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, Vice 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 Peter Seal

ASA President

Peter Seal became the current President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists in October 2018.

He is a Specialist Anaesthetist and Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine from Melbourne. He is a sole practitioner in both public and private practice.

Peter joined the ASA in 1993. He has served on the ASA Victorian Section Committee of Management since 2005. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Victorian Section COM Education Officer.

In 2013, Peter was elected as ASA Victorian State Chair, and remained in this role until early 2016.

In 2014, as the Representative of the States and Territories, he was co-opted onto the then federal ASA Executive.

Dr Suzi Nou

ASA Vice-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 AAICD

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

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.

Dr Antonio Grossi

Board Elected Director

Dr Antonio Grossi graduated (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne (1992) and gained his fellowship from ANZCA (2001), graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012) and completed a Masters of Health of Administration through Monash University (2017).

Having worked as a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital, Antonio Grossi now works in private practice in metropolitan Melbourne. Becoming involved in setting up the inaugural Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Cabrini Health, serving as the craft group representative since 2004, and serving as Chair of the Senior Medical Staff (2015-2017), Antonio was instrumental in implementing the Cabrini Medical Compact with the hospital administration. He has been active as an advocate for quality improvement, sustainability and advancing the professional and industrial conditions for anaesthetists. Antonio has been actively involved in the ASA serving previously as the Victorian state.

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 Peter Seal

ASA President

Peter Seal became the current President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists in October 2018.

He is a Specialist Anaesthetist and Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine from Melbourne. He is a sole practitioner in both public and private practice.

Peter joined the ASA in 1993. He has served on the ASA Victorian Section Committee of Management since 2005. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Victorian Section COM Education Officer.

In 2013, Peter was elected as ASA Victorian State Chair, and remained in this role until early 2016.

In 2014, as the Representative of the States and Territories, he was co-opted onto the then federal ASA Executive.

Dr Suzi Nou

ASA Vice-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 AAICD

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

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 Antonio Grossi

Chair, Professional Issues Advisory Committee

Dr Antonio Grossi graduated (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne (1992) and gained his fellowship from ANZCA (2001), graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012) and completed a Masters of Health of Administration through Monash University (2017).

Having worked as a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital, Antonio Grossi now works in private practice in metropolitan Melbourne. Becoming involved in setting up the inaugural Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Cabrini Health, serving as the craft group representative since 2004, and serving as Chair of the Senior Medical Staff (2015-2017), Antonio was instrumental in implementing the Cabrini Medical Compact with the hospital administration. He has been active as an advocate for quality improvement, sustainability and advancing the professional and industrial conditions for anaesthetists. Antonio has been actively involved in the ASA serving previously as the Victorian state.

A/Prof Alicia Dennis

Chair, Public Practice Advisory Committee

MBBS PhD MPH PGDipEcho FANZCA NHMRC Fellow

Alicia Dennis is a full-time staff specialist anaesthetist and academic working at the Royal Women’s Hospital and University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.

She is an active member of the ASA’s MBS Review Subcommittee representing the ASA at National meetings in this forum.

She also jointly represents the ASA and ANZCA on the RANZCA Committee on Private Health Insurance in Obstetrics in Australia and is the current Australasian Representative on the Scientific Affairs Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).

She holds a NHMRC Fellowship and has been the recipient on two occasions of the ASA Gilbert Troup Prize.

Dr Jim Troup

Chair, Queensland Committee of Management

Dr Jim Troup is Chair of the Queensland section of the ASA.

Jim is a Senior Staff Specialist and Deputy Director at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Jim is also the Chair of the Queensland Perioperative and Periprocedural Anaesthetic Mortality Review Committee.

Dr Ammar Ali Beck

Chair, New South Wales Committee of Management

Dr Ammar Ali Beck is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Western Sydney and has a mixture of public and private practice, mainly in the Nepean and Blue Mountains service area.

He joined the NSW Committee in 2014 and has been the Chair of the Committee since 2016. He is involved in several committees at various private hospitals. Ammar's aim is to improve the ASAs representation within NSW.

Dr Vida Viliunas

Chair, Australian Capital Territory Committee of Management

Dr Viliunas is the ASA’s Education officer. She works as a clinical anaesthetist in Canberra and lectures and examines at the ANU medical school.

Having been a final examiner for 12 years and a Chair of the FANZCA final exam subcommittee, Vida has a continuing interest in the assessment and preparation for exams of advanced learners in medicine. She is the convenor of the annual Final Exam preparation Boot Camp. That intensive weekend is a Canberra tradition and a trainee member benefit supported by the ASA.

Vida also is a member of the ASA’s Science, Prizes, Awards and Research Committee that encourages, evaluates and supports scientific research for all ASA members.

Dr Jenny King

Chair, Victorian Committee of Management

Dr Jenny King has been an active member of the ASA Victorian Committee for many years and Chair since 2016.

She has been a consultant anaesthetist for 25 years having a mix of public, private and regional practice. She enjoys catching up with members from
Melbourne and further afield, and liaising with junior members.

The Victorian ASA has an active Committee with a good balance of males and females, and wide variance of ages, and are there to represent our members
and offer support.

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 Philip Soet

Chair, Western Australia Committee of Management

Dr Philip Soet is a consultant anaesthetist in private practice in Perth Western Australia.

He has an interest in advocacy for trainees/new fellows and issues affecting professionalism in private practice.

Dr Gregory Deacon

Chair, Communications Committee

Greg Deacon is a VMO anaesthetist in Sydney at St Vincent’s and the Prince of Wales Hospitals.

His particular interests are cardiac, neuro and orthopaedic anaesthesia.

He has been an ASA office bearer continuously for 30 years since 1988 and is a past ASA President and life member of the Society.

He is presently Chair of the ASA Communications Committee

A/Prof John Loadsman

Chair, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Editorial Board

John Loadsman is a full-time Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Sydney Local Health District, Conjoint Associate Professor of the University of Sydney, and since 2017, Chief Editor of the ASA's journal, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

John has been actively involved with the journal since 1997, an Editorial Board Member since 2006 and an Editor since 2008.