MEET OUR EXPO PRESENTERS

ASHISH AGAR

Ashish is a glaucoma consultant and surgeon at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals, and is a Partner with Marsden Eye Specialists in Sydney.  He is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales was Fellowship trained in Oxford.  Hailing from regional NSW, Ashish is committed to ensuring medical eye care is not limited by geography. Ashish plays a pivotal role with the Outback Eye Service and is the Director of the Ophthalmology Service at Broken Hill Hospital.  Ashish is Co-chair and New South Wales lead of the IRIS program and is Chair of the RANZCO Indigenous Committee. 

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SCOTT BELL

Scott Bell is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nexus Hospitals, one of Australia’s leading operators of day surgeries and short stay hospitals.  Starting his career as an orthoptist, Scott has had a career spanning many facets of healthcare business from establishing successful specialist medical practices through to managing multi-disciplinary day hospitals and surgical inpatient hospitals.  Scott is also a director of Day Hospitals Australia and has spent the past ten years in private healthcare focused on the growing day hospitals sector, including the establishment of Nexus in 2013.  Nexus Hospitals has been founded on a model of partnership with specialist doctors, and in just over six years has grown to 15 facilities, over 500 VMO surgeons, and cares for more than 75,000 patients per annum.

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LINDA BOTTER

Linda has over 30 years’ experience in people & culture strategy and implementation across retail, transport, consumer goods and healthcare.  She has worked in start-ups, small business as well as large corporates across Australia, Asia and North America. Linda has expertise in culture & engagement, leadership, organisation design, change management and transformation as well as facilitation and executive coaching. Linda has a Bachelor degree in Psychology & Industrial Relations and a Masters of Management. Dr Cranstoun works in private practice at the Terrace Eye Centre in Brisbane and is a visiting medical officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is also a lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Department of Medicine.

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JARROD BRAMBLE

BCom, FCA, CTA, Dip FS(FP), SSA™

Partner

With a continued niche focus of working with medical practitioners, Jarrod’s expertise has enabled him to guide many of his clients from the initial stages of wealth creation as Doctors in Training, right through to wealth protection, planning and retirement strategies.

His passion for helping practitioners to improve their performance through sound financial management has led to the development of WealthStart and Australian Medical Benchmarks, which are all aimed to assist medical professionals and practices reach their financial, business and investment goals sooner.

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MIKE COONEY

MFinPlan Dip FP Grad Cert FP

Senior Investment Advisor 

Mike joined Cutcher & Neale Investment Services in 2019. He holds a Master of Financial Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning from Griffith University, achieving an award for academic excellence.

He has more than 25 years of experience working in financial markets and financial services in London, Sydney and Hong Kong. He enjoys building long term relationships with clients through ongoing education to help demystify financial markets.

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DR MATT CRANSTOUN

After graduating from Medicine at the University of Queensland in 2010, Dr Matt Cranstoun was accepted for Ophthalmology training in 2014 and went on to complete a fellowship in Oculoplastics, Orbital and Lacrimal surgery. 

Dr Cranstoun works in private practice at the Terrace Eye Centre in Brisbane and is a visiting medical officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is also a lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Department of Medicine.

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GLENN FAWCETT

General Manager, Glaukos

Glenn graduated from the University of Liverpool, England with a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) and completed a Masters of Marketing from Monash University.  He started in ophthalmology with Allergan in 1997.  His first sales role was in Glaucoma pharma and through the years moved into the ophthalmic surgical space where he has held sales and marketing management roles.  In 2015 he became the General Manager of Glaukos Australia. Glenn has two daughters, enjoys road cycling, live music and attempting to play the guitar

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CATARACTS INTERRUPTUS – INDUSTRY PANEL / TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

KERRY GALLAGHER

Kerry is a respected medico-political adviser and government relations expert.  He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Medical Association Queensland and as Secretary General to Australian Medical Association.  In 2008 Kerry was awarded the Australian Medical Association President’s Award for “outstanding contribution towards fostering the objectives of the AMA”.  Kerry is a recognised builder and leader of result-focused teams, with more than 30 years’ experience as a manager of successful and respected organisations, in particular within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  Kerry has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his efforts in the ADF.

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BRAD GECELTER

Partner, Priority Life & Perpetual Private

Bradley brings a fresh and passionate approach to his role as a Partner at Priority Life and Perpetual Private. After 13 years with Priority Life in client services, technical and research roles, he brings valuable know-how to the advice process. Bradley manages the risk insurance requirements of a range of professional including dental and medical specialists, as well as looking after the SME market. His strong communication skills, professional and personal approach, along with his attention to detail are testament to his ongoing success.

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DR JWU JIN KHONG

Dr Jwu Jin Khong is an oculoplastic surgeon from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Austin Health in Melbourne. A fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the international Thyroid Eye Disease Society, she has a keen interest in thyroid eye disease research. She is a supervisor for the vocational ophthalmology training program and a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

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ALEX HUNYOR

Alex is a retinal specialist with expertise in vitreoretinal surgery and macular disease. He is an Associate Professor and member of the Macular Research Group at the Save Sight Institute and a director of Retina Associates.  He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).  

A former Secretary/Treasurer of ASO, Alex is a firm believer in supporting the activities of both the ASO and RANZCO. Given his broad involvement across ophthalmology, Alex assists ASO in maintaining strong communication and collaboration with organisations and committees working to improve access to eye care for all Australians.

