ACRRM is governed by a national Board of directors that is elected from the College members. The Board generates policy and makes decisions in consultation with a series of expert standing committees and reference groups within the College.
The Board is comprised of a President, Vice President and Treasurer, State/Territory directors, Registrar Director, Women in Rural Practice Director, Academic Director and RDAA representative. The Censor, CEO and Immediate Past President are non-voting members of the Board.
Directors hold office for two year terms with half of the Board being elected each year. All Board positions are honorary.
Prof Richard Murray
MBBS, MPH&TM, DipRACOG, FACRRM, FRACGP
Professor Richard Murray is Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University (JCU). Richard is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and trained as a procedural rural doctor and in public health. He previously headed the Rural Clinical School at JCU, prior to which he was Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council where he had broad ranging clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical administration/management roles. He has participated widely in the national Indigenous and remote health policy agenda reflected in his research and publication record.
Dr Carmel Nelson
Bowen Hills, QLD
MBBS MPH&TM DRANZCOG FRACGP FACRRM
Dr Carmel Nelson has spent most of her working life in remote northern Australia. She was the initial registrar for the Remote Vocational Training Scheme pilot and subsequently spent the best part of a decade as a supervisor with RVTS. From 1998 to 2011 she worked as a remote area GP in the Kimberley region of Western Australia; for the latter six years she was Medical Director with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council. In late 2011, Dr Nelson took up the position of Clinical Director with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, with a focus on Southeast Queensland.
Dr Nelson was a founding member of ACRRM’s Women in Rural Health and Indigenous Health working groups, a member of the College Board in the late 1990s, and has been a member of the ACRRM Vocational Training Committee for the last 3 years.
Dr Tim Kelly
North Adelaide, SA
MBBS, DRANZCOG (Adv), Grad Dip Mus Med, FACRRM, FRACGP
Dr Tim Kelly is currently the Treasurer on the ACRRM Board. He is a procedural rural GP based in Crystal Brook in South Australia’s Mid North. Through his clinical work he is involved in medical education at all levels, students, PGPPP and registrars. He has also been employed by Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program since 2003 in several roles and is currently Rural Medical Education Coordinator and ACRRM Medical Advisor to the RTP. He is interested in evolving models of primary care and innovative delivery of training and support to rural and remote clinicians.
Dr Lucie Walters
Mount Gambier, SA
MBBS, PhD DCH, DipRACOG, FRACGP, FACRRM
Associate Professor Lucie Walters was appointed Academic Director on the ACRRM Board in December 2009. Lucie is currently Associate Professor in Rural Medical Education at Flinders University and also works as a GP Obstetrician at Mount Gambier Hospital. Lucie’s key areas of interest are community based medical education, rural health, social determinants of health and women’s health with her key expertise being in rural medical education development, curriculum design and course delivery in undergraduate and post graduate areas.
Dr Clare Jukka
Dr Jukka an international medical graduate who has lived and worked in rural Austral for the past 25 years. Based in Atherton in north Queensland , she works part-time for Queensland Health and is an academic with James Cook University Rural Clinical School.
Her interests are medical education and health reform, rural medicine(especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health) and women’s health.
She is an examiner (Structured Assessment using Multiple Patient Scenario: StAMPS) and active member of ACRRM.
NSW & ACT Director
Dr Charles Evill
Dr Charles Evill is a rural medical practitioner from northern NSW. He has practiced in several states in urban, rural and remote settings. He is currently in practice in Alstonville and Evans Head as well as providing relieving emergency services in peripheral hospitals in the area. He is also involved in undergraduate teaching through the University Department of Rural Health in Lismore.
Dr Arya Dissanayake
MBBS (MONASH), DAc.(Hons), FACRRM, FRACGP
Graduate of Monash University of Melbourne. He opted to pursue a rural medical career while he was training to be a surgeon in Melbourne. He was the solo GP VMO to the township of Coolah, Northwest NSW for eleven years.
He was involved in teaching medical students and doctors throughout his career. He was an Anatomy Demonstrator at Monash University and holds a Clinical Lecturer position with Rural Faculty of University of Sydney. He contributed to the ACRRM Advanced Surgical Curriculum.
He also served as a Board Member for the Rural Doctors Network for six years, elected Councillor for the Warrumbungle Shire Council for four years, and Vice-President /President of Rural Doctors Association of NSW. He has been a strong advocate for Rural Health in Australia throughout his career.
Dr Peter Arvier
B.Sc., MBBS, FACRRM
Dr Arvier was appointed to the position of Tasmanian Director in April 2010. He has extensive experience in medical education and training with the University of Tasmania as well as at other teaching facilities. During his medical career, he worked mainly in rural and regional hospitals across Australia before settling in Tasmania in 1990 to pursue a career in emergency medicine. In 2005, he moved to Canada with his family to work and pursue clinical and research interests in rural emergency medicine and complete a research Masters degree through the UDRH. On returning to Australia, he took up a position with the Rural Clinical School as well as continuing to work part time in the emergency departments of the North West Regional and Mersey Hospitals.
