Our Board is comprised of members who are dedicated to the values and mission, ‘protecting health through care of the environment’, of Doctors for the Environment Australia.
Providing expertise in a variety of fields, they govern the organisation and work with the Executive Director to ensure the organisation is equipped to meet its goals.
John Van Der Kallen
John Van Der Kallen FRACP is a Rheumatologist in Newcastle. John grew up in Sydney and graduated from the University of NSW. He spent time training in many rural areas of NSW as well as completing his rheumatology training in Leiden in the Netherlands where it was obvious that the community is healthier without being dependent on cars. He has lived in the Hunter for over 18 years and has seen the Hunter Valley change dramatically with the increase in coal mining. He previously set up the Fracture Liaison Service in the Hunter New England Area Health Service but is now focused on the impacts of climate change on our health. John believes that one of the solutions to climate change is for all of us to reduce our individual emissions to zero or below. Consequently, his wife Jane and himself have a timber plantation, