From l to r: Dr Ross Kerridge, Dr Saretta Lee, Margaret Piper AM, Dr Elizabeth Tompsett (Deputy President), Professor Isabel Karpin, Dr Jennifer Kendrick AM (President), Dr Amanda Mead, Dr Brian Morton AM, Dr Merran Auland, Annette Ruhotas-Morgan, Dr Graeme Horton.
Medical Council members not pictured: Claire Blizard, Maria Cosmidis, Dr Clare Skinner, Robert Lagaida PSM, Professor Cameron Stewart, Dr Laura Ahmad, Dr Nicole Phillips, Dr Geoffrey Brieger.
The Council comprises 19 members, including 12 medical practitioners and 7 community members including a legal member.
Some Council members are nominated by specialist colleges (9), the Australian Medical Association (2), Multicultural NSW (1) and the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle jointly (1). The NSW Minister for Health appoints a further 6 community members including a legal practitioner.
Current members of the NSW Medical Council
|Dr Jennifer Kendrick AM (President)||Royal Australian College of General Practitioners|
|Dr Elizabeth Tompsett (Deputy President)||Royal Australasian College of Surgeons|
|Dr Laura Ahmad||Royal Australasian College of Physicians|
|Dr Merran Auland||Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine|
|Dr Claire Blizard||Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators|
|Dr Geoffrey Brieger||Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|Ms Maria Cosmidis||NSW Minister for Health|
|Dr Graeme Horton||Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle|
|Dr Ross Kerridge||Australian Medical Association|
|Professor Isabel Karpin (community member)||NSW Minister for Health|
|Robert Lagaida PSM (community member)||NSW Minister for Health|
|Dr Saretta Lee||Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists|
|Dr Amanda Mead (community member)||NSW Minister for Health|
|Mrs Annette Ruhotas Morgan (community member)||NSW Minister for Health|
|Dr Brian Morton AM||Australian Medical Association|
|Dr Nicole Phillips||Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists|
|Ms Margaret Piper AM (community member)||Multicultural NSW|
|Dr Clare Skinner||Australian College of Emergency Medicine|
|Professor Cameron Stewart (legal member)||NSW Minister for Health|
About our Council members
Maria Cosmidis and Dr Geoff Brieger sat down with us to talk about their experience and role as Medical Council members. From their perspective as decision-makers, they share insights about steps doctors can take to avoid a complaint and what to do if they are the subject of a complaint to the Council.
We spoke with Dr Liz Tompsett Council member and current deputy president about giving back to the profession, maintaining work life balance and patient communication, and how she forged a successful career.
Our Executive Officer manages the day to day affairs of the Medical Council, subject to the directions of the Council. The Council’s Medical Director is an experienced medical practitioner who plays a critical role in assessing the risk to public health and safety posed by practitioners who are the subject of a complaint or notification.
All staff who undertake work for the NSW Medical Council and its delegates, are employed by the NSW Health Professional Councils Authority. This includes providing administrative, legal, and clinical advice, case management and monitoring services to implement decisions by the Council in response to complaints.This includes the management of doctors who are the subject of conditions imposed on their registration.
Role of the Health Professional Councils Authority
The Authority supports the NSW Medical Council and the 14 health professional councils in NSW through the provision of shared finance, IT, and other services including staffing. You can find out more about the role of the NSW Health Professional Councils Authority here.