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RVTS Board and key staff (back row, from left) Assoc Prof Ayman Shenouda, Dr Vlad Matic, Dr Jacki Mein, Operations Manager Tony Trevaskis, Dr Eugene Wong and (front row, from left) CEO and Director of Training Dr Pat Giddings, Board Chair Dr Tom Doolan and Executive Assistant Michelle Potter. Absent from the photo is Dr Rodney Omond.

Dr Tom Doolan - Chair

Tom Doolan has been practising rural medicine at Kilcoy in Queensland for nearly 40 years. He has served RVTS in a governance capacity for most of its existence. He was the Chairman of the RDAA Taskforce for the establishment of ACRRM and foundation Honorary Director of Education of ACRRM from its inception in 1997 to 2011. In recognition of his service to rural medicine Tom was awarded the Life Fellowship Award ACRRM 2009 and the Rural Icon Award RDAQ 2014. Tom is current Associate Professor, Rural Clinical School, University of Queensland 2018. 


Dr Vlad Matic

Vlad Matic has more than 20 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 his working life, Vlad has actively championed the cause of improved health outcomes for rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He has also contributed to Divisions of General Practice boards at local, state and national level. 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. Vlad is a Board Member of the North Queensland PHN, sits on the WentWest Clinical Council and has been appointed to the Practice Incentive Program Advisory and Technical Working Groups.

Dr Eugene Wong

Dr Eugene Wong

Eugene Wong is a retrieval specialist and rural GP working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland. He has predominantly lived and worked rurally, including in Katherine, Longreach and Thursday Island. He has held multiple medical education roles over the years with Tropical Medical Training, RFDS and ACRRM. Eugene is particularly interested in health outcomes among disadvantaged populations, medical leadership and culture, and safety and quality in health care.


Dr Rodney Omond
MBBS FRACGP Dip Obs RANZCOG PGradDipHlthEc DipLeadMan GradCertClinEd

Rod Omond ran his own practice with a colleague from 1996 to 2003 in Newcastle, NSW, and for three years was Chair of the Hunter Urban Division Board. Prior to that, he had gained extensive hospital experience and worked in the Solomon Islands for two years. He reconnected with rural medicine on a trip around Australia in 2007-2008. His current work in Darwin as the Remote Health SRMP Education and Training includes regular clinical work on the Tiwi Islands. Rod is also Medical Director of Low Acuity Medical Retrievals, with policy oversight for the retrieval service of Top End Health Service. During this time he has been a board member for RACGP Rural and Deputy Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Northern Territory Department of Health (Top End) and Menzies School of Health Research.

 Dr Ayman Shenouda

Dr Ayman Shenouda

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 18 years.


Dr Jacki Mein

Jacki Mein is the Director of Medical Services for Wuchopperen Health Service. She has several decades of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across the north of Australia and is a public health and sexual health physician. She is a graduate of the RVTS general practice training program, and a RACGP Fellow since 2018.