Meet our board members
Ms Christine Nixon, AO APM
Chair RACGP Board, Co-opted Board Member
Ms Christine Nixon is the Deputy Chancellor at Monash University and Chair of Monash College and the Good Shepherd Microfinance.
Christine was the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2001-2009, being the first female chief commissioner in any Australian state police service.
After leaving Victoria Police, she was appointed as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, a position she held from February 2009 until July 2010.
Christine has extensive experience in policing, organisational reform, risk management, crisis management, corruption prevention, emergency management and human resource management.
Dr Karen L. Price
Dr Karen Price was awarded the 2016 RACGP FMCER grant to undertake her part time PhD with the Monash Department of General Practice. She is exploring the construct of peer-connection in general practice. This explores GP’s wellbeing, and goal-directed informal learning.
Karen’s research builds on her lifetime expertise as a GP. She is the co-developer and facilitator of GPs Down Under, an 8000+ member community of Australian and New Zealand GPs. She has chaired committees and developed mentor programs for both the AMA and the RACGP. Karen began her general practice in a large procedural practice which included providing medical assistance to the local district police surgeon. She has also been a successful practice owner growing a languishing practice into a thriving community practice in under a decade whilst wrangling three young school-aged children (who are now fully grown).
Karen has presented nationally and internationally; plenary lectures; workshops on women’s medical leadership; social media; resilience, and informal learning.
She is published on women’s medical leadership and received a 2011 Monash University award for medical student teaching. Karen continues to develop evidence-based medicine, leadership, advocacy, and peer support, in both research and her ongoing clinical general practice.
Most recently her advocacy, research and lifetime experience have coalesced into running for RACGP President after her service as deputy chair of the Victorian Faculty of the RACGP and past chair of the Women in General Practice committee of the RACGP. Karen was elected RACGP President in the 2020 national election. She commenced her two-year term on 30 November 2020.
Dr Bruce Willett
Vice President and Chair RACGP Queensland
Dr Bruce Willett is a GP and practice owner in Victoria Point in Redland City, south of Brisbane, who is committed to grassroots general practice and medical education.
He has been on the board of General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) since 2010, was Chair of GPSA from 2015 to 2016, and Chair of the GP Supervisor Liaison Officer Network from 2010 to 2015, and has been an RACGP examiner since 1994.
Bruce has been the Supervisor Liaison Officer for General Practice Training Queensland/Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium (GPTQ/CSQTC) since 2008 and also worked as a medical educator for GPTQ.
Dr Anita Muñoz
M.B.B.S (Hons), FRACGP, Grad Cert Clin Teach, MPH
Chair RACGP Victoria
Anita Muñoz is a GP in private practice in Melbourne's CBD and has a dedication to evidence-based medicine, lifelong learning, and promoting the role of general practice in the health of patients, communities and in public health more broadly.
Anita worked as a Clinical Editor and Clinical Advisor for 6 years with North Western Melbourne PHN through which a passion for health system improvement, innovation, sustainability and equity emerged. She sees general practice as the key to a rational health system that produces better outcomes for patients and practitioners alike.
Anita has held advisory positions with Better Care Victoria and Safer Care Victoria and has been a medical educator for over 9 years. She is particularly preoccupied with the wellbeing and experience of general practice registrars, and of securing a high quality general practice workforce for the future.
Dr Daniel Byrne
MBBS FRACGP GAICD
Chair RACGP SA&NT
Daniel is the current RACGP Chair SA&NT.
Daniel is a practicing general practitioner at Chandler Hill Surgery in suburban southern Adelaide.
He was initially a Registrar there in 1992. He Fellowed in 1993 and became a partner in 1995. Continuity of care sees him looking after four generations in a number of families.
General Practice is his number one priority with specific interests in diabetes, eHealth, palliative care and more recently community geriatrics.
He believes the strength of general practice lies in high quality education and training, standards, research and ongoing CPD - all of which the RACGP delivers.
He is involved in medical student teaching at Flinders University, Registrar supervision and mentoring the next generation of GP Leaders
Dr Sean Black-Tiong
MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD
Chair RACGP GPs in Training
Dr Sean Black-Tiong is the Chair of the RACGP National Faculty for GPs in training having previously been the inaugural Deputy Chair when the faculty was established.
Sean was born and raised in South Australia, where he completed his medical degree and GP training including a year spent in a rural country town.
He obtained his RACGP Fellowship in 2020 and works as a GP in Adelaide. In addition to medical education input at the RACGP, he is actively engaged with medical student teaching with both the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.
Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe
MBBS (Hons) FRACGP DCH (Lon) GCUT FAICD
Chair RACGP NSW&ACT
Dr Charlotte Hespe is a GP and owner of an inner-city Sydney practice where she has worked for the last 20 years. Charlotte is a general practice supervisor and her practice functions as a teaching practice for medical students and general practice registrars.
Charlotte also works as Associate Professor, Head of General Practice and General Practice Research for The University of Notre Dame, Australia, School of Medicine, Sydney.
