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The Public Practice Advisory Committee focuses on the provision of anaesthesia services in the public sector and for public patients treated in the private sector.

They provide support and guidance to members working primarily in the public sector including, current awards and conditions for staff specialists and visiting medical officers applicable in each state and territory.

About your PPAC Chair & VIC PPAC Representative

Dear ASA Members,

I am pleased to introduce myself as the National Chair and Victorian Representative for the Public Practice Advisory Committee.

Hopefully you are enjoying the many services and benefits associated with your ASA membership.

My Career Journey

I was born in Launceston, Tasmania and attended medical school at the University of Tasmania.  I decided to spread my wings after finishing my Intern year in 1997 and travel the world, so with my Ancestry Visa I headed for the UK to embark on a working holiday, initially for just one year.  I started off as locum medical SHO, moved onto substantive ED SHO roles and then joined an Anaesthetic SHO training rotation in 2002 in the North East of England.  I obtained my Primary FRCA, moved to London as an Anaesthetic SpR and obtained my Final FRCA in 2005 before finally moving back to Melbourne in 2007.  I completed my anaesthetic training over the next three years through Monash Health, Western Health and finally Royal Melbourne Hospital, where I have stayed on as a VMO Anaesthetist since 2011.  I am currently working 3 days a week in public and 1 day per week in private.

I have an interest in Perioperative Medicine and completed my Masters in Perioperative Medicine through Monash University in 2018.  I have previously been the Welfare Officer at RMH, I am on the Peer Support roster at RMH and am now a Supervisor of Training.  I am the Co-Convenor of the CRASH Course which has existed since 2014 and is designed as a practical return to work course for anaesthetic consultants and registrars.

My vision for PPAC is that we advocate for ASA members in all areas of their public practice as well as facilitating workshops and educational activities that support those in leadership roles across both public and private hospitals.  My predecessor, Dr Julie Lee, has started this process with several successful 4D workshops in both hybrid and virtual formats. We are aiming to see our leaders from across Australia and New Zealand build relationships and learn new skills and techniques which will assist them in their challenging roles as leaders in our field.  There is now a PPAC Online Directors’ Discussion Forum so that discussions and collaboration can continue pre and post workshop.

 

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two high school aged children.  When it is possible again, I love travelling to new places.  My other interests are pilates, piano and watching crime dramas.

I’m looking forward to continuing the work of my predecessor and seeing everyone in person or virtually at more ASA events!

Yours sincerely,

Dr Janette Wright

ASA National PPAC Chair and VIC PPAC Representative

The Public Practice Advisory Committee (PPAC) provides advice to the Board on the provision of anaesthesia services in the public sector and for public patients treated in the private sector. PPAC Structure Membership consists of a chair appointed by the Board, the Economics Advisory Officer, the Chair of the TMG and at least one representative from each of the States and Territory.
  • PPAC Role and responsibilities Develop anaesthesia policy for public practice
  • Provide reports on current public practice issues to the Board.
  • Co-ordinate with similar organisations (AMA and ASMOF etc.) to ensure effective representation of anaesthetists treating public patients.
  • Assist TMG members with training hospitals.
  • Assist members by maintaining current awards and conditions for staff specialists and visiting medical officers applicable in each of the States and Territory.
  • Develop a higher profile of the ASA in public health facilities.