At Amaco we take great pride in the quality of the presenters we select for our conferences. Many hours go into identifying the best people to present on the conference themes or topics chosen and we work closely with each of these presenters to ensure that the material they deliver – whether via presentations, workshops, case studies or panel discussions is done in a way that allows the audience to derive the greatest benefit.
Below are just a few of the speakers we have used in the last few years.
Dr Richard Barnett
MB BS (Syd Univ), FRACS, FACS
Dr Richard Barnett graduated in medicine from Sydney University. He then trained in general surgery becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) before studying Plastic Surgery in England at the Mount Vernon and Middlesex Hospitals.
He was Head of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital for many years and is now in private practice as a plastic surgeon in Castlecrag in Sydney. At times he has been President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Chairman of the NSW Committee of the RACS and senior examiner in Plastic Surgery for the RACS.
He is currently Chair of the Patient Care Review Committee at North Shore Private Hospital, Chair of the AMOS Fund and Chair of the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery.
Professor David Castle
MBChB MSc CGUT MD DLSHTM FRCPsych FRANZCP
David is currently Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He is a former MRC Research Scholar at the South African Institute for Medical Research, MRC Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (where he gained an MSc in epidemiology), and has trained both in clinical research and psychiatry at London’s prestigious Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry. His strong commitment to teaching is reflected in his completion of the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Melbourne in 2011.
He is currently Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. David’s clinical and research interests include schizophrenia and related disorders, cannabis abuse, and bipolar disorder. A specific area of interest is the medical care of people with a mental illness. He is also pursuing his work on OCD spectrum disorders, notably body dysmorphic disorder. He has been successful in attracting substantial grant funding from a variety of different sources, and has strong local, national, and international research links. He has received a number of awards for his work, most recently the Senior Research Award from the Royal ANZ College of Psychiatrists.
David’s track record demonstrates a capacity and understanding to disseminate research findings to the scientific, academic and clinical communities. He has published over 450 articles and book chapters; and has produced 20 books, aimed at clinical, academic and lay audiences. His book, Marijuana and Madness (coedited with Prof Sir Robin Murray, UK) was the British Medical Association’s Mental Health Book of the Year in 2005; it is now in its 2nd edition. His work is highly cited. He is on a number of advisory boards and editorial boards, and is a reviewer for over 30 national and international scientific journals. He also shows a strong commitment to feeding back information to the populations he studies, and is regularly invited to present at scientific, local, and lay meetings.
Dr Ian Denham
MBBS (Hons) FRACP FRCPA FAChSHM
Ian Denham graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours, and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology.
In the early 1980s he did a short locum at Melbourne Communicable Diseases Centre and became fascinated by Venereology, an orphan discipline at that time. He has been active in teaching and in training of Sexual Health Physicians, including a term as President of the College of Venereologists and has seen the gradual development of Sexual Health Medicine into a recognised specialty within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
He is Visiting Medical Officer at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, where his special interests are syphilis, gonococcal resistance, viral STIs, and changing patterns of STI epidemiology.
Mr Matthew Evans
MBBS, FRACS(Orth), FAOA
Matthew completed his Orthopaedic surgical training in Melbourne in 2002. His primary areas of interest are knee and shoulder surgery, both arthroscopy and arthroplasty. To that end he was awarded a post-graduate fellowship in knee surgery in Boston, which he completed in 2003. In 2004 he undertook a fellowship in shoulder surgery in London. This fellowship peaked his interest and has proved to be a turning point in his career.
Whilst overseas he also undertook a two month course on Illizarov frame fixation in Italy, with particular reference to its upper limb and trauma applications. Upon returning to Melbourne he was invited to join the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in Windsor and has been a partner in this practice for 7 years. In addition to this Matthew held a position as Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon at Box Hill Public Hospital for 7 years.
Matthew has an active interest and involvement in research, education and training. His Practice supervises an AOA accredited six month post-graduate fellowship in upper limb surgery, and through the Practice he conducts ongoing clinical research projects. He is currently mentoring a PhD student in conjunction with the department of Physiotherapy at Deakin University. Matthew is also involved in the peer review process of research submitted for publication to the Journal of Clinical Anatomy. He has research that has been published and presented nationally and internationally and has an ongoing involvement in the training of Orthopaedic Registrars, through formal lectures, clinical education sessions and tutorials.
