DHSA Ltd has a board of 6 directors. Our Chair is Mr Craig Farrow. Directors are constitutionally appointed for a three-yearly term.
Craig L Farrow B Ec, Dip FS, CPMgr, SA Fin, FCA, FAICD
Chair: Mr Farrow is a founding partner of Brentnalls SA, Chartered Accountants. In prior years he was the former National Chairman of the Brentnalls National Affiliation of Accounting Firms and the Deputy President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia. He is currently Chairman of Tonkin Consulting Engineers, M2 Telecommunications Group and AIRR Holdings Limited.In addition, Mr Farrow is a director and Board adviser to several private consulting and trading enterprises across the agribusiness, software and manufacturing sectors.
Formerly Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Public Practice Advisory Committee, Mr Farrow is also highly awarded, including being a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and receiving the Institute of Chartered Accountants 1999 National President’s Award for services to the Institute and the profession.
Dr Karen Sumner
Dr Karen Sumner is the Medical Director at the Rural Doctors’ Workforce Agency in South Australia. She has held the latter position for thirteen years and is responsible for clinical governance across the Agency, working in the areas of recruitment and retention of doctors in rural South Australia. One of Dr Sumner’s key responsibilities is managing the RDWA’s Dr DOC program, a range of strategies that support rural doctors’ duty of care to themselves, their families and their colleagues. These include prevention right through to crisis support.Prior to working for the RDWA, Dr Sumner worked in rural general practice and was the Medical Director of the Murray Mallee Division of General Practice for a period of ten years.
Dr Rick Fielke
Dr Fielke is currently an Obstetrics Registrar at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and an active contributor to a number of medical organisations including the AMA Doctors-in-Training and the federal AMA Council of General Practice. He has a keen interest in procedural rural practice, medical politics, leadership and the health of doctors.
Dr Andrew Lavender
Dr Lavender is a full-time staff anaesthetist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has been a past AMA(SA) President and was President of the AMA at the time of establishment of Doctors’ Health SA Ltd. He has a strong interest in doctors’ health and in particular, the welfare of surgeons and anaesthetists.
Dr Marion Andrew
Dr Andrew graduated from Manchester University, UK, in 1990 and emigrated to Australia in 1991. Inspired by the challenges of anaesthesia and some exceptional role models, she entered anaesthetic training in 1992 and qualified as a Specialist Anaesthetist in 1997. Dr Andrew actively contributes to teaching and curriculum development. With a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, she has been involved in NHMRC funded research in hypnosis, and uses it in daily anaesthetic practice.Dr Andrew has a major research interest in communication and human factors. She is co-author and editor of the Handbook of Communication in Anaesthesia and Critical Care – A Practical Guide to Exploring the Art. She is a trainer in Process Communication and presents on a national level in communication and the impact of stress behaviour on patients’ safety, and professional and personal lives.
A strong interest in doctors’ health led Dr Andrew to join the DHSA board in 2012.
She is the Trainee Welfare Officer for the Australian and New Zealand Regional Education Committee of South Australia and the Northern Territory, coordinating initiatives to guide and support trainees through stressful periods during anaesthetic training.
Dr Minh Nguyen
Dr Nguyen is a PGY4 doctor who joined the DHSA board in 2015. He was a key driver for mental health awareness education for Flinders University undergraduates where he established the annual Mental Health in Medicine seminars and retains a keen interest in this and strategies to improving the resilience of undergraduates and doctors-in-training through mentoring and positive psychology.