COUNCIL & STAFF
SASMOA was first registered as an industrial association in 1973 and is run by salaried doctors for salaried doctors.
Membership of SASMOA is open to all salaried medical practitioners who are registered with the Medical Board of Australia and employed in South Australia
The conduct of SASMOA is governed by its Constitution and Rules (see our Key Documents page)
The governing body of SASMOA is the State Council, which is democratically elected by our members annually each May.
You can read more about the SASMOA State Council and SASMOA Secretariat Staff below. You can read more about SASMOA's Members Services on our Member Services page.
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SASMOA STATE COUNCIL
The SASMOA State Council consists of 12 members, elected annually from each of the following SASMOA member groupings:
Consultants Group and Visiting Medical Officers Group (6 Councillors) - comprising specialists employed as Consultants and Senior Consultants and any Visiting Medical Officer who is employed on an hourly and non-tenured basis under the Visiting Medical Specialist Agreement
Medical Practitioners Group (also known as the Trainee Medical Officers or TMO Group) (3 Councillors) - comprising Interns, Resident Medical Officers, Registrars and Senior Registrars
General Group (3 Councillors) - comprising salaried medical officers not included in any of the other groups.
2021/22 OFFICE BEARERS & COUNCIL MEMBERS
(until May 2022)
Dr Laura Willington
Dr Ravindran Nathan
Dr Cristina Pelkas
Dr Katie Woodhouse
Dr Catherine Grant
Dr Vicki Jones
Immediate Past President
Dr David Pope
PRESIDENT - Dr Laura Willington
VICE PRESIDENT - Dr Marc Agzarian
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Dr David Pope
TREASURER - Dr Ravindran Nathan
HONORARY SECRETARY - Dr Mrudula Kanhere
Dr Marc Agzarian
Dr Aileen Craig
Dr Mrudula Kanhere
Dr David Pope
Dr Laura Willington
SASMOA's Council employs and sets policies for a small Secretariat. Our staff have a range of industrial, human resources and organisational skills.
CHIEF INDUSTRIAL OFFICER
Bernadette Mulholland (LLB/LP (Hons), BComm, Grad. Dip. Industrial Relations)
Bernadette has been SASMOA's most senior Industrial Officer since 2014, after commencing with the organisation in 2010. With qualifications in law, commerce and industrial relations, Bernadette has previously worked as a Solicitor for legal firm Lieschke and Weatherill, as an Industrial Officer in several unions, and with the Working Women’s Centre. The Chief Industrial Officer is effectively the Chief Executive of SASMOA and a key voice in all industrial negotiations and SASMOA campaigns. Bernadette has primary coverage of the Central Adelaide LHN for SASMOA.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS OFFICERS
SASMOA employs four additional Industrial Relations Officers, who together service the doctors employed within South Australia’s Local Health Networks and community health services. Our industrial staff are passionate about fighting for the industrial and employment rights of individuals and groups in the workplace.
Katharine Webster (L.L.B. (Hon), BSc (Psych), G.D.L.P.)
Katharine looks after Country LHNs and assists Bernadette with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. Katharine’s qualifications include both a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science. She has 10 years’ experience representing doctors and nurses in the public health system, having worked for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation for six years prior to commencing at SASMOA in 2015. You can contact Katharine directly at email@example.com
Ed Grue (LLB/LP, BEc)
Ed has portfolio responsibilities including the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Pathology and SA Imaging. Ed has qualifications in law and economics and is an experienced industrial adviser and employee advocate, having worked for a range of organisations over the past 20 years including the Australian Education Union, APESMA (now Professionals Australia) and the Australian Workers Union. You can contact Ed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea Boromisa (LLB/LP, BSc (Psych))
Tea’s portfolio responsibilities including the Women's and Children's Health Network and Trainee Medical Officers at the Central Adelaide LHN (Royal Adelaide Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital). Graduating from Flinders University in 2017 with a double degree in Laws and Legal Practice and Behavioural Science (Psychology), Tea was admitted to the Supreme Court the same year. She started her working career at the Working Women’s Centre – a not-for-profit employment service for vulnerable women - working on unfair dismissal, underpayment and discrimination cases. Tea joined SASMOA in 2019. You can contact her directly at email@example.com
Robert Seals (LLB, BIntSt, GDLP, LLM)
Robert assists members throughout the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. Admitted as a lawyer in 2014, he has served the interests of professionals and their unions for over seven years, including teachers, nurses and now doctors - joining SASMOA in 2021. You can contact Robert directly at firstname.lastname@example.org