The Organising Committee are pleased to confirm the following speakers for the 12th International Conference on Medical Regulation!

Professor Ducksun Ahn
Vice-President, World Federation for Medical Education
Professor, Departments of Medical Humanities/Plastic Surgery, College of Medicine, Korea University


Ducksun Ahn is currently the vice-president of the World Federation for Mical Education. He graduated from Korea University Medical College (KUMC) and received clinical training in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Upon his return to KUMC as a professor of plastic surgery, his career continuously involved medical education, and his experience at the Center for Medical Education at UCLA as an ECFMG international fellow helped him to create the Medical Education Department at his home institution. His contribution extends to the establishment of the Korean Academy of Communication in Health, and the introduction of the skill test for the Korean national medical licensing examination.

His professional development includes a Master’s degree in Bioethics (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), and he was the recipient of the executive fellowship Endeavour Award program of Australia, with which he completed a visiting fellowship at the Australian Medical Council. He is the immediate past president of the national accrediting agency, the Korean Institute of Medical Education and Evaluation, and he was the vice dean of the medical school and the president of the Korean Society of Medical Education.

He has remained heavily involved in medical regulation within the Western Pacific region, as the immediate past president of the Association for Medical Education in the Western Pacific Region (AMEWPR). He has given more than 500 lectures, workshops and presentations both domestically and internationally. His research spans the fields of plastic surgery, communication skills, medical regulation and medical humanities.

Associate Professor Marie Bismark
Senior Research Fellow, Law and Public Health, University of Melbourne

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Associate Professor Marie Bismark is a public health physician and health lawyer, who leads the Law and Public Health Group at the University of Melbourne School of Global and Population Health. Her research focuses on the role of patient voice in improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Marie has previously worked as a doctor in a number of New Zealand hospitals, served as a legal adviser to the Health and Disability Commissioner, been a solicitor with a leading New Zealand law firm, and completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at Harvard University. In addition to her academic role, Marie serves as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of health sector companies. She has published widely on no-fault compensation, patient safety and healthcare complaints resolution.

Harry Cayton
Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (UK)


Harry Cayton is Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, the statutory body which oversees the regulation and registration of health and care professions in the UK. From 2001-2007 he was National Director for Patients & the Public at the Department of Health following 20 years in the voluntary sector, latterly as chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society. From 2003-2013 he was an advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2014 he was appointed to the Press Regulation Recognition Panel established under Royal Charter following the Leveson Inquiry. He is a trustee of Comic Relief and chair of its UK Grants Committee. Harry is a Patron of Arts4Dementia.

Harry has published over 40 articles and book chapters and his co-authored book for carers and people with dementia has been published in eight languages. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

He was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to people with dementia. He received the Alzheimer Europe Award in 2004, and was Distinguished Graduate of the University of Ulster 2005. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellowship through Distinction from the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Public Health. He was awarded the CBE in 2014 for services to health care and regulation reform.

Dr Humayun Chaudhry
President and Chief Executive Officer, Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States

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Dr Humayun “Hank” Chaudhry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States, which represents the nation’s state medical licensing boards and co-sponsors the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

In September 2014, he was elected Chair-Elect of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA), which represents more than 88 member organizations from more than 40 nations. He is the co-author of two books Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine and Medical Licensing and Discipline in America. He has a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Niall Dickson 
Chief Executive and Registrar, General Medical Council

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Niall Dickson is the Chief Executive and Registrar of the GMC, the national regulator of the medical profession in the UK. Since his appointment in January 2010, he has led a major reform programme which has transformed the operation and responsibilities of the GMC.

Niall joined the GMC from The King’s Fund, the leading independent think tank and development organisation, where he was Chief Executive for six years (2004-2009).

He began his career in teaching before taking up posts in national voluntary organisations involved with older people. He was Editor of Therapy Weekly for the allied health professions and then of Nursing Times which under his leadership won a series of major awards.

He moved to the BBC in 1988 as Health Correspondent, became Chief Social Affairs Correspondent and then, in 1995, took over as Social Affairs Editor, focusing mainly on Radio 4’s Today programme and the Ten O’clock News on BBC 1.

Niall was elected Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities in 2014 and is a member of the Department of Health’s National Quality Board.

Geraldine Doogue 
Presenter, ABC Radio Australia

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Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with experience in print, television and radio. While originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing her Arts degree, in 1972 Geraldine applied on an impulse for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead.

