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Board of Directors


HEAL is governed by the following Board of Directors:


Associate Professor Harvey Newnham, Chair

Occupation: Endocrinologist

Associate Professor Harvey Newnham is a General Physician, Endocrinologist and Associate Professor of Medicine with Monash University. He is Director of General Medicine and Clinical Program Director of Emergency and Acute Medicine for one of Australia’s most dynamic and highly performing health networks, Alfred Health, Melbourne. He is passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare to Australians and has always been interested in how the education of health workers contributes to this goal.

Early in his career Harvey made strong contributions to the establishment of medical undergraduate education for Monash University at Box Hill Hospital. Harvey’s involvement in postgraduate education has included leadership roles as Chairman of the Endocrine Specialist Advisory Committee for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Chairman of the Victorian and Tasmanian Committee of Directors of Physician Training for the RACP and many years of service on the National Examiners Panel of the RACP.

More recently, Harvey has been interested in education in the area of multidisciplinary team work.  His interest in the impact of team training on ward performance, particularly through implementation of Structured Interdisciplinary Ward Rounds (SIBR) has transformed ward rounding in General Medicine at Alfred Health. Alongside his education and healthcare service delivery interests, Harvey has maintained his medical interest in disorders of lipid metabolism and vascular disease in diabetes.



Professor John Tiller, Deputy Chair

Occupation: Psychiatrist

Professor John Tiller is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne.  He is based at Albert Road Clinic; an 80-bed private psychiatric facility in Melbourne and part of the Ramsay Health Care group, where he is Director of the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service and of the Parent Infant Unit Service, at Albert Road Clinic. 

John has had a long-standing interest in health education in general and medical education in particular.  He has been involved with multiple training and professional enhancement activities, encouraging high standards of clinical practice and therapeutics including the quality use of medicine.  This has been exemplified in his role on the Executive of the Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation (VMPF) since 1994 and Chair from 2001-2012.  This organisation has now evolved into Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL) of which he continues as a Director. 

He was a Founding Director of Therapeutic Guidelines Pty Ltd and has continued as a Director since 1996.  For more than a decade he was on the Editorial Executive Committee of Australian Prescriber from 1995 and was Chair of the Editorial Group from 2006 to 2010. 

John is interested in the further development of health education in many areas and across multiple health disciplines, including a community focus.  In this context, he is an enthusiastic supporter of the further development of HEAL activities and programs. 



Associate Professor Margaret Bearman
PhD, Cert.Perf.Arts, BSci, BComp (Hons)

Occupation: Academic and Educator

Associate Professor Margaret Bearman is a senior academic in the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Margaret was formerly in the Centre for Research and Development within Health Professions Education and Educational Research (HealthPEER), in the Office of the Deputy Dean (Education), Monash University where she convened the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Simulation, a post-graduate qualification for health professional educators. Additionally, she taught in: narrative and case-based learning methodologies; critical appraisal; virtual patients; simulation scenario development; educational theory; and research methodologies.

Margaret began her career within health informatics with an interest in computer-mediated learning development and her doctorate investigated the use of virtual patient methodologies to teach communication skills to medical students. She has developed curricula for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing health professional education programs. Margaret has worked collaboratively with a range of disciplines, including medicine, psychology, pharmacy, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, paramedics and nursing.

Margaret is part of the team overseeing the National Health Education and Training in Simulation (NHET-Sim), which is delivering a national foundation program in simulation-based education. Her recent publications cover a broad range of topics, including simulation; systematic review and research synthesis; underperformance in clinical environments; and transition to clinical practice. Margaret has published in the leading health professional education journals of Academic Medicine, Medical Education and Advances in Health Sciences Education. She co-edited a book on simulated patients with Professor Debra Nestel.

Margaret is also a published fiction book author and award winning short film maker. 



Mr Stephen Fitzpatrick

Occupation: Accountant

Stephen Fitzpatrick has an extensive work history and a comprehensive understanding of the Victorian health system gained from 30 years holding senior roles across various Victorian State government departments and public hospitals. Organisations included Austin Health, Alfred Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. In the latter appointment Stephen managed the government relations and communications functions and was responsible for the successful renegotiation of a $5 billion 9 year contract. He currently holds the role of Business Manager Medical Imaging and Laboratory Services at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Stephen’s commitment to the health care sector is reflected in significant appointments that included a 10 year membership on the Board of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the leading association for health industry financial staff. The position included two years as President and two as Vice President. He is also a current Board member of MOVE (previously Arthritis Victoria).

Stephen brings to the board substantial strategic and operational experience related to the health sector. 



Mr David Knowles
CA, CPA, CTA, MAICD, AIMM, B.Comm (Melb), M. App Inn & Ent

Occupation: Accountant

David Knowles is a senior partner at Pitcher Partners, Melbourne, a leading accounting, audit and advisory firm specialising in advising the middle market. David commenced his professional career in 1983 and was admitted to the partnership in 1998. He founded Pitcher Partners “Business Evolution” offering which focuses on the development and implementation of value-added, strategic initiatives including getting clients investor ready, assisting them to pursue growth opportunities including mergers and acquisitions and transition through generational change.

David is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Advisor, a CPA and a Registered Company Auditor. Today he specialises in providing assurance and business advice to a portfolio of growing, entrepreneurially oriented, private and closely held public companies, with market capitalisations ranging up to $3.8 Bn. He is the partner-in-charge of Pitcher Partners South East Regional office located in the Manufacturing Zone in Dandenong South and is a Founding Director and Council member of the Pitcher Partners Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide.

In 2014, David was recognised as the inaugural “Thought Leader of the Year” at the prestigious Accountants Daily, Australian Accounting Awards.



Professor Robert Moulds
(and HEAL Medical Advisor)

Occupation: General Specialist

Professor Robert Moulds was a member for over 20 years and then Head of a General Medical Unit.  He was the Director of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 20 years, 10 of which he was also the Dean of the Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals Clinical School of The University of Melbourne. After a brief time as the first Dean of the Rural Clinical School of The University of Melbourne at Shepparton, he was for 7 years the Professor of Medicine and then acting Dean of the Fiji School of Medicine, from which he retired as Emeritus Professor in 2009.

During his clinical and academic career Rob has been a member of many professional and government committees, particularly those promoting the quality use of medicines.

Rob has been actively involved with VMPF/HEAL for many years, having been on the Executive Committee from 1985 to 2002, and Chairman from 1995 to 2002. He has also been involved with Therapeutic Guidelines since its inception as a subcommittee of the VMPF, and then after its establishment as a separate company by the VMPF, including being the Chairman of many writing committees and the first Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of HEAL, Rob is also its medical advisor, as well as being the medical advisor to Therapeutic Guidelines.



Dr Hung The Nguyen

Occupation: General Practitioner

Dr Hung The Nguyen is a general practitioner in Glen Waverley with an interest in multicultural health, Aboriginal health and intercultural health education.  He has worked in remote, rural and urban Aboriginal health for over ten years in the Northern Territory and Victoria and continues to have a strong commitment to Aboriginal health and Aboriginal health education.

Hung’s experience in health education ranges from undergraduate and postgraduate health education, general practice vocational training and training overseas trained health professionals.  His other primary interest is electronic learning technologies in cross-cultural and health education.

Currently, Hung holds a board directorship at South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local and is the inaugural Censor position in the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

He is a practical person in his approach to board decision making.  Being analytical is his strong point and he promotes decisions based on the long-term outcomes for the communities that are served by the organisations in which he has involvement.  



Dr Robert Sadler
PhD, LL.M, MBA, BEc, LL.B (Hons)

Occupation: Barrister

Dr Rob Sadler is a practicing barrister with a broad based commercial practice. Prior to going to the bar Rob was a solicitor and then Chief Executive Officer of a number of large public sector instrumentalities including Chisholm Institute and Central Highlands Water Authority.

Rob has extensive experience in contract and general commercial disputes and in water, local government planning and environment matters. He practices before the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts and Tribunals, particularly VCAT. Rob has a wide background in litigation, negotiation and mediation of disputes. Rob was a part time judicial member with Victoria's Anti Discrimination Tribunal [as it then was] for 4 years in the mid 1990s. He remains actively involved in equal opportunity and discrimination law. He is an accredited mediator of the Victorian Bar.

Rob has a PhD, an MBA, a masters degree in law and undergraduate qualifications in law and economics. Rob is an Adjunct Professor with Southern Cross University in NSW, a senior fellow with Monash University’s Faculty of Law and is a member of various public sector audit committees including the audit committee of the City of Manningham and is a member of the Council of the Victorian Baseball Association.

Rob brings to the Board substantial experience in governance and strategic planning to complement his broad based legal experience.