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. CRAIG RICHARDS
Director AGPA and Practice Principal The Lorn Surgery
Dr Richards is a practice owner in Lorn, NSW and represents the new generation of GP practice owners. Craig has worked extensively in Indigenous health, for the ADF and in community general practice as well as research and medical education. He consults on medical software design and distance running shoe design. Craig has recently submitted his PhD thesis and is now extending his interests in evidence based practice to evidence based policy. Craig is particularly concerned that general practice general and particularly practice owners have not consistently been an effective political lobby group in the past and are therefore viewed as a soft target by government. He is committed to ensuring the viability of non-corporate general practice and to working with other health groups to resist the progressive degradation in finding of Australia’s health system.