The Independent Voice of General Practice Owners
DR. JOHN DEERY
Chair of Australian GP Alliance and owner of YourGP@Lyneham & YourGP@Crace
Dr John Deery graduated from UNSW in 2000. He is the business owner of YourGP@Crace and YourGP@Lyneham in Canberra and is passionate about delivering high quality care to patients. He grew up in the NSW country towns of Tumut, Moree and South Grafton. He loves sport and used to be a professional Rugby League player for the St George Dragons and Sydney Roosters. His current sport of choice is table tennis and he aspires to play A grade in the Canberra competition.
DR. JAGADISH KRISHNAN
Director AGPA and Managing Director/Practice Principal Perth GP Pty Ltd
Dr. Jagadish Krishnan more commonly known as Jags, was born and brought up in a tea-growing town named Kotagiri, in The Nilgiris District, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He moved to the United Kingdom for further studies and career development before relocating to Perth, Western Australia in 2006. He worked as a General Practitioner in Byford for about 4 years before deciding to form his own company, Perth GP. He is the ex-President of the Australian Indian Medical Association and still maintains a strong link with the association. He is a part of the management committee of the Hindu Association of Western Australia.
He captained his medical college team in soccer. Dr Jags still has a keen interest in soccer and he coaches the under 10s team at the Western Knights Soccer Club. He also plays in the Masters team at the Western Knights.
He is happily married to Dr. Yaamini Jagadish and has two children – Dheekshana & Sridhar.
DR. TRISH BAKER
Director AGPA and Practice Owner of Keperra Family Practice and Medicine on Blackwood
Dr Trish Baker is a Queensland graduate who came to general practice after working in rural Queensland and the Northern Territory.
She was motivated to start her own practice after the first wave of the corporatisation of General Practice in 2001, wanting to work in a practice with “a heart and soul”.
She believes strongly in the importance GP ownership of practices so that the profession of general practice understands the drivers not only of quality care but also of the business fundamentals underpinning clinical quality. This is important both for patient care as well as the GPs and practice team who work within general practices. “I believe our community deserves strong principal-led General Practice to best deliver personalised medical care.”
Trish has been a long time GP supervisor with both her practices training GP registrars. She has a solid background in governance being a director of Brisbane North PHN and General Practice Training Queensland.
DR. MUKESH HAIKERWAL
Director AGPA and Practice Principal Altona North Medical Group
Mukesh is a General Medical Practitioner in Altona North in the West of Melbourne, Victoria Australia. He is in a group teaching and training practice where he has worked since 1991 with his wife Karyn Alexander.
He says, “I was alerted to AGPA group around the time the “#BigPath” issue peaked. It became clear to me that a special interest group of GP Owners was a very important vehicle to promote private general practice and seek to give some voice to those that own, invest in and run their own practices.
“There is a need to support this segment of the GP community and to encourage others to continue to be independent and masters of their own destiny. Unique in such movements, my view is AGPA can be a supportive movement and interest group that strengthens the overall efforts to maintaining best quality, affordable prosperous and effective General Practice driven medical care in Australia whilst rigorously voicing the views, expertise and wisdom of our small businesses. I remain a proud member of the AMA and the RACGP and am a proponent of AGPA.”
DR. KEVIN ARLETT
Director AGPA and Practice Partner Townsville and Suburban Medical Practice
Dr Kevin Arlett is a general practice partner in the Townsville and Suburban Medical Practice. He was the team physician for Toyota North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League Club for many years and is currently the Team Doctor for the Townsville Fire Basketball Team.
Kevin is a general practitioner with a special interest in sports medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice, where his experience included being regional coordinator for the Family Medicine Program in North Queensland. He is the current Chair of the Northern Australia Primary Health Limited, the successor organisation to the Townsville Mackay Medicare Local where he was chair from 1999. Kevin has also served on the state bodies of General Practice Queensland (GPQ) as a Director and Chairman, as well as serving as the GPQ representative on Health Workforce Queensland for three years, also as a Director. He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kevin is heavily involved in medical education and often speaks at conferences and events, especially around his experience as a high-level sports doctor.
DR. BERNARD SHIU
Director AGPA and Owner and Clinical Director of Banksia Medical Centre
Dr Bernard Shiu is the Owner and Clinical Director of Banksia Medical Centre in Geelong. He is an elected Council Member of RACGP (Vic). Besides running a very busy clinic, he also teaches medical students at Deakin Medical School and supervises registrars daily at his practice.
Bernard was born in Hong Kong and grew up in California, USA. He received tertiary education and clinical training across the globe with experience working in California, New York, Hong Kong, London and all over the UK. He eventually settled in Geelong 10 years ago and became a clinic owner over 4 years ago.
Bernard is a keen musician and has been an active member of Geelong Symphony Orchestra and Australian Doctors’ Orchestra for many years. On top of that, he plays the bass guitar for ‘The Euthymics’ which is a band make up of entirely GPs in Australia.
Outside of medicine and music, he also enjoys an active life style. You will find him on his bike around the Bellarine Peninsula over the weekends
DR MARIA BOULTON
Director AGPA and Director Family Doctors Plus and Corporate Doctors Plus
Dr Maria Boulton (FRACGP, Cert ClinOcc Med) is a Brisbane GP and Director of Family Doctors Plus and Corporate Doctors Plus. Becoming a GP Practice Owner opened her eyes to the issues faced by GPs as they try to provide high quality evidence based medical care in the face of financial constraints and competing interests. She decided that it was important to be involved and help create change so that General Practice, the cornerstone of health care, survives into the future. She is a member of the AMA Qld Council, RACGP Qld Council, QMWS, ANZOM and a proud member of AGPA. Dr Maria lived and worked in Mackay, Qld in 2009 and experienced firsthand the issues faces by regional GP Practice Owners. She now resides in Brisbane with her husband, two children and two furry children.