Current Committee

Dr David Oldham

MBBS, Dip Obs RACOG, Post Grad Dip Health Admin (Dist), MHA, FRACGP, FRACMA

Chairman

David was Medical Director and Convenor of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in WA (DHAS WA) from 2006-2021. He is the Director of Medical Education for WA Country Health Service. David has previously worked in medical administration at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and the Department of Health WA. He is also a former general practitioner, state manager of GP training in WA, and Director of Clinical Training at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals.

Dr Angela Alessandri

Member

Angela is a medical graduate from the University of Western Australia and trained in paediatrics before subspecialising in paediatric haematology/oncology/stem cell transplantation. After over 25 years as a clinician largely at Princess Margaret Hospital, Angela has recently resigned from her position in the Haematology/Oncology Department.  She is continuing as the Associate Professor, Professionalism and Clinical Governance, in the School of Medicine at Notre Dame University where she relishes the opportunity to positively influence the next generation of medical professionals.  She is passionate about exploring ways to improve doctors’ health and the medical system and is looking forward to the ongoing evolution of her career.

Dr Sarah Newman

Secretary and Assistant Director

After graduating with MBBS (Hons) in 2010 from the University of Western Australia, Sarah worked at Royal Perth and Princess Margaret hospitals as a junior doctor for 5 years. She is currently working as a general practice registrar in Lockridge. She has a keen interest in doctor’s welfare and is currently the Co-chair of the AMA WA Doctors in Training Welfare Subcommittee and WAGPET Registrar Liaison Officer for Perth Metropolitan East Region.

Dr Roger Lai

Treasurer

Roger is an occupational physician working as a clinician in a variety of settings including in Work Health Safety at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Advising the employer on fitness for work and return to work of unwell medical staff sparked his interest in doctor welfare, particularly in primary and secondary prevention. He has contributed to implementation of doctor well-being initiatives at Royal Perth Hospital that integrate systems and individual approaches to well-being.

Dr Rosalind Forward 

Member

Rosalind graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 as a doctor whilst working part-time as a Scientific Officer /Inspector (Ergonomics) at WorkSafe. Having had a background as an Occupational Therapist mainly working in occupational health and safety, Ros hopes to combine her skills in OHS with medicine and is a proud advocate for the health and wellbeing of doctors. Since graduating from Medical school she has been working for NMAHS and is starting GP training.

Dr Barry Fatovich

Deputy Chairman 

Barry is a long standing GP who has been involved in GP Education, Diabetes WA, and the former divisions of GP and DHAS.  He has worked with Doctors Health for over 20 years.  His interests include aged care, palliative care, mental health and multicultural medicine.  He has worked in the  city and country and completed postgraduate Family Medicine training in Canada.

He continues to teach Registrars, RMOs and  medical students.  He is a Silver Chain Hospice Doctor and attends several Aged Care Facilities.

Dr Helen Wilcox

Member & Medical Director 

Helen is a GP in Shenton Park, with an interest in women’s and children’s health, doctors’ health, and collaborative, evidence-based, compassion-led general practice of all kinds. She is an Associate Professor in the Medical School at UWA, and Director of the MD program.  This gives her perspective on the challenges facing medical students and junior doctors, and insight on ways to survive and thrive in the early stages of a medical career.

Research interests are across medical education, including leadership, trauma-informed care provision and student wellbeing.

Dr Katrina Calvert

Member 

Katrina Calvert is an obstetrician and the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, Australia. She is the Deputy Chair of the RANZCOG Wellbeing Working group and she actively promotes the health and wellbeing of medical staff at local and national level.
Katrina is married to a fellow obstetrician (and yes, they do talk shop over the dinner table, to the frequent disgust of their 3 teenage children). Her main interests outside work are sewing, swimming, reading, cooking, baking, writing, and trying to bend the time-space continuum to create more hours in the day.

Professor Geoff Riley

Patron

Geoff is a Psychiatrist and former country GP who is well known in WA for his interest in doctor’s Health. He helped established Colleague of First Contact and has written several articles on doctor’s health issues. Professor Riley is former Professor and Head of Psychiatry at UWA and Director of the Rural Clinical School of WA. He lives in Albany.

Dr Davinder Hans

Psychiatrist Advisor (ex officio) 

Davinder graduated in medicine from the University of Western Australia and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry in Western Australia. Davinder has done further training in Mood & Anxiety Disorders and Psychotherapy. He is the Clinical Lead of the repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Service at Hollywood Private Hospital and his Private Practice is based at the Hollywood Medical Centre.  In the Public Sector, Davinder works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a youth crisis intervention and complex comorbidity ADHD service. Davinder has adjunct academic ~appointments at both University of Notre Dame Australia and University of Western Australia.

Dr Rikki Priest

Member

Rikki believes that being an effective doctor includes supporting the wellbeing of ourselves and our peers. She has been a representative for organisations that advocate for doctor’s wellbeing including PMCWA, AMA, Medical  Societies and the Clinical Senate of WA.

Rikki has pursued a creative career in medicine since graduation (2013) while also finding fulfilment through work life balance with her young family. She works in public obstetrics, owns a personal coaching business leveraging the science of behaviour change to help clients achieve their goals and is co-founder of The Pregnancy Collab (education and support for the ‘fourth trimester’). Her mission is to spread the message that no one should ever suffer in silence.

DHASWA Representatives

Dr Grace Haynes

Aboriginal Doctors Health

Grace is a proud Kungarakan woman, and mother of two, from the Fitzmaurice region of the Northern Territory who is deeply committed to improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing. She completed her MBBS with a subspecialisation in Aboriginal health at UWA in 2016 and has since worked in both metropolitan and rural locations throughout WA with a specific interest in O&G. Having personally and professionally encountered racism and cultural bias she is well acquainted with the burden this can have on our mental health and therefore aims to provide a culturally safe space to support others facing these challenges.

Dr Sebastian Leathersich (he/him)

LGBTQI+ Doctors Health

Sebastian graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2014, and has since worked in hospitals throughout Perth and Bunbury. He is an openly gay doctor, and is currently an Advanced Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital. He is subspecialising in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has an interest in transgender health. Throughout his time as a student and junior doctor, Sebastian has been involved in representation and advocacy, and believes that diversity in the workplace strongly benefits patients, staff and the health system.

Dr Ashwita Siri Vanga (she/her)

International Medical Graduates Wellbeing

Ashwita graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi in 2017 and after completing internship in 2018, moved to Perth. She is a Resident Medical Officer and has constantly worked towards the best interest of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) employed at her workplace as well as those navigating their path in WA. She has always been passionate about voicing concerns of her colleagues and medical students and was the President of Indian Medical Association – Students’ Wing (IMA-SW) Delhi Chapter during her third year of undergraduate studies representing 6 medical schools, making her the first female President in the history of IMA-SW. When COVID-19 pandemic started taking heavy toll mid-2020 in India, she joined hands with Aaroogya Foundation and led in the position of Program Head (Community Outreach and Innovation) as part of COVID-19 Taskforce working with medical students in Delhi to spread awareness about coronavirus. Her desire to contribute to IMG wellbeing in WA has motivated her to join hands with DHASWA.