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 Chairman/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 2012 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. From late 2012 to mid 2014 he was Executive Chair of CAANZ, leading the successful merger project between ICAA and NZICA.
He is currently Chairman of Tonkin Consulting Engineers, Murray River Organics Ltd (ASX:MRG) and AIRR Holdings Limited. He is Deputy Chairman of Vocus Group Ltd (ASX:VOC) and a Non Executive Director of Bulletproof Group Ltd (ASX:BPF). In addition, Mr Farrow is a director and Board adviser to several private consulting and trading enterprises across the agribusiness, software and manufacturing sectors. Craig Farrow is a founding member and current Chair of the Doctors’ Health SA Board.
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.
Craig is an adviser to a number of general practices, general practitioners and medical specialists.
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 Sumner joined the Board in 2010.
Dr Rick Fielke
Dr Fielke MBBS, FRACGP, MPH, AFRACMA, DRANZCOG, Grad Cert Med (Paed Med) has been a director of Doctors’ Health SA from its founding. He is currently completing specialist training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He returned to training after completing his training in rural general practice. He has previously been an active contributor to a number of medical organisations and continues to advocate for the profession and the population we care for. He has an interest in public health and corporate governance.
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 Lavender joined the Board in 2010.
Dr Marion Andrew
Dr Marion Andrew currently works as a Staff Anaesthetic Specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in and Royal Adelaide Hospital. She has been a Supervisor of Training at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital between 2006 and 2010 contributed in a working party to the new 2013 ANZCA Curriculum. Her major research interests are communication and impact of stress on patient safety, professional and personal life. With a strong interest in doctors’ health and joined the Board of Doctors Health SA in September 2012. She is currently the Regional Trainee Welfare Officer for South Australia and the Northern Territory. 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.