Professor Adrian Dunlop has over 24 years of experience as an addiction clinician and clinician/researcher. He currently serves as the Director and Addiction Medicine Senior Staff Specialist with Hunter New England Local Health District, Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services. He is a Conjoint Professor with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, and a member of the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2005 and is a James Rankin Orator 2012.
“We have come a long way in 20 years – but clearly there is still lots of work to be done. Key issues for the coming two years include specialist AChAM recognition in Aotearoa New Zealand and working with the College to make it more possible for potential trainees to join the training program and ensuring we progress diversity in the addiction medicine field.”
Professor Graeme Maguire is a general physician who initially trained in respiratory medicine. He has worked across northern and central Australia as a community and hospital-based physician and researcher and in the city as a general medicine head of unit. He is now involved with medical student education while continuing to regularly work out in the bush. Professor Maguire is particularly interested in regional health issues, medical workforce development and distribution, and clinician research.
“During my tenure, I will be collaborating with the President-elect, Executive Committee, and Council Members to continue to progress and build upon our workplan. We will be delivering a leadership workshop later this year and finessing other activities to contribute to the success of our trainees and Fellows.”
Dr Harrex is a consultant occupational and environmental physician in private practice in Canberra. Prior to this he served in the RAAF for 26 years and was the Director General of Clinical Services for the Australian Defence Force and the Director General of Air Force Health Services. In 1998, he transferred to the RAAF Reserve and saw active service with the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor in 2003. He chaired the Medical Officers Credentialling Committee until his retirement in 2022.
“My priorities over the next three years are to advocate for improvements in work, health and safety for healthcare workers, and to increase the awareness of occupational and environmental medicine as a career choice.”
Dr Stephen Inns was confirmed as RACP Aotearoa New Zealand President-elect by the Board on Rāmere 18 Pipiri 2021 | Friday 18 June 2021. He is a gastroenterologist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and comes with a wealth of knowledge having previously served on many College committees, including the Aotearoa New Zealand Committee and Clinical Examinations Committees. Dr Inns’ MD thesis focused on the effect of diet on inflammatory bowel disease, particularly Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. His current interests include the development of specialist nursing services in gastroenterology and clinical research in IBD.
“Mā pango mā whero ka oti te mahi.
With red and black the work will be complete. This whakataukī refers to collaboration and co-operation, where if everyone does their part, the work will be complete. The colours refer to the traditional kowhaiwhai patterns on the inside of the meeting houses.
In my term as AoNZ President my focus will be on making the College a friendly and accessible ‘place’ for members and fellows in Aotearoa and everywhere. I plan to achieve this through the revitalisation of our AoNZ committees and AoNZ representation on College committees. Our new office space in Wellington will be a fantastic chance to involve members in the College in Aotearoa. We are planning ‘transformational change’ in the member experience in the College and I, and the AoNZ committee, are fully committed to supporting that and innovating for change in Aotearoa wherever possible. It's been a tough couple of years for our members because of the pandemic but now is our chance to re-engage with our College. ‘You only get out what you put in’ as the old saying goes.”
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Associate Professor Nitin Kapur is a Respiratory and Sleep Physician at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. He is also the Director of Paediatric Education and Director of Clinical Training at the QCH. His research interests include paediatric cough, sleep disorders, medical education, and bronchiectasis, in which he has a PhD. Dr Kapur has published in international journals on bronchiectasis and sleep disordered breathing, especially the use of CPAP and NIV.
“My key mission over the next three years in this position is to improve engagement between the College and the wider paediatric community and through PCHD, continue to support, contribute, and undertake work that ensures the College excels as a training and education provider.”
Dr Massimo Giola graduated from the University of Pavia Medical School in 1991 and trained in Italy in the 1990s at the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. After moving to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2009, he completed sexual health training in Auckland from 2013 to 2015 and is now practicing mainly as a sexual health physician — with a little topping of general infectious diseases — in Tauranga and Rotorua, in the upper part of Te Ika-a-Manui.
“With the start of the new College governance cycle, the Chapter Committee has welcomed Clinical Professor Louise Owen as President-elect and Dr Stephanie Bond as the AChSHM Trainee Representative. The new committee members bring a wealth of valuable experience and I sincerely look forward to working with them and the other continuing members over the next two years to progress the work of the Chapter.”
Associate Professor Peter Poon is a foundation Fellow of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine. He is the Director of Supportive and Palliative Care at Monash Health in Victoria, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. His interests are diverse and include refractory cancer pain and symptom management, telehealth, palliative medicine service modelling, geriatric oncology and palliative care in the aged care setting, and non-malignant chronic conditions.

“During my term, I hope to focus on matters important to our members and a number of topics I am passionate about. These include improved access to MBS items for sustaining and developing new palliative care services, access to specialist palliative medicine in the aged care setting, improved geriatric oncology with integrated palliative care, specialist palliative support for non-malignant chronic conditions, and equitable access to palliative care for the vulnerable including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and CALD populations.”
Dr Jennifer Mann is Head of the Department for Rehabilitation Medicine at Ryde/Royal North Shore Hospitals and has a particular interest in policy and advocacy. She notes that COVID has brought many challenges to how Faculty members meet, train, and deliver rehabilitation services to communities, but believes that between us all we have the expertise, experience, and ideas to meet these challenges.
“The Faculty provides the engine, but it is we as members who drive the machine – by being supervisors, examiners, joining committees, providing expert advice … so many opportunities. AFRM doesn’t just work for us, it is us. So as I commence my term as President, I look forward to not only working for you all, but working with you all.”
Professor Jeanette Ward has three decades of experience in population and public health, having worked in both the government and non-government sectors in Australia and Canada, including as personal Chair in policy implementation at the University of Ottawa. She currently lives in Broome where she works as Consultant, Public Health Medicine in the Kimberley Population Health Unit for the Western Australian Country Health Service. Her role focuses on the strategic development of public health, primary healthcare, and stakeholder partnerships to improve population outcomes. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.
“With the leadership elections, your Council has had some changes in membership but our accountability to you all, Fellows and trainees alike whether in Australia or New Zealand, is unwavering. Council will continue to prosecute our agreed Workplan which includes a laser-like focus on the Commonwealth/State/Territory public health workforce review in Australia and support for effective public health policy reforms underway in New Zealand.”

Introducing your new Presidents

Dr Stephen Inns FRACP Aotearoa New Zealand President


Professor Graeme Maguire FRACP Adult Medicine Division President

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Professor Adrian Dunlop FAChAM Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine President

Dr Warren Harrex FAFPHM, FAFOEM Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine President


Associate Professor Nitin Kapur FRACP PCHD President

Dr Massimo Giola FRACP, FAChSHM Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine President

Associate Professor Peter Poon FAChPM Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine President

Dr Jennifer Mann FAFRM Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation
Medicine President

Professor Jeanette Ward FAFPHM Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine President