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Dr Tom Doolan - Chair
MBBS (Qld), FACRRM, FRACGP

Tom Doolan has been practising rural medicine at Kilcoy in Queensland for the last 37 years. He has served RVTS in a governance capacity for most of its existence.  He was the Chairman of the RDAA Task Force for the Establishment of ACRRM and foundation Honorary Director of Education of ACRRM from its inception in 1997 to 2011.


Tim Francis

Dr Tim Francis - Deputy Chair
BSc(HMS), MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD

Tim Francis is a rural general practitioner and GP anaesthetist working in the Nambucca Valley on the mid-noth coast of NSW. A one-time deputy chair of GPRA, Tim is now a member of the National Rural Faculty Board of the RACGP. He was also a director of North Coast NSW General Practice Training and North Coast NSW Primary Health Care Network.

Ray Gadd

Dr Ray Gadd
BMED, FACRRM

Ray Gadd has worked extensively in rural and remote communities in Australia. An Aboriginal doctor, prior to studying medicine Ray obtained a bachelor’s degree in indigenous primary health care. He is a former RVTS registrar and a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Ray is an Emergency Management of Severe Trauma instructor with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and is also an Emergency Life Support instructor. Ray has a passion for rural and remote medicine, and a strong interest in the promotion of indigenous health initiatives. Ray currently lives and works in Gladstone, Central Queensland.

Tom Heaney

Dr Tom Heaney
MBBS, PhD (medicine), MHA, DRACOG, BSc (hons)

Tom Heaney has blended work both in rural General Practice and Emergency Medicine since graduating from Melboune University in 1978. He worked initially as a solo rural GP in Henty and Wagga Wagga NSW before moving to a larger practice on the Mornington Penninsula VIC. Tom has been involved in the improvement of medical education through his role as a Director of Clinical Training with the Post Graduate Medical Council of NSW and as a team leader accrediting hospital training positions. He has an interest in health policy and research, including a PhD in Medicine, and a MHA at UNSW. He is an enthusiastic RVTS supervisor.

Ayman Shenouda

Dr Ayman Shenouda
MBBS FRACGP Dip. Dermatology (UK)

Ayman Shenouda is a rural Doctor from Wagga Wagga with a passion for general practice, medical education and training.  He is a current Director on the RACGP Council and the current Chair of RACGP Rural Faculty.  In 2009 he was awarded RACGP General Practitioner of the Year.  Ayman is the former Chair of RVTS, former Director of Medical Education at CCCT Riverina/Murrumbidgee and former Director on the Riverina/Murrumbidgee Division of General Practice.  Ayman is a Fellow of the RACGP since 2003, he has also achieved Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP).  He has been practising as a GP in Wagga Wagga and The Rock, NSW for more than 17 years.  The state-of-the-art practice he founded with his wife was awarded RACGP General Practice of the Year (NSW/ACT) in 2007, plus numerous other awards.

Dr Vlad Matic
MBBS FRACGP FACRRM FAICD M.Business (Mngt)

Vlad Matic has more than twenty years of remote, rural and regional general practice and procedural (Anaesthetics) Visiting Medical Officer experience.  His practice in Walgett NSW won the 2009 RACGP NSW/ACT and National General Practice of the Year awards.  Throughout this time Vlad has actively championed the cause of improved health outcomes for rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; contributing to Divisions of General Practice boards at local, state and national level and more recently as part of the QAIHC and NACCHO Lead Clinician Groups.  Vlad is also a director of the Far North Queensland PHN.  Vlad was instrumental in setting up RHEDWEST, a Dubbo based Regional Training Provider, becoming its inaugural Chair in 2002.  After many years as a mentor for John Flynn Scholars, Vlad has more recently been an RVTS Supervisor.