South Australian Director
Dr Michael Beckoff
Dr Mike Beckoff is a Rural Procedural General Practitioner at the Bridge Clinic in South Australia and also performs a lot of private locums. He is involved in the South Australian Health Performance Council, South Australian Health Clinical Senate, Country Health South Australia Local Health Network, Clinical Advisor (Mental Health), General Practice South Australian Board Treasurer and Murray Mallee General Practice Network Board Chair.
The spectrum of his medical expertise encompasses surgery (including obstetrics); rural emergency medicine; clinical governance, safety and quality; health planning strategy, planning and policy; mental health, sexual therapy, company director and board chair.
He represents rural general practice on the GP role on the NPS Medicines Line Advisory Group. He was nominated for the role by ACRRM.
Northern Territory Director
Dr Peter Chilcott
Dr Peter Chilcott graduated in Queensland and has spent his whole career practicing in rural and remote Australia. For the first twenty years he worked as a procedural GP in Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Surgery at both Mareeba and Atherton in North Queensland. He has been involved in Aboriginal Health for most of his career having lived and worked for the last fifteen years in the communities of Woorabinda, the Tiwi Islands, and Groote Eylandt before taking up his current position as the Director of Medical Services at Gove District Hospital in the Northern Territory where he is actively involved in GP registrar training and helping to develop the Northern Territory’s Rural Generalist Pathway.
Dr Marion Davies
MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, BPharm, MPH, PostgradCert ehealth
Marion has lived and worked in the NT, Qld, Tas and WA, and is currently completing her AdvDRANZCOG at Bunbury Regional Hospital as a vocational rural pathway ACRRM Registrar. She is passionate about rural generalism, procedural medicine, telehealth and health informatics, expedition and wilderness medicine, Aboriginal health, workforce planning, medical education and wellbeing. She is keen to enable and support her ACRRM Registrar colleagues to gain the skills that their communities need, and to lead challenging and valued careers. Marion advocates for rural generalist trainees on the ACRRM Board, GPRA Advisory Council, RANZCOG Trainee’s Committee, WACHS PETC and the Avant DiTAC.
Dr Graham Morris
Port Hughes, SA
BM, BS, FACRRM, FRACGP, Dip. RANZCOG
Dr Graham Morris was appointed RDAA Representative on the ACRRM Board in July 2009 and is currently practicing at Kadina Medical Centre. He is current president of RDASA.
Women in Rural Practice Director
Immediate Past President
Dr Jeffrey Ayton
MBBS, MPH&TM, FRACGP, FACRRM, FACTM, AFFTM, DRANZCOG, DA (UK)
Dr Jeff Ayton was appointed President of the ACRRM Board in October 2009. He holds current ACRRM board membership for General Practice Training Tasmania. He commenced with the Australian Antarctic Division as Chief Medical Officer in 2002 with responsibility for the Australian Antarctic program medical support and human biology and medicine research. He is current Australian delegate to Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research Life Sciences Scientific Group and deputy chief officer of the SCAR Life Science Expert Group of Human Biology and Medicine. In 1992, Jeff wintered at Casey Station, Antarctica, as a remote area general practitioner. He has subsequently gained varied experience in other rural and remote medical practices as a procedural general practitioner obstetrician/anaesthetist including Lorne, Victoria, Norfolk Island, South Pacific, and remote mine sites in Papua New Guinea.
Censor in Chief
Dr David Campbell
Lakes Entrance, VIC
MBBS, DRANZCOG, DCH, FACRRM, FRACGP
He has served for many years on the ACRRM Board, first as the Victorian Director, then Vice President, then President. He has practised as a rural doctor in Lakes Entrance, Victoria since 1983 and is a foundation member and Fellow of ACRRM. He is currently Director of the East Gippsland Regional Clinical School and Associate Professor, Rural Community-Based Medical Education, with Monash University. He is a member of the Committee of Management of Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria. Dr Campbell is a Director of Gippsland Education and Training for General Practice, and has recently joined the Board of “Southern GP Training” in Victoria. He has special interests in medical education and emergency medicine, and is an instructor with Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia, as well as principal author and instructor with the “Rural Emergency Skills Training” Course in Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Marita Cowie
BA (Psych), BBus (Com), MEd (T&D)
Marita Cowie was appointed Company Secretary of the College in 1998. She is also the foundation Chief Executive Officer of ACRRM. Marita has more than 15 years experience in medical education, training and company administration.