About this board
The role of an RACGP SA&NT board member is to be a key representative and advisory body on matters such as continuing professional development, education, training, quality care, research, local issues affecting general practice and advocacy on behalf of general practice.
Dr Zakaria (Zak) Baig
Dr Zakaria (Zak) Baig was elected RACGP SA&NT Chair in October 2017. Dr Baig has been a General Practitioner in South Australia for 17 years, serving both rural as well urban communities.
Dr Baig has extensive involvement in general practice, including roles as a GP Supervisor and RACGP Examiner. He also had experience as a Medical Educator for two Regional Training Organisations.
Dr Baig has been involved in the RACGP in various capacities, and has served on the RACGP SA&NT Board as Deputy Chair.
In his current job, Dr Baig has had experience in leadership roles which will transfer well in guiding the RACGP towards future advocacy and growth.
He is passionate about medical education as well as assisting International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with their professional needs.
General practice in Australia faces many challenges, and Dr Baig looks forward to working closely work with you to collectively voice our views and opinions to benefit the profession.
Professor Nigel Stocks
Professor Nigel Stocks is currently a practicing Fellow in Aldgate in the Adelaide Hills, and is also Professor and Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide and Director of the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network (ASPREN), a Commonwealth funded network of almost 200 GPs around Australia that provides data for influenza surveillance and collects morbidity data for general practice research.
Professor Stocks was trained in Adelaide, but worked for several years as a GP in the United Kingdom.
He was appointed Provost of the RACGP SA&NT in 2015, and was recently re-elected to this position in for another term.
Professor Stocks also held the position as SA&NT Chair from 2009 - 2014, and has been a member of the RACGP since 1990.
He is currently a member of the RACGP Membership Advisory Committee, RACGP Foundation Committee, a member of the AFP’s Editorial Board and Chair of the RACGP Awards Committee. He also served on the RACGP National Standing Committee – Research until 2008 and his research interests include cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health.
Professor Stocks has also held multiple roles which have contributed to changes in policy and practice in Australian general practice, including Director on the Adelaide to Outback Board, Director on the Board for Australian Medicines Handbook and Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
Dr Christopher Clohesy
Dr Christopher Clohesy has had a long association with the RACGP and has been on numerous Committees. He has been an Examiner, PESCI panel member and provided many educational workshops for doctors studying towards the FRACGP.
Dr Clohesy has spent a large part of his career working in South Australia and in the Northern Territory. He has worked in hospital and primary care settings across urban, rural and remote areas.
In recent years, Dr Clohesy has been living and working in remote NT communities.
Dr Clohesy was the 2010 recipient of the McCleave/Thompson Award for services to the RACGP SA&NT.
Dr Emma Knott
Dr Emma Knott is a General Practitioner at University Health Practice in Adelaide, and is a Clinical Skills tutor at Flinders University Medical School. She obtained her Fellowship in 2017, and has been a member of the RACGP SA&NT Board since 2015 as a Registrar and New Fellows representative.
Dr Knott enjoys advocacy and has previous experience on the SAIMET Doctors in Training Committee and several other RACGP Committees. She is also a current member of the RACGP SA&NT New Fellows Committee.
Dr Rachel Chen
Dr Rachel Chen has been involved with the RACGP for more than a decade, holding the role of SA Assessment Panel Chair for 9 years and examiner for 13 years, as well as holding the post of Senior Associate in teaching generalpractice at Chandlers Hill Surgery for 18 years.
In Dr Chen's current role as State Censor she is responsible for the ongoing review and improvement of the RACGP assessment process.
She has gained extensive experience in the local vocational training program, policy making and responding to the educational needs of members.
Dr Chen is passionate about upholding the high standards of the RACGP Fellowship exam.
Dr Chen was the 2011 recipient of the McCleave/Thompson Award for service to RACGP SA&NT.
Dr James Allan
South Australian Assessment Panel Chair
Dr James Allan is the RACGP South Australian Assessment Panel Chair. He graduated with a Bachelor Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from The University of Adelaide in 1983 and also holds a Diploma in Obstetrics. In the past, he conducted a private Obstetric practice from 1990 – 1994.
He received his Fellowship in 1992.
