLD

Medical Practitioner | Health Informatician | Deputy Director Medical Services (former) | Senior Lecturer

Until August this year, David was Deputy Director Medical Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Metrosouth Health Service District and had a Clinical Lead role for Telehealth. David is Senior Lecturer at Queensland University, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA) and the Australasian College of Health Services Managers (ACHSM). David is also a member of the Qld Jurisdictional Committee for FRACMA, a Certified Health Informatician and member of Health Informatics Society of Australia. Prior to joining the Australian Digital Health Agency as a Clinical Reference Lead, David was a Clinical Governance Lead with the National eHealth Transitional Authority (NeHTA) since 2011.

 

Ms Juliana Iles-Mann

Ms Juliana Iles-Mann

MMgt, BAppSci, Sydney NSW

ICT Manager State Lead, NSW Health Pathology

Juliana has worked in public pathology for 30 years. She has a sound understanding of the business of pathology, both operationally and strategically and its relationship and contribution to the clinical care continuum. She has been responsible for the review, planning, policy development, project management and implementation of projects of strategic importance to pathology. Through her role as ICT Director in a major public hospital network pathology service, she has intimate knowledge and experience with the integration of health information and a deep understanding of the importance and potential that interoperability of digital health information can contribute to positive health outcomes for patients and the community at large. She has been an advocate and have led or been engaged with the implementation of a number of digital strategies including the Electronic Health Record across NSW, quality use of pathology through electronic clinical decision support, the electronic delivery of pathology information to the Primary Care sector, the implementation of a mobile web-based application to support access to pathology results and more recently with the implementation of HealtheNet. She has the added experience of caring for her son who has had a chronic illness for the past 20 years.

 

Dr George Margelis

Dr George Margelis

MBBS M.Optom GCEBus, Sydney NSW

Medical Doctor | Surgery Informatician

George 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. He was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team. George joined Intel in 2005, as healthcare lead and then Intel-GECare Innovations. In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL). In 2014 he was appointed to the IT in Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. He was a senior adviser for HIMSS APAC in Australia in 2015 and helped HISA and the ADHA launch the CXIO Network in 2018. In 2019 he took on the role of Independent Chair of the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council.

 

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

BSc (Hons I) BMBS DCH FRACMA FCHSM GAICD CHIA, Brisbane QLD

Director of Medical Services

Mellissa is a medical executive with over 15 years experience in clinical and medical leadership roles across both the public and private sector. She holds a Masters in Health Management and fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and Australasian College of Health Service Management. With a strong interest in medical leadership, standards of care and innovation, Dr Naidoo is passionate about healthcare improvement and person-centred care.

 

Dr Michael Araco

Dr Michael Araco

MBBS, CHIA, Sydney NSW

Medical Advisor

Michael has experience in digital health including 3 years with Healthdirect Australia where he is the Medical Advisor for Healthdirect online web content, medicines, mobile app, Video Call, and the NHSD. He participates in syndromic surveillance as a member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee. Michael also has 10 years of experience as a Clinical Trial Investigator and Principal Investigator for approximately 250 early phase clinical trials. He completed an internship in medical research commercialisation and venture capital during this time. Michael is a member of the HISA NSW committee and is CHIA certified. He is passionate about solving problems in healthcare with digital solutions and innovation. For example, he has previously designed and built systems to assist clinical trial recruitment using digital channels including social media. Prior to working in digital health and clinical research fields, Michael has 5 years of general medical experience in Victoria.

 

Dr Michael Bainbridge

Dr Michael Bainbridge

BMedSci. BM. BS. FFCI, FRCGP, FBCS, CITP FACHI, CHIA, Sydney NSW

Clinical Informatician | General Practitioner | Lecturer

Mike is an international expert in digital health. He has worked on major health IT projects as a GP and clinical architect with a special interest in medicines, safety and design. He is an Internationally recognised clinical Informatician and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Formerly Mike worked the as clinical lead for ISOFT, Technical Director for UK Primary Care Information Services and was the Clinical Architect of the NHS before coming to Australia to work on My Health Record in 2011. Mike currently works across both clinical and technical groups to drive safety, usability and user-centred design. Mike is also lecturing on digital health at the University of Technology Sydney.

 

Mr Robin Moore

Mr Robin Moore

BBNsg, FGLF, GAICD, Adelaide SA

Health Consultant | Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Robin is a skilled and high achieving public and private sector leader with over 40 years health experience, 23 of these in Executive and CEO roles. He has been at the forefront of significant strategic health reform in South Australia and Queensland. Robin has led health organisations in every health sector from primary through to tertiary and quaternary. Robin has managed significant organisational change, hospital amalgamations and significant redevelopment projects. He has worked closely with communities, GP’s, NGO’s, ACCHO’s and private providers developing new integrated partnerships from innovative models of care to new funding models including public/private partnerships to benefit community health priorities.

