Dr Trish Batchelor, Principal Medical Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Dr Trish Batchelor is Principal Medical Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was previously Consultant Medical Adviser to the Australian Federal Police. She has an extensive background in travel medicine, including working in expatriate clinics in Kathmandu and Ho Chi Minh City, and was founder of the Travel Doctor group of clinics in New Zealand. She teaches doctors and nurses undertaking the University of Otago Travel Medicine diploma, and is currently a Stage C trainee on the AFOEM program.
She will talk about expatriate health issues. An expatriate is defined as someone who is taking up residence in another country for occupational purposes, and returning to their country of origin when their assignment is over. Complexity is added when organisations are also responsible for the health of accompanying families. The talk will cover general preparation issues, expatriate health risks, air pollution, and mental health issues, including the stress involved with our changing world security situation.
Dr Doug Randell, Group Medical Director, Aspen Medical
Dr Randell is the Group Medical Director for Aspen Medical, a global healthcare provider providing services to the government, defence, oil & gas, mining and resources, and humanitarian sectors in 13 nations. Dr Randell is a physician leader whose clinical background includes specialist qualifications in aviation medicine, military medicine and general practice and significant experience in corporate health, travel and tropical medicine, aeromedical retrieval and primary health care in remote and rural areas. Dr Randell has worked in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Nepal, India, and the UAE. He is a qualified diving medicine examiner, rail medical examiner and
aviation medical examiner.
Dr Warren McDonald, Sports and Exercise Physician
Warren has an extensive background in sports and exercise, particularly in professional rugby where he was team doctor for the ACT Brumbies (1999-2009) and the Wallabies (2008-2013). He has been Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Rugby Union since 2011. Warren has also previously worked as a doctor with the Australian Olympic team at the Olympic Games in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney). He has also worked and toured with numerous representative sporting teams including water polo, basketball and swimming and has been match day doctor for international cricket matches in Canberra.
Warren runs a private sports medicine practice in Canberra and holds the position of Adjunct Associate professor in Sports Medicine at the University of Canberra. He is also director of the ACT Physical Activity Foundation.
Dr Warren Harrex, Consultant Occupational and Environmental Physician
Dr Harrex is a consultant occupational and environmental physician in private practice in Canberra. Prior to this he served in the RAAF for 26 years and reached the rank of Air Commodore and was the Director General of Clinical Services for the Australian Defence Force before transferring to the RAAF Reserve. Over the past two decades, he has provided consultancy services to a number of governments departments. After assisting the Department of Veterans with several health studies of veterans, he has been the part-time Senior Medical Advisor in health care policy for the past 12 years.
He has an interest in strategic health policy and since 2012 has been an active member of several committees of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In 2014 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the RACP ‘Stakeholder Executive Group’ responsible for the strategic direction and promotion of the Health Benefits of Good Work campaign. In July 2018 he was appointed the Chair of the Faculty Policy and Advocacy Committee. He will provide an overview of the Health Benefits of Good Work and its future direction.