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2023 Committee of Management Election

There will be six positions available on the Committee of Management (CoM), commencing from 15 June, 2023.

An online election will be held from Monday 5 June to Wednesday 7 June.  
Details of the online election process will be circulated to eligible members.

2023 Committee of Management Nominees

Nominations have been received from eleven members, listed below in alphabetical order by last name:

* Denotes current members of the Committee of Management who are offering for re-election.  

Please read nominees' statements below:  


I have been a member of the ANZAHPE Committee of Management for two terms of service as Honorary Secretary of the association. I am responsible for coordinating correspondence for the association and managing the Awards and Grants portfolio. I actively contribute to three committees that support our conference, interprofessional education, and mentorship. I am seeking election for a third and final term so I can support the induction of new Committee of Management directors to our ‘ANZAHPE Way’ philosophy and strategic direction.

My work an Education Advisor and Senior Lecturer in the Education Unit at the Otago Medical School, University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand provides me with the skill set to contribute productively as a leader of our association. My research interest focuses on examining the experiences, influences, and impacts on students and teachers when learning/teaching decision-making about providing patient care in a range of contexts including simulation and interprofessional education; and how this knowledge can be used to inform curriculum and faculty development in health professions education.


Associate Professor Femke Buisman-Pijlman supports health education and health educators in Australia and New Zealand and beyond. She holds Academic positions that span the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She aims to support mature age health professionals on their life-long learning journey using on the job training, short online and face-to-face courses as well as accredited courses. 

Femke is a Dutch behavioural neuroscientist who is making a global impact through health education and research. She has a Graduate Certificate in Online Learning (Higher Education) and is passionate about mentoring colleagues. She is a leader in online learning, global education, curriculum mapping and in developing learning opportunities that are fit for purpose for health professionals.  

Femke excels in matching learning experiences to learner needs, whether they choose short courses, formal learning, CPD or MOOCs. Over her decades-long career in addiction and mental health teaching, she has specialised in educating mature-aged students in multi-disciplinary settings, holding several inaugural education leadership roles. Currently, she holds two roles at the University of Melbourne. She is Academic Director (Health) at the Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education and as Academic Lead for the Children’s Campus Mental Health Strategy. Co-design with industry, health professionals and consumers are key to develop learning experiences that have an impact and are accessible for all.  

As a leader in Addiction and Mental Health education, Femke is value driven and works to improve equity and diversity in education and training and reduce stigma. She strives for excellence and innovation in education and supports others to be better and grow. Evidence-based approaches and scholarship are at the foundation of progressing the field and learning from national and global leaders. 


At our best, we strive to provide healthcare for those in need, while creating a safe, inclusive education culture so that the future is in good hands. It’s tricky and aspirational, but a meaningful shared mission.

By way of introduction, I am a medical educator at UNSW Sydney and Rheumatologist at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Face-to-face teaching remains the highlight of my week, and I have been the chuffed recipient of multiple teaching awards. As the Director of Teaching, School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW, I try to improve the student experience across our four metropolitan and five rural campuses, extending from Albury to Coffs Harbour in NSW. As a researcher, an interest has been in highlighting the vulnerabilities of students and teachers as they negotiate trust and risk in clinical environments. I am fortunate to be an International Competency Based Medical Education Collaborator, and will happily talk med ed theory until the wee hours.

What happens to our students after graduation is a personal concern, having lost friends and colleagues along the way. Happily, my institution prioritises work-readiness, student wellbeing and inclusiveness. Downstream, I chair my hospital’s General Clinical Training Committee, where we try to ensure that junior doctors are looked after on their placements.

Having been President of the NSW Branch of the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) and ARA Board director, I currently chair the ARA Education Training and Workforce Committee. I contributed to the recent national ARA workforce report highlighting major workforce shortages, especially rurally. We need to do things differently. As an advocate for interprofessional team-based care, developing nurse practitioners and practice models that integrate allied health is critical.

Health professions educators are my peeps; I nominate with humility and without expectation since I am certain you will be well served by any of us.

