Clinical and Community Council Members

Tony Clarkson (Chair)

Tony Clarkson (Chair)

CLINICAL, COMMUNITY

Tony is a Psychotherapist who trained for six years in London and has a Masters in Psychotherapy. He is a clinical member of PACFA and also the chair of the Victorian PACFA Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) leadership group.  

He was the Clinical Manager at Bentleigh Bayside Community Health and is currently Principal Clinical Advisor at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (Dept of Justice) where he provides clinical advice for a statewide gambling treatment service system. He was also an executive manager at Better Place Australia.

David Shap

David Shap

CLINICAL

David is a GP and has been a partner in a Hampton general practice for two decades, having previously worked overseas and qualified at the University of Cape Town. In Australia, David received his Fellowship from the RACGP in 1993. He is married and has three sons.

Within his practice of five doctors, David is actively involved in teaching both medical students and GP registrars. His particular areas of interest are geriatrics and aged care, as well as asylum seeker health.

David was previously a Board Member of Bayside Division of General Practice, as well as Head of the GP Education Committee of the Bayside Medicare Local.

David is committed to GP Continuing Medical Education, as well as the importance of mechanisms to improve communication between general practitioners, hospitals, allied health, and community health sectors.

Faisal Siddiqui

Faisal Siddiqui

CLINICAL

Dr Siddiqui is GP at Evans Road Medical Centre in Cranbourne West.

He had been practising medicine in England until he moved to Australia. He has grown up, and worked, all over the world,  including West Africa , Asia and England. In England, he completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH), he has worked for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and published four clinical guidelines. He completed his specialisation in General Practice from the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK and has now made Australia home with his wife and baby daughter.

In his free time, he loves to spend time with his young family, playing badminton and cricket. He is also an avid supporter of Manchester United.

Dr Siddigui also recently supported SEMPHN by acting as its GP liaison for its recent general practitioner symposium. 

He joined the Clinical Council in July 2019.

Iain Edwards

Iain Edwards

CLINICAL

Iain is physiotherapist and Director, Integrated Care and Dental at Peninsula Health. He is Chair of Guide Dogs Victoria’s Consumer Advisory Council and the Peninsula Model Chronic Disease Alliance and sits on Monash University’s Physiotherapy Course Steering Committee.

Rajgowri Ratnavelar

Rajgowri Ratnavelar

CLINICAL

Dr Ratnavelar is a GP who has worked in various demographic areas for the past 23 years. 

She has sat one many health steering committees to do with  cancer and Immunisation, and was involved in the curriculum development for  fifth year medical students studying general practice. She has taught and mentored  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Registrars,  medical students from Monash and Melbourne Universities, and medical students at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

She also has extensive experience in dealing with refugee and asylum seekers health.

She joined the Clinical Council in July 2019. 

Sue White

Sue White

CLINICAL

Sue is General Manager, Community and Clinical Care, at Inner South Community Health Service. She has 25 years’ experience working with disadvantaged communities both in Australia and overseas. Sue has held management positions since 1999 in both the health and welfare sectors and has a passion for reducing inequity in health by addressing the factors that create disadvantage. She has a keen interest in research, homelessness and health, advocacy, policy and health equity.

Sue is a registered nurse and holds a Graduate Diploma in Community Health and a Masters in Public Health.

Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen

COMMUNITY

Thu Nguyen joined SEMPHN in August 2017 as a Community Council member. Thu had previously worked in the Victorian Department of Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She is currently working as a business manager at Monash Health.

Janette Donovan

Janette Donovan

COMMUNITY

Jan is a consumer advocate who represents health consumers nationally and internationally.  She is a member of the Chronic Illness Alliance in Melbourne.

She has substantial governance experience as a board director of large, medium and small organisations. Currently she is a member of the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. She also serves on a number of government committees.

Jan focuses on the health service needs of people with chronic illness particularly the need to support people who struggle with mental illness. She has a strong interest in maternal and child health and the health and social issues affecting all marginalised people.

Marlene Dalziel

Marlene Dalziel

COMMUNITY

Marlene is a Health Promotion Practitioner with a background in social planning and community development across local government and the primary health care sector.  She has lived and worked in the Shire of Cardinia, on the rural urban fringe for over 25 years; she is passionate about her community, especially those who have poor access to infrastructure and services. 

Marlene was a member of her local small rural health service Board of Management (Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service), for over 10 years, gaining considerable understanding of both aged care services and acute hospitals, in addition to her primary health care work. 

Deb Parish

Deb Parish

COMMUNITY

Debra is a Care Coordinator for people with complex mental health needs at Mentis Assist, Frankston. She has worked in the mental health sector for over nine years. Debra has also worked extensively with young parents experiencing substance-use issues and involvement with Child Protection. Having also worked in the Family Violence sector as a Crisis Worker, Debra has a good knowledge of the complexities that families experience.

She is passionate about community work and advocacy and has supported people from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal communities to access health care and supports.

She joined the Community Council in July 2019.

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