Structure and Governance

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The Australian Society of Anaesthetists is a not-for-profit member organisation governed by a Board comprising of members who volunteer their time.

The Head Office of the Society is headed up by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

ASA Board of Directors

The ASA Board of Directors comprises of the President, Immediate Past President, Honorary Federal Treasurer, Executive Councillor, two ASA Council elected members and one Independent Director. The Board meets seven times a year.

ASA Board Members

Dr Suzi Nou

ASA President

MBBS BMedSci FANZCA MPH MAICD

Suzi Nou is a Specialist Anaesthetist in public practice who studied and trained in Melbourne. After completing a paediatric fellowship, she moved to Fiji as the Senior Lecturer at the Fiji School Medicine and became Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and ICU at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. She then moved to Cambodia and worked as an anaesthetist and intensivist at the Angkor Hospital for Children. She returned to Australia via Darwin, became a commissioned officer in the RAAF and completed a Masters of Public Health with focus on global health and health systems strengthening.

Suzi has served as Executive Councillor, NT Representative on the ASA SANT Committee of Management and joined the Melbourne 2016 NSC Organising Committee. She sits on the ASA Victorian Committee of Management, the ASA Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC), the Victorian State Trauma Case Review Group and ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Welfare SIG Executive. During her training, she was Chair of the Victorian ANZCA Trainee Committee and Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Training Committee.

Suzi is a Course Director for Paediatric BASIC, Primary Trauma Care (PTC), Senior EMST Instructor and ALS instructor. She has been involved with establishing or teaching courses in Cambodia, Laos, China, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. She continues to be actively involved with the anaesthesia society and the development of paediatric anaesthesia and critical care services in Cambodia.

Suzi wishes to foster diversity in leadership within the Australian anaesthesia community. She is excited to be part of the Steering Committee of the Long Lives Healthy Workplaces project and hopes to see it widely implemented. She currently resides in Melbourne with her family and two large squishy cats who inspire her to be still.

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @snouzin

A/Prof David M Scott

ASA Immediate Past President

Associate Professor Scott is Immediate Past President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, and was previously executive councillor. He is currently working in private practice in Northern NSW and SE Qld.

He was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1990, and since then has held several leadership roles in the ADF. He has deployed multiple times with the ADF and has served with the US Navy, Air force and Army, and is on the instructor panel at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Bethesda USA.

David has worked as an instructor in anesthesia at Harvard University at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston and held the position of Visiting Professor in Anesthesia University of California, Davis, Sacramento.

He is also Past and founding Chair of the ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Regional Anaesthesia Special Interest Group and is co-author of the Oxford Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia.

David is a senior instructor in ATLS, CCrISP and directs DATC (Definitive Anaesthesia Trauma Care), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was appointed an adjunct Associate Professor University of Western Sydney in 2015.

Dr Nicole Fairweather

ASA Executive Councillor

MBBS Hons 1 FANZCA M Clin US GAICD

Dr Nicole Fairweather is an anaesthetist who currently works solely in Private Practice. She completed Medical School at the University of Queensland, achieving a University Medal. After residency and training in South-Eastern Queensland she undertook a Fellowship in Thoracic Anaesthesia at Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto. She was awarded her FANZCA in 2004, achieving a Merit Certificate.

She returned to Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) where she spent 10 years as a Staff Specialist and Senior Staff Specialist. She served on the Queensland Regional Committee for ANZCA for a period, spent 3 years as the Rotational Coordinator for the Southern rotation of the Anaesthetic Training Scheme, and also as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Queensland Committee of Management for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) since 2009. She is currently Executive Councillor on the Board of Directors for the ASA.

During her time at PAH she had an interest in, and was published in the field of Patient Safety. She provided anaesthesia services for cardiac and thoracic surgery, liver transplant and resection surgery, as well as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for intra-abdominal tumours.

She continues her interest in private practice in the areas of thoracic and colorectal surgery. She serves on the Statewide Anaesthesia and Perioperative Clinical Network as the Private Hospitals Association representative.

In her spare time she enjoys nature photography, travelling to far flung locations and patchwork quilting.

Dr Andrew Miller

Vice President, Honorary Treasurer

MBBS LLB(Hons) FANZCA FACLM FAICD

As a specialist anaesthetist in private practice Andrew spends a lot of time in direct clinical care.

In addition, Andrew has a legal education which has led to involvement in governance and strategy for national 'not-for-profits'. These organisations operate in the areas of medical indemnity, policy and advocacy for the medical profession.

He is also a director of several commercial enterprises and a Graduate and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Mark Sinclair

Board Elected Director

Mark works in private practice with the Wakefield Anaesthetic Group in Adelaide, and has a VMO appointment at the Flinders Medical Centre.

He has been a member of the ASA SA and NT Committee of Management since 2001 (Chair 2006-2008) and was the Convenor of the 2009 ASA National Scientific Congress in Darwin.

Mark has been a member of the Economics Advisory Committee since 2003, and has chaired this committee since 2010. He also currently serves as a Council-elected member of the ASA Board.

Mr Mark Carmichael

ASA Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed CEO of the Society in April 2012.

Prior to that he was CEO of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons (ASOHNS) 2008-2012 having been the NSW Manager for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) from 2004-2008.

Mark has a particular interest in Association Management, in particular, the governance structures that operate within them.

ASA Council

The Council comprises of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Honorary Federal Treasurer, Executive Councillor, State and Territory Representatives and senior ASA Committee Chairs.  The Council meet four times a year.

ASA Council Members

Dr Suzi Nou

ASA President

MBBS BMedSci FANZCA MPH MAICD

Suzi Nou is a Specialist Anaesthetist in public practice who studied and trained in Melbourne. After completing a paediatric fellowship, she moved to Fiji as the Senior Lecturer at the Fiji School Medicine and became Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and ICU at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. She then moved to Cambodia and worked as an anaesthetist and intensivist at the Angkor Hospital for Children. She returned to Australia via Darwin, became a commissioned officer in the RAAF and completed a Masters of Public Health with focus on global health and health systems strengthening.

Suzi has served as Executive Councillor, NT Representative on the ASA SANT Committee of Management and joined the Melbourne 2016 NSC Organising Committee. She sits on the ASA Victorian Committee of Management, the ASA Overseas Development and Education Committee (ODEC), the Victorian State Trauma Case Review Group and ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Welfare SIG Executive. During her training, she was Chair of the Victorian ANZCA Trainee Committee and Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Training Committee.

Suzi is a Course Director for Paediatric BASIC, Primary Trauma Care (PTC), Senior EMST Instructor and ALS instructor. She has been involved with establishing or teaching courses in Cambodia, Laos, China, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. She continues to be actively involved with the anaesthesia society and the development of paediatric anaesthesia and critical care services in Cambodia.

Suzi wishes to foster diversity in leadership within the Australian anaesthesia community. She is excited to be part of the Steering Committee of the Long Lives Healthy Workplaces project and hopes to see it widely implemented. She currently resides in Melbourne with her family and two large squishy cats who inspire her to be still.

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @snouzin

Dr Nicole Fairweather

ASA Executive Councillor

MBBS Hons 1 FANZCA M Clin US GAICD

Dr Nicole Fairweather is an anaesthetist who currently works solely in Private Practice. She completed Medical School at the University of Queensland, achieving a University Medal. After residency and training in South-Eastern Queensland she undertook a Fellowship in Thoracic Anaesthesia at Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto. She was awarded her FANZCA in 2004, achieving a Merit Certificate.

She returned to Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) where she spent 10 years as a Staff Specialist and Senior Staff Specialist. She served on the Queensland Regional Committee for ANZCA for a period, spent 3 years as the Rotational Coordinator for the Southern rotation of the Anaesthetic Training Scheme, and also as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Queensland Committee of Management for the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) since 2009. She is currently Executive Councillor on the Board of Directors for the ASA.

During her time at PAH she had an interest in, and was published in the field of Patient Safety. She provided anaesthesia services for cardiac and thoracic surgery, liver transplant and resection surgery, as well as Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for intra-abdominal tumours.

She continues her interest in private practice in the areas of thoracic and colorectal surgery. She serves on the Statewide Anaesthesia and Perioperative Clinical Network as the Private Hospitals Association representative.

In her spare time she enjoys nature photography, travelling to far flung locations and patchwork quilting.

A/Prof David M Scott

ASA Immediate Past President

Associate Professor Scott is Immediate Past President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, and was previously executive councillor. He is currently working in private practice in Northern NSW and SE Qld.

He was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1990, and since then has held several leadership roles in the ADF. He has deployed multiple times with the ADF and has served with the US Navy, Air force and Army, and is on the instructor panel at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Bethesda USA.

David has worked as an instructor in anesthesia at Harvard University at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston and held the position of Visiting Professor in Anesthesia University of California, Davis, Sacramento.

He is also Past and founding Chair of the ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Regional Anaesthesia Special Interest Group and is co-author of the Oxford Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia.

David is a senior instructor in ATLS, CCrISP and directs DATC (Definitive Anaesthesia Trauma Care), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was appointed an adjunct Associate Professor University of Western Sydney in 2015.

Dr Andrew Miller

Vice President, Honorary Treasurer & AMA Craft Group Representative

MBBS LLB(Hons) FANZCA FACLM FAICD

As a specialist anaesthetist in private practice Andrew spends a lot of time in direct clinical care.

