Meet Your Candidates

Dr Rula Ali

“I strongly believe that excellence in general practice supervision is the key to cultivating competent and confident GPs and advancing superior outcomes in primary care.”
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Dr Niroshe Amarasekera

“I firmly believe that the bulk of GP training occurs in the practice, and that investment in the practices and supervisors who deliver this training is essential to the development of passionate GPs who will give back to our profession in the future.”
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Dr Kerrie Aust

“As a relatively new Fellow and new supervisor, I feel that I bring the fresh memories of training, as well as an understanding of some of the bigger issues that practices face in attracting and retaining both registrars and supervisors.”
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Dr Candice Baker

“I may be new to GP supervision, but I would bring to the GPSA Board the unique perspective of a “new learner” and former RLO who shares the current directors’ passion and vision for general practice, and offers the expertise of an internationally-trained medical professional.”
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Dr Justin Coleman

“My passion is for teaching others to aspire to high quality general practice, encouraging the next generation of young doctors to thrive as GPs. ‘Make GP great again’ is a slogan I probably wouldn’t ever print on a hat, but you get the idea!”
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Dr Srishti Dutta

“I bring with me the skills to engage and influence at many different levels, and the lived experience of having trained as an IMG and supervised as a contractor GP: perspectives I believe would strengthen the advocacy and education work done by the GPSA Board on behalf of its members.”
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Dr Kate Manderson

“Growing our future health professionals through modelling best professional practice in primary care - and in life - means my family and my community will be well cared for, from cradle to grave.”
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Dr Madhu Tamilarasan

“I am a rural GP supervisor passionate about the future of Australian GP training and the role and recognition of GP supervisors. We all know that quality GP training cannot happen without us: GP supervisors are the lifeblood of GP training. I am proud of our profession and want to see it thrive in the years ahead.”
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Dr Shea Wilcox

“I believe in the celebration and recognition of supervisors as key to GP training and I believe this needs to be further cemented in health policy to ensure remuneration is adequate for the retention of high-quality supervisors…. "
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Dr Rula Ali

Dr Rula Ali is passionate about GP education and training. Her experience in this space includes current roles as director of the Practice Experience Program (PEP) for NSW/ACT and as a GP in the Sutherland Shire of NSW; supervising registrars on the AGPT and non- vocationally registered doctors working toward their RACGP fellowship; and providing supervisors with education and support as a Medical Educator with Supervisor Portfolio. Rula is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has completed the Australian Governance Institute course for company secretaries. She is the company secretary for a large RTO, where she draws on her governance knowledge to assist the CEO and directors in meeting statutory obligations and navigating often-complex governance matters.

“I am excited about the opportunity to make a bigger contribution towards leadership and governance of GP Supervision, and believe I am uniquely positioned to make an important contribution to the GPSA Board. I bring diversity of experience and thinking, having close involvement with GPs in training from different backgrounds working in rural and remote practices, along with contemporary qualifications… Supporting supervisors and their critical role in best preparing AGPT and future FSP registrars for the responsibilities and challenges of general practice brings tremendous satisfaction. I am a diligent, dedicated and productive team member, and I am excited about building my leadership and governance career.”

Dr Niroshe Amarasekera

Dr Niroshe Amarasekera is a GP with almost 10 years’ experience, having been fellowed at RACGP in 2013. In addition to her clinical work in metropolitan Melbourne, she is a Medical Educator for GP registrars in the AGPT pathway. She has been a GP supervisor since 2016 and has been involved in prevocational medical education for a similar length of time. She currently holds the position of Practice Support and Development Coordinator for one of the RTOs.

“With a growing cohort of non-owner, female supervisors in this space, I feel my perspective and experience as a non-owner GP supervisor would be valuable to GPSA – particularly as we head into the transition from the RTO model to College-led training… I understand and admire the huge commitment that practices and supervisors make to train tomorrow’s GPs, and would love the opportunity to play a part in supporting and driving improvements for them as a director on the Board of GPSA.”

Dr Kerrie Aust

Dr Kerrie Aust is a Canberra-based GP supervisor who fellowed with RACGP in 2019 and commenced supervising in 2020. Her passion for general practice impelled her to join the Board of AMA in the ACT in 2021, for which she now holds the position of President-Elect. Amongst her special medical interests she lists women’s health, men’s health, antenatal care, paediatrics, weight management and mental health – including addiction medicine. Prior to studying medicine, Kerrie spent 3 years as the Business Manager for the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra, and 8 years with Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice.

“My time with Ernst & Young taught me the importance of quality through process improvement and risk management, which I have carried through to my practice of medicine and would continue to be guided by as a Director on the Board of GPSA. To this role I would also bring my desire to secure adequate funding and respect for the GP training sector along with my focus on improving doctor mental health and my connection to doctors in training.”

Dr Candice Baker

Dr Candice Baker obtained fellowship as an Australian General Practitioner in 2015, then as a Canadian Family Physician in 2020. Outside her time working in Ontario Canada through 2020 and 2021, she has been at the same training practice in regional Victoria for 10 years. It was here she became involved in the supervision of medical students and registrars in an informal capacity before becoming an accredited supervisor early in 2022. With a special interest in palliative medicine, she has concurrently provided advisory and educational services for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS – Vic); North Western Melbourne PHN; and Beyond Medical Education (General Practice Training Provider).

