Meet our QDHP Board

Director Biographies

Dr Ross Phillipson – Chair of the QDHP Board

As a Brisbane psychiatrist, Dr Ross Phillipson graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1973 and undertook his Residency at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. During this time, his experiences relieving as a Medical Superintendent at Kingaroy and Tully hospitals gave him an invaluable understanding of the rural medical experience. He then entered General Practice in Brisbane, where he developed an interest in the specific health needs of doctors and medical students, many of whom were his patients.

It was during that time that the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service was established in Queensland under the leadership of Professor Joan Lawrence. Ross was secretary of DHASQ for several years and a member of the help-line panel, equipping him with an intimate understanding of the QDHP and DHASQ’s services and organisational structures. Ross’ governance experience was also furthered during his time as a member of the Wesley Hospital Board and chair of the medical advisory committee.

Ross left general practice and subsequently specialised in psychiatry. Having since worked in both the public and private sectors, he has maintained his longstanding interest in doctors’ health, allowing him to bring this interest to his role as the Board Chair of the Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme, where he provides medical and governance experience to the Board.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

· Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS Hons II) – University of Queensland, 1973

· Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 1978

· Masters of Social Sciences (Counselling) – Queensland University of Technology, 1998

· Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2002

· Foundation member, Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

· Member, Australian Medical Association

· Completed Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Dr Kate Engelke – Company Secretary

Dr Kate Engelke brings a wealth of insight into the experiences of junior doctors in regional Queensland. Dr Engelke is currently Principal House Officer at the Townsville Hospital, with interests in pursuing a career in Surgery. Dr Engelke completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland in 2015, and has since demonstrated her passion for doctors’ health with a founding role as Company Secretary and Director on the QDHP Board, and as a member and previous secretary of the Management Committee of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (QLD). As a result, Dr Engelke brings valuable experience in leadership and governance, combined with a firm interest in doctors’ health.

Dr Engelke’s commitment to the broader medical community is apparent in her recent appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville, and has presented at a variety of conferences, including the myPHN conference (2018), Australian Doctors’ Health Conference (2017). Additionally, Dr Engelke been an invited speaker on doctors’ health at the AMA Junior Doctors’ Conference (2018), the DHAS(Q) GP-On Call Panel Education Session (2015) and at various university medical student orientation programmes.

She brings knowledge of current junior medical officer issues and expertise and insight around working in a regional hospital to the board. Aside from her interests in general surgery and doctors’ wellbeing, Dr Engelke is an avid leatherworker and sewer.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

· Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – University of Queensland, 2012-2015

· Bachelor of Science (Major in Biomedical Science) (BSc) – University of Queensland, 2010-2011

· Member, Australian Medical Association (QLD Branch) & AMAQ Council of Doctors in Training

· Completed Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mrs Tracy Pickett – Director

In addition to her role as director for QDHP, Tracy is employed as a senior solicitor and medico-legal advisor for Avant and has more than 20 years of experience in managing medico-legal complaints and litigation.

She is a member of Avant’s medico-legal advisory team and therefore is kept abreast of significant developments in the Australian medico-legal environment, as well as the day-to-day issues which impact on practitioners, providing the QDHP Board with valuable insight.

Before joining Avant, Tracy acted for health professionals indemnified by most of the other major Australian medical defence organisations, as well as Queensland Health. As a result, she has a keen understanding of how medico-legal complaints and claims have a significant impact on health care professionals.

Tracy has extensive involvement in the Brisbane medico-legal community and holds the role of president of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, as well as being a committee member for the Uniting Care Health Human Research Ethics Committee, and a member of the steering committee for HEAL, the Queensland Chapter of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

· Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland

· Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland

· President, Medico-Legal Society of Queensland 2019-2020

· Director, Queensland Doctors’ Health Programme

· Committee member, Uniting Care Health Human Research Ethics Committee

· Steering Committee member, Health Law and Ethics (HEAL), Queensland Chapter of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Dr Di Khursandi – Director

Dr Diana Strange Khursandi is an English-trained anaesthetist, who has been in Australia for over 40 years. She has been in both public and private practice in Maryborough and Caboolture.

