Medical Board of Australia Members

Dr Joanna Flynn, MBA Board member

Doctor Joanna Flynn AM

Chair and a practitioner member from Victoria

  • MBBS, MPH, HonDMedSc (Melb), FRACGP

Dr Flynn is a general practitioner. For over 20 years, she has worked in West Brunswick, where she was 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. From 2012 to 2014 she was Chair of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Independent Advisory Council.

In 2015 she was appointed as a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Expert Advisory Group into Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment and a member of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council’s Expert Advisory Panel for the Review of Medical Intern Training.

Assoc Professor Stephen Adelstein MBA Board member

Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein

Practitioner member from New South Wales


Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein is the Chair of the NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia and a practitioner member of the National Medical Board of Australia. He has been involved in medical regulation since 2008, initially as a member of the former New South Wales Medical Board, and a past member of the Medical Council of New South Wales.

Associate Professor Adelstein is Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Director of the Central Sydney Immunology Laboratory at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney where he teaches medical and science students.

In addition to his clinical and academic practice, he oversees undergraduate and postgraduate research and is currently the Chief Examiner in Immunopathology for the Faculty of Science of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

Professor Belinda Bennett, MBA Board member

Professor Belinda Bennett

Community member from Queensland

  • BEc/LLB (Hons), LLM, SJD, FAICD

Belinda Bennett is a 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 was appointed as a community member of the Medical Board of Australia in 2009.

Mr Mark Bodycoat

Community member from South Australia

  • BJuris, BA/LLB

Mark Bodycoat studied arts and law at the University of Western Australia and has worked as a solicitor in private and government practice.

He is a member of the South Australian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and Chair of AHPRA’s Community Reference Group. He was also a member of the Podiatry Board of Australia up until 2015.

Mark was previously South Australia’s Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and Public Trustee in South Australia. Prior to this Mark was Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Western Australia.

Not being limited to an individual Board of a regulated profession, Mark brings a community perspective to discussions across the whole scheme with AHPRA and National Boards.

Assoc Professor Stephen Bradshaw, MBA Board member

Associate Professor Stephen Bradshaw AM

Practitioner member from the ACT


Associate Professor Stephen Bradshaw AM is an inaugural member of the Medical Board of Australia and has been involved in medical regulation for more than 17 years.

He was first appointed to the ACT Medical Board in 1998 and held the position of President from 2006 to 2009. In 2009 he was appointed as Chair, up until his recent retirement from the local Board in 2016.

Associate Professor Stephen Bradshaw is also a Vascular Surgeon in full-time private practice. He is a Visiting Medical Officer and has been the Head of the Vascular Surgery Unit at the Canberra Hospital since 2000.

Associate Professor Bradshaw has also been involved in the administration of surgery as a previous Director of the Division of Surgery at the Canberra Hospital, and as Chairman of the Board and Director of Medical Services at the John James Memorial Hospital.

In 2017 he was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine as a vascular surgeon, to health practitioner regulation, and to medical education.

Ms Prudence Ford, MBA Board member

Ms Prudence Ford

Community member from Western Australia

  • BSc (Hons), Dip Ed

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 is a member of the Health Consumers Council of WA and up until recently was a community member of the Medical Board of Western Australia. She has been a member of the National Health and Medical Council, and an inaugural member of the National Blood Authority.

Mr Samuel Goodwin, MBA Board member

Dr Samuel Goodwin

Practitioner member from the Northern Territory


Dr Samuel Goodwin is currently Acting Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services with the Central Australian Health Service in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. He is a member of the Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council, and the former Director of the Board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Prior to its devolution into the Department of Health, Dr Goodwin was a Director of the General Practice Education and Training Board. He is currently a Director of the Health Network Northern Territory Board.

Dr Goodwin maintains his clinical practice at Tennant Creek Hospital and is a GP anaesthetist at Alice Springs Hospital. He has spent a decade training in remote areas, aspiring to the principles of rural generalism and specalises in health system governance.

Dr Fiona Joske, MBA Board member

Dr 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.

Professor Con Michael AO, MBA Board member

Professor Con Michael AO

Practitioner member from Western Australia


Professor Michael is the current Chair of the Western Australian Board, Chair of the Reproductive Technology Council of Western Australia, an active member of various state and national medical committees and a previous member of the AHPRA Management Committee. He is a Director and Governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and Chair of its Advisory Board of the School of Medicine, Fremantle.

Professor Michael is the Principal Adviser of Medical Workforce for the Western Australia Health Department, and Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Western Australia. In 2015, Professor Michael was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Medical Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.

Professor Michael was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for service to medicine, particularly in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology; as a contributor to the administration of the profession nationally and internationally; and medical education. In 2001, Professor Michael also received the Centenary Medal Award.

Susan O'Dwyer

Dr Susan O'Dwyer

Practitioner member from Queensland


Dr Susan O'Dwyer is a member of the Medical Board of Australia the Chair of the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia. She is the Executive Director, Medical Services at Metro South Health, one of Brisbane’s major providers of public health services and health education and research.

Dr O’Dwyer is also a Censor with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a past member of the Australian Medical Council Prevocational Accreditation Standards Committee. Susan has a long-standing involvement with the Australian Medical Council, including accreditation activities for international medical graduate pathways, prevocational accreditation, and specialist college accreditation.

Susan has worked in medical administration roles at various facilities across Queensland for more than 15 years including a seven year term at the Department of Health with responsibilities for medical workforce, education and training.

Emeritus Professor Anne Tonkin

Practitioner member from South Australia

  • PhD, Med, BMBS, FRACP

Professor Tonkin is the Chair of the South Australian Board and was Director of the Medicine Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of Adelaide until the end of 2014, when she retired and accepted the title of Emeritus Professor. She has also served the Australian Medical Council as a council member and in various roles in medical school and college accreditation.

Professor Tonkin is a physician by training, specialising in clinical pharmacology, and has been involved with drug regulation at a national level for many years. She continues part-time practice as a general physician at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Ms Michelle Wright, MBA Board member

Ms Michelle Wright

Community member from Victoria

  • BEc/LLB(Hons), LL.M, FAICD

Michelle is a professional independent company director with a background in corporate advisory law.

Michelle has served the interests of health consumers in many aspects of Australia’s health system including health professional regulation (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Community Reference Group), patient education and support and medical research (Cancer Council Victoria), medical ethics (Alfred Health Ethics Advisory Committee) public health service provision (Eastern Health), regulation of health services (Patient Review Panel), health insurance (Medibank Private) and human research (Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee).

Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fulbright Scholar.

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