On a personal front he is keen on outdoor sports including skiing, tennis and sailing. He and his wife Kate both enjoy modern art and classical theatre. They have three gorgeous children.
Dr Jenny Gowan
PhD, Grad Dip Comm Pharm, PhC, FACPP, FPS, AACPA, MSHPA
Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She is a member of the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook 2014, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines, Respiratory, and an Editorial Board
Member of the AU S-DI Australian Drug Information publication.
She is an accredited consultant pharmacist, and conducts her own company focussing on medication reviews in the home and Aged Care Facilities, plus education, training and consultation. Jenny served as a Board member of Melbourne North Medicare Locals and was previously a consultant pharmacist to the Northern and North East Valley Divisions of General Practice in Victoria.
Prior to this she was Director of Training and Development for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Vic Branch) responsible for Interns and many Continuing Development Programs for pharmacists. Jenny has published over 300 papers and educational articles, and enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment with general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
In 2010 she was awarded the Sanofi- Aventis Gold Medal by the University of Sydney Pharmacy Practice Foundation for excellence in Pharmacy Practice, and in 2013 she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year gold medal by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Professor David Hare
MB, BS, DPM (University of Melbourne),FRACP, FCSANZ
Professor David Hare is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, subsequently undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and Guy’s Hospital, London.
He is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he is Coordinator of Cardiovascular Research. He is Director of Research in the Department of Cardiology, Director of Heart Failure Services, and is also involved in the acute and chronic in-patient management of General Cardiology patients at Austin Health.
His research interests range from the basic vascular laboratory to clinical trials; including heart failure, metabolic syndrome, renal disease, exercise, cardiac surgery and psycho-social aspects of cardiovascular disease (being the only cardiologist in the world who has also fully trained in psychiatry).
He received the AMRF Distinguished Scientist Medal for 2011 and also has an active interest in both under-graduate and graduate education.
He also has a long-standing interest in the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, an interest that included an appointment as Medical Director, National Heart Foundation of Australia (Vic. Div.) from 1983-1990.
Over the past 5 years, Prof Hare has 142 publications including 61 peer-reviewed research papers, 14 invited chapters/ monographs/reviews and 67 abstracts. Over the last 5 years, he has also been invited to give approximately 15 international and 35 national lectures.
Dr Stella Heley
BA(Hons), MB BS, DipVen (Lond),FAChSHM
Dr Stella Heley is a Sexual Health Physician and the Senior Liaison Physician at VCS. Well known to the GP and nursing community, Stella has spoken to hundreds of health practitioners over the years giving support to enable the best management of both the cervical screening program and sexually transmissible infections.
Stella was a member of the HPV Vaccine Working Party of ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) prior to the introduction of the HPV vaccine onto the National
Immunization Program in 2007. She has written on these topics for a number of medical journals and is regularly invited to speak at medical meetings.
Associate Professor Anne Howard
MBBS FRACP FACD
Dr Howard is a dermatologist with 27 years experience. She qualified as a physician before doing dermatology training. She is head of Dermatology Western Hospital Footscray as well as being a Consultant dermatologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, and the Skin and Cancer Foundation.
Anne is also the ex-president of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Melbourne University.
Special interests include nail disease, skin cancer, skin disease associated with internal disease, women’s and children’s skin problems.
Dr Johnathan Levy
Dr Levy has been directly involved with skin cancer diagnosis and management for ten years. He diagnoses multiple melanomas, squamous cell cancers and basal cell cancers annually. He graduated from Imperial College in the UK in 2001 with medical and psychology degrees, obtained parts I & II of the Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship in 2004, two further General Practice fellowships in Australia and the Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine in 2010.
With a strong belief in ongoing training throughout one’s career, Dr Levy is about to complete the year-long Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Skin Cancer Surgery for the Masters of Medicine program run by the University of Queensland and also undertakes other skin cancer teaching.
With a generalist background in Emergency Medicine prior to skin cancer work, he has continued in this vein with an ongoing medical directorship for home-visiting general practitioners (NHDS), Indigenous healthcare for several remote clinics in the Northern Territory and various other teaching commitments within general medicine.
A (very supportive) wife and four kids completes the picture. As the slowest, ex-Pom, slowly balding runner in Australia – Dr Levy certainly appreciates the impact of the sun Down Under!
Clin. A/Professor Elizabeth Magassy
M.B., B.S. Dip.R.A.C.O.G.