 

Ms Susan Emerson

Ms Susan Emerson

RN, MHSM, Nursing Grad Dip, MACN, Adelaide SA

General Manager, Care and Disability

Susan Emerson is an experienced aged care nurse and thought leader who has worked in innovative roles in the aged and community care setting over thirty years. She has experienced the benefits and frustrations of digital innovation and is keen to drive consistent digital use across the aged care sector. Susan has worked in clinical and managerial leadership, design and project coordination for the construction of new aged care facilities and has made a sustained contribution to service and policy thinking in the wider aged care sector – informed by significant international aged care engagement. Susan is General Manager, Leef independent Living Solutions (trading as Equip4living) in South Australia and the Northern Territory which is a national retailer and distributor offering an expanded range of independent living solutions and innovative assistive technologies to support healthy ageing independence and rehabilitation in Australia and New Zealand, Susan is a Member of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) and of the National Aged Care Alliance and is a former Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Expert Advisory Committee on Ageing. Prior to joining the Australian Digital Health Agency, she was a Clinical Governance Lead with the National eHealth Transitional Authority (NeHTA) since 2011.

 

Ms Jayne Barclay

Ms Jayne Barclay

BAppSci (MIT), MBPM, CHIA, Brisbane QLD

Diagnostic Solutions Manager | Certified Health Informatician Australia | Radiographer (APHRA Registered)

With foundations in Medical Imaging, Jayne has actively pursued a career in Health Informatics. She has gained valuable experience from the roles held in both the Private and Public sectors, with particular experience in systems implementation projects, systems remediation and software development projects. With an increasing demand to improve quality and efficiency across healthcare reform, Jayne is a strong believer in balancing clinical and technical skills to maximise current health technologies in acute healthcare settings. She does not believe in innovation for innovation's sake, rather innovative solutions to issues that will ensure patients will receive high quality care throughout their clinical pathway. Jayne also holds an active leadership role in HISA’s Clinical Informatics Community of Practice.

 

Ms Marina Fulcher

Ms Marina Fulcher

FAAPM, CPM, Sydney NSW

Practice Manager Healthcare Management Consultant

Marina is a healthcare consultant with extensive experience in healthcare management, gained from working with and managing a wide range of organisations across the healthcare industry. Marina has worked extensively in a practice management advocacy and advisory capacity on many aspects of the national digital health agenda since 2008. Bringing knowledge and understanding that traverses both management and clinical requirements, her work has included extensive involvement in the development of digital health foundations such as the HI Service and on the ongoing development of the My Health Record. After working with Western Sydney PHN managing the Patient Centred Medical Home and integrated care initiatives, Marina worked with AGPAL on the development of the Health Care Homes education materials. Her insight into the benefits of this model of care, particularly for patients with chronic and complex healthcare needs and how a connected healthcare system can support improved patient health outcomes, aligns well with her digital health expertise. Marina is a past AAPM National President, Life Member, Fellow and Certified Practice Manager. Having completed a Dip Practice Management, Dip Management & Leadership, Cert IV Training & Assessment, she is a knowledgeable trainer and presenter who has also published many articles on practice management and digital health.

 

Dr Mirna Hunter

Dr Mirna Hunter

MD, BMEDSCI (Hons), Sydney NSW

Medical Officer | Trainee with Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Mirna is an enthusiastic junior doctor whose journey has taken her from clowning with Dr Patch Adams in Morocco, to learning Aerospace Medicine with NASA in Houston. After graduating from Medicine from UNSW in 2013 she undertook internship and residencies with NSW Health; became an active representative on multiple hospital committees, undertook fourteen quality & safety improvement projects and won Junior Medical Officer of the year at her respective hospitals in 2014 and 2016. She’s recently returned to Sydney after living the nomadic lifestyle of an unaccredited ophthalmology trainee on the Lions Outback Vision Van with the Fred Hollows Fellows in Western Australia. The traveling eye clinic (a huge 18m long semi-trailer) provides clinical, surgical and telehealth services to 23 different rural/remote communities. Her firsthand experience of the health care inequalities facing hard working Aussie’s in rural areas prompted her to join the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and the Digital Health Agency to help deliver solutions to these complex problem.

 

Mr Milan Vaghasiya

Mr Milan Vaghasiya

MPH, MHM, Sydney NSW

Clinical Document Specialist Health Manager

Milan is an enthusiastic researcher, a health informatician and a health manager. He is currently working as a Clinical Documentation Specialist in Western Sydney Local Health District. He is also doing his PhD at School of IT at the University of Sydney. He is studying IT system implementation and benefits in a hospital setting. Milan’s expertise/interest include the evaluation of IT system implementation, UX, electronic health records, data analytics, organisational efficiency and patient safety using Electronic Clinical Systems. He worked for more than ten years as a clinician in Westmead Emergency Department. He also has vast experience of research as well as a soundtrack record of publications in reputed international journals and conferences. Milan received Master of Health Management & Master of Public Health from University of New South Wales (UNSW).