Dr Allan has worked at the Hills Medical Service in Aldgate since July 1990. He is actively involved in practice accreditation, nursing home and hospital management of patients, after hours care and home visiting. He is also the the Registrar training supervisor at the Hills Medical Service.
In his role as South Australian Assessment Panel Chair, Dr Allan plays a valuable role in providing advice and recommendations to assist the competent and compliant delivery of the RACGP Fellowship Examinations.
Dr Stratos Roussos
Northern Territory Assessment Panel Chair
Dr Stratos Roussos was appointed as the Northern Territory Assessment Panel Chair in July 2018. Dr Roussos is committed to maintaining the standards, fairness and integrity of the RACGP fellowship program. He looks forward to collaborating with the RACGP SA&NT in the provision of appropriate pre-exam workshops, mock examinations, webinars and successful OSCE delivery.
Dr Roussos has served as an OSCE RACGP examiner for several years prior to his APC appointment. Dr Roussos has also recently been involved with the standard setting for both AKT and KPP examinations and is a current KFP examination marker.
Dr Roussos began his General Practice journey in the rural towns of Tasmania before completing his fellowship requirements in Central Australia. Dr Roussos has been committed to delivering quality primary health care to the remote and urban Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory since 2010. This has included Aboriginal medical services in Alice Springs, the surrounding Central Australian remote communities and most recently Darwin. Dr Roussos also undertook advanced skills training in anaesthetics, practicing as a GP anaesthetist during his time in Alice Springs.
Dr Roussos currently works at Danila Dilba Health Services in Darwin and continues to be actively involved in registrar training and supervision. Dr Roussos believes that Aboriginal health services play a vital role in communities across Australia and their contribution to closing the gap by staying true to individual holistic medicine and community centred healthcare.
Dr Farooq Ahmad
International Medical Graduate (IMG) Representative
Dr Farooq Ahmad is a Practice Principal at Martins Road Family Medical Practice and Madison Park Family Medical Practice.
He is a GP Supervisor with Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program teaching GP Registrars.
He is also a member of the RACGP SA&NT Board and the IMG Representative.
Dr Ahmad is currently serving as a Board member on the Northern Health Network.
As the IMG Representative and a RACGP Examiner, Dr Ahmad has helped many overseas trained doctors prepare for the RACGP Fellowship exam.
His skills set includes procedural work performed in Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.
Dr Ahmad received his Fellowship in 2004, and was awarded the SA&NT McCleave/Thompson Award in 2007 for his service to the RACGP. He has helped many IMG’s to attain their Fellowship.
Dr Henri Becker
Dr Henri Becker has been a member of the RACGP since 2011. Dr Becker was elected to the RACGP SA&NT Board in August 2017, and has a special interest in defending, protecting and enhancing general practice in Australia.
Dr Becker is a Fellow and has 32 years of experience with different models of delivery of care. He was also given an overseas opportunity in California to work towards improving the interests of general practitioners and patients.
In a time when medicine is constantly evolving, Dr Becker looks forward to the challenges ahead.
Dr Daniel Byrne
Dr Daniel Byrne is the Immediate Past Chair of the RACGP SA&NT Board. He held the position as RACGP SA&NT Chair from 2014 – 2017.
Dr Byrne is a partner at Chandlers Hill Surgery, a private billing General Practice in outer metropolitan Adelaide. Dr Byrne has been a strong supporter of the RACGP since his training days in the early 1990s leading to his Fellowship in 1993.
He has supported the RACGP by participating in Exam Preparation Workshops for Registrars and IMGs, by conducting AHPRA interviews for IMGs wishing to enter Australian General Practice and assisting as a QA Examiner at the FRACGP OSCEs.
He has been involved in GP Hospital Liaison and eHealth for twenty years.
He believes having the highest regard for Quality and Standards will guide the RACGP in all it is involved in, whether it is Practice Accreditation, Practice Guidelines, eHealth or general practice training.
He believes the RACGP must set the Standards and rigorously defend the right of the profession to implement them. Dr Byrne is a proud Fellow of the RACGP.
Dr Bronwyn Carson
Northern Territory Representative
Dr Bronwyn Carson was born and spent her early years in a remote community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
This foundational experience instilled a love of remote places and an appreciation of the vastness of the Australian continent.