During her career with both the ABC and commercial media she has won two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. Geraldine tackles a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth. In August 2014 she released a book published by Text Publishing called The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power.

Martin Fletcher
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority


Martin Fletcher commenced with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in December 2009 as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer. With over 15 years experience in patient safety in Australia, the United Kingdom and internationally, he brings strong expertise in public protection and quality improvement to the work of leading AHPRA in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Prior to joining AHPRA, Martin was Chief Executive of the National Patient Safety Agency, the leading National Health Service body for patient safety in England and Wales. In this role, he managed a diverse portfolio including responsibility for a national safety reporting system across the NHS.

Among his previous positions, from 2004 to 2007 Martin worked with the World Health Organisation in Geneva to establish a global programme of work on patient safety. From 2003 -2004, he helped to set up the National Patient Safety Agency, with a particular focus on developing its programme of work in the north of England. From 2000 to 2002, he worked with the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health care to establish the first national program of work on patient safety in Australia. Prior to this, Martin held various positions in healthcare policy and management including managing primary health care services in Australia.

Martin holds a Master of Management degree in public sector management, an Honours degree in behavioural sciences and an undergraduate degree in social studies.

Dr Joanna Flynn
Chair, Medical Board of Australia

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Dr Joanna Flynn is a general practitioner from Melbourne, Australia. She is the Chair of the Medical Board of Australia and is also Chair of the Board of one of Melbourne’s largest public health services.

Dr Flynn has been involved in medical regulation for over 25 years and was elected to the IAMRA Management Committee as a Member at Large in 2012.

From 2003-2008, Dr Flynn was the President of the Australian Medical Council, the independent national standards body for Australian medical education and training. 

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to medical administration and the community and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Medical Science. 

Dr Rocco Gerace
Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario


Dr Rocco Gerace was appointed Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in May 2002. Dr Gerace graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1972, and he is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Emergency Medicine.

Prior to his appointment as Registrar, Dr Gerace was an attending staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the London Health Sciences Centre and a member of the faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.

Professor David Gordon
President, World Federation for Medical Education

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David Gordon began his term of office as President of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) in January 2015. The World Federation for Medical Education is the global organisation concerned with medical education, and is in official partnership with the World Health Organization.

He has until recently been President of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe, and is emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Manchester, and holds several visiting professorships. His other recent appointments include an attachment to the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan. He has lectured extensively, particularly in central and Western Europe, and in countries of the former Soviet Union.

After qualifying from the University of Cambridge, Professor Gordon held research, academic and clinical appointments in Leicester, Cambridge and London. He joined the Wellcome Trust during the period of its expansion to become the world’s largest endowed foundation, and the world’s largest non-governmental funder of biomedical research. He was dean of the medical faculty in Manchester for seven years, and chair of the Council of Heads of Medical Schools in the UK.

Professor Mukesh Haikerwal
Past Chair, World Medical Association

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Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Practitioner in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide. He is on the board of beyondblue, Australia’s Mental Health Initiative and Chairs the National Doctors’ Mental Health Program. He is a Co-Chair of the Australian Asian Medical Federation and sits on the Board of Brain Injury Australia, www.Dragon-Claw.org and the Cancer Council of Victoria.

From April 2011 to April 2015 he was the Chair of Council of the World Medical Association working in the areas of Medical Ethics, Social and Medical Affairs. In 2014, he was appointed as Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare by the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport. He was Federal President of the Australian Medical Association which saw him responsible for national policy development, lobbying with federal parliamentarians and coordinating activity across the AMA State entities.

Mukesh is a passionate advocate for the use of technology in the health sector. He worked for the Prime Minister of Australia on the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission formulating a future vision for Australia’s health including using eHealth as an enabler.

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011 for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles, to the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.

Ms Kathleen Haley
Executive Director, Oregon Medical Board


Ms. Haley, a Certified Medical Board Executive, is the Executive Director of the Oregon Medical Board, which licenses and regulates nearly 20,000 healthcare professionals. Ms. Haley also serves as an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University. She is an experienced litigator, frequent lecturer, and active member of many professional societies. She is winner of the AIM Board of Directors Service Award (2004) and AIM’s Doug Cerf Executive Director’s Award (2006).

