Opening Address

GPEx Board-dr-kevin-forsyth

Prof Kevin Forsyth

Board Chair, GPEx

Kevin is a Professor of Paediatrics at Flinders University, Director of CPMEC, Chair of the International Pediatric Association’s Education and Workforce SAG, Chair of GapHeal and Chair of the Global Pertussis Initiative.

He is a paediatric immunologist and convenor of the organisation GapHeal, Global Alliance for Paediatric Health Education and Leadership, which works to improving support for child health workers in leadership, clinical competence and training expertise globally.

Kevin is also the Presiding Chair of the South Australian Department of Health Medical Education and Training Council and was the inaugural Dean and Director of Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2006-2010.


Prof Caroline Laurence

Professor Caroline Laurence

Professor Caroline Laurence is a health services researcher in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. She has held numerous positions within the University of Adelaide including Head of School (2016-19), Special Study Leave Committee, and the University’s Enterprise Bargaining Team (2018).

She is a recognised expert in the area of health workforce planning, particularly for the primary care sector. Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the workforce pipeline in Australia including career decision making, workforce maldistribution, retention issues, changing workforce profiles and workforce policy analysis.
She has more than 50 publications generated more than $15m in research funding through completive schemes and contract research and has strong track record in working with industry partners, resulting in funding of more than $12m.

MSDM Steering Group Panelists

Assoc Prof Alison Jones

Assoc Prof Alison Jones

Dean (Education), College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University

Alison has achieved a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Social Policy at the University of York (UK). Additionally she has completed a PhD Medical Education, University of Manchester (UK) focussing on ‘A comparison of the outcomes of a traditional and an innovative medical curriculum’. Alison has significant experience in supporting workplace based learning, particularly with clinical educators and supervisors, across the health system. She has published extensively in the area of health professions education, supervised Masters and Ph.D. students, and continues to be actively involved nationally and internationally.

Alison has completed a Company Directors Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and currently works as the Dean Education, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. Alison is passionate about improving healthcare education to prepare our future clinicians, with a focus on work-ready graduates who will be able to adapt to the challenges of healthcare in the coming years.


Dr Bill Geyer

Rural GP and Supervisor Liaison Officer, GPEx

Dr Bill Geyer graduated from Adelaide University in 1989 started his career with a year in Alice Springs (NT) learning obstetrics skills. After working in Adelaide, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, and throughout rural South Australia, he commenced practice in Tanunda in 1995, where has worked as a procedural GP, a GP supervisor, and a medic for the Variety Bash.

Today, Bill is a highly skilled GP with a take-charge attitude. His special interests are antenatal care, anaesthetics, injury prevention and Methadone prescription.

Dr Bill Geyer is also a Supervisor Liaison Officers (SLO) for GPEx, and loves to be involved in supporting his colleagues and the doctors of the next generation.


Dr Cristina Valero

Rural GP Graduate and Medical Educator, GPEx

My name is Dr Cristina Valero, FRACGP (rural), MBBS, DCH.
I am a graduate of the University of Adelaide, and more recently have obtained my FRACGP after training with GPEx. I completed my GP training with Tanunda and Goyder’s Line medical centres in rural SA, with 6 months extended skills in Sports Medicine.

My main role is as a rural GP at Tanunda Medical Centre – a dynamic job which is constantly challenging, supported and enjoyable.
My other roles include being a Medical Educator for GPEx, the Year 3 Clinical Skills coordinator for the University of Adelaide Medical School, the Future GP Network (FGP) Advisor for SA and part of the SA MDA National Medical Advisory Council.

I have huge respect for the GP training program, and see the current shortage as an achievable challenge to rectify. We are in an incredible position at present to refocus the appeal and understanding of primary healthcare, and it is a movement I can’t wait to be a part of.

Professor Lucie Walters

Professor Lucie Walters

Director - Rural Clinical School, The University of Adelaide

Lucie Walters, PhD, MBBS (UoA), DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, FACRRM is Director of Adelaide Rural Clinical School. Her experience in rural medical educational leadership spans across the continuum from vocational, and prevocational arenas to medical school longitudinal integrated clinical placements. She was instrumental in developing Australia’s reputation for longitudinal integrated clerkships, contributing particularly to Flinders University, Otago University and University of Northern Ontario programs.

Lucie has worked as a rural generalist in Mount Gambier since 1993 with clinical scope during this time covering: general practice, emergency medicine and inpatient care. She currently works as a GP procedural obstetrician. With a PhD in medical education, Lucie recognises the importance in educational scholarship and context relevant rural clinical research. She has demonstrated research expertise in the fields of work-integrated learning, adult education pedagogies, rural training pathways and workforce, and more recently rural health service research.

Lucie is passionate about improving the health outcomes of rural people through the education, training and professional support of rural doctors. She is past President of the Australian College or Rural and Remote Medicine and still serves on the Assessment and Research committees for the College. As a graduate of the Company Director’s course and member of the National Medical Training Advisory Committee she has a clear commitment to education governance.


Ms Stephanie Clota

Chief Executive Officer, GPEx

“The GPEx team has created an organisation of which to be proud. We are united in our commitment and dedication to GP training in South Australia and the work of our team is first class.”

Stephanie is an experienced leader, CEO and non-executive director. She has close to 20 years of experience in the health sector, with most of those supporting general practice.

Stephanie has training in law, governance, science and change management and is experienced in strategy, operational management and business development.

She has held management and leadership positions with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), including bi-college projects with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), and with RTOs and SA Health.

Stephanie has deep experience in primary care, working with organisations that play a critical role in supporting and strengthening GPs to meet the health care needs of Australian communities.

She is passionate about working with organisations to improve lives and create positive social impact.


Mr Reece Johnson

Rural Support Service

Reece Johnson is the Manager of the Trainee Medical Officer Unit with the Rural Support Service and oversees the newly formed South Australian Rural Generalist Coordination Unit. Reece has worked in numerous roles across SA Health including clinical service planning and more recently in prevocational medical accreditation with the SA MET Unit.

These roles have enabled Reece to develop extensive knowledge of the South Australian health system and relationships across both the metropolitan and regional local health networks. While not having a rural background, since taking on his current position he has quickly become passionate for ensuring a sustainable rural medical workforce via high quality rural training opportunities and determined to ensure a fit for purpose South Australian Rural Generalist Training Program.