As individual GPs and businesses operating in isolation across Australia, the supervisors and training practice owners often mis-labelled by politicians as belonging to a “cottage industry” are all too often overlooked. By uniting these same individuals and businesses as a community of practice, their single unified voice has the potential to create unprecedented change.
The GPSA community is as diverse and exciting as the medical specialty it is responsible for perpetuating. The medical professionals and administrators who make up almost 10,000 GPSA members are all involved in, or aspiring to contribute to, the supervision of tomorrow’s GPs and RGs. This supervising community is spread across the country, both in the traditional general practice setting and, more frequently now, outside the community clinic in contexts including public hospitals, state healthcare clinics, ACCHOs, AMSs, RFDS and the ADF, among others.
GPSA not only supports this community – GPSA is this community.
So when someone asks you who GPSA is, here is your answer…
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.
Guiding the GPSA team is a dynamic Board made up of clinical and administrative professionals whose passion for nurturing the next generation of family doctors through high quality supervision has brought them together to represent the interests of this important sector.
The GPSA Board is an honorary board comprising GPs, GP supervisors, training practice owners and practice managers – all generously contributing their wealth of experience in the supervision of GP registrars and prevocational learners for the benefit of the GP training sector.
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.
Leonie Chamberlain | Director CPA, GAICD
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Date reviewed: 09 March 2023