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RETINA – THE ESSENTIALS / TAKEAWAY EDITION

DEBORAH JACKSON

Deborah has extensive experience in medical negligence litigation in all jurisdictions acting for doctors, physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals in civil and coronial hearings. 

Deborah joined MDA National in 2003.  In addition to providing medico-legal advice, assistance with AHPRA, Medical Board, Medicare Investigations, Coronial Inquiries and claims management to all MDA National Members, Deborah regularly speaks at seminars and conferences to doctors of various disciplines.

CYBER SECURITY: WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
LOOKING AT THE BUSINESS OF OPTHAMOLOGY

DR JOHN KENNEDY

Dr John Kennedy is a senior ophthalmic surgeon and former head of the department of ophthalmology at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney.  His private rooms are in St Vincents Clinic, specialising in cataract surgery. John is also a past chairman of the NSW branch of RANZCO.

Since May 2018 he has been the inaugural chairman of ANZEF, with a desire to promote philanthropy as one of our college’s core principles.

ANZEF UPDATE & CHALLENGES IN THE COVID-19 WORLD

HUGH MORGAN

MBBS, FRANZCP

Dr Hugh Morgan is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Sydney.

Dr Morgan graduated from Medicine at the University of NSW, trained in Psychiatry at Prince of Wales / Prince Henry Hospitals and completed his Senior Psychiatry Registrar year at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders at St Vincent’s Hospital in 1997.

Dr Morgan is a co-founding director of Mindcare Centre with his wife Heidi Sumich.  He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.

DEALING WITH ANXIETY

JAMES MUEKE

Dr James Muecke AM graduated with Honors from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East.  He founded Sight For All in 2008.

His commitment to humanitarianism has earnt him a string of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. James is Australian of the Year 2020.

ANDREW STEWART LECTURE

GAE NUTTALL

Gae Nuttall is a Risk Adviser at MDA National, joining the organisation in May 2015. Gae’s professional interests include medico-legal education, practice management and accreditation systems. She believes that implementing good practice systems minimises risk to both doctors and their practice staff, while providing quality health care. Gae is a Registered Nurse, with extensive experience in medical education and orientation of doctors new to the Australian health care system.

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A/PROF CHAMEEN SAMARAWICKRAMA

Associate Professor Chameen Samarawickrama is a corneal, anterior segment and refractive sub-specialist. He completed his ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital and undertook two cornea/anterior segment fellowships, first at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne), followed by Moorfields Eye Hospital (London). Subsequently, he was appointed as a consultant in cornea and external eye diseases at Moorfields prior to his return to Sydney in 2016.  A/Prof Samarawickrama was named one of the ‘Top 5’ Young Scientists of 2019.

THE ‘FIRSTS’ OF PRIVATE PRACTICE
OPERATING AT EVERY STAGE OF YOUR CAREER

PETE SAUNDERS

COO, TALi Health; Co-Founder & Director, Health Delivered

Pete Saunders works at the intersection of experience, data and communications in health innovation and commercialization. He is the Chief Operating Officer at TALi Health (ASX:TD1), and co-founder/Director of Health Delivered. His background covers digital product and service strategy, brand, marketing and design strategy.

Alongside this, Pete previously sat on the Global Governance and Accountability Council of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year nominee and Australian of the Year Nominee. 

INNOVATION & IMPACT ON THE FIELD…

DR RICHARD SMITH

Dr Richard Smith attended Sydney Boys High School and then gain his medical degree from Sydney University.  He underwent ophthalmic training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne. 
 
Dr Smith commenced practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in 1980 and founded Focus Eye Centre in 1985.  He is a General ophthalmologist with special interest in day surgery and cataract and refractive surgery.

OPERATING AT EVERY STAGE OF YOUR CAREER

PETER SUMICH

Peter graduated with Honours from NSW University in 1990 and after residency he worked as an accredited emergency medicine registrar at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was awarded the Australian Medal in the Emergency Medicine Primary Exam.  After four years of emergency medicine he transferred to ophthalmic surgery and later graduated from Sydney Eye Hospital.

He was awarded the Sir Norman Rose travelling scholarship and in recognition of his high level of training to an international standard, the Royal British College of Ophthalmology granted him dual registration as a specialist eye surgeon in both Britain and Australia.  Peter is now a partner at Hunter Street Eye Specialists Parramatta.  Apart from his current Presidency of the ASO, Peter also sits on the Council of Procedural Specialists. He has served on the NSW State Ophthalmic Services Committee, the AMA Hospital Services Committee and currently the Medicare Advisory Committee at RANZCO.

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CATERACTUS INTERRUPTUS
THE BUSINESS OF DAY SURGERY 2020

NITIN VERMA

President-elect Professor Verma has been a long time member of the RANZCO Board and was Vice President over the period 2018-19. He currently chairs the RANZCO Future of Ophthalmology Taskforce. He has a special interest in retinal disease, is a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania and is in private practice at Hobart Eye Surgeons. He is also Director of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia. He is the Honorary Consul in Tasmania for Timor Leste and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for his service to ophthalmology. 

RANZCO UPDATE

SUNIL WARRIER

Sunil is a graduate of South Australia’s Flinders University.  In 2013 he was awarded a Prevent Blindness Foundation scholarship to study  diseases of the Retina, Glaucoma and Ocular Oncology.  He also undertook specialist training in Ocular Oncology at the Liverpool

Ocular Oncology Service (NHS Centre for Excellence) in the UK.  Sunil is a committed teacher of medical students and trainee specialists, both in his private practice and via his public appointment at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital. He is the Director of Training for Ophthalmology in Queensland.

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