Meet the speakers
Take a look below for a list of our inspiring and informative speakers joining us for RMA19. Watch this space... We look forward to announcing new speakers as they come on board.
Dr Norman Swan
FRCP, DCH, MD (Hon Causa)
Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC’s Radio National, which is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world. Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He was the third person to be awarded the prestigious medal of the Australian Academy of Science and was given an honorary MD by the University of Sydney on its 150th anniversary.
Norman trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television. He has made several Four Corners, the most recent being on out of pocket expenses in health care. Norman was the medical host on Channel Ten’s Biggest Loser for six seasons and created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four part series on disease and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries. He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence based policy and priorities in health research. He has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Norman is also co-founder of Tonic Health Media, an integrated health television channel and production company which has over 15 million viewers per month.
Dr Ewen McPhee
MBBS (Hons), FACRRM, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv)
Dr Ewen McPhee is a Rural family doctor and GP Obstetrician and has been a resident in Emerald Central Queensland since 1989.
Dr McPhee is a Fellow and current President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and has had recent involvement in government health policy through membership of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group and the eHealth Implementation Taskforce.
Dr Adam Coltzau
MBBS, BBioMedSc, DRANZCOG (ADV), FACRRM, FRACGP, AFRACMA
Dr Adam Coltzau is a rural generalist doctor 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 also provides medical outreach clinics to the isolated community of Bollon, approximately 120 kilometres west of St George.
Adam was raised in the northern NSW town of Casino and studied Medicine at the University of Queensland.
He 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).
He is an active teacher and supervisor of medical students and GP registrars — both at the private practice and at St George Hospital — and holds an appointment as Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Queensland.
He is also closely involved with Queensland’s Rural Generalist Pathway program, teaching GP registrars and junior doctors and mentoring registrars on that Pathway.
Dr Coltzau has served as RDAA President since October 2017. He came to the role after serving several years on the Management Committee of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ), including a term as President in 2012/13. He also helped establish the RDAQ Foundation in 2014, and served as the Foundation's inaugural Chair.
Dr Coltzau was announced as the RACGP’s Queensland GP of the Year in 2017.
Cathy has career long experience in the Health Industry, in the Public, Private and Aged Care sectors. This includes working in Primary Health Care for the last 18 years. Cathy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Practice Manager,having managed both semi-rural and urban practices.
Whilst continuing to manage a Multi-Disciplinary General Practice and a Specialist Practice in Sydney’s north, Cathy has held positions with NSW AMA as Practice Management Advisor and is the Academic Director of the Medical Practice Assistant Program with the University of New England Partnerships and consultants with Practices nationally on Governance and Practice Management issues. Cathy is a Director of AAPM and current National President as well as being a Fellow of the Association. Cathy is a firm believer that Practice Managers are key in the development and delivery of strong systems of leadership and management enabling the delivery of quality care in Australian Primary Health Sector.
Dr Anthony Bartone
MBBS FRACGP MBA
Dr Anthony (Tony) Bartone was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2018, having served as Vice President since May 2016. He served as President of AMA Victoria (AMA VIC) from 2014 to 2016, and as Vice President of AMA VIC from 2012 to 2014.
r Bartone is an experienced General Practitioner and management executive, working in two General Practices in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. His principal specialty interests include men’s Health, mental health counselling, care co-ordination of patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and aged care. Dr Bartone graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 after completing his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and obtained his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1990.
Dr Bartone also completed a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School in 2004 with First Class Honours average.
Dr Bartone has held many Federal AMA Council and Committee positions since 2008, including serving as a member of the AMA Council of General Practice.
At the 2016 AMA National Conference, Dr Bartone was awarded Fellowship of the Association in recognition of his outstanding services to the AMA and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by Fellow members.
Dr Clare Walker
Clare Walker is a senior medical officer and board member for the Central West Hospital and Health Service, based in Longreach, who works at the Longreach Family Medical Practice and the Longreach Hospital as both a GP and GP Supervisor. Clare also provides procedural Obstetrics and Anaesthetics to the Central West HHS since moving there in 2010.
Clare enjoys the diversity of work offered in this remote area and is passionate about providing high quality primary and secondary care to rural and remote patients, as close to home as is safe. As a resident of Longreach herself and the mother of four children, Clare believes in the importance of healthy lifestyle promotion, preventative care and good chronic disease management. She practices what she preaches with her local running group, ‘The Gidgee Sniffers’!
Clare attained an undergraduate degree in Science from the University of Queensland in 1998 before completing her postgraduate medical degree, also at UQ, in 2002. She went on to complete her hospital training time in Cairns, Atherton and Longreach, followed by a dual Fellowship of the RACGP and ACRRM, in 2008. Clare also completed an Advanced Diploma of RANZCOG in 2008 and a JCCA qualification in Anaesthetics in 2009, an Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators in 2018 and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2019. Clare has also been a committee member of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland since 2014, coming into the President position in 2019/20.