Registrar committee

The ACRRM Registrar Committee provides an avenue for the registrar population to engage in direct communication and provide feedback, suggestions and advice to the College. The Committee involves representatives from all pathways and training levels across Australia.

We have a great team of ACRRM trainees and recent Fellows on the Registrar Committee. We are able to discuss the current issues, create formal feedback to the College and represent you on a local or national level. We also represent you with external stakeholders such as GPRA and AMACDT.

The current ACRRM Registrar Committee consists of:

James RicciardoneDr James Ricciardone (Chair)

Dr Ricciardone is a rural generalist training in the Northern Territory and all over Australia. He has previously worked in both Alice Springs and Katherine Hospital and has experience as a remote doctor in various Indigenous communities in Central Australia.

Michelle Hannan

Dr Michelle Hannan 

Dr Michelle Hannan became a FACCRM in 2017 with an AST in Emergency Medicine.

Michelle is also a board member of the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania.

Michelle grew up in Goondiwindi, Queensland, first on a farm and later moved into town. She completed medicine through UNSW in Sydney and was able to spend the last 3 years of the degree at the Rural Clinical School in Wagga Wagga with a group of friends who had also chosen to go. Michelle continued with her internship and residency there and was able to start a Masters in Viticulture and Winemaking.

Michelle moved to Tasmania six years ago and bought a farm & vineyard. She has been doing a mix of full time and part time work in both GP and emergency, fitting life in around running the farm and making wine.

Michelle is interested in increasing the profile of the FACRRM in Tasmania, pushing for the development of a true Rural Generalist Pathway in Tasmania with suitable employment options for Fellows, and increasing the support available to ACRRM registrars in areas where the College is less well known.

Michael McLaughlinDr Michael McLaughlin

Dr Michael McLaughlin is an ACRRM registrar with Generalist Medical Training in Ayr, North Queensland.  He is due to complete fellowship in 2019 with an advanced skill in surgery.  Originally from Central QLD, Dr McLaughlin attended James Cook University before joining the QLD Rural Generalist Pathway.  He completed pre-vocational training in Cairns and surrounds, then moved to Logan and Redlands for two years of advanced skill training.  

Dr McLaughlin now works at Ayr Hospital completing PRRT 3,4. Dr McLaughlin has interests in public and tropical medicine and the progression of further rural proceduralists. Dr McLaughlin is also a Registrar Liaison Officer for Generalist Medical Training, and sits on the QLD Rural Generalist Reference Group. Outside of medicine, Dr McLaughlin is a keen gardener, and loves to explore wild remote places in the world.

Kari SimsDr Kari Sims

Dr Kari Sims is an ACRRM trainee with GPEx in South Australia. She is undertaking her JCAA at Mildura Base Hospital in 2018 to complete her AST and her FACRRM. Dr Sims completed her FRACGP in 2017 and has enjoyed undertaking her community based training within the Mid North of South Australia where she intends to continue practicing after the completion of her training. 

Dr Sims has held the position of Rural Registrar Liaison Officer for GPEx and is currently President Elect with RDASA. She loves the complexity and satisfaction of rural general practice and enjoys being involved in the teaching of students and interns.

Prior to returning to university to undertake her medical studies, Dr Sims completed both a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. Despite a short legal career, she was keen to become a Rural GP and her medical studies, student placements and initial work at the Lyell McEwin Hospital were all geared towards this goal.

Dr Sims is passionate about rural medicine and hopes to help promote rural medicine and ACRRM training within South Australia. She would like to be involved in the development of a Rural Generalist Training Pathway within the South Australian health system and generally increase the profile of rural medicine and rural practitioners.

Nick JonesDr Nicholas Jones

Dr Nick Jones in an Independent Pathway (IP) ACRRM Registrar (PGY 8). He has been an ACRRM member since attending medical school at Notre Dame, Fremantle.

Dr Jones grew up in Mackay Queensland and has completed medical placements with John Flynn, NTGPE, RFDS, and outreach Ophthalmology with Lions Eye and Cape York.  Dr Jones is working to become a Generalist with a procedural scope of practice. His ideal position will be a combination of policy development, advocacy, and clinical field work. 

On the ACRRM Registrar Committee Dr Jones aims to advocate for Assessment Transparency and Registrar-College Engagement.

Dr Vimbai Kapuya

Dr Vimbai Kapuya is an ACRRM registrar with NTGPE in Katherine, Northern Territory. She will be completing her vocational training in 2016. Vimbai did her medical degree in South Africa before moving to Australia. She also holds a diploma in Child Health and completed her AST in paediatrics. She is committed to registrar education and used to run neonatal resuscitation courses at Katherine Hospital where she did most of her general practice training. Besides being on the ACRRM registrar committee, Vimbai is also a registrar liaison officer with NTGPE where she chairs the Registrar Advisory Committee.

Angus BrownDr Angus Brown

Dr Angus Brown is a Rural Generalist trainee currently working in Moree as a GP Registrar in primary care and as a VMO through Moree Hospital. 

Dr Brown was born in Orange and grew up in Sydney, though the Country definitely won him over. He has a wife and two young children who have also enjoyed the nomadic movements of his training throughout NSW over the last five years. 

Dr Brown is passionate about trying to attract other young doctors to come to the country and stay for the long haul. He loves getting to local Rugby matches whenever he can, and loves learning about primary production and farming technology from my patients. Dr Brown's dreams are to one day own a small patch of land so he can practice his newly learnt farming knowledge, and maybe even have a runner in the Melbourne Cup. 

Sanjay BhargavarDr Sanjay Bhargava

Dr Sanjay Bhargava finished his medical degree in India and worked in respiratory and critical care for a few years in India and the Middle East. 

He commenced his work as an ICU registrar in Sutherland Hospital, NSW, for one year. Dr Bhargave completed his basic physicians training in Australia and worked as Geriatric Advance Trainee and as Career Medical Officer for a few years. 

Dr Bhargava also got opportunity to teach medical students as a honorary lecturer in Wollongong  university. 

He realised the need for a holistic approach and a generalist doctor for the rural setting. This seemed more appropriate for his vast and varied experience. Dr Bhargava joined ACRRM independent pathway last year. 

He is currently working at Boorowa about 3.5 hrs drive from Sydney as a GP and VMO in Boorowa Hospital.