Learning and Education Workshop - Speakers


Speakers appear in order of last name



John Buckley

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John is a GP in Brisbane, Australia. He has been working in Medical Education since 1994 but has the most fun when he visits New Zealand GPs! His is particularly interested in Supervisor training and the patient-doctor relationship.


Lachlan Fieldhouse

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Lachlan graduated from Newcastle Medical School, NSW in 2004. He trained at Orange Base, and Goulburn Psychiatric Hospitals before his beautiful wife convinced him to travel to New Zealand where he trained and worked as a GP at Te Kauwhata Health Centre.

During this six year period he worked in prison health, aged care, and established a high school clinic in the community working with Dr Geoffrey Knight. He worked as a Medical Educator for the RNZCGP for two years and supervised three GP Registrars. He has worked on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean Territories where he oversaw the Australian Government Immigration Detention Health Services as Area Medical Director in 2013, involving governance of clinical service delivery for primary, emergency, public health, maternity care and infectious disease control.

He has lived in Hobart the last four years while working as a GP Supervisor at The University of Tasmania Health Centre and as Director of Training at General Practice Training Tasmania. This role leads a medical education team of around 50 to provide executive input into the Australian GP Registrar training program.

He is the Chair of the Lead Medical Educator Committee of the RTO Network. He writes and standard sets the RACGP CAKKT written entry exam for GP training.

He is a Mentor in the RACGP Future Leaders program and Duke of Edinburgh Award, and a past volunteer NZ Firefighter and soccer coach. He is motivated by evidenced based compassionate policy in GP education and training that balances resources and need by exploring 'grey zones'. He also loves creative adventure pursuits and makes electronic music in his home studio to relax with his 13 and 15 year old sons. He hopes you might enjoy learning about enhancing educational teams.


Liza Lack

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Liza is the National Clinical Lead and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

She lead's the development of the College's GPEP program from a clinical perspective. She also work's with the College's Medical Educators, registrars, and the wider educational sector.

Liza sees the role of GPs as being the guardians of a community's well-being. This is reflected in both her attitude and activity: Liza brings people together, enables excellence and mutual support.


Allan Mbita

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Allan is RNZCGP's Principal Advisor, Education Development he
is  responsible for the professional development of educators and examiners as well as the development and delivery of the GPEP exams. This includes the delivery of the new teachers and examiners training and the analysis and evaluation of the GPEP examination results. Allan has years of field experience and has a passion of professional development.


Mark Miller


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Dr Mark Miller is the RACGP Censor-in-Chief, and Chair of the RACGP Board of Censors / Board of Assessment. Mark previously held roles as SA Exam Panel Chair from 1997 until 2003, and then RACGP SA&NT Censor. Mark has trained general practice registrars for more than 20 years, is a member of RACGP Rural and has been both a John Flynn and Ramus mentor.

Mark is heavily involved with the running of the RACGP Fellowship Assessments and has been a Medical Educator and facilitator at RACGP SA&NT run workshops for many years. Mark was also awarded the 2013 RACGP GP of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the profession and was recently awarded a 25 year long service medal for rural practice in South Australia

Mark has been a full time rural GP in Goolwa, South Australian for over 24 years. In addition to a full time clinical role, Mark has been involved with medical student teaching from both Flinders and Adelaide University and the practice has hosted Parallel Rural Clinical Curriculum students completing their 3rd year at Flinders University Medical School for over 10 years. He has supervised over 30 general practice registrars and enjoys the vibrancy they add to clinical practice, teaching, mentoring and learning. Mark has provided tuition and mentoring to international medical graduates (IMGs) commencing general practice in Australia.

Arturo Pelayo

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Arturo Pelayo has spent over fifteen years at the forefront of innovation, design and education.

He's a man dedicated to using innovation to make services accessible to all people, and his projects have captured the potential for humans to do amazing things with technology.

Attendees will consider how technology is changing general practice and the primary healthcare sector, identifying opportunities and barriers, and developing a mandate for change.

Arturo lends his expertise as an Innovation Strategist. This role has him working with organisations in Germany, the USA, Mexico and New Zealand, helping them to meet the challenges of unstoppable change in a positive and proactive manner.

Last year Arturo developed a project called Tactile Astronomy, a group of innovators that are creating accessible-first technologies for many fields of science. Their recent work has included creating a 'printed universe' of 3D-printed models to help teach blind youth about the stars. In a recent interview with The Spinoff, Arturo touched on the opportunities for equal accessibility that technology affords a developing world.

"Rather than hacking existing systems for accessibility purposes, Pelayo demands his developers design for accessibility first…a minimum viable product provides a foundation on which the rest of the user base can operate." – Don Rowe, The Spinoff.

Arturo is an avid futurist, and attendees of the Auckland Faculty AGM will no doubt enjoy discussing the potential and scope for innovation in general practice and primary healthcare with him.


Suzanne Pitama

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Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Associate Dean Māori) PhD (Otago) PGDipEdPsych, MA (First Class Hons).  Suzanne (Ngāti Kahungunu) is also the director of the Māori/Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Suzanne is a child psychologist and has been involved in Māori health research for more than 18 years. The MIHI team have won a number of awards for their indigenous health curriculum. 

Suzanne has a special interest in medical education, and her PhD that focused on the design, implementation and impact of indigenous health curricula within medical schools across four countries.

Suzanne is just beginning her work with how indigenous health curriculum can be vertically integrated from medical school through to the professional Medical Colleges.


Hamish Wilson

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Associate Professor Hamish Wilson graduated from Otago Medical School in 1978, but found that clinical practice was quite different to what he was expecting. He convenes the 'Nature of Medical Practice,' one of several popular postgraduate courses from Otago University for practicing GPs. Since 2008, he has also helped to re-design the undergraduate curriculum for pre-clinical students, providing them with innovative community-based learning opportunities.

With Dr Wayne Cunningham, he co-authored Being a Doctor: Understanding Medical Practice (University of Otago Press, 2013), a textbook that addresses gaps between medical theory and the reality of clinical practice. He has also researched and published on patients' experiences of health care, the doctor patient relationship, the impact of complaints on doctors equanimity, and student resilience.


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