Conference Speakers

Dr Michael Clements

Dr Michael Clements commenced his studies at Sydney University through the RAAF Graduate Medical Scheme. After working as a junior doctor in Sydney, Michael spent the rest of his training and subsequent working life outside of the cities and holds the FRACGP and FARGP with the ARST of Small Town Rural General Practice.   After commencing general practice training in Geraldton with a mixed ED-GP post (and some flying lessons) he commenced his military service undertaking specialised military medicine training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). His first posting was to Katherine in the NT with a mixed post of General Practice, Retrievals and Emergency Medicine.  
Military service with the RAAF included a Middle East deployment, multiple domestic and international aeromedical missions in a variety of platforms and a year long exchange posting to the RAAF in the UK at the Centre for Aviation Medicine. Discharging from the RAAF after a posting to Townsville, Michael then became the Director of Medical Services at Ingham Hospital while training for his Specialty in Medical Administration (FRACMA). After a stint as a Medical Director at Townsville Hospital, Michael then decided to open his own General Practice in Townsville with a special focus on training registrars and in providing outreach clinics using GPs with special interests.  
Michael has settled in Townsville with his family and fulfils the ‘inner remote GP’ inside by conducting outreach clinics with colleagues in remote areas of North Western Queensland. Michael believes there is a strong future in private general practice in rural and regional areas and is keen to promote the important role that Rural Generalists provide by working in community general practices across the state. He is married with four children and is always looking for the next opportunity to fly somewhere and start a new clinic.

Dr Jo Lukins

Dr Joann Lukins spends her day inside the heads of individuals, teams and organisations – seeking to understand what makes them tick and assisting them to reach their potential. A psychological Indiana Jones, she describes it as a truly fascinating career that she is grateful for every day. She holds a PhD in Psychology, has over 25 years experience, and a breadth of knowledge in the sport, organizational and educational domains. She delivers programs in resilience and expert performance for the Australian Defence Force. Dr Lukins has worked with elite athletes and outstanding professionals throughout her career, giving her a unique insight into the world of success. She has been acknowledged as an expert in her field, being awarded an Outstanding Alumni by James Cook University for her achievements. Dr Lukins is sought after as a presenter, interventionist and for her expertise in the media space. Knowing that she has made a difference in the lives of others is the ‘why’ of her work and the most satisfying element of her career.

Mr Ron McBurnie

Ron McBurnie is a practicing artist and educator who lives in Townsville.
After completing his undergraduate Diploma at Queensland College of Art in1978 and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in 1979, Ron lecturer at Townsville College of TAFE 1980-85 and 2017-18 and James Cook University from 1986- 2010. He completed a Master of Fine Creative Art in 2000.
Although his work and research relate strongly to the tropical environment of North Queensland where he lives, he also draws inspiration from an earlier tradition of British and European printmaking and painting. 
Ron has an extensive exhibiting history with more than 30 solo and touring exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and grants including the Fremantle print prize, and of the Australia Council overseas studio grant at the Cite’ International des Artes Paris.
Ron has travelled extensively and has been Artist-in-residence at Alayrac France (2009-11-13-16) Carleton College Minnesota (2006), Frans Masereel, Centrum Belgium (2004),(2011), ANU Canberra (2001-02-04-07-10-14) as well as the National Art School Sydney (2010-2011).

Linda Pinker

Exercise Physiologist, Health Coach and most importantlya Mother. Over 10 years experience in the health industry, with a passion forhelping others to achieve their true potential.  

Dr Jason Delaney

Dr Delaney grew up in Cairns and completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland in 1992.  He has worked in North Queensland since graduation.  He worked as a medical educator with the Queensland Ambulance service for over 10 years involved with paramedic training and then for 5 years as a medical educator with Tropical Medical Training for the RACGP training program. He continues to be a GP supervisor, provides education sessions for GP registrars and is a RACGP examiner.   Dr Delaney has a special interest in chronic disease management especially the management of diabetes and is a member to the RACGP national faculty of special interests in diabetes.  He has been a principal doctor at Mount Sheridan Medical Practice for the last 19 years.  He has been a basketball coach for his daughters and sons basketball team.

Dr Jan Hanson

Jan is a GP working at the Mackay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and a Medical Educator.  As part of her self-care, she is part of an on-line Balint group who meet monthly and says, “The opportunity to discuss a problem case in a supportive and creative format helped me recognise I was not alone in experiencing challenging interactions.”

Mr Simon Stewart

Simon is a Social Worker with over twenty-five years of experience, predominantly in the EAP and child-protection sectors.  His role within Medical Education Experts is to provide doctors with personal counselling, resilience coaching, and sessions exploring the contextualisation of practice in Australian systems through the Professional Enrichment Program (PEP).

Dr Ashe Coxon

DR. Ashe Coxon, (MBBS FRACGP DCH MClinEd Grad Cert Career Development), is a General Practitioner and career counsellor and is the founder of Medical Career Planning. Ashe started to develop an interest in career development for doctors whilst attempting to construct her career pathway in her early postgraduate training.
On completion of her General Practice training she began her Masters of Clinical Education and worked in medical education with GP registrars. Her passion for career development in doctors grew and she completed her career development degree with the aim of assisting doctors with their personal career journey.     Website: http://medicalcareerplanning.com.au/

Dr Dale Hanson

Dr Dale Hanson graduated from Flinders University of South Australia in 1982, initially pursuing a career in Family Medicine, and subsequently in Emergency Medicine.  From 1996 to 2016 he worked as Staff Emergency Physician at Mackay Base Hospital, in regional Queensland and from 2008 to 2016 as Director of Clinical Training. Since 2009 he is one of the Directors of Rural Generalist Training in the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway. He is an Associate Professor (adjunct) with James Cook University.   
Dr Hanson has eclectic interests including medical education, injury research, safety promotion, social network analysis, and working with communities to promote change, completing his Master in Clinical Education (Flinders University of SA), Master in Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2000 and Doctor in Public Health at James Cook University.  He was awarded a university medial for his doctoral dissertation by James Cook University. He is chair of the International Safe Communities Certifying Centre based in Stockholm Sweden.

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