Dr Elizabeth Magassy has been in full time general practice in Wollongong for 30 years after graduating from the University of Sydney in 1978 and spending four years at the Wollongong and Port Kembla Hospitals, and completing a diploma in Obstetrics.
Commencing in 1984 she worked in general practice obstetrics for ten years, delivering around a thousand babies. Since 1999 she has appeared in a regular health segment on local ABC radio as Dr Liz.
In 2002 she was a founding director of the Illawarra Family Medical Centre, which is self owned by its GP associates, and opened its doors in 2005.
Elizabeth is a past president of the Illawarra Medical Association (1995–2000), a past chairman of the Illawarra Division of General Practice (2001–2004), has been chairman of The Figtree Private Hospital Medical Advisory Committee (2001–2007), a member of the New South Wales General Practice Council (2003–2007), and has served as a member of Professional Services Review (2001–2011).
She was involved at the development stage of the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, and has been active in teaching students since its inception. In 2005 she was appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Medicine, and in 2010 received a ministerial appointment to the University of Wollongong Council.
Dr Howard McCormick
MB, BS (Hons), DRCOG, FRACGP
Dr Howard McCormick decided to specialise in General Practice a year before he graduated with Honours from Monash University. After internship and residency at the Alfred and Austin Hospitals in Melbourne, he travelled to the UK with his wife Helen on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In London, he obtained his Diploma in Obstetrics, travelled for a year, then returned to practice for 23 years in Traralgon in rural Victoria. He currently lives on Phillip Island, and works in Wonthaggi and Cowes.
Howard achieved his Fellowship of the RACGP in 1981 and a Certificate in Business Studies (Accounting) in 1983. His medical interests include mental health, mentoring and education. He teaches Medical Students and supervises GP Registrars. He was Supervisor of the Year for his local training organisation SGPT (East) in 2011.
As the current Education Director for AMACO Medical Conferences, Howard travels the world as a medical and motivational speaker. With his wife Helen, he has three adult children and two grandchildren. They combine their zest for travel and photography with charity work. They plan to visit 101 countries and support 101 charities around the world by 2020.
Dr Allison Miller
B.App.Sc (Sp Path) B. Med. FRACGP ESME Cert Med Education
After starting her career as a Speech Pathologist, Allison did her medical training at the University of Newcastle as a mature aged student. She then trained as a General Practitioner, working as a GP in Sydney, rural New Zealand, rural NSW and Wollongong. She has also spent 20 years working part time in Emergency Departments.
Since 2008 Allison has worked as a Medical Educator, with both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees.
She holds a position as Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong and is currently the Regional Head of Education for South Eastern NSW with GP Synergy, the provider of GP training in NSW. She works part time in a General Practice in Shellharbour, NSW.
Allison’s interests include communication skills, OSCE preparation, remediation of the Registrar in difficulty, and Simulation. When not working, you will find her reading a crime novel or spending time with her husband or one of her six children.
Dr Michael Neale
MM (Syd), MBBS (UNSW), FRACS
Dr Michael Neale grew up and was educated on Sydney’s North Shore before completing undergraduate medical studies at the University of New South Wales, where he graduated with honours.
Dr Neale’s interest in vascular surgery started very early on in junior training and having completed basic surgical training he started a research fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital within the Department of Vascular Surgery dealing with intravascular ultrasound, completing a Master of Medicine (in surgery) at Sydney University. Dr Neale then completed his training in General Surgery becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
He then completed a full fellowship in Vascular Surgery through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and commenced working as a consultant vascular surgeon at Royal North Shore and North Shore Private Hospitals in 2000 and is now the Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at both hospitals.
Dr Neale has won several awards and scholarships during his research and training years and presented and published widely at local, state, national and international levels. Dr Neale has been convenor for the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery annual scientific meeting in Sydney in 2005. He is a member (and currently Chairman) of the Medical Advisory Committee of North Shore Private Hospital, has been on the Board of Vascular Surgical Training for the Division of Vascular Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is actively involved in training and supervision of medical students, junior medical staff, general surgical and vascular surgical registrars at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Dr Neale has special clinical interests in management of carotid disease, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, minimally invasive techniques in vascular disease, hyperhidrosis, thoracic outlet syndromes and endovenous laser for management of varicose veins.