A/Prof Arvin Damodaran, FRACP FANZAHPE


Charlotte began her career as a physiotherapist and completed a PhD in health professions education at Monash University in 2018. Since then she has worked across health and university sectors, across the continuum of health professions education, including at Monash Health, Monash University and the College of Intensive Care Medicine. As a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne, Charlotte currently leads the Professional Practice Theme in the Melbourne MD and is the Interim Director of Work Integrated Learning. Her work is focused on the nexus between learning through work and preparing the workforce for professional practice. Charlotte has a number of collaborations across Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. These include research projects, scholarship of teaching and learning activities and higher degree by research supervision.

Charlotte values participatory approaches, both for research and education purposes. These approaches enable broad perspectives to address real needs, guide focus, inform key and important priorities and to enable equity and justice in relation to health professions education. Partnerships are an important part of curriculum design and delivery in the Professional Practice theme and in Charlotte’s research approaches. Both facets of work are heavily influenced by the partnerships with the Clinical Schools and clinical networks within and outside the Melbourne Medical School. Charlotte emphasises and champions these partnerships, for the sustainability of the curriculum, to support and build a community of practice and to enable authentic co-design and consultation.

Charlotte has a long affinity with ANZAHPE, being the first conference she attended as an undergraduate in 2007 and more recently with involvement as an Associate Fellow and the Mentorship Scheme working group. Involvement with the Committee of Management would enable her to further contribute to the ANZAHPE community in meaningful ways.


Dr Kiah Evans has two decades of experience as an

interprofessional health professions educator, spanning tertiary teaching, clinical leadership, and research management roles. She has a Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Kiah has coordinated undergraduate/graduate-entry Master units in occupational therapy, along with postgraduate units (certificate/diploma/Master) in health professions education, whilst also supervising~30research students (honours-PhDlevels). Kiah holds health professions education leadership positions at university (Deputy Chair – School of Allied Health Research Committee)andnational(ExecutiveGroup-ResearchAustralia’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Working Group) levels, and plans to complete the CompanyDirectorsCourse in2023.

Kiah has demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills through varied curriculum development, academic administration, and research projects with individuals/teams spanning numerous health disciplines. This included coordinating the development of Australia’s first national guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism (with NHMRC-approved recommendations), based on extensive community consultation with autistic adults, caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum, clinicians, and national peak bodies. She also consulted on autism guideline development/evaluation projects in New Zealand and Vietnam.

Kiah’s core professional value is ‘impact’, which she demonstrates through embedding authentic learning activities and assessment items into units, supporting research students to publish their findings, conducting translational research projects, collaborating with state and federal government departments, and building the education, evidence-based practice and research capacity of health professionals and students.

As an active member of ANZAHPE, Kiah engages regularly with professional development programs and festivals. She would welcome the opportunity to utilize her expertise to further advance ANZAHPE’s strategic priorities, in particular, related to the key issues of (1) capacity building in research and scholarship and (2) well-being of health professionals and students (building on a current project on Leading Thriving Workplaces in regional Australia).


As a full-time Medical Educator in Rural Victoria, I am already benefiting greatly from the resources and opportunities that ANZAHPE provides, and I am excited to contribute to the organisation in a formal capacity.

Having worked as a Secondary School Teacher & Curriculum Developer for several years, and now as an educator in the tertiary space, I have a genuine passion for education. I currently work as a Rural MD1 Course Facilitator at the Shepparton campus of the University of Melbourne, and have served as an Academic Lead for our rural campuses. In this role, I have collaborated with a team of both academic and professional staff members to create and implement an engaging post-graduate MD program in regional Victoria, ensuring that students have the best possible learning experience. This co-ordination role has also allowed me to extend my skills in the areas of budgeting, project management, and marketing, and I am required to make strategic positions to support various stakeholders. On a larger scale, I am currently working with a team of international academics on the Organising Committee for the 2024 Ottawa Conference to ensure the success of this pivotal event in Australia.

