2021 Future Leaders Group presentations

Track 6
Friday, November 25, 2022
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Meeting Room 216


Session style: Presentation with Q&A


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Mr Oliver Schulz
Manager - Leadership and Mentoring Programs

Future Leaders Wrap Up 2021

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Session summary

The RACGP Future Leaders Program is designed for RACGP Fellows who have had some experience of leadership, but who have not yet had significant formal leadership training. The program has been designed to be accessible and to allow for growth as a leader at your own pace through a blended learning approach.

The Program asks its participants to engage in a leadership initiative that allows them to apply their developing leadership skills to enhance the health sector. The Future Leaders Wrap Up is an opportunity for some of those initiatives to be socialised and discussed with an expert panel and audience participation.

Seven of the participants will present their projects to the RACGP Board and to GP22 delegates who wish to attend.

This session is open to all delegates.



Oliver Schulz runs the RACGP’s Future Leaders program. After a storied career that spanned two decades over multiple continents working in, and leading small high performance teams in the military, Oliver sought to further enhance his understanding of leadership by broadening his education. He has since completed a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on leadership and in 2018 was part of the inaugural doctoral program with the UNSW Public Leadership Research Group. Oliver’s dissertation focuses on leadership in high performance teams working in strategically sensitive environments. In addition to his operational and academic perspectives on leadership, Oliver has also been employed in the practical development of leadership skills through the use of extreme sports and for four years worked as a subject matter expert in the field of white water rafting and white water kayaking instructor training. This included the planning and delivering of multi day wilderness expeditions aimed at putting group leaders into immersive, exhaustive and novel leadership situations to explore development opportunities and achieve learning outcomes. Oliver has a keen interest in leadership at the coal face and has used his knowledge to help develop training activities for organizations such as Act for Kids and Soldier On. He comes to the RACGP with a desire to help GPs develop their leadership potential and drive change in the health services sector.
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Dr Kati Bartlett
GP and GP supervisor
yourGP@Denman and GP Synergy

Building connection into Peer-to-Peer feedback the Dr STABLE way

11:05 AM - 11:11 AM

Session summary

Dr Stable is a mnemonic designed to maximise motivation in peer-to-peer feedback exchanges whilst navigating a willingness to sit with psychological vulnerability by purposefully introducing elements that foster supportive relationships.

It is hoped that by having a memorable framework that consciously embeds positive collegiate exchanges into our performance culture, GP's start to use feedback conversations in a more meaningful way; one where the information and learning transactions are high quality and the relational connection improves mental wellbeing and professional satisfaction facilitating further engagement.

Further development plans for Dr STABLE include introducing this into an academic GP space for further evaluation and approaching the RACGP for use in performance review discussions with a view to meeting CPD requirements from 2023.


Dr Kati Davies is a Canberra-based GP. She is currently enrolled in the Future Leaders and Mentor Program with the RACGP. She fellowed with the RACGP in 2018 and has two young children. Her current hero is Brené Brown, though her husband and parents come a close second. Trained through the UK’s National Health Service, she later emigrated to Australia where, as an international medical graduate, she completed the rural stream RACGP Fellowship.
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Dr Karyn Matterson
Locum Senior Medical Officer

Bush Telegraph Doctors – creating greater workforce capacity for the Bush

11:12 AM - 11:18 AM

Session summary

Bush Telegraph Doctors was borne from a passion of wanting to assist with solving the rural doctor shortage across Australia. Dr Karyn Matterson has worked over the past year gathering experience in rural communities seeking to understand the barriers for Doctors to provide medical services, in particular specialist General Practitioner services, to rural & remote areas. Her lived experience seeks to provide practical knowledge to the wider systemic challenges in both the environmental and professional arena as well as practical solutions for individual metropolitan specialist General Practitioners enabling them with access, further training and mechanisms for them to reach the most needing of communities.


Dr Karyn Matterson is a FRACGP FARGP with advanced rural skills training in Emergency Medicine. Karyn is a Defence veteran having recently transitioned as a RAAF Aviation Medical Officer to civilian practice. She has spent the past twelve months working in rural locations across Australia in locum roles. She is a keen advocate of accessible primary health care across urban, rural and remote settings. Prior to Medicine she was involved in event management and clinical dietetics operating her own dietetic private practice. She holds a Board Position on GPRA and is a member for Committee General Practice AMAQ.
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A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis
Academic GP
University of Melbourne

Exploring the perspectives of heads of departments of general practice regarding the role of the RACGP in supporting PBRNs to inform the implementation of the RACGP Research Strategy

11:19 AM - 11:25 AM

Session summary

Jo-Anne will explore the perspectives of heads of departments of general practice regarding the role of the RACGP in supporting PBRNs to inform the implementation of the RACGP Research Strategy. She has identified five key strategies that could be used to strengthen relationships between the RACGP and universities to build research culture and capacity in general practice. These strategies will inform activities of the REC – Research with the aim of supporting world-class research in Australian general practice.


Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is an academic GP at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. She leads the Data Driven Quality Improvement program, which conducts innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision-making in general practice, and the use of data to describe and improve general practice activity, with a focus on chronic disease management. She is committed to building research capacity in general practice, supporting academic registrars, GPs undertaking higher degree research training and contributing to the University of Melbourne Primary Care Trials Unit and practice-based research network (PBRN), VicREN. She holds a number of roles including Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Research (REC – Research), member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and Director of the MACH Track Clinician Scientist program.
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Dr Anita Moss
Sexual Health Options

Self-leadership, for medical students and junior doctors

11:26 AM - 11:32 AM

Session summary

It is well known that doctors experience high levels of vicarious trauma and stress, increasing their risk of chronic stress and burnout. Higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide attempts among doctors compared with other professions, reflects the need for our profession to find ways to prevent such negative outcomes. Workforce shortages, the pandemic and rigid systems has further exacerbated these issues.

Medicine offers a rewarding career, with opportunities for lifelong learning, challenges and doing work that has great meaning and purpose.

I have developed 3 workshops for medical students to improve self-awareness, to learn to identify their responses to stress early, allowing for more effective self-regulation and management of stressors.

Designed for budding medical professionals who are being trained to take care of others, these workshops aim to start the conversation and teach them that we must take care of ourselves first, in order to receive the fulfilment and joy that a career in medicine can bring.


Since completing her RACGP fellowship in 2008, Anita has developed a special interest in women’s health across the lifespan. She has been working in the Women’s Health Unit at Peninsula Health, for over 10 years and more recently she has opened a Sexual Health Service in Melbourne. Anita is currently providing GP services to an Indigenous Health clinic in regional Victoria monthly, for the Royal Flying Doctors Victoria. Raising her two teenage sons brings her much joy and keeps her challenged. Away from the workplace, she also enjoys spending time in her garden, practising yoga and hiking along the beach trails near her home.
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Dr Shani Macaulay
Consultant GP and Medical Educator
Pioneer Health / RACGP

Postpartum Care in General Practice

11:33 AM - 11:39 AM

Session summary

Postpartum care is a modern-day wild west. Families find themselves at the mercy of social media, fake news, commercial interest, and opinion-based advice. Obstetric care typically ends at birth or a one off 6-week check. Evidence is emerging that the first 1000 days of life, and the care provided during this time, are crucial in influencing a child’s epigenetics, deciding their lifelong health and wellbeing. Guidelines like the Red Book outline the significant opportunities for GPs to deliver preventative health along this continuum of preconception, pregnancy, the postpartum and beyond.

However, GPs are on the backfoot, there exists a dearth of formal education on postpartum care and the first 1000 days of life. Our advice-giving risks being as unhelpful as that of the cultural milieu. GPs and new parents would benefit from an evidence based, family centred, postpartum care guideline or toolkit. This new resource would support time-poor GPs to provide a holistic approach to the postpartum, increasing health literacy and promoting neuroprotective care giving for the healthiest start to life for all children and families. Creating conditions for maternal, child and family health provides a strong foundation for adolescent and adult health.


Dr Shani Macaulay is a GP based in Albany, Western Australia. She has a strong focus on whole-person healthcare, rapport and relationship as being foundational to effective primary care, as well as advocacy for improved health for marginalised peoples. She brings this into her academic work as an RACGP Medical Educator, clinical work as a consultant GP and trainee GP obstetrician.
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Dr Anna Mullins
Camp Hill Healthcare

Healthy Habits for New Mothers

11:40 AM - 11:46 AM

Session summary

In 2020 almost 300,000 women gave birth in Australia. It is well established that practicing positive health behaviours post-partum leads to a reduction in chronic disease and improves family health. Women can fail to prioritise their health in this phase and often turn to alternative sources for health information. The goal is to develop a simple and inclusive patient mobile app to be downloaded at hospital discharge which shares information on evidenced-based preventative health practices including safe return to exercise, pelvic floor health, nutrition, and practices for mental wellness.


Dr Anna Mullins is a GP in Brisbane. Her passions include primary health prevention and lifestyle interventions. Anna has worked as an exercise physiologist and cardiac scientist and has published in the field of exercise science. She was awarded the RACGP Iris and Edward Gawthorn Award at fellowship, recognising excellence in cardio-respiratory health. Anna is the immediate past chair of the Queensland New Fellows committee and has participated on the Queensland RACGP Council. She has worked as a Registrar Medical Education Officer and Registrar Liaison Officer with General Practice Training Queensland. In 2015, Anna was awarded CPMEC Queensland Junior Doctor of the Year. Anna is also a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.