Our Members

The Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) requires that the Specialist Medical Review Council the Council) consists of such number of members as the Minister determines from time to time to be necessary for the proper exercise of the functions of the Council.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs appoints members of the Council as part-time councillors and appoints one member as the convener of the Council. 

The Minister must have regard to the branches of medical science expertise necessary for deciding matters referred to the Council.

Nominees must be registered medical practitioners or medical scientists, with at least ten years’ experience.

A councillor may be appointed for a period of no more than 5 years, but is eligible for reappointment.

If a particular review council includes the Convener, the Convener presides at all meetings of the Council, if he is unable to preside, he must appoint one of the councillors selected for that review to preside at all meetings.

Current Members

SMRC councillors are appointed as part-time officers under Subsection 196ZE of the Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA).

Member Position End date
Professor Charles Guest Convener 30/06/2022
Emeritus Professor Bruce Armstrong AM Councillor 30/03/2020
Professor Richard Bryant Councillor 30/06/2019
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder Councillor 30/06/2021
Professor Donald Chisholm AO Councillor 30/06/2021
Dr Roger Clarnette Councillor 31/08/2021
Professor Robert Cumming Councillor 01/03/2021
Dr John Edwards Councillor 31/12/2022
Professor Lin Fritschi Councillor 30/06/2021
Professor John Funder AC Councillor 01/03/2021
Dr Ian Glaspole Councillor 30/06/2019
Professor Stephen Graves Councillor 31/08/2021
Professor Andrew Grulich Councillor 1/03/2021
Professor Charles Guest Councillor 30/06/2022
Professor Helen Herrman Councillor 30/06/2019
Dr Yun Hwang Councillor 31/12/2022
Associate Professor Michael Izard Councillor 30/06/2019
Professor Cheryl Jones Councillor 31/08/2021
Dr Nicole Jones Councillor 31/12/2022
Professor Douglas Joshua AO Councillor 30/06/2021
Professor Mark Khangure Councillor 31/08/2021
Dr Pauline Langeluddecke Councillor 31/12/2022
Dr Glenn McCulloch Councillor 31/12/2022
Professor Lyn March Councillor 31/12/2022
Associate Professor David Newman Councillor 30/06/2019
Dr Bradley Ng Councillor 31/08/2021
Associate Professor Jonathan Phillips AM Councillor 31/03/2020
Professor Dino Pisaniello Councillor 31/03/2020
Dr Hang Quach Councillor 30/06/2021
Dr Jenny Robson Councillor 31/08/2021
Dr Rick Tinker Councillor 31/08/2021
Dr John Waterston Councillor 30/06/2022
Professor John Wilson Councillor 30/06/2019
Associate Professor Andrew Wirth Councillor 01/03/2021
Professor John Worthington Councillor 30/11/2018
Dr Deborah Yates Councillor 30/06/2019

Conflict of Interest

As medical specialists Councillors may have been invited by DVA or the Veteran and Defence Communities, to provide medical services, including treatment, opinion and research on the topic under review.

A conflict of interest arises when a Councillor has an affiliation or interest that might prejudice, or be seen to prejudice, their impartiality. These affiliations or interests may include individuals or groups with whom the Councillor is closely associated.

SMRC Councillors, as Statutory Office Holders, are bound under section 14 (2) of the Public Service Act 1999 to the APS Code of Conduct and the APS Values. In relation to Conflict of Interest the APS Values states that ‘the APS has the highest ethical standards’ and the Code of Conduct requires officials:

  • Behave honestly and with integrity in the course of their employment,
  • Disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with their employment, and
  • Not to make improper use of:
    • inside information
    • the employee’s duties, status power or authority

In order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for the employee or for any other person.

All SMRC Councillors are required to declare any actual or perceived Conflict of Interest. The declaration (Word 27Kb) specifies that the Councillor can have a personal or professional relationship with an applicant*. However, where such a relationship exists, the declaration requires the Councillor to describe how that relationship could benefit them, or a member of their direct family, or whether that relationship could impact the review. On receiving the declaration the Council considers the impact of the declared relationship on the Review and initiates appropriate action.

* “Applicant” includes the Repatriation Commission, the Military Rehabilitation & Compensation Commission, member of the veteran community, current or former member (or their dependant)of the Australian Defence Forces or an organisation representing the veteran community or members of the Australian Defence Forces.

 

Last updated 13-Dec-2017