In adulthood, Dr Carson came to understand the multiple factors that influence access to health care for those living in these regional, rural and remote settings.
She has a long-standing interest in the social determinants of health and has been an active participant in thinking about the health of Indigenous people in this context.
Coming late to medicine after a time in research, Dr Carson was attracted to the opportunities offered to doctors and society by general practice.
She believes that good, affordable primary health care is a human right and is prepared to work to maintain that belief in contemporary Australia.
Dr Carson joined the RACGP SA&NT Board in August 2016 and is also an OSCE examiner. She works in private practice and as a medical educator for NTGPE.
Dr Seema Jain
Dr Seema Jain has been a practice principal at Elizabeth Grove Surgery since 2007, where she has been working with team of 4 doctors, allied health professionals and a psychologist. She gained Fellowship in 2006.
Dr Jain worked in different hospitals in South Australia and Queensland from 1999 -2004, and has been teaching medical students as a GP Supervisor for 10 years.
Dr Jain is very passionate about quality care in primary healthcare settings. She believes quality education of the professional and high standards of care is the priority of our patients. Dr Jain has special interest in mental health and refuge/migrant health.
Dr Jain is Board member of Sonder (formally NHN), Board member of NRCGP, Committee member of the Premier’s Council of suicide prevention and a Committee member of the Multifaith association.
Dr Emily Kirkpatrick
Associate Registrar Representative
Dr Emily Kirkpatrick was born and raised in South Australia, and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle/New England Joint Medical Program in NSW. She relocated back to Adelaide with her husband and two children in 2016 to complete her GP registrar training with GPEx.
Dr Kirkpatrick is passionate about registrar training and ensuring that registrars, the future general practice cohort, are well supported in their journey. She is the current registrar liaison officer at GPEx and is well known to the registrar cohort for promoting general practice careers and providing support to her peers.
Dr Kirkpatrick has extended her registrar training time post-exams to undertake an RACGP academic post through The University of Adelaide, researching skin cancer education in General Practice. She feels strongly about primary care research and is currently a member of the RACGP SA&NT Training and Education Committee.
Dr Kirkpatrick has also completed a Master of Public Health and is part way through a Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland. Dr Kirkpatrick currently works 2 days a week in the Adelaide CBD, with a clinical interest in skin cancer medicine.
Dr Jaiveer Krishnan
Dr Jaiveer Krishnan is a practicing Fellow at Europa Medical Centre in Salisbury Downs, North of Adelaide.
In 2006 Dr Krishnan obtained his membership with The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK, and enjoyed his experience as a GP Supervisor, training several Registrars.
He was also an appraiser, assisting members to identify their learning needs and plan their Personal Development Planning (PDP).
Dr Krishnan moved to Australia in 2014 as a Fellow of the RACGP, and has been an examiner for the Fellowship examinations since November 2016.
He has continued his love of teaching in Adelaide, and was appointed to the RACGP SA&NT New Fellows Committee in July 2018.
Dr Krishnan strongly believes in the community receiving high standards of patient centred care.
He believes this could be achieved by improving the standards of teaching to GP registrars, enhanced communication between service providers and QI&CPD to all practicing GPs.
Dr Robert Menz
Dr Robert Menz has been an RACGP Fellow for 31 years and has worked as a GP in inner suburban Adelaide since 1980. He founded a four doctor practice in 1990, which has grown to now have 19 GPs, 6 specialists, and several Allied health providers over 2 sites. The practice also hosts GP registrars and medical students.
Dr Menz has been an examiner for the RACGP for 30 years, of which 17 years as Quality Assurance Examiner. He is also currently a member of the RACGP IMG Committee and undertakes PESCI interviews.
Dr Menz has held a variety of leadership and other roles within the profession including: Censor for RACGP SA&NT from 1997-2003; Member AMA (SA) state council and chair AMACGP in 1991-2; Nominee of the RACGP Censor-in-Chief on the board of AGPAL 2000 – 2006, and AGPAL surveyor since 2009; Senior Medical Advisor for Department of Human Services (DHS), 2001-2014; and a medical writer and editorial committee member on RACGP Curriculum Renewal project.
He completed a Masters of Clinical Education in 2013 and currently teaches General Practice to Flinders University 2nd and 3rd year medical students.