ANZHAPE is committed to ensuring that rural Health Professionals have access to great educational opportunities, and I believe I have something to contribute in this area. I am the Subject Co-Ordinator for a post-graduate unit in the University of Melbourne’s medical program called Rural Health – Foundations, which explores the real impact of social determinants of health and various models of Health Service Delivery in remote parts of Australia. Having lived, studied and worked rurally for many years, I know first-hand that there are barriers which can prevent students in regional areas from accessing the same opportunities as their metropolitan peers, and I am keen to work towards ensuring equity in this area. As a Director for the ANZAHPE Committee of Management, I will endeavour to always bring a ‘rural and regional access’ lens to the projects that we engage in.

Although I am still an early-career academic, I have a great passion for education, and am committed to enabling educational and training opportunities to become more accessible for regional areas. I am keen to think outside the box and work within teams of experienced and professional Directors to create innovative ideas and solutions to further advance and promote the great work of ANZAHPE.


A/Prof Michelle Jack is an experienced leader and practitioner in the healthcare, research and higher education sectors. Her current roles include Academic Lead - Education & Partnerships and Academic Lead - Paediatrics, at the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH)/Rural Clinical School – Northern Rivers, University of Sydney (USYD) and Senior Staff Specialist, Paediatric Endocrinology, Lismore Base Hospital.

After graduating from medicine from the University of QLD, Michelle was awarded an international research fellowship by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and completed a PhD and Paediatric Endocrine training in Brisbane. Through her conjoint and clinical affiliate senior staff specialist roles at Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital, Michelle has demonstrated skills and experience in working within multidisciplinary teams and providing clinical education of medical, nursing and allied health students, higher degree research students and health professionals across a wide range of disciplines, including curriculum development and facilitation for the Master of Medicine (Child Health), USYD.

Michelle’s past roles include Head of Department of Paediatric Endocrinology at RNSH; Chair Adolescent Committee, Northern Sydney Local Health District; Chair Scientific Program Organising Committee, Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group and Co-Chair of several international scientific program organising committees; MD Research Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Clinical School, Head of Research and Board member at Impact Institute and Director and board member of Hope2Day, a not-for-profit organisation.

Michelle provides strategic leadership for education and partnerships at UCRH, which provides clinical placements for ~1000 students per year from 20 universities and contributes to the North Coast Medical Education Collaboration. She works collaboratively across the breadth of health disciplines, to support and build on existing inter-disciplinary education activities and to provide engagement opportunities with partners to support regional health priorities. Michelle’s interests and professional responsibilities align well with ANZAHPE’s core objectives and strategic priorities.



  • Health Professional Education Expertise
  • 15+ years of experience in Health Professions Education with the majority in Medical Course leadership roles.  Scott developed Australia’s first Agricultural Medicine postgraduate course and is currently leading development and accreditation of Australia’s third offshore medical degree.   

  • Interpersonal skills - individuals and teams
  • Executive leadership roles at two separate Medical Schools (Deakin and UWA).  Scott is a well-regarded member on internal and external Committees at UWA and University of Arizona.  He’s an active co-opted member on the ANZAHPE CoM and is Conference Convenor for ANZAHPE 2023.

  • Partnerships (local, national, international)
  • Scott maintains networks through MDANZ, LIME, Healthy Geelong, AMEE, IEAA and AZAHPE. His international network is an area of strength, holding the title of Sub-Dean (International) with responsibility for the global footprint (research, clinical, student) of UWA medical School.  He also in an adjunct and Assistant Vice President at the University of Arizona.      

  • Commitment to diversity
  • Scott acknowledges the many privileges he has as a white, heterosexual, middle-aged man and has been actively involved in diversity, equity and inclusion roles since his early 20’s. He’s an HIV researcher and advocate, a mentor and peer for emerging Indigenous leaders (LIME) and an active and trusted ally for diverse students and staff.   

  • Organisational skills and leadership
  • Scott leads a large and dispersed team between UWA and the University of Arizona.  He remains an active educator, researcher, volunteer, husband and father across time zones.  He has very sound organisational skills and there’s always room for improvement.

  • Alignment with ANZAHPE values and strategic priorities
    ANZAHPE’s strategic priorities centre upon collaboration, support, advocacy and strategic growth which drew Scott to ANZAHPE as a fledgling HPE leader in 2013.  ANZAHPE has provided early career opportunities to many of Australia’s leading educators and done so in an altruistic, equitable and inclusive way.  I’m grateful for these opportunities and hope to reciprocate where possible to help grow the next generation of ANZAHPE leaders.