She has been involved with the RACGP since achieving her FRACGP, serving as an examiner, NSW Co-Assessment Panel Chair for four years, and National OSCE Facilitator for two years before becoming RACGP NSW&ACT Deputy Chair in 2012.
She was also a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care 2016–17.
Professor Peter O’Mara
Chair RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Professor Peter O’Mara is from the Wiradjuri people of NSW. Peter has worked with the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service since 2002, and describes himself as an Aboriginal man who loves being a doctor.
Peter loves working one on one with his patients and finds a source of satisfaction in the knowledge that in his own small way, the work that he does contrbutes toward closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes.
In 2008, Peter took on the position of Associate Professor, Indigenous Medical Education and Head of Discipline, Indigenous Health at Newcastle University.
Peter has been a member of the AIDA Board for eight years and was President of AIDA from 2009 – 2012.
Dr Lara Roeske
MBBS Hons, FRACGP, DipVen
Chair RACGP Specific Interests
Dr Lara Roeske is a GP, practice owner, and has held many senior positions at the RACGP such as co Deputy Chair of RACGP Specific Interests, Victoria board member, inaugural Chair of the Sexual Health Medicine Network, and previous Chair of the Women in General Practice RACGP Victoria committee.
With a background spanning more than 15 focusing on Specific Interests, Lara has worked in advisory roles to key stakeholders, on steering committees, guideline working parties, representing the RACGP across a range of domains relevant to sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and translation of evidence into practice at state and national levels.
Dr Ramya Raman
FRACGP, MBBS, Dip Child Health, BSSc (Psych)
Chair RACGP WA
Dr Ramya Raman is a Perth-based GP. Originally from Orange NSW, Ramya completed her medical training at the University of Notre Dame (UND), Fremantle. In 2020, Ramya was the recipient of the RACGP WA GP of the Year award.
Her specific interests are in women’s and children’s health particularly on perinatal health and wellbeing. In 2020, Ramya was awarded the Aspire Award (City of Fremantle) to present her work on postnatal recovery at the WONCA Asia Pacific Conference.
She is passionate about the provision of high-quality clinical care and believes training & education are essential components of GP development. To support this, Ramya is a Clinical Academic and adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, UND and has been a Medical Educator at Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET). Ramya is a clinical supervisor for both GPs in Training and medical students.
Ramya is actively involved with the RACGP, currently as the WA Faculty Chair and prior Deputy Chair. She has served as an examiner for the College and is a Medical Lead for the Education Committee RACGP WA
Mr Martin Walsh
Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee & Co-opted Board member
Mr Martin Walsh has been an international partner and advisor for 35 years in assurance and advisory services at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte in Australia, PNG, South Korea and the US.
Martin has assumed many board director roles, including with not-for-profit organisation Surf Lifesaving Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Governance Institute as well as being a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Tess van Duuren
MBChB, BSc(Hons) (Sports Med), FRACGP
Dr Tess van Duuren works in a large group practice in regional New South Wales where, as an experienced supervisor, she provides teaching and training to general practice registrars and medical students.
Tess has previously been a GP in South Africa and New Zealand, and navigated her way through the RACGP Fellowship exams as an international graduate.
Tess has a special interest in medical education and assessment. Since achieving Fellowship, she has served the RACGP and regional training organisations (RTOs) in a number of different roles, including Assessment Panel Chair, Censor, Senior Medical Educator Assessment Progression and Bi-College GP reviewer for the RACGP, and Director of Training and subsequently Director of Supervisor education in two different RTOs.
Dr Tim Jackson
MBBS, BMedSci, Advanced Clinical Cert Skin Cancer Medicine & Surgery, GAICD
Chair RACGP Tasmania
Dr Tim Jackson has more than 25 years’ experience as a GP and practice owner, and is the current Chair of RACGP Tasmania.
He has extensive experience in general practice registrar training, supervising registrars and students for more than 20 years. Tim is passionate to see long-term sustainability of general practice, evidenced in his previous roles as Supervisor Liaison Officer and Director and Chair of General Practice Training Tasmania.
A principle partner of three general practices and a skin cancer clinic in Hobart, Tim is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a director on the Hutchins School Board and Skin Cancer Tasmania Board.
Dr Michael Clements
B.Econ(Hons) MBBS DAvmed MPH MHM FRACGP FARGP FRACMA FACAsM GAICD
Dr Michael Clements is an experienced Townsville based General Practitioner and practice owner with a background in health leadership and clinical and corporate governance.
Dr Clements has accrued a wide variety of skills and special interests in his time with the Royal Australian Air Force and then with QLD Health as Director of Medical Services at Ingham Hospital before opening his private practices in Townsville while concurrently working for the QLD Rural Generalist Training Pathway as an advisor.
Having worked in rural, remote and overseas clinical environments during and after his fellowship training Michael now gets his ‘rural fix’ by flying himself and other clinicians to remote towns in the Gulf of Carpentaria delivering GP clinics. Clinical interests include veterans’ health, mental health, chronic disease and palliative care.