Her interest in doctors’ health began 30 years ago, as a result of her personal experiences, which are outlined in the BMJ article she authored in 1998, titled “Stars Disappear”. As a testament to her passion for doctors’ health, Dr Khursandi subsequently co-founded the Welfare (now Wellbeing) of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group (SIG) in 1995, a tripartite body supported by ANZCA, the ASA and the NZSA. She played a major role in developing and revising the Resource Documents of the SIG. In this way, Dr Khursandi provides the Board with expertise in navigating the many complex structures associated with the Australian medical landscape.

She has been a Director on the QDHP Board since its inception, and on the Management Committee of the DHAS(Q) for 20 years. She was an ANZCA Councillor for 11 years, with several roles in the College. As a result, Dr Khursandi brings cumulatively more than three decades of medical leadership and governance experience to the QDHP Board.

Her other professional interest is in education, having held a Director of Clinical Training position for 13 years, supervising and supporting junior doctors. She has given many presentations on Doctors’ Health at local, state, national and international conferences, building strong rapport within the doctors’ health community. She is currently surveying retired anaesthetists, enabling her to bring additional insight to the Board on their valuable experiences.

Apart from occasional medico-legal work and doctors’ health activities, she is now fully retired and able to enjoy spending time with her family and her many hobbies.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

· Master of Arts & Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MA BM BCh)

· Diploma of Obstetrics, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

· Fellow, Royal College of Anaesthetists

· Fellow, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

· Diploma in Medical Education, ESME

· Completed Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Dr Jon-Paul Khoo – Director

Dr Jon-Paul Khoo, MBBS MPH IFAPA AMA(M) FRANZCP, is a Brisbane psychiatrist, with extensive experience in negotiating the complexities of mental health, medico-legal issues, medical administration and management. He is a psychiatrist in full-time private clinical practice at the Toowong Specialist Clinic, having previously worked in clinical and management roles within the public and private health sectors across Queensland, ensuring he brings a wealth of medical knowledge, experience and wisdom to his role as a Director of the QDHP Board. He was an Expert Advisor to the RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Mood Disorders. His research interests include high prevalence psychiatric disorder, epidemiology and public health, and have seen him published in the Global Burden of Disease studies. He treats a large cohort of medical practitioners and students and is passionate about advocating for their wellbeing.

In his roles as Deputy Chairperson of the Queensland Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Authority, Independent Medical Examiner with the AHPRA, and as a Foundation Member of the RANZCP Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Dr Khoo has gained a nuanced understanding of medico-legal, medical accreditation and occupational health and rehabilitation issues.

With leadership experience in his roles as Director and Director of Training (Advanced Training in Private Practice Psychiatry) of the Toowong Specialist Clinic; Director of Medicolegal Reporting National (MLR National); Executive Committee Member for the Australasian Society for Bipolar & Depressive Disorders, previous Executive Committee Member for the RANZCP Forensic Section (Queensland Branch) and the Queensland Association of Mental Health, as well as his involvement at up to National Coordinator level in international multicentre clinical trials, Dr Khoo brings a wealth of management skills to the QDHP Board.

He has a passion for medical education and teaching within his specialty and beyond, being a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry and a Medical Student Program Coordinator, at the University of Queensland; an Honorary Fellow at the School of Medicine, Deakin University; and having previously been involved in coordinating examinations and assessment conducted by the RANZCP’s Queensland Branch.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), The University of Queensland

Fellowship, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (F.R.A.N.Z.C.P.)

Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.), The University of Queensland

International Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Queensland

Member, Australian Medical Association

Mr Andrew Tathem – Director

Andrew Tathem has over 17 years of experience as an accountant and business adviser with a strong focus on the health industry. Andrew’s key skills include:

· Taxation planning, advice and business restructuring;

· Management accounting

· Cloud adoption and best practice solutions

· Strategic planning

· GST and payroll tax

· Budgeting and cash flow

Andrew works alongside his clients to provide a holistic suite of compliance and advisory solutions with specialisation in the areas of healthcare, family owned businesses and high net worth clients, ensuring each business is guided with a strong focus on effective corporate governance.

