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The Quarterly 2011


New Candidate Profile

Dr Niral Shah
MBBS, MS (Orthopaedics), MHSM

After graduating with his medical degree in 2001, Niral joined the orthopaedic training program at Ahmedabad - one of the largest cities in western India. His inspiration for joining the RACMA Fellowship Training program originated from working in the largest hospital in Asia (6000 hospital beds, and 4 autonomous institutes with a further 3000 beds) and observing his superintendent handle the day to day management challenges associated with managing such a service. His main focus and interest lies in public hospital operational management. Niral is currently working as an orthopaedic registrar at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland and joined the training program at the start of the year.

He believes that a clinical manager with a patient centred holistic approach can make a difference in the operational management of the health care system and leave a positive impact on the overall health of a community. He is motivated by his cultural roots, religious beliefs, life’s challenges, taking risks and making a difference.

New Fellow Profile

Prof Christine Kilpatrick
Christine Kilpatrick is Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Christine graduated from medical school, University of Melbourne and went on to pursue a career in neurology specialising in epilepsy. She worked in both public and private practice as well as pursuing an academic career at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she established and led the Epilepsy Program.

In the early 2000s Christine moved from neurological practice into hospital administration and was appointed Executive Director Medical Services, Melbourne Health and later Executive Director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health. In addition to an undergraduate medical degree Christine has a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) both from University of Melbourne.

She has held several external appointments including the Chair of the Victorian Quality Council in Healthcare and Chair Methodist Ladies College Board. She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2003.

Christine is a new Fellow of the College, having graduated in November through the first round of the Accelerated Pathway to Fellowship.

Dr Robert Porter
We regret to inform you of the sudden passing of Dr. Robert Porter late last year. Bob provided outstanding service to our College since his Fellowship in 1992. He was elected to the NSW State Committee as a recently graduated Fellow in 1993 and remained an active member for 13 years. He served with distinction as the Chair of the committee from 1996 till 2011.

Bob's contributions wile State Chair included the introduction of elected representation for Members (Associate Fellows) and Candidates on the state committee and time limited tenure for office bearers, revival of the Management for Clinicians program, negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian College of Health Services Executives (NSW branch) and the establishment of part time secretariat support for the State Committee. In his capacity as State Chair, he also served as the Chair of the Organising Committee for the successful 1999 Annual RACMA Conference held in Sydney.

In addition to Bob’s tireless work at a jurisdictional level, he also contributed substantially on a National front serving for over eight years on the College Board from 1997 – 2006. During this time, Bob played an active role in the governance of the College and representing its interests, and was awarded the College Medallion, the College’s highest honour, in 2006.

Bob also represented the College on external bodies, serving as an ACHS Council member from 1998 to 2009, and on the ACHS Board from 2003 to 2009. Over the course of his working life he held a number of senior executive positions across NSW Area Health Services until his move to consulting in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Robyn, their two sons and their wives, Andrew and Yvonne, and Nigel and Nicole as well as the two recent granddaughters, Sasha and Christina.

He will be sadly missed by all of his RACMA colleagues and we extend our condolences to his family.

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