“I love to be challenged and have a deep desire to gain further experience in governance. I would bring to this role an eagerness to learn and be part of an enthusiastic group of GP supervisors committed to supporting GP training on the ground. I welcome the opportunity to contribute observations made in my current roles as GP registrar ME, general practice ME, and adjunct lecturer with Monash University’s School of Rural Health: educational roles from which I holistically get to see students travel the pathway into general practice.”

Dr Justin Coleman

Dr Justin Coleman is reapplying for the GPSA Board position after joining as a Director in 2020, while working as a GP in Aboriginal Health on the remote Tiwi Islands. He has now moved to Brisbane, but remains Director of Education for NTGPE. He has developed and delivered all of the NT’s GP Supervisor training for the past four years, has supervised more than 60 GP registrars in a long career as a GP, ME, and senior lecturer at 4 universities.

Justin is a medical writer and editor, having published around 1500 articles and edited medical journals and medical texts, most notably the past two editions of Murtagh’s General Practice. In addition to his current role with GPSA, he also serves on the Board of ALIVE (Academy of Lived Experience, NHMRC Mental Health initiative) and was President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) for 5 years.

Dr Srishti Dutta

Dr Srishti Dutta is a GP with over a decade of clinical and non-clinical experience, having worked across 3 continents and observed a range of health systems closely. She has attained fellowship as a GP both in Australia in the UK, is a GP supervisor and ECT visitor, an Examiner for the RACGP, a Medical Facilitator at the Black Dog Institute, and a GP Liaison Officer (GPLO) as part of the joint initiative between Metro North HHS and Brisbane North PHN: where, in her words, “influencing without power” is a key skill on which she relies. Srishti has been closely involved with a number of local projects aimed at better integration and collaborative care to improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, and with RACGP Future Leaders – aiming to shine light on the journeys and lives of fellow migrant doctors to explore factors which may influence their success and the likelihood of them reaching their full potential in their professional lives as GPs (due to be delivered as a podcast later this year).

“I believe that going forward with an ageing population and increasing medical complexity, the GP will remain the lynch pin in advocating for good quality community care and delivery of health and social services, cementing the fact that general practice deserves to be recognised as the most efficient model for delivering equitable care across the country. The apprenticeship model in which we train the future generation of GPs requires a robust tribe of supervisors who can pass on the values engendered in primary care. I would be proud to support this tribe as a Director of GPSA.”

Dr Kate Manderson

Dr Kate Manderson is an experienced GP supervisor and Principal GP of 4 practices in the Shoalhaven, with special interests in Aerospace Medicine, Clinical and Military Medicine, and Women’s Health. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) whose governance background includes 5 years as the President and Chair of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM), chairing the ASAM Policy and Advisory Committee, and performing the role of Finance Director for the Shoalhaven Division of General Practice. Kate has ongoing roles as Senior Medical Officer for the Royal Australian Navy and Principal Medical Officer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and has extensive experience in medical education. She spent the better part of a decade as an ME, held academic and administrative leadership, management and governance roles with the delivery of Case-Based Learning and Clinical Skills Programmes for the University of Wollongong’s School of Medicine, and developed curricula for vocational training in Aerospace Medicine and for ADF aviation medicine training.

“The health and wellbeing of the people we care about is my motivation for excellence in all my specialist fields. Advancing the science and practice of aerospace medicine means we can safely reach the corners of the globe for the benefit of our communities and our world. Supporting the best principles of population health through governance and leadership allows the benefits of our health system to be accessible to all.”

Dr Madhu Tamilarasan

Dr Madhu Tamilarasan is reapplying for the GPSA Board position after joining as a Director in 2020, and is keen to further advocate for GP supervisors and ensure their voices are heard and valued particularly during the transition to College-led training when, in her words, “it is essential to have experienced voices speaking up” for the profession generally and GP supervisors specifically. She has been a formally accredited GP supervisor and the main supervisor for her rural practice in Central West NSW for over 10 years, supervising a large number of registrars who remain in touch with her years later. Madhu is passionate about keeping GPSA focused on the core business and interests of supervisors regardless of the seemingly constant state of flux impacting medical politics in Australia.

“Applications to GP training have declined in recent years, and as supervisors this affects us and the future of our entire profession… I understand the increasing pressures and competing demands on GP supervisors, including the many supervisors who are practice owners and rural VMOs, as well as the immense rewards of good quality registrar supervision in our practices. I have an in-depth understanding of the industry and the nuanced interfaces between supervisors, registrars, RTOs, the Colleges and government, and I understand what matters to supervisors at the coal face.”

Dr Shea Wilcox

Dr Shea Wilcox has a strong background in organisational governance, with both lead research and clinical roles, and is currently a director of a large training practice and a stand-alone Allied Health Centre. He supervises GP registrars and medical students, and is actively involved in Primary Health research. Shea is also an enthusiastic supervisor of two PhD students.

“As a Director of GPSA, I will continue to show my dedication to upholding the highest standards of practice supervision, registrar support and registrar training – functions that will remain essential during the transition to College-led training. I strongly support advocacy efforts aimed at government-level recognition of GP supervision, both for remuneration as well as CPD recognition of supervisors, and am a regular commentator on general practice issues in the national media. Working closely with GPSA members in advocating for the highest quality GP training environment is a key role of the Board I will strive to uphold throughout my term.”