The GPSA team is made up of medical professionals and professionals with a background in health who are passionate about the work supervisors do to train the next generation of family doctors.
Dr Kevin Arlett | Chair MBBS, FRACGP, FAICD
Kevin is a GP, GP supervisor, ME and training practice owner whose involvement in medical education spans more than 3 decades, including a period as Area Regional Coordinator for the RACGP in the original iteration of College-led training. Apart from contributing to the GPSA Board since 2017, Kevin has also served on the state bodies of General Practice Queensland (GPQ) as a Director and Chairman,…
Dr Nicole Higgins | Immediate former Chair MBBS, FRACGP, MAICD
After serving as GPSA Chair for 2 years, on Monday 12th September 2022, Nicole was announced as the President-elect for RACGP. Nicole is a GP supervisor from Mackay in North Queensland and believes supervisors are the cornerstone of GP education. Currently a medical educator for RVTS (previously Tropical Medical Training for Supervisor Education and Support), Nicole has been a GP supervisor for 13 years. She was TMT’s 2014 Supervisor of the Year in recognition of her passion for mentoring future GPs.
Dr Gerard Connors | Director MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD
Gerard was a GP supervisor for 25 years and was a part owner of a large general practice in Sandringham, Victoria. Having retired from consulting practice in February 2022, he will continue as a Supervisor Liaison Officer and ME with EVGPT until the transition to the Colleges. He has worked hard as an SLO and GPSA Board member to unite city and country GP supervisors in pursuit of their common goal of quality general practice training.
Dr Frank Maldari | Director MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD, Cert. Clin. Ed
Frank has been a General Practitioner for 28 years and is a partner in Christies Beach Medical Centre, a privately owned General Practice of over 50 years history. Frank has been involved as a Supervisor of Students, Interns, RMO’s and General Practice Registrars for over 15 Years. Frank is a SLO for GPEx and has roles on various committees within GPEx. He has had previous board experience with the Southern Division of General Practice.
Columbine is a GP based in Hobart Tasmania and achieved her Fellowship into RACGP in 2012. Since this time Columbine has enjoyed multiple roles, including as a GP supervisor and medical educator. Columbine has been running her own practice for 2 years and is pleased to have 2 registrars with her now. She has found it a most rewarding experience both teaching the registrars and learning from the registrars. Columbine has found the resources and support from GPSA to be invaluable.
Leonie Chamberlain | Director CPA, MAICD
Leonie has a great interest in developing the education of Registrars. She is passionate about ensuring Registrars not only receive great clinical training but that they are also prepared to enter the world of General Practice as educated and informed business people. Leonie has presented to registrars at both MCCC and EVGPT workshops and has also regularly presented to Practice Managers on issues including the NTCER, recruitment and business development.
Justin Coleman is a GP in Brisbane and the Northern Territory. He has supervised approximately 60 GP Registrars over the past 25 years in Victoria, Qld and the NT. For the past decade he has educated many hundreds of GP Supervisors around Australia, particularly in the NT. Justin was President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association for five years and a board member for ten. Justin edits medical text books and journals, and has published 1,500 articles and numerous podcasts.
Dr Madhu Tamilarasan lives and practices in Lithgow, a country town in Central West NSW, as a partner in a privately owned general practice which offers office based, hospital VMO and procedural GP training. Madhu has been the main supervisor for the practice since 2010, supervising countless registrars in that time and providing many former registrars and medical students with mentoring and support long after they leave her practice.
Carla Taylor | CEO BA(Hons), MBA(Int), MComm
Having worked with GPSA in education and research since 2020, Carla stepped into the role of CEO in May 2022 with sound knowledge of the GP training context coupled with vast amounts of curiosity and enthusiasm.
Carla is a problem-solver, strategist and marketing professional with a strong administrative and networking background.