BPharm, GradDipClinPharm, AdvDipNutrPharm, CGP, AdvPractPharm, AACPA, FASCP, FPS, FACP, FAICD, FSHPA
Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. She graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland she has since obtained a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Pharmacy and certification as an Asthma Educator; and credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist.
Debbie has been a Director on the NPS MedicineWise Board (National Prescribing Service) since 2008 and is the current Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Debbie has ministerial appointments to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council (ATGAC) and Natural Therapies Review Advisory Committee (NTRAC).
Debbie is also a Fellow of PSA, Australian College of Pharmacy (ACP), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Academic appointments include Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland and Honorary Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Debbie also sits on the Australian & New Zealand Continence Journal Editorial Committee, MIMS Editorial Board and the ASCP journal The Consultant Pharmacist Editorial Review Board.
Debbie has a special interest in geriatric pharmacotherapy and asthma management, regularly conducts medication review services as an accredited pharmacist and provides many presentations to pharmacists, nurses, general practitioners, allied health professionals and consumers.
In 2001 Debbie was awarded the PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year, in 2002 the PSA Qld Bowl of Hygeia and in 2008 was the inaugural recipient of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist Award.
Professor Dominic Rowe
B.Sc(Med), M.B.B.S, FRACP, PhD(UNSW)
Dominic Rowe is the Inaugural Professor of Neurology at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University. He studied biochemistry and medicine at the University of Sydney, and then completed training in internal medicine and neurology in Sydney before completing neurology training at
Queen’s Square and Newcastle Upon Tyne.
His doctoral studies in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease were performed at Baylor College of Medicine and completed at the University of New South Wales.
Since returning from the USA in 1998, he has worked clinically as a neurologist and academic whose research focuses on the mechanisms involved in Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease. He is the Chairman of the Research Committee of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia and is the author of four textbooks and more than forty original articles. Dr Rowe is the Director of Macquarie Neurology that is situated in the Macquarie University Clinic and Macquarie University Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital owned and operated by Macquarie University. Macquarie
Neurology is a specialist neurology practice that sees more than 3000 patients per year from all over Australia and the Pacific Rim. The focus of the practice is neurodegenerative disease, although all general neurological conditions are managed in house.
Dr Paul Stalley
MB BS (Hon), FRACS, FA Orth A
Dr Paul Stalley graduated with Honors at the University of NSW and for the last 26 years has been an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney. Prior to appointment at Royal Prince Alfred he trained as a lecturer in Orthopaedics at The University of London and at Stanmore in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in joint replacement surgery for osteoarthritis and has provided spinal surgical services to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
For the last 15 years he has been Head of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Unit at Royal Prince Alfred dealing with some 95% of primary bone sarcomas in the NSW population. He is currently the Program Director of Surgery for the Sydney Local Health District and remains active with multiple publications for limb salvage surgery and complex revision hip and knee replacement surgery.
Mr Allan Swan
Throughout his working career, Allan Swan has focused on the legal aspects of Asset and Wealth Management for a diverse range of clients assisting them to achieve their personal objectives in respect of the wealth they own or control. Allan’s particular focus is working to pre-empt problems that may occur in the future, whether those problems might be taxation, business risk, family dispute or vulnerability. Allan’s role has been first as a legal practitioner and second as a presenter, trainer and author in his fields of practice.
Allan works with clients and their accounting, financial advisors and legal practitioners relating to the legal aspects of Asset and Wealth Management, namely:
• Asset Protection
• Estate Planning
• Ownership of Funding
Under the Estate Planning EQUAT ION banner, Allan also provides training and speaking services in the above areas, as a lecturer in the Master of Applied Law degree at the College of Law, an instructor for Leo Cussen Institute for Law and other professional associations and is also the author of the CCH on-line practitioner service, Australian Estate Planning.
Allan has 3 specialist accreditations, namely as a Chartered Tax Adviser, an Accredited SMSF specialist and a Trusts and Estate Practitioner. He also holds degrees in Law and Economics from Monash University and a Diploma in Financial Services.
Dr Michelle Tellus
Michelle is a fulltime rheumatologist practising in Kew, Victoria. She completed her studies in Medicine and graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1984. Michelle trained as a medical resident and registrar at St Vincent’s hospital Fitzroy where she succeeded in obtaining her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1993.