In addition, Ms. Haley was a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors, American Board of Medical Specialties Committee on Maintenance of Certification, and many FSMB Committees, most recently including the Editorial Committee and the Special Committee on Re-Entry for the Ill Physician. She has also served as a peer reviewer for other medical boards.

Dr Charles Kilburn
Chair, Nothern Territory Board of the Medical Board of Australia


Dr Kilburn is a Paediatrician and is currently Medical Director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health at Royal Darwin Hospital. He worked in private Paediatric practice in Darwin for over ten years before moving to a full-time hospital position. He has a full-time clinical commitment and is actively involved in specialist paediatric outreach clinics to remote Aboriginal communities. He is a national examiner in Paediatrics with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  Since 2002, Dr Kilburn has served as Chair of the Medical Board of the Northern Territory, and was the inaugural Chair of the Health Advisory Council of the Northern Territory. He is currently a member of the Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical council.

Professor Yeoh Eng Kiong
Professor of Public Health, Director, Head of Division of Health System, Policy and Management at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Professor Yeoh is Professor of Public Health, Director and also Head of Division of Health System, Policy and Management at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof Yeoh has been commissioned by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) to review the regulations of the health professionals with the objective of identifying areas for improvement. He is currently developing and piloting an accreditation scheme for Registration of Health Professionals for Hong Kong. Prior to joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yeoh was Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

He was Chairman of the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening from July 2009 – June 2014. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the National University of Singapore Initiative to improve health in Asia.

From 1990 – 1999, Professor Yeoh was head and the first Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority with the responsibility of the management and transformation of the public hospital system. He was President of the International Hospital Federation from 2001 – 2003 and was awarded the Hospital Management Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

As a clinician, he pioneered public health programmes in the prevention of Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. He was awarded JP in 1993, OBE in 1997 by the Hong Kong Government and GBS in 2005 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his public service.

Alan Kirkland
CEO of CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer organisation

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Alan’s work in social movements stretches back to his school days, where he organised protests against cuts to public education. His working life has spanned roles in homelessness, social security, disability services and law reform, with the common thread being an interest in redressing disadvantage.
He developed a passion for consumer affairs while working as CEO of Legal Aid NSW during the global financial crisis, which exposed him to the human effects of poor lending practices.
This interest ultimately led him to CHOICE, where he has been CEO since 2012.

Dr Vivian Lin, Director, Health Systems
Director, Health Systems, World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office.  


Responsible for the health systems division at the regional office, provides support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, health care financing, human resources, information systems, health system research, pharmaceuticals, laboratory services, blood safety, medical technologies, traditional medicine, service delivery models for both the public and private sector, and regulatory aspects of quality and safety. Cross-cutting issues in human rights and gender are also part of the health challenges.

She was previously Professor of Public Health at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, and is the author of several leading textbooks in Australia, Vivian has worked at senior levels in health policy in several Australian jurisdictions. She has also consulted widely for the World Bank, UK Department for International Development, AusAID as well as the WHO.

Julie McCrossin
Australian broadcaster, journalist and facilitator


Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.

After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus. Julie was also a team leader on the media quiz show “Good News Week” for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV.

Currently Julie writes for the NSW Law Society Journal and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie offers a range of interactive formats that stimulate audience discussion while keeping people on topic and on time. Julie is especially known for her capacity to guide forums on sensitive topics, such as suicide prevention, mental health, child protection and family law.

Dr Margaret Mungherera
Vice Chairperson, Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council


Margaret Mungherera, is a 58 year old Ugandan female, with 32 years experience as a medical doctor and 22 years experience as a psychiatrist. Currently she serves her second term as a member of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) with my specific responsibilities being Vice Chairperson of the UMDPC and Chairperson of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee.

She has held leadership positions in various medical professional associations These include Publicity Secretary of the Association of Uganda Women Medical Doctors, President of the Uganda Medical Association, Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association for the Eastern, Central and Southern African and President of the World Medical Association.

This extensive corporate governance leadership experience in both the public and private sectors at national, regional and global levels has given her the ability to be innovative and creative. Whereas she lives in a developing country, her diverse experiences, international exposure and training has enabled her to appreciate regulatory challenges in both resource-constrained and well resourced countries.

