Take a look below for a list of our inspiring and informative speakers joining us for RMA22. Watch this space... We look forward to announcing new speakers as they come on board.
The Honourable Greg Hunt
The Honourable Greg Hunt is a highly experienced former Cabinet Minister in the Australian Government, having served as Australia’s Minister for the Environment, Innovation and Health across three major portfolios over almost nine years. As Minister for Health from 2017 to 2022, Greg Hunt oversaw Australia’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, established telehealth as a permanent and universal centrepiece of Medicare, reformed private health and established long-term plans for mental health, aged care, medical research and primary care and listed over 2,000 medicines for public access. He oversaw an annual budget of $132 billion, 17 portfolio agencies and 7,000 staff. As Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, Greg Hunt laid the foundation for the Australian Space Agency. As Minister for the Environment, he established the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Green Army, the $1 billion Reef Trust and helped lead Australia’s negotiations for the Montreal Protocol update and Paris Climate Change Accord. For his work as Environment Minister, Greg Hunt was named Best Minister in the World at the World Government Summit in 2016. As the longest serving Federal Member for Flinders (over 20 years), he is a nationally and internationally experienced legislator, negotiator, strategic thinker, stakeholder manager and administrator. Greg Hunt was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as a young Member of Parliament in the Howard Government. He was Shadow Minister for the Environment from 2007-2013. Prior to Parliament, Greg worked with Mallesons Stephen Jacques before becoming Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Between 1994 and 1998, Greg Hunt worked as a Senior Adviser to the then Opposition Leader and subsequent Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. He then headed Australia’s electoral mission to Cambodia in 1998. Greg then worked with McKinsey & Co for almost three years, during which time he became an Engagement Manager and specialised in telecommunications, startups, government reform and the banking sector. Greg Hunt is a Fulbright Scholar with a Masters from Yale University and First Class Honours in Law from the University of Melbourne. He has given over 10,000 speeches and interviews at local, national and international level and was runner up at the 1990 World Debating Championships, as well as Australian Universities Debating Champion. Greg has completed seven marathons and five 500km walks for charity. He lives on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula with his wife Paula and two children, 90 year old Italian Nonna and cavoodle Charlie.
Dr Adam Coltzau
MBBS, BBIOMEDSC, DRANZCOG (ADV), FACRRM, FRACGP, AFRACMA
Adam is a Rural Generalist doctor and Medical Superintendent at St George in south-western Queensland, where he provides emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics and generalist in-patient care at the local hospital, and general practice care at the St George Medical Centre.
He is also closely involved with Queensland’s Rural Generalist Pathway program, teaching GP registrars and junior doctors and mentoring registrars on that Pathway. Adam holds Fellowships of both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Advanced) from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
Adam is a former President of both RDAA and the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ). Additionally, he helped establish the RDAQ Foundation in 2014 and served as the Foundation's inaugural Chair. Adam is also a Board member of the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority. Outside medicine, Adam enjoys camping and 4WDing.
Trudy is an established business leader and human resource professional who specialises in enabling businesses to become great by maximising the performance of their people. She is an award-winning speaker having been honoured as “Speaker of the Year” - Australia and New Zealand in 2019, 2015 & 2014 and Best New Speaker in 2013 by global CEO network – The Executive Connection. Trudy is a regular speaker at Industry Associations, Conferences and Corporate Events and is consistently among the highest rated speakers.
Trudy’s career is founded on an education in Organisational Psychology and spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA and parts of Asia. She has co-founded or played a key executive role in four start-up technology and human resource consulting businesses, three of which have been acquired by international companies. Currently, Trudy is the Founder and Managing Director of TalentCode HR and is passionate about improving the performance of businesses by creating high performance cultures and developing leadership capabilities.
Trudy is a sought after conference speaker, thought leader and executive coach having delivered over 200 workshops to CEOs and business leaders in the past three years.
Dr Dan Pronk
Dan entered into the Australian Army in 2001 on a scholarship to study medicine. Upon graduation he completed his internship and first year residency in civilian hospitals before posting to his first Army unit and quickly moving into Special Operations following successful completion of the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment selection course.
Dan spent the last five years of his service working between the SAS and the 2nd Commando Regiment and saw operational service in Timor Leste and Afghanistan. Dan was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service for his leadership in action during his second of four operational tours of Afghanistan.
Following leaving the army in 2014 Dan has held positions as a remote mine site doctor, a ship’s doctor, the Deputy Medical Superintendent of a regional hospital, and the Medical Director of the South Australian Prison Health Service. He co-owns and serves as the Medical Director for the private medical company TacMed Australia. He currently works part time in the Emergency Department of a regional hospital in between remote medical support tasks including support of reality TV shows including SAS Australia.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science, A Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, A Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Master of Business Administration, and an Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. He is an instructor on the Royal Australian College of Surgeons’ Early Management of Severe Trauma course, a board member of the Australian Tactical Medical Association, and a former Independent Medical Advisor to the Department of Home Affairs.
Dan regularly presents to corporate, military, and government groups on leadership under adversity, resilience, and social psychological theory. He has co-authored a book on resilience titled The Resilience Shield, which uses the evidence base from both the scientific literature, as well as Resilience Shield’s own government grant supported research project, to present resilience as a multifactorial, dynamic, and modifiable construct.
He lives in Adelaide, is married to a very tolerant wife and is the proud father of three boys.
Dr Sarah Chalmers (ACRRM President)
FACRRM, BSc(Hons), PG, DipEd, MBBS, FRACGP
Dr Sarah Chalmers worked in East Arnhem Land for 15 years, before moving to North Queensland in 2019. She has worked in private general practice, hospitals and remote Aboriginal communities and homelands in the Northern Territory and is now working as an Rural Generalist in Winton in Western Queensland.
She has always been interested in medical education, teaching medical students at Flinders University in the Northern Territory, and is now at James Cook University. She also enjoys teaching and supervising registrars. Her clinical interests include remote practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, occupations and DNA sports medicine.
Dr Megan Belot (RDAA President)
Megan is a Rural Generalist doctor from Victoria, and President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA).
Megan currently works as a GP Anaesthetist and Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) at Echuca Hospital; as a GP Anaesthetist at Cohuna Hospital; and as a GP at the Northern District Community Health clinic at Kerang.
She also has had experience working as a doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Broken Hill base), undertaking emergency medical retrievals and remote bush GP clinics; and has undertaken other hospital and GP placements in locations as diverse as Christmas Island and Katherine (NT).
Megan is also a past President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria (RDAV).
Dr Norman Swan (Master of Ceremonies)
Dr Norman Swan hosts RN’s Health Report and since the COVID-19 pandemic, has co-hosted Coronacast, a daily podcast on the coronavirus. Norman is also a reporter and commentator on the ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast
He is a past winner of the Gold Walkley. He created Invisible Enemies, on pandemics and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries. Norman was awarded the medal of the Australian Academy of Science and has an honorary MD from the University of Sydney. He is also the recipient of the Australian Skeptics Journalism Award 2020. Norman trained in Medicine and Paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.