When not working, Robert enjoys bush walking, skiing, and travel, in particular to keep up with 3 of his 4 adult children who are studying interstate.
Dr Natalie Payne
New Fellow Representative
Dr Natalie Payne is a recently Fellowed GP working in Tanunda, who completed training through Sturt Fleurieu in early 2015. During training Dr Payne served as the Registrar Liaison officer for just over 12 months and was involved in examination preparation for other Registrars.
She was appointed as the RACGP South Australian Deputy Chair in August 2017. Dr Payne also holds the position of RACGP SA&NT New Fellows Committee Chair.
Dr Payne passionately believes that strong primary healthcare is the key to managing the funding of our health system and maintaining and improving the health of our communities. She wants to work towards keeping our robust, sustainable, network of general practice within Australia. Dr Payne feels it is very important that we, as clinicians, continue to have a loud voice in training future GPs, and advocating for our profession and intends to do this to the best of her ability on the RACGP SA&NT Board.
Professor Richard Reed
Professor Richard Reed is proud to be a General Practitioner in Australia. He is originally from America where he trained for 5 years as a Registrar in Family Medicine. Professor Reed migrated to Australia in 2005 to become Head of the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University.
He became a RACGP Fellow in 2006. Since that time Professor Reed has become increasingly involved in RACGP activities including becoming an Examiner.
In addition to being a practicing GP he has a strong interest in GP teaching, and has worked hard to increase the time available for medical students to experience general practice.
Professor Reed has also been on the Board of Directors for both the Sturt Fleurieu GP Registrar training program and the Northern Territory General Practice Education program. He strongly endorses the role of the RACGP in supporting GP Registrar training.
Professor Reed believes we must proactively adapt to the many changes in healthcare while at the same time maintaining the focus on the patient and provision of high care.
Dr Navtej Sandhu
Dr Navtej Sandhu is an experienced General Practitioner, and has practiced in Australia for over 13 years. Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, he was President of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association. This role included training and mentoring.
He received in Fellowship in 2008.
Since then, he has established seven general practices and his commitment to GP training has lead him to become an accredited training supervisor. The practices also host medical students each semester.
In 2017, he was appointed as a Captain in the Australian Army Reserves
Dr Sandhu has a strong background in the support, development and training of future General Practitioners. He is an advocate for continuing professional development and continuing improvement.
Dr Geeta Trehan
Dr Geeta Trehan migrated to Australia as a general practitioner in 2004 and has worked both in the remote (Coober Pedy) rural (Riverland) and metropolitan areas during her tenure. Dr Trehan spent a memorable 2 years at Coober Pedy and absolutely loved the challenges of working in the outback with its scanty resources and peculiar problems.
Having worked in India with a poorer section of people she felt the transition was not so difficult as she was used to relying on clinical judgment rather than investigations for management and diagnosis.
Dr Trehan also worked at Renmark before moving down to Adelaide where she has been working in a busy general practice in the north eastern suburbs. She enjoyed the country but had to move to the city for better educational facilities for her sons who were in high school by then.
Dr Trehan loves the challenges of general practice with its vastness. Learning is a passion, and her aim when she goes to work each day is to try to make a difference to at least one person’s life and to learn something new every day. Both these objectives are surprisingly easy for Dr Trehan when you work as a General Practitioner.
Dr Trehan has been involved as a medical educator with Adelaide to Outback for the past several years and has been actively involved in conducting workshops, medical educator visits, clinical rating and one on one coaching for international medical graduates working towards a specialisation in general practice.
Medical Student Representative
Jarrad Hopkins is a final year medical student at The University of Adelaide who undertook his fifth year studies in the Barossa Valley based at a rural GP clinic.
The integrated appropriate to learning and practical medicine that he experienced has boosted his passion for general practice and he looks forward to sharing this with all aspiring and current health professionals.
Jarrad is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (MAICD), currently the Undergraduate Representative for the Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Board at his University, the Director and Treasurer of the Adelaide Medical Students’ Foundation (AMSF) and the Vice Chair of the Pre-Vocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of South Australia (PVOGS-SA).
Jarrad’s keen enthusiasm for leadership, governance and education will allow him to contribute widely for the benefit of the RACGP.