Doctor Joanna Flynn AM
Chair and a practitioner member from Victoria
- MBBS, MPH, HonDMedSc (Melb), FRACGP, DRANZCOG
Dr Flynn is a general practitioner. For over 20 years, she has worked in West Brunswick, where she is a partner in a medium sized general practice. She has also worked as a GP in North Queensland, Tasmania and rural Victoria. For 10 years until 1998, she was the State Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Training Program in Victoria.
In August 2009, Dr Flynn was appointed the Inaugural Chair of the Medical Board of Australia. From 2000-2008, she was President of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, and also President of the Australian Medical Council from 2003-2008.
Dr Flynn was a member of the Board of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria for 8 years and chair in 2007. She chaired the Australian Medical Council working party that developed Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia. She was first appointed to the Victorian Medical Board in 1989.
Since July 2009 Dr Flynn has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of Eastern Health, one of Melbourne’s largest public health services and in June 2012 she was appointed as Chair of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Independent Advisory Council.
Professor Belinda Bennett
- BEc/LLB (Hons), LLM, SJD, FAICD
Belinda Bennett is a Sydney-based legal academic specialising in health and medical law. She has published widely on issues relating to health law and has particular interests in legal regulation of new technologies in health care and the relevance of globalisation for health law.
Belinda is a member of the Medical Council of New South Wales. She was appointed as a community member of the Medical Board of Australia in 2009.
Doctor Stephen Bradshaw
Practitioner member from the ACT
Dr Bradshaw is a practising Vascular Surgeon in full time practice in the ACT. He is in private practice and attends the Canberra Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer.
Dr Bradshaw has lived in Canberra for the last 20 years having trained in surgery in Sydney and the United Kingdom. In Canberra, he has been involved in the administration of surgery as a previous Director of the Division of Surgery, and is the current head of the Vascular Surgery Unit, a position he has held for the past 10 years.
Dr Bradshaw has been involved with the John James Memorial Hospital in the past, as Director of Medical Services and Chairman of the Board. For the past 12 years, he has been on the ACT Medical Board, and as President of the Board since 2006.
Ms Prudence Ford
Ms Ford has had some 30 years experience in the public service at Commonwealth and State levels, holding senior executive positions in Commonwealth Departments of Community Services and Health, Finance, Attorney General, and the Western Australian Departments of Health, Premier and Cabinet. She also spent several years as an independent consultant undertaking a range of reviews, inquiries and projects for both government and non-government sectors.
Ms Ford has been a community member of the Medical Board of Western Australia since December 2007, and is also a member of the Health Consumers Council of WA. In the past, she has been a member of the National Health and Medical Council, and an inaugural member of the National Blood Authority.
Doctor Fiona Joske
Practitioner member from Tasmania
Dr Joske is a general practitioner and a principal in a rural group practice in Longford, Tasmania, where she has worked since 1999. Her previous practice was at Smithton in North West Tasmania. The current practice is a teaching practice which hosts medical students, nursing students, GP registrars, and pre-vocational Resident Medical Officers. The practice also provides an orientation program for international medical graduates.
Dr Joske was appointed to the Medical Board of Australia in August 2009 and was a member of the Medical Council of Tasmania from 2000. She is now also a member of the Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia.
Dr Joske has been a National Examination Coordinator for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is currently a College examiner.
Dr Joske’s past positions include member of the Medical Schools Accreditation Committee of the Australian Medical Council, Chair of General Practice Workforce Tasmania, Medical Advisor to Rural Workforce Support Tasmania, Chair of the Tasmania Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, GP Consultant to the Health Insurance Commission and Council Member of the University of Tasmania.
Doctor Charles Kilburn
Practitioner member from the Northern Territory
Dr Kilburn is a Paediatrician and is currently Medical Director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health at Royal Darwin Hospital. He worked in private Paediatric practice in Darwin for over ten years before moving to a full-time hospital position. He has a full-time clinical commitment and is actively involved in specialist paediatric outreach clinics to remote Aboriginal communities. He is a national examiner in Paediatrics with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Since 2002, Dr Kilburn has served as Chair of the Medical Board of the Northern Territory, and was the inaugural Chair of the Health Advisory Council of the Northern Territory. He is currently a member of the Northern Territory Post Graduate Medical council.