Together with her husband, Dr Christopher Worsnop, Respiratory Physician, they have three adult children, the eldest of whom is to be married early next year. Michelle’s interests focus on osteoporosis and the rheumatic diseases, their treatments and improving functional outcomes for her patients. She is currently a consultant at St. Vincents’s private hospital in East Melbourne and Fitzroy and at Cotham Private Hospital.
Michelle has worked previously at The Royal Melbourne Hospital Bone and Mineral Unit as a clinical assistant and has conducted research at the Royal Children’s hospital in the area of Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis. She has been involved in teaching medical students and giving educational lectures to GPs and specialists over the years.
Michelle treats patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis incorporating DMARD and biological therapies where indicated. Her experience in the use of cytokine targeted therapy to “Treat to Target” has given her insight into the impact of these treatments to reduce inflammation and pain associated with these debilitating conditions.
Aside from her work, Michelle enjoys gardening, shopping and travelling the world with her husband, a seasoned marathon runner and athlete involved in Masters Games in Australia and abroad.
Dr John White
M.B. B.S. M.A. (Hon) , M.P.H. (Occup. Med.), M. of Health & Med Law., Grad. Dip. Mental Hlth Sci., Grad. Dip. Jap. (Prof.), Fellow Aust. College Legal Med.
After graduating from Melbourne University and working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, John travelled through Asia for six months visiting hospitals along the way. He returned to begin work as a General Practitioner in a three man associateship in Essendon, Victoria, and subsequently opened his own clinic. After twenty years solo practice, he moved into a sixteen doctor clinic.
With nearly forty years in General Practice his interests are varied and he has completed three Masters Degrees from Melbourne and Monash Universities whilst in solo practice, which he puts down to insomnia.
John is a member of the AMA and the RACGP and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and more recently the International Society of Travel Medicine and the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
Apart from Medicine, John is interested in archaeology and early architecture.
Dr Christopher Worsnop
MBBS BSc PhD FRACP FCCP
Dr Worsnop is a respiratory and sleep physician at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and also works at the Northern Hospital. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at RMIT University for his research work with the Department of Chinese Medicine in COPD and smoking cessation with ginseng and accupressure.
Christopher obtained his degrees from the University of Melbourne including a Doctorate of Philosophy by thesis on the activity of respiratory pump and upper airway muscles during sleep onset. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a Life Member of the University of Melbourne Graduate Union.
Christopher has extensive experience in the teaching of physicians, RACP trainees, trainees of other Colleges, general practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses, medical students, and patient groups. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Melbourne Medical School Academy of Clinical Teachers.
Christopher is a member of the national council of the Lung Foundation Australia, and was a contributing writer to the Australian Asthma Handbook published by the National Asthma Council of Australia. He also chairs the Respiratory Special Interest Group of the Australasian Sleep Association, and is vice-chair of the TSANZ COPD SIG. He also wrote the chapter on home CPAP for the ASA guidelines on CPAP.
Dr Genevieve Yates
Genevieve Yates is someone who likes to have her fingers in many different pies.
Currently RACGP Queensland Censor, she also teaches for MDA National, is a member of MDA National’s Education Services Advisory Group, a performance assessor for AHPRA and is a facilitator of mental health workshops for the Black Dog Institute. She worked as an RTP medical educator for over a decade, most recently as Associate Director of Training of North Coast GP Training until the organisation ceased to operate in December 2015.
In 2010, Genevieve received the Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence in Medical Humanities and Education and in 2014 was awarded GPET’s Medical Educator of the Year (Australia wide). In 2016, she received the RACGP Queensland Chair Award for outstanding dedication and commitment to RACGP Queensland and service to the discipline of general practice.
When she is not healing the sick or teaching the healers, Genevieve likes to indulge in a range of creative pursuits including theatre, music, film, stand-up comedy and writing. She has worked in front of and behind the camera in film and TV and has performed on stage in several local plays and musical productions including Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Annie. She teaches violin, plays piano, sings, and performs with the Queensland Medical Orchestra and the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra.
She enjoys creative writing, and has had several of her short stories published, winning two national short story competitions (in 2008 and 2010). She is a freelance columnist, writing for several publications including Australian Doctor, Medical Observer, Good Practice and Wellplan.
Genevieve is passionate about putting creativity into medicine, and medicine into creativity. She uses film, theatre and music in her teaching of GP registrars and supervisors, and also finds that medicine inspires and complements her writing, and vice versa.