Committee Members

Dr Sandy Jusuf

Dr Sandy Jusuf

Sandy Jusuf is a dual-trainee in emergency medicine and psychiatry.

Sandy is on the board of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Services NSW. She is passionate about doctors’ health and set up the Health and Wellbeing website for junior doctors.

Sandy is also on the board of the Australian Medical Association (AMA NSW) and currently chairs their Professional Issues Committee.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Choong-Siew Yong

Dr Choong-Siew Yong

Choong-Siew Yong is a consultant psychiatrist based in Sydney, NSW. He is currently Senior Staff Specialist, Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South Western Sydney Local Health District, and Visiting Medical Officer, Murrumbidgee Local Health District. He has long-standing interests in medical workforce and education, practitioner regulation, doctors’ health and mental health policy. Choong-Siew was a member of the NSW Medical Council, which regulates doctors in NSW and chaired its Health committee. He has also been a member of the previous NSW Medical Board and NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia. He has had conjoint academic positions with the Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney.

For the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Choong-Siew is chair of the Committee for CME, and a member of the Education and Membership Engagement Committees. He previously chaired the RANZCP Working Party developing Chronic Condition Self-management Education modules.

In 2016 Choong-Siew was elected President of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW).

Choong-Siew has served as Vice-President (Federal) of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and President, AMA (NSW). He was chair of the AMA Psychiatrists’ Group and has chaired the AMA Public Health, Economics and Workforce, and Child and Youth Health Committees. From 2006 to 2013 he was the AMA’s nominee to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Detention Health Advisory Group and later the Immigration Health Advisory Group.

Dr Jill Gordon

Dr Jill Gordon

Dr Gordon has twice served as President of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, NSW.  She has been a keynote speaker at conferences on medical education in Australia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK. She was visiting professor in medical education at Dalhousie University in Canada and Durham University in the UK, as well as a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham. She is a past President of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine and chairs the RACGP Specific Interest Group in Psychological Medicine. Dr Gordon was formerly Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Sydney where she also initiated a Master in Medical Humanities degree.

Professor Garry Walter AM

Professor Garry Walter AM

Professor Walter was appointed Foundation Medical Director of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW/ACT) in 2016. His interests and affiliations are wide-ranging: he has been Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Sydney’s Northern Clinical School and is affiliated with the University’s Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine. Garry is International Editor-at-Large of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His major research interests are medical students’ and doctors’ health, mood disorders in young people, physical treatments in psychiatry, genocide and severe trauma, psychiatric stigma, medical education, the use and abuse of media, and publishing processes and ethics. He has published almost 400 papers, book chapters and books, and has won a number of key research awards. In 2009, Garry was awarded a College Citation by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for “a remarkable contribution to the College and the profession of psychiatry through his exceptional and tireless work as Editor of Australasian Psychiatry, and as a leading investigator, educator, administrator and clinician”.

Professor Simon Willcock

Professor Simon Willcock

Simon is a general practitioner and the Clinical Director of Primary Care at the Macquarie University Hospital. His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in the medical workforce, men’s health and musculoskeletal medicine.

Simon trained as a rural procedural GP, and practiced in Inverell, NSW where his practice included obstetrics and anaesthetics. For the past twenty years he has worked in academic and clinical practice in Sydney and has had a number of educational leadership roles.

Simon is currently the Chair of the Avant Mutual Group and a board member of the Sydney North Health Network, the NSW Doctors’ Health Advisory Service and a member of the NSW AMA Council of General Practice.

Dr Chanaka Wijeratne

Dr Chanaka Wijeratne

Chanaka graduated in medicine from UNSW, and trained in psychiatry in Sydney and London. He works as a senior psychiatrist at the Academic Dept for Old Age Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Assoc Prof in the School of Medicine Sydney, University of Notre Dame Australia. He developed an interest in doctors’ health through his work as an assessor for the health program of the Medical Council of NSW. He has a specific interest in the health of late career practitioners. He has led studies of retirement intention, successful ageing and prevalence of mental disorders in this group, and written a book chapter about doctors’ fitness to practice.

 

Sophie Walter