Current Committee

Dr David Oldham

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

Chairman and Medical Director

David has been Medical Director and Convenor of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in WA (DHAS WA) since 2006. He is also 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

Deputy Chairman

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


Roger is an occupational physician working as a clinician in a variety of settings including in Work Health Safety at Royal Perth Hospital and 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 


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



Professor Geoff Riley


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.