Dr Anna van der Gaag
Past Chair, Health and Care Professions Council (UK)
Visiting Professor of Ethics and Regulation at the University of Surrey

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Dr Anna van der Gaag is Visiting Professor of Ethics and Regulation at the University of Surrey in the UK. She was Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a multi professional regulator of 16 professions, for nine years, and sat on the Board of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care).

Anna continues to work in the field of professional regulation in the UK and abroad, with a particular focus on building the evidence base of regulation and maintaining good governance.

A founding member of ‘Q’, a UK wide quality improvement initiative at the Health Foundation, and non Executive on Health Education England, Anna has a continuing interest in education and innovation in health and social care, and is European Editor for the International Journal of Health Governance.

Professor Kieran Murphy
Vice-Dean for Professionalism, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Past President, Medical Council of Ireland

Kieran C Murphy graduated from UCD in 1987 and initially trained in Internal Medicine in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

He subsequently trained in Psychiatry at St John of God Hospital, Dublin where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy from UCD. He moved to Cardiff University in 1994 where he completed higher specialist training in Psychiatry and obtained a PhD in Psychiatric Genetics.

He then moved to London in 1999 when he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals. In 2002, he took up his current appointment as Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Consultant Psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital. 

Professor Murphy was appointed to the Medical Council (2004-2008) where he served as Chair of the Health Committee. He was subsequently reappointed to the Medical Council (2008-2013) and was elected President for a five year term. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Management of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities. In 2013, he was appointed to the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and was also appointed Vice Dean for Professionalism in RCSI. In 2015, he was appointed Chair of the Professional Development and Learning Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Dr Heidi Oetter
Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
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Dr Heidi Oetter has held the position of registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia since November 2008. In this role, she is accountable for ensuring compliance with statutory obligations, implementing and monitoring the policies and direction set forth by the Board, and managing the daily operations and administration of the College. Dr Oetter led the College in its transition to the Health Professions Act, its new regulatory statute, in 2009.

For 18 years prior to joining the College, Dr Oetter worked as a family physician in Coquitlam. Reflective of her strong interest in mental health, she was a member of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Practice at Royal Columbian Hospital.

She is a past president of the British Columbia Medical Association (2001-2002), past president of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (2012-2013) and served as a BC representative on the Canadian Medical Protective Association Council. Dr Oetter obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1985.

Professor Ron Paterson
Professor of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Ron Paterson is Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School. He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010 and New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–2016.

Ron is an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. He is co-editor of the textbook Health Law in New Zealand (2015) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012). He was Chairman of the New Zealand Banking Ombudsman Scheme (2010–2013) and a non-Fellow Board member of the Board of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2010–2013).

Ron has chaired several major health quality reviews in New Zealand and Australia. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to health in 2011 and an honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2014.

Dr Monique Robert
Inspector at the Practice Enhancement Division of the Collège des médecins du Québec

Paediatrician and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr Monique Robert worked at CHU Sainte-Justine, a pediatric teaching hospital, for more than 25 years. She is still an associate professor at the department of pediatrics of the University of Montreal.

In 2011, she joined the Practice Enhancement Division of the Collège des médecins du Québec as an Inspector. Since then, she has contributed to the promotion of Quebec’s expertise in the field of medical professional assessment through national and international conferences.

Daniel M Yumbya
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board

Daniel M Yumbya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, a position he has held since October 2010. He is responsible for strategic leadership, management and overseeing the daily operations of the Board.
He holds Master’s in Business Administration (International) MBA (I), (Edith Cowan University, Australia) and Certificate in Executive Education on Leading High Performing Health Organizations (Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University, Nairobi) among others Mr. Yumbya is credited for spearheading the development and dissemination of the following policy documents among others: Code of Professional Conduct and Discipline for Doctors, 2012; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guidelines for Doctors , April 2014; 1st Kenya National Patients’ Rights Charter, 2013; National Training & Quality Assurance Standards for Medical & Dental Schools & Teaching Hospitals in Kenya, 2015; Regional Guidelines for Inspection and Recognition of Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals in EAC Partner States(Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi), 2015; National Joint Health Inspection Checklist for Hospitals, Medical & Dental centers, health centers, dispensaries and Clinics , 2016;  He is a Member at Large for IAMRA Management committee. Chair, Finance Committee of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) among others.

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Conference venue

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Victoria 3006

Key dates

Conference dates: 20 – 23 September 2016
Abstract submissions close: Now closed
Early bird registration deadline: 1 July 2016