Within the healthcare industry, Andrew has assisted clients who range from individual practitioners to corporate models of specialists and day hospitals, and holds a strong belief that an integral part of any successful business is a focus on the mental health and wellness of its employees.

A recent addition to the QDHP board as a non-executive director, Andrew is excited for the opportunity to combine his experience and financial acumen with a passion for mental health advocacy and wellness.

Personally, Andrew, Brisbane born, enthusiastically supports the Brisbane Lions and the Brisbane Bullets.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships:

Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA)

Bachelor of Commerce – University of Queensland

Bachelor of Business (Management) – University of Queensland

Mr Peter O’Sullivan – Director

Peter is an HR leader, business executive and lawyer with deep professional experience in culture, strategy, leadership development and organisational change.

He joined BDO Australia as Head of People & Culture in 2011, and since 2013 has been a member of the BDO Global People Committee. This Committee supports the Global Head of People with formulation and execution of the firm’s global people strategy and promotes best practice in HR and learning and development across the global organisation. The global impact of his work was recognised in 2017 with the prestigious BDO Medal, making Peter the first HR professional to be awarded this honour.

Peter’s professional expertise encompasses the impact of wellbeing on performance, and the importance of the work environment and organisational culture in supporting and facilitating people’s wellbeing. He is passionate about social impact, inclusion and enabling opportunities through education, and has served as a long-term member of the QUT School of Management Industry Advisory Group and as Management Committee President of both an independent community kindergarten and a university tennis club.

As a result, Peter brings a unique capacity to further the QDHP Board with his governance and leadership experience, business acumen and passion for workplace wellbeing.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

· Master of Business Administration (University of Queensland)

· Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) (University of Queensland)

· Bachelor of Arts (Japanese language major) (University of Queensland)

· Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

· Certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)

· Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia

Dr Mellissa Naidoo – Director

Dr Mellissa Naidoo is a medical practitioner and specialist medical administrator with over 15 years of experience in clinical and medical leadership roles across both the public and private sector. She has a passion for educating doctors and has led initiatives supporting flexible work and training, wellness and cultural change designed to enhance the health of the individual as well as the health of the organisation as it delivers safe quality care to the community.

A strong advocate for inclusion and diversity in leadership, Dr Naidoo was the recipient of a Joint Government/Australian Institute of Company Directors Board Diversity Scholarship and has undertaken the prestigious Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program in Boston. As a Graduate of the AICD, she is also an experienced board director and serves on several medical professional and health committees, enabling her to bring these invaluable skills to her role as a Director on the QDHP Board. In addition to her industry knowledge and interest in doctors’ health, Mellissa brings expertise in leadership, governance, clinician engagement and strategy and risk management to the Board.

Mellissa is a mother of two young children and also actively involved in her local community, volunteering with the local girl guides and school activities. She enjoys reading, dancing and the arts and is a member of the QAGOMA Future Collective and QLD Ballet Friends.

Qualifications, Fellowships & Memberships

Certified Health Informatician Australasia – HISA

Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Fellow – Australasian College of Health Service Management

Fellow – Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators

Masters Health Management – University of New South Wales

Diploma Child Health – Women’s & Children’s Hospital, South Australia

Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery – Flinders University

Bachelor of Science (Hons I) – University of Queensland

Sophie Watson – Board Secretariat

Sophie Watson is currently completing her Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland, with a focus on biomedical science and keen interest in pursuing medicine upon graduation.

Having worked in administrative roles for a Brisbane medical practice, and coming from a family belonging to the Brisbane medical community, Sophie appreciates the importance of mental health support services in the lives of medical professionals. Additionally, with nearly three years of experience as volunteer Treasurer of both the Brisbane Girls’ Debating Society and the University of Queensland Debating Society, Sophie has experience on the management committees of not-for-profit incorporated organisations.

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys playing cello with the Queensland Medical Orchestra, and playing social netball.