In addition, Andrew has a legal education which has led to involvement in governance and strategy for national 'not-for-profits'. These organisations operate in the areas of medical indemnity, policy and advocacy for the medical profession.

He is also a director of several commercial enterprises and a Graduate and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Mark Sinclair

Chair, Economic Advisory Committee

Mark works in private practice with the Wakefield Anaesthetic Group in Adelaide, and has a VMO appointment at the Flinders Medical Centre.

He has been a member of the ASA SA and NT Committee of Management since 2001 (Chair 2006-2008) and was the Convenor of the 2009 ASA National Scientific Congress in Darwin.

Mark has been a member of the Economics Advisory Committee since 2003, and has chaired this committee since 2010. He also currently serves as a Council-elected member of the ASA Board.

Dr Peter Waterhouse

Chair, Professional Issues Advisory Committee

Dr Peter Waterhouse is a consultant anaesthetist practicing in Brisbane.

A graduate of the University of Queensland, he undertook training in England, Queensland and Victoria, specialising in the care of children.

Peter is a Senior Visiting Medical Officer at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. In private practice he treats children and adults.

Peter sits on the Queensland Committee of Management for the ASA. He is actively involved in the clinical governance of the hospitals in which he works, serving on the Medical Advisory Committee of one of them.

Dr James Hosking

Chair, Queensland Committee of Management

James Hosking graduated (MBBS) from the University of Queensland in 2001, having previously completed B. Biomedical Sc. at James Cook University. He gained his fellowship from ANZCA in 2009.

James works part-time as a Staff Specialist at the Logan and QEII hospitals and also in private practice predominantly at the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in BRISBANE.

James has previously been the Chair of the Queensland Regional Committee for ANZCA and is currently a member of the Day Care SIG Committee. After a number of years on the Queensland Committee of Management this is his first term as Chair.

Dr Lan-Hoa Le

Chair, New South Wales Committee of Management

Dr Le received her medical degree from the University of New South Wales. She later trained at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Since obtaining her FANZCA in 2005, she has been working as a VMO anaesthetist in the Central Coast. She practices in both public and private sectors, primarily with interests around paediatric, general & bariatric surgery.

Core aims of her work are safety and quality, seeking to uphold anaesthetist well-being and welfare to increase patient safety.

Her commitment to education involves forums such as Part 1 Boot Camps for trainees to an approaching retirement workshop. Through these and future events, Dr Le hopes to return some of the advice and support that first motivated her to join the ASA and its committees.

Dr Phillip Morrissey

Chair, Australian Capital Territory Committee of Management

Phil Morrissey is a consultant anaesthetist working in mixed private and public practice in Canberra. He has worked as a VMO anaesthetist at all major private and public hospitals in the ACT since 2002.

Prior to moving to Canberra, he worked in rural general practice and completed his anaesthetic training in Sydney.

This is his second term as ACT ASA Chair. As well as filling various roles within the ASA and ANZCA, he is also one of the founding members of the longest established group anaesthetic practice in the ACT.

Dr Michelle Horne

Chair, Victorian Committee of Management

Dr Michelle Horne is an anaesthetist in both public and private practice. She has worked at many departments around Melbourne during her consultant and training years and is passionate about providing opportunities for the anaesthetic community to see themselves as a community and fostering networks and opportunities to support each other as well as the patients.

Dr Michael Challis

Chair, Tasmanian Committee of Management

Mike works part-time at the Royal Hobart Hospital and in private practice. His clinical work includes regular elective theatre lists, emergency lists, acute pain rounds, and a role in research within the department.

Mike is also passionate about teaching, and provides regular tutorials and other teaching for trainees and nurses. Mike has been heavily involved in Tasmanian CPD events over the last 5-6 years, including running multiple CICO workshops and being the overall workshop convenor for the Tasmanian ASA/ANZCA Annual Scientific Meetings.

He has been the chair of the Tasmanian Committee of Management for the past 4 years, and has been a member of ASA Council for the same period. Mike was a member of the ASA Board prior to the change in the Constitution, and is always keen to let others know about the extraordinary amount of work the society does on behalf of the profession.

Dr Brigid Brown

Chair, South Australia and Northern Territory Committee of Management

Brigid Brown is a consultant anaesthetist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide with a strong interest in regional anaesthesia and quality improvement.

She recently completed a regional fellowship in London, Canada, which has 3 block rooms currently operating.

Dr Mike Soares

Chair, Western Australia Committee of Management

Mike is a Consultant Anaesthetist in full time private practice in Perth, Western Australia.
He has been a local committee member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists since 2012 with previous membership of the Economics Advisory Committee and an ongoing role in the Professional Issues Advisory Committee.
Mike is actively involved in clinical governance as Head of Department in a major private hospital in Perth and sits on multiple Medical Advisory Committees.