Robin is an anaesthetist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his leadership in strengthening compassion in healthcare. He is the CoFounder of HEARTSinHEALTHCARE.com, a global social movement for health professionals, students, patient activists and all those passionate about rehumanising healthcare.
Robin was a founding member of the national Quality Improvement Committee in New Zealand and was the NZ representative on the WHO International Steering Committee for Patient Safety Solutions. He also helped launch the WHO strategy for “People at the Centre of Healthcare” in 2007. He is an honorary senior lecturer at Auckland University, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare, and is a Fellow of the International Center for Compassionate Organizations. Robin is the author of the acclaimed book “TIME TO CARE – How to love your patients and your job”
John Launer is a doctor, family therapist and educator. He is Honorary Consultant in General Practice and Primary Care at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Health Education England.
A GP since 1983, John worked for 23 years in an area of social deprivation in north-east London where he was one of the practice’s GP trainers. He has a particular interest in narrative medicine and clinical supervision. He teaches widely on the use of narrative skills and ideas in primary and secondary health care, including courses on narrative-based supervision for GPs and hospital consultants. He has given presentations and run workshops in many countries, including Norway, Israel, Japan, Canada and the United States.
John has written or edited six books, including “Narrative-based primary care: a practical guide” and “Clinical Uncertainty in Primary Care: The Challenge of Engagement.” His book “How not to be a doctor: and other essays” was published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press and commended as a Book of the Year by the British Medical Association.
John is an associate editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal, for which he writes a monthly column on medical humanities and postgraduate medical education.
Professor John Murtagh AM
Professor John Murtagh MD, MBBS, BSc, BEd, FRACGP is Emeritus Professor, Monash University and Professorial Fellow in the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. He is also Guest Professor, Peking University, Beijing and Adjunct Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame, Western Australia. He is Patron of General Practitioners Registrars Australia and practices part-time in general practice. He is the author of several internationally adopted text books including Murtagh's General Practice, Practice Tips, Patient Education and Cautionary Tales. Murtagh’s General Practice has been translated into 13 languages and has been adopted by the Russian and Chinese Ministries of Health. In 1995 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for services to medical education, research and publishing.
Dr Melanie Clother
Dr Melanie Clothier is a rural GP working on South Australia’s beautiful Eyre Peninsula across the small towns of Cleve, Kimba and Elliston. Mel originates from Naracoorte, South Australia and decided to study medicine so that she could become a rural GP like her own family doctor. Her general practice training was completed at the Clare Medical Centre through Adelaide to Outback GP training. Mel sat for her RACGP exams in 2013, and was awarded the David Game Prize for achieving the highest pass score in each examination for that semester in SA/NT. She was awarded Fellowship of the RACGP in early 2014.
Mel’s passion is for rural primary care and life-long learning, and she utilizes various forms of social media and blogging to fulfill this.
Dr Gerry Considine
Dr Gerry Considine is a GP based in rural South Australia. He is currently working with his fiancé and another GP across three towns on the Eyre Peninsula. Given the distances involved, Gerry flies his plane to the different clinics when the weather and fuel supply allows! He is passionate about the use of social media in medicine, online learning, rural health and GP registrar advocacy. To this end, Gerry is involved with General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) as its Vice-Chair.