President - Don Buchanan
Dr Don Buchanan has been a full time forensic medical officer in Queensland for 26 years, during which time he was director of state government medical officer services for 7 years. His duties have included the examination of sexual assault complainants, examination of deceased persons at death scenes, examination of drivers adversely affected by drugs or alcohol, advice to the coroner concerning the medial aspects of reportable deaths, forensic interpretation of injuries and the provision of medical services to sick and injured prisoners. He has given evidence in the various courts of Queensland and elsewhere on almost all aspects of clinical forensic medicine.
He was educated at The Southport School and obtained his medical degree at the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists. He is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and is currently President of the College. He obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of Queensland in 1996.
Dr Buchanan was awarded a Juris Doctor (a graduate law degree) from the University of Queensland in 2003 and admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004. He is registered as a barrister through the Bar Association of Queensland. He has also completed a Master of Laws (Health Law) from the Queensland University of Technology. He has been a member of the Army Reserve since 1988 and has had two tours of duty to Afghanistan. He enjoys study and research, family, cycling and travel.
Vice President Academic - Sandra Johnson
Dr Sandra Johnson is a developmental paediatrician who has been in private practice in Sydney for the past 26 years. She has been working in the field of Paediatrics since 1983 having worked the prior 3 years in general practice and adult Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health of the University of Sydney Medical School and has held a clinical academic title since 1996. She did her training in Paediatrics at teaching hospitals in Cape Town, London, Toronto, Boston and Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH) and Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine (FACLM). She has been a member of ACLM since 1997, was secretary for Council of ACLM from 2009-2013 and is currently VP Academic for the College. She has been a Council member for the Division of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and she is a member of the University of Sydney Forensic Medicine Network. Sandra is the main author of “A clinical handbook on child development paediatrics” written for doctors and allied health professionals; she is the publisher and author of a book for parents “Your child’s development”; she has written a chapter in “Legal Medicine” (Editor:Beran) and she has written several peer reviewed journal articles. She enjoys writing and teaching topics related to paediatrics and legal medicine.
Vice President Administration - Erwin Loh
Professor Erwin Loh is Chief Medical Officer at Monash Health, Victoria’s largest health service. In this role, he has executive accountability for the professional governance of over 2,000 doctors, which includes the medical workforce and education, research governance across clinical and translational research, and the implementation of the electronic medical record. Prior to this he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Before that he worked full-time as a lawyer at Sparke Helmore, and has trained in psychiatry. He has a medical degree from the University of Melbourne, and a law degree with honours from Monash University. He also has an MBA, a Master of Health Service Management, and a PhD with his thesis examining doctors in senior hospital management. He is Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Australasian College of Health Service Management, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is an alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, the Department of Health Executive LINK program, and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Executive Healthcare Improvement Academy, and is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Lean Champion. He has been Board Director of the Australian Medical Association (Victoria), Law Institute of Victoria, Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, and is a current Board Director and Vice President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He is an adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University where he teaches health law and health services management, and is involved in research exploring medical leadership and health services management. He is a member of the Consultative Council for Clinical Trials Research and is also Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training for the Royal Australasian College of Administrators training program in Victoria. He has been an invited speaker of local and international conferences, published articles and book chapters on health law and medical management, and supervises doctoral students.
Censor-in-Chief - Adam Griffin
Adam Griffin is the current director of Queensland’s Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit. He received a medical degree from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Forensic Medicine from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, foundation member of the Australasian Association of Forensic Physicians, and member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association. Dr Griffin enjoys study and research, educating others, playing tennis, recreational pursuits in IT and travel.
Treasurer - Alistair Soon
Alistair Soon is a dental officer in forensic odontology at Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services, and a dental officer at Metro South Oral Health. He is also a consultant forensic odontologist for Kenyon International Emergency Services. Dr Soon completed the Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne, and the Master of Forensic Medicine from Monash University. He is a member of the Australian Dental Association, and is a CPD committee member of the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch. He is currently an executive member of the Australian Society of Forensic Odontology. Dr Soon enjoys study and research, educating others and travelling. He is a clinical supervisor at the University of Queensland. He is a visiting scholar at the School of Dental Medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), where he is part of the forensic odontology research team. Dr Soon recently travelled to Nepal after the earthquake to provide forensic odontology assistance to the local forensic dentists.
Council Member - Roy Beran
Roy is trained as a consultant neurologist and accredited sleep physician, in addition to working within legal medicine and aviation medicine. His qualifications include: MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRACGP, Grad. Dip. Tertiary Ed., Grad. Dip. Further Ed., FAFPHM, FACLM, FRCP, FACBS, B Leg. S, MHL and FFFLM (Hon). He is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland, and Conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He is a founding Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, a Past President of the College, having stepped down in 2011, and is the Australian Governor and Secretary General of the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (London).