Dr Kilburn enjoys the clinical challenges, the opportunities and the lifestyle of the Northern Territory, but misses the surf.
Mr Paul Laris
- Masters of Public Health, Bachelor of Arts Social Work
Mr Laris is a consultant who has worked in evaluating and planning for human services and the environment for the past 12 years. He has worked as a social worker in community health services, a manager of community health centres, and a health services planner.
Mr Laris was appointed to the Board of Directors of the North West Area Health Service (The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospitals) in 2002. In 2003, he was appointed to the Board of the Conservation Council of SA, and was elected Vice-President in 2004.
Since 2005, Mr Laris has been a community member of the Medical Board of SA.
Mr Robert Little
- Bachelor Arts, Bachelor Arts (Asian Studies), Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning
National Board community member Robert Little’s interest in the health sector stems from his personal experiences having been born with obstructive reflux nephropathy (posterior urethral valves). Robert has been the recipient of two living related donor transplants, the first in 1987 and again in 1996. In March 2013 Robert again commenced haemodialysis and awaits his third kidney transplant.
An active community volunteer, Robert has been chair of the Donate Life Principal Advisory Committee and the transplant consumer representative on the Renal Advisory Meeting (RAM).
Robert works for the Department of House of Representatives Committee Office. He is the Principal Research Officer/Inquiry Secretary for the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) and the Defence sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
Robert’s major responsibilities in this role include managing and coordinating the PJCIS’ interaction with the Australian Intelligence Community and the Defence sub-committee’s interactions with the Department of Defence.
Robert has Degrees in Arts (Honours in Political Science), Asian Studies and Law from the Australian National University. He also has Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance and Investment and Financial Planning from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Doctor Rakesh Mohindra
Practitioner member from South Australia
Dr Mohindra graduated in 1975. He came to Australia in 1989 after practising in three continents and various socially and culturally diverse environments.
Dr Mohindra is currently the Provost of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners SA and NT, having previously been the chairperson. He has chaired the National VTASC for RACGP.
Dr Mohindra has a strong background in quality control and Standards in General Practice. He is actively involved in teaching as a supervisor/mentor for both undergraduate and post graduate medical students.
Dr Mohindra is in active general practice and has been a board member (South Australian Board of the Medical Board Australia) since 2010 and sits on various state committees. He also sits on the Professional Services Review Committee of Medicare Australia.
Associate Professor Peter Procopis AM
Practitioner member from New South Wales
Assoc Prof Procopis is a Paediatric Neurologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. He was a member of the New South Wales Medical Board from 1999 to 2010 and was Chair of its Conduct Committee until appointed President in 2005. In August 2009, he was appointed to the Medical Board of Australia. He became President of the NSW Medical Council when it replaced the NSW Medical Board in 2010.
From 2005, Assoc Prof Procopis was a member of the Australian Medical Council and a Director of the Council from 2008 to 2010. He was Chair of the Joint Medical Boards Advisory Committee from 2008-2010. As President of the Australian College of Paediatrics from 1993-1995, he has been active in College affairs.
Assoc Prof Procopis has also held many offices in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, including Chair of the Committee for Examinations and Chair of the Board of Continuing Professional Development.
Adjunct Professor Peter Wallace OAM
Appointed as a practitioner member from Western Australia
- MBChB, FRACGP, FACRRM, Dip Obst RCOG
Adjunct Professor Peter Wallace has been a procedural rural general practitioner in Pinjarra, South West Western Australia since 1974. He has been actively involved in education as a GP supervisor, ECT visitor and is an adjunct professor at NDU.
He was awarded GP of the year in 2001 and WA practice of the year in 2003. He is a previous faculty board member of RACGP and was chair of WAGPET from 2006 until 2010. Peter has been a board member of the WA board in its various formats and in various capacities since 2004.