Prevocational Conference 2019


Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and PLanning
Ministry of Health (NSW)

Dr Nigel Lyons has over 30 years’ experience in the NSW Health system as a clinician, manager and executive.
As Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning he is responsible for strategic health policy development, inter-jurisdictional negotiations and funding strategies, system-wide planning of health services including mental health and setting the direction for child and family health policy. 


Welcome to Country

Ray is a Gadigal man, director of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council and recently retired Aboriginal Health Worker from Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service.
Childhood was spent at La Perouse, where on weekends Ray would “dive for a penny” off the old pier for the tourists, collect golf balls and caddy on the golf course. A move to Burragarang Valley during the initial development of Warragamba Dam gave Ray and his siblings the opportunity of living in the bush for a few years before briefly returning to La Perouse and then settling in Liverpool.
The passing of both parents before adulthood sent Ray and siblings to Redfern, Darlington, Forest Lodge, Annandale and other havens of the inner city. Early adulthood gave Ray numerous work and career related experiences. All combined to build a social consciousness that strived for equity and equality for his fellow people.
For more than 30 years Ray worked for the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service, as one of the founding health workers he was instrumental in the growth and development of the service – a service dedicated to the health and well-being of the local Aboriginal community.
Ray worked in collaboration with the community, boards, management and fellow health service providers to give the Aboriginal community of the heart of Sydney a culturally appropriate and professional health service. Ray advocates for social justice, community development and empowerment, equity and equality for all.
As an Aboriginal Health Worker Ray promoted and accredited fundamental qualities, capacities and capabilities to be delivered by all people involved in the health and well-being of the Aboriginal community.
Ray is married with three sons and has nine grandchildren. His wife and life-long partner Jan was until recently an Aboriginal Health Worker as are two of his three sons.


National training survey


Associate Professor Stephen Adelstein is the Chair of the NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia and a practitioner member of the National Medical Board of Australia. He has been involved in medical regulation since 2008, initially as a member of the former New South Wales Medical Board, and a past member of the Medical Council of New South Wales.
A/Professor Adelstein is Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Director of the Central Sydney Immunology Laboratory at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney where he teaches medical and science students. In addition to his clinical and academic practice, he oversees undergraduate and postgraduate research. He is the Chair of the Steering and the Advisory Committees of the Medical Board of Australia that are tasked with the delivery of the National Training Survey that all junior medical officers will be asked to complete in order to ascertain the quality of postgraduate medical education in Australia and how it can be improved


Respect. Now. Always. What universities are doing about student wellbeing?

Professor Annemarie Hennessy is the Dean of Medicine at the School of Medicine and currently holds the position of Foundation Professor of Medicine as well. She is an active obstetric and renal physician based at Campbelltown Hospital.
Annemarie has a research interest in high blood pressure in pregnancy and has active research collaborations with universities and hospitals in Sydney, Sweden and the United States of America. 


Barriers to wellbeing and strategies to overcome these

Dr Alex Markwell is an Emergency Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate. She is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland and Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Continuing Professional Development Committee.
Alex is passionate about Doctors' Health, wellbeing, and work-life flexibility and is a founding member of Wellness Resilience and Performance in Emergency Medicine (  


Keynote Speaker

Dr Charley McNabb is an Emergency Physician living and working in Brisbane. She has a passion for education, leadership, mentoring and integrated wellness in the workplace.
She is extending her adventures by starting a business as a professional coach and developing new networks within health and beyond. Sometimes overcommitted, overwhelmed or just plain over it, she suffers for her art with respect to wellness and what can be phrased as experiential learning has seen her develop insight and empathy for life caring for others and using science meaningfully.


Overcoming challenges in internship

Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.
Dinesh earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), prior to completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the Griffith University. He has completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University. Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury.
As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity in medicine and the workplace generally. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
Dinesh is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.
Dinesh is the Gold Coast University Hospital’s representative in the Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, and the Ambassador Council at the Hopkins Centre.
Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019.


Is resilience a dirty word?

Tracey is currently a senior staff anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and the Clinical Executive Director of the CATALYST Directorate at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.
This Directorate covers a broad range of statewide clinical networks including Aged Health, Paediatrics, Palliative Care, Telehealth, Aboriginal Chronic Care, Mental Health and Emergency Care.
Amongst other roles, Tracey was also the Clinical Lead for the Research, Innovation and Partnerships Unit in Hunter New England and participated in many new initiatives such as the introduction of Health Pathways and the Hunter Alliance. Other work has involved the development of a health technology assessment capability for health services.
Tracey’s other interests are in promoting good mental health for clinicians through the development of a national toolkit and in returning disabled clinicians to meaningful work through her project with severely injured doctors. She is the mum of James and Thomas, both now at University, and the wife of David, retired engineer. She is a novice beekeeper and a mediocre, but enthusiastic, ukulele player.


Keynote Speaker

A NSW Police Officer for 22 years, 15 of those as a Detective investigating serious crimes.
In 2014 he commenced as the Detective Sergeant investigating serious criminal offences against children at the Child Abuse Squad. On 26 January 2018, John was performing his duties and was stabbed twice whilst effecting an arrest. This resulted in the knife going through his kidney, through the liver, through the diaphragm, into the lungs and severing a renal artery. John was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital and was saved by the Doctors and nurses after a lengthy operation where he sustained the loss of 15 litres of blood. John hopes to inspire others who have suffered with traumatic events and to assist with the importance of blood donations.