Council Member - Shelley Robertson
Shelley Robertson has practised as a Forensic Pathologist for over 25 years. She obtained her medical degree (MBBS) and law degree (LLB) from the University of Melbourne, Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence (Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London), Fellowship of the Australian College of Legal Medicine and Fellowship of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (Royal College of Physicians). She developed an interest in fatal aviation accident investigation and completed a post-graduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences (Aviation Medicine) from the University of Otago. She is a member of the RAAF Specialist Reserve, rank of Squadron Leader, and was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine. She currently is Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne and runs Forensair, a Forensic and Aviation Pathology consulting business providing expert medicolegal opinion in matters of unnatural death, homicide and aviation accidents.
Council Member - Selva Mudaliar
Dr. Selva Mudaliar has been practicing as a rehab physician in Melbourne for 20 years. He was the Director of Rehabilitation at Peninsula Health from 2002 to 2009. Currently he is the Clinical Head of the Orthopaedics and Prosthetic Rehab at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and also consults at the SJOG Rehab hospital, Brunswick Private Hospital, Frankston Pain Management Clinic and Casey Pain and Rehab Clinic. His qualifications include DSM, FAFRM, AFRACMA, Grad Cert in Legal Medicine, Grad Dip in Law (Monash) and FACLM. He is also a current Student at Law with NSW Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. He was one of the very first candidates to obtain his fellowship in legal medicine by successfully completing the college exams. Previously he has been an Honorary Lecturer in Medicine at Monash University and also taught Medical Law to 3rd and 5th year medical students. He spent 8 months in the Medico-legal Dept at Royal Melbourne Hospital as sabbatical. He is a current member of the specialist medico-legal advisory committee of RACP and also a member of the Victorian Critical Incident Review Panel.
Affiliate Council Member - Marnie Williams
Marnie Williams is a legal practitioner with over ten years experience in a broad range of commercial law areas. She is currently Group General Counsel for the Unitised Building group, a multinational construction group. Marnie is also currently undertaking a PhD, a cross faculty supervised project between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. Her research relates to medical treatment decision making and the clinical realities, ethics and the law. Marnie holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a mini MBA. She was previously Group Corporate Counsel Asia Pacific for the Associated British Foods plc group and Senior Associate at a leading Australian intellectual property (“IP”) law firm. She is the elected Chair of the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria and Member of its Commercial Law Executive. She is a Fellow of the International Intellectual Property Strategists’ Association (INTIPSA), a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and Law Member of Monash University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. She has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of a marine research not for profit organisation and as a Teaching Associate in Law at Monash University. She is also an experienced IP strategist and is currently ranked in IAM’s World’s Leading 300 IP Strategists, one of only five Australians to make the rankings.
Council Member - Mike O’Connor
Mike O’Connor is Professor of O&G at Western Sydney University and a Visiting Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The St George Hospital, Kogarah, and St George Private Hospital, where he is Chairman of the Patient Care and Clinical Review Committee. He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW in the Division of Women’s and Children’s Health and Lecturer at Sydney University.
From 1981-1983 he was Medical Superintendent at the Women’s Hospital (Crown St.) in Sydney. For 6 years Mike O’Connor was a Federal Councillor of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, representing NSW and served as Vice President of the College from 2002-2004. His College work included the development of an Indigenous Health Worker training program in antenatal care, adult and neonatal resuscitation courses as well as courses on the management of sexual assault. He established the Chapter of Military O&G in the RANZCOG and is its Chairman.
Mike O’Connor was awarded the Gold Medal of the RCOG at the MRCOG exams in 1975 and in 1982 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Sydney University). He holds Diplomas in Diagnostic Ultrasound & Child Health. He is an active member of the ACLM, the ASCCP and the ASUM. He has a Master’s degree in Health Law from Sydney University and a Master’s degree in Forensic Medicine from Monash University. He acts for both Plaintiffs and Defendants as an expert witness. He is a section editor for the Journal of Law and Medicine. In 2009 he was created a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his longstanding work in Indigenous Health.
Council Member - Les Mighalls
Les is more polymath than dentist or lawyer. He graduated in Dentistry in 1978 and took an honours degree in Law in 2004. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Defence Force for a total of eight years, four of which as a full time RAAF Dental Officer. In addition to having been in private practice as a dentist for many years, he has variously been a partner in a Business and Taxation Law firm, a Registered Migration Agent and a professional photographer. He has tutored in Systems Analysis and Business Computing as well as designing one of the first comprehensive software packages for managing dental practices. He has also presented at various national and international conferences on topics as varied as taxation law, dental practice management and dentistry and the law. A former Vice-President of the now defunct Naval and Military Club he currently maintains membership of the Melbourne Savage Club and the Royal Air Force Club in London.
Associate Council Member - Mary Chiu
Dr Chiu brings to the college 11 years experience practicing medicine in both private and public sectors. She is currently working as the medical advisor for the Department of Veteran Affairs in providing medical opinions to assist with medical claims and liability. In recent years she has developed a strong interest the field of legal medicine and joined the ACLM as an Associate member. She will commence a part-time post graduate Juris Doctor law degree in 2017.
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