Burns Specialist, Australian of the Year
Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction. As Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia, she is a consultant at Perth Children’s Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital. As director of burns research she leads an interdisciplinary team with broad collaboration focused on translation to improve clinical outcomes. She has been the recipient of the 2003 Australian Medical Association‘Contribution to Medicine’ Award and an Order of Australia Medal for work with Bali bombing victims. As a National Living Treasure and Australian Citizen of the Year in 2004. she received the honour of being named Australian of the Year in 2005. Fiona and Marie Stoner, co-founders of Clinical Cell Culture, now Avitamedical, won the 2005 Clunies Ross Award for their contributions to Medical Science in Australia
President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Dr Karen Price was awarded the 2016 RACGP FMCER grant to undertake her part time PhD with the Monash Department of General Practice. She is exploring the construct of peer-connection in general practice. This explores GP’s wellbeing, and goal-directed informal learning.
Karen’s research builds on her lifetime expertise as a GP. She is the co-developer and facilitator of GPs Down Under, an 8000+ member community of Australian and New Zealand GPs. She has chaired committees and developed mentor programs for both the AMA and the RACGP. Karen began her general practice in a large procedural practice which included providing medical assistance to the local district police surgeon. She has also been a successful practice owner growing a languishing practice into a thriving community practice in under a decade whilst wrangling three young school-aged children (who are now fully grown).
Karen has presented nationally and internationally; plenary lectures; workshops on women’s medical leadership; social media; resilience, and informal learning.
She is published on women’s medical leadership and received a 2011 Monash University award for medical student teaching. Karen continues to develop evidence-based medicine, leadership, advocacy, and peer support, in both research and her ongoing clinical general practice.
Most recently her advocacy, research and lifetime experience have coalesced into running for RACGP President after her service as deputy chair of the Victorian Faculty of the RACGP and past chair of the Women in General Practice committee of the RACGP. Karen was elected RACGP President in the 2020 national election. She commenced her two-year term on 30 November 2020.
National Medical Director, Silver Chain Group
Sayanta is a senior medical executive with a proven track record in providing medical leadership to healthcare organisations and responsible for managing clinical governance, strategy, quality and safety of healthcare services with an eye on service development, business growth and excellence. Sayanta has been often the senior-most executive medical officer in healthcare organisations with full responsibility for providing leadership to drive medical service strategy and culture.
As a senior medical leader, Sayanta is well-known and respected in Western Australia and nationally with a passionate interest in clinical business innovation and research. Prior to Silverchain, Sayanta has been Director of Medical Services at St John of God Public and Private Hospitals, Medical Services and Director Clinical Services for Women and Newborn Health Service 2014-2017 including King Edward Memorial Hospital. Since 2008, Sayanta has held a range of senior medical executive positions in WA Department of Health as well as the private health sector and involved in a wide variety of clinical services and health service redesign projects.
Sayanta is an accredited Assessor with the Australian Council of HealthCare Standards (ACHS) for the Version 2 of the National Standards and has been surveying hospitals nationally since 2013. Sayanta has been a long-term Member of the Australian Medical Council –Senior Executive of a Public Hospital, as a representative of all Australian Public Hospitals (2014-2020), stepping down only recently. Since 2010, Sayantahas been a lead Surveyor for the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia and is apeer reviewer for several leading medical journals.
Sayanta holds several academic positions including an Adjunct Professorial position with Curtin University for undergraduate and postgraduate medical training, health services research and clinical research. Not only leadership and upskilling in digital health, Sayanta also has particular interest in clinical and corporate governance system, medication safety management systems and antimicrobial stewardship, clinical staff credentialing, scope of clinical practice, clinician engagement, performance management, professional development including training and mentoring in leadership skills, workforce well-being, morale and culture.
Sayanta is involved with various industry organisations with an intent to giving back to the medical profession, broader health system and community both nationally and internationally. Sayanta is also the Principal Director of the WA Indian Doctors Foundation, an ACNC registered Public Ancillary Fund, leading over 1500 volunteers and over 500 individual and corporate patrons, fundraising and conducting various health promotion, awareness and counselling initiatives both within WA and in India.
Head of Emergency Department, St John of God Public and Private Hospitals
Dr Matthew graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in the United Kindom in 1999 and completed a fellowship with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. Previously Matthew worked at a range of hospitals throughout Western Australia, including Royal Perth Hospital, Swan Districts Hospital and various WA Country Health Service sites. Formerly, he was the Emergency Head of Department at Kalgoorlie Hospital. Matthew has been a Co-Head of Department at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals’ ED since opening. He has a special interest in the field of emergency medicine, health informatics and administration.
Chair of Digital Health, University of Notre Dame, Director, IDHC
Professor Yogesan’s expertise includes ophthalmic diagnostics and imaging, digital health, telemedicine, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and imaging device development. He is a serial inventor and an entrepreneur with many of his inventions are used around the world including NASA using his eye imaging device at the International Space Station. He has won many inventor of the year awards. He has considerable experience in commercialisation and building products from bench to bed. He has a patent portfolio of over 35 patent applications. Prof Yogesan has experience working in USA, Norway, Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Professor Yogesan was the Director of the Australian Telehealth Research and Development Centre (based in Perth). Prof Yogesan is also a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Stanford University School of Medicine in 2011 and worked on developing a non-invasive imaging device to screen premature babies for retinal abnormalities. He now sits as the Chair of Digital Health at the University of Notre Dame and is one of the director’s of the Indo-Asia Digital Health Centre.