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Trainees' Committee

Terms of Reference:

List of Members

Position Name Jurisdiction
Chairman Dr Michael Page WA
Anatomical Pathology Representative Dr Theresa Ly NSW
Anatomical Pathology Representative Dr Daniel Kirkpatrick SA
Anatomical Pathology Representative Dr Melisa Vazquez VIC
Forensic Pathology Representative Dr Hannah Elstub NSW
Genetics Representative Dr Peter Kaub VIC
Immunology Representative Dr Brittany Stevenson WA
Microbiology Representative Dr Caitlin Keighley NSW
NZ Representative Dr Michael Coughlan New Zealand
Member Dr Sally Campbell VIC
Member Dr Niles Nelson TAS
Observer Dr Debra Graves NSW

About the Trainees’ Committee

  • The Trainees’ Committee is a channel for all trainees to provide input into the training, education and professional activities of the College.
  • The Committee reports to the RCPA Board of Directors and has voting rights on the RCPA Council and the Board of Education and Assessment.
  • The Committee seeks representation across as many regions and disciplines as possible and may include a trainee from one of the RCPA Faculties.
  • At least four meetings are held annually. Normally one of them is face-to face and the others are by teleconference. The College provides administrative support for these meetings. The Committee may also communicate privately and informally via social media platforms.

Contacting the Trainees’ Committee

  • Trainees may contact any committee member directly and confidentially without necessarily going through the Chair. Please note that committee members will not offer advice of a personal nature.
  • The Committee generally hosts a Trainee Forum at Pathology Update each year.

Joining the Trainees’ Committee

  • All College committee appointments are normally made on 1 December each year for a period of two years, but it is recognised that for many trainees, workloads and examinations will make this impractical, so the Trainees’ Committee has the flexibility to accept replacement nominations at any time.
  • If you are interested in joining, you may informally contact any committee member to express interest and find out more about what is involved. To make a formal application, please contact Ms Marina Maunsell ( who will send and application form and relevant documents.