GPET acknowledges the traditional Ngunnawal people of this land on which we meet for our Convention in 2011
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PROFESSOR RONALD EPSTEIN
A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Ronald Epstein MD is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and the Deans Teaching Fellows Program.
Professor Epstein’s research on improving patient-physician communication focuses on marginalized populations, stigmatized conditions such as depression and HIV, and end-of-life care. He has developed innovative educational programs in mindful practice, communication skills, physician self-awareness and assessment of professional competence.
Professor Epstein is the author of over 160 articles and book chapters. He is an amateur harpsichordist and an avid cyclist.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MARLENE DRYSDALE
Associate Professor Marlene Drysdale is Head of the Indigenous Health Unit, Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, Monash University. In her current position Marlene is responsible for curriculum development and recruitment of medical, nursing and Indigenous allied health students as well as research.
Marlene recently received her doctorate for her PhD ‘Aboriginal Women and Reconciliation in Australia: Communication Strategies and Symbolism’. Her research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, child and maternal health and Reconciliation.
As an Indigenous Australian, Marlene’s career has been devoted to working for her people. Marlene was Chief Investigator for a National project titled ‘Footprints Forwards - Better strategies for the recruitment, retention and support of Indigenous medical students’.
Marlene was a recipient of the 2007 LIMELight (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual. In 2010 she won the GPET/Ochre Recruitment Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Award and the Gippsland Regional Australian Reconciliation Award for outstanding individual achievement and contribution to Reconciliation through the field of Governance. Marlene is the Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Adviser to GPET.
DR STEVE HAMBLETON
Dr Steve Hambleton was elected Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in May 2011. The AMA represents the interests of more than 27,000 medical practitioners from all specialties and locations across Australia.
Steve graduated from the University of Queensland in 1984 and has been working at the same practice at Kedron in Brisbane since 1988. In addition to his work as a general practitioner, Steve has contributed to and served on numerous programs, committees and taskforces, allowing him to gain a unique and deep understanding of the Australian health care system and the general practice landscape. Steve has served on the AMA’s Council of General Practice at a state and federal level for more than 10 years and has been the AMA representative on the National Immunisation Committee and a member of the AMA’s Taskforce on Indigenous Health since 2006. Steve currently serves on the Practice Incentive Program Advisory Group.
In 1989, Steve became one of the principals of Continuous Care Medical Centres, where he developed a strong interest in practice development and teaching both medical students and GP registrars. In 2000, he was appointed Medical Director of Foundation HealthCare – the forerunner to one of Australia’s largest GP corporate groups, Independent Practitioner Network – and in 2001 became State Director. For his services to the AMA, Steve was admitted as a Fellow of the Association in 2007.