Future Forum 

A unique part of this year’s conference will be an interactive ‘Future Forum’ with an invited expert panel. The forum is designed to draw out wide reaching and diverse views on the current state of general practice education and training in Australia. We need to challenge the existing norms and consider the possibilities for the future.

This forum will be attended by people involved in every aspect of general practice education and training including medical students, interns, JMOs, registrars, supervisors, medical educators, academics, government representatives, cultural educators, administrators and community members. This facilitated session will be a highlight of the conference and guaranteed to be a redefining event, not only for those present but also for the broader education community. 

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GPTEC 2019 would like to introduce Dr Jeff McMullen AM as the facilitator for the Future Forum.

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Dr Jeff McMullen AM

Well-known and respected journalist, author, film-maker and advocate.

For over five decades, journalist, author and film-maker, Dr Jeff McMullen AM, has given voice to the struggle by First Nations people in Australia and around the world, His focus is on improving education and health while addressing the fundamental human rights of First Peoples. In 2006 Dr Jeff McMullen was awarded an Order of Australia (AM), for service to journalism and efforts to raise awareness of economic, social and human rights issues in Australia and overseas, as well as service to charity.

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Current Work
Dr McMullen is a foundational Director of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and has helped grow Australia’s most successful mentoring program for Indigenous students around the country and its introduction in Africa and North America. He is also a Director of the Engineering Aid Australia Indigenous Summer School program. 

Dr McMullen has been prominent in the Close the Gap campaign, chairing forums for AIDA and NACCHO, as well as the Northern Territory’s first conference focussed on Indigenous suicide prevention. He has worked closely with the Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in the Katherine region, developing maternal and infant health programs. He is also an Ambassador of NOFASD, the national organisation working to reduce foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. In 2018 McMullen supported the advocacy of Gilbert & Tobin law firm to change the laws in each State and Territory to recognise the impact on health of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.



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Dr Gerard Connors

Gerard has been a part owner at Bluff Road Medical since 1992 and has worked Full time in General Practice, up until several years ago, including 10 years as a GP obstetrician. Over the last 7 years he has continued his clinical practice, but also worked part time for VMA and now EVGPT where he is an SLO and a casual ME.

He has extensive committee and Board experience, having served on RACGP Committees and VMA Board. He has been on the GPSA Board for 4 years and is the current Chair.

Dr Harry Nespolon 

Dr Harry Nespolon is the President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and has been a GP for over 30 years, operating two practices within Sydney.

As President of the largest organisation representing general practice, Dr Nespolon has taken a leading role within the industry to modernise standards and prepare doctors for challenges. As a practice owner and supervisor of doctors training to become GPs, Dr Nespolon is passionate about ensuring general practice is ready for the next generation of technology and continues to keep up with the changing needs of patients within Australia.

Jessica Yang

Ms Jessica Yang is the 2019 President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the peak representative body for Australia’s 17 000 medical students.

Jessica has completed her fourth year of Medicine at Western Sydney University (WSU) and a research project under Dr Ian Turner identifying alcohol knowledge and consumption in her local area. Jessica has been involved in student advocacy and volunteering particularly within AMSA for several years, as the Executive Publications Officer, WSU’s AMSA Representative and National Convention Creative Director. She has also contributed to her university medical society and the NSW Medical Students’ Council.

Dr Ewen McPhee

Dr Ewen McPhee is President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.  He is a Rural Family Doctor and GP Obstetrician, resident in Emerald Central Queensland since 1989.

Dr McPhee is a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and has had recent involvement in government health policy through membership of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and the eHealth Implementation Taskforce.


Dr Sama Balasubramanian
President of the GPRA

Dr Sama Balasubramanian is a GP working in regional NSW in the town of Wagga Wagga and was appointed GPRA president in November 2018. He has a passion for registrar advocacy and wellbeing, and sits on the GPRA Board as the Registrar Director. He was a Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) GP Synergy and is the registrar representative on the WentWest Primary Health Network Clinical Council. Sama was involved in multiple committees for GP Synergy, and was on the management committee for the General Practice Training and Education Conference 2017. He is also a member of the RACGP NSW&ACT Faculty Board.

Dr Louise Stone

Louise Stone is a GP with clinical, research, teaching and policy expertise in mental health. She completed her PhD in 2014 on the way GPs assess and manage patients with medically unexplained symptoms and has written several articles around this for GPs and registrars. Until 2017, she was the senior medical advisor for GP training in Australia and was GP Synergy’s third employee in 2003! Her current research is a qualitative project exploring sexual abuse of doctors by doctors and she is also a professional lead in HETIs Masters of Psychiatric Medicine program.

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley 

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017. Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984 and has worked as a Rural Generalist in rural South Australia. 

From 2007 – 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established Rural Clinical Schools and University Departments of Rural Health in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and guided the conceptualisation and development of the Northern Territory Medical Program with a clear focus on recruiting and supporting Indigenous students and staff. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed and nurtured programs which are now recognised globally as models for the establishment of rural medical, nursing and allied health education.

Dr. Kali Hayward 

Dr Kali Hayward is descended from the Warnman people of the Martu language group of Western Australia. She graduated with a MBBS degree in 2005 from the University of Adelaide.

After graduation, she trained in General Practice obtaining her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2010. She currently works as a GP in Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the largest community controlled health organization in South Australia and at the Noarlunga Aboriginal Family Clinic. She has been for some time a Medical and Cultural Educator and currently works for GPEx, a GP training provider and coordinates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training program for GP registrars.



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