I am an accomplished Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, with a deep understanding of Health Professional Education within Australia and New Zealand. Throughout my career, I have thrived in the complexities of academic domains, excelling particularly in Paediatrics and Child Health and Medical Student Education. My experience traverses teaching, research, and engagement, underpinned by strong interpersonal skills that facilitate constructive and effective communication within various team environments.

Having successfully steered complex educational transitions and curriculum delivery, I've built a reputation for leadership within Health Professional Education, demonstrating unwavering commitment to maintaining high educational standards and student progression. I've also developed and maintained partnerships at local, national, and international levels, resulting in over 50 publications and recognition in multiple clinical guidelines globally. This international collaboration has allowed me to contribute to the global discourse around paediatric health and create opportunities for student and faculty exchange programs.

My commitment to diversity extends beyond my core work, recognising the breadth of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that underpin successful healthcare provision. I've strived to create learning environments that respect and embrace these differences, ultimately contributing to a richer, more inclusive educational experience. My organisational skills have facilitated this inclusive approach, ensuring that all aspects of my work reflect a commitment to equitable healthcare education and practice.

With the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators' values and strategic priorities in mind, I've consistently aimed to forge stronger links between academic institutions, health districts, and the broader community. My focus is on fostering a more rapid cultural shift towards research and educational collaboration, encapsulating the very essence of ANZAHPE's vision. Moving forward, my goal is to continue enhancing the healthcare curriculum, innovating teaching methodologies, and integrating technology to elevate learning outcomes.


Nalini Pather is deeply committed to medical and health education, recognising its potential to transform society. With over 25 years of experience in medical education, including 14 years in Australia, she demonstrates a strong alignment with ANZAHPE's values and strategic priorities.

Her organisational experience includes leadership roles such as Chair of Anatomy, Head of Teaching, and co-Director of the Scientia Education Academy. In her current role as Associate Dean of Education, Innovation, and co-lead of the Medicine Program Redesign at UNSW, she engages with leaders in the education and health sectors across regional and international contexts, to understand future healthcare workforce requirements and to establish education priorities.

Nalini has also held leadership roles in several academic societies and is a Fellow of ANZAHPE, having actively participated in ANZAHPE conferences including organising the 2022 NSW Hub. She serves on the Board of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists, and a newly established college in Australia.

As an innovator, Nalini cultivates a positive culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. She initiated institution-wide strategic projects such as the UNSW Healthy Universities Initiative, an immersive technology framework for education, and a roadmap for future medical education technology.

Her commitment to diversity is evident in her advocacy for underrepresented groups and involvement in initiatives promoting equity and inclusion. She has successfully co-led mentorship and professional development activities and has received recognition for her work in collaborating and supporting educators in developing countries.

 Nalini’s commitment to partnership building is evident in her extensive network of collaborators and peers, as well as in a strong publication and scholarship record in the field of medical education. She has been invited to deliver keynote conference presentations on various topics related to medical education, including, in the past year, in Malaysia, Indonesia, the USA, and Chile.


Stephen Tobin is Professor of Clinical Education and Associate Dean at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. Over the last 20 years, his work has evolved from full time regional surgical practice to almost full time medical education. He holds GradCert in Clin Ed from UNSW and MSurgicalEd from University of Melbourne. He was Dean of Education at RACS 2012-2018 and has had leadership roles at three Victorian medical schools.

Stephen is currently involved with EPAs and other workplace-based assessments, analytics around these, professionalism for students and staff, e-portfolio and overall non-graded assessment for medical students.

He teaches a new quality-and-safety curriculum and has a part-time role with the Australian Council for Healthcare standards. He has an AMC role on the Speciality Colleges Monitoring committee and have been an accreditor of medical schools and colleges.

After 26 years in country Victoria, he remains committed to rural health.

Stephen has been involved with ANZAHPE for over 15 years.  He is an ANZAHPE Fellow and is the current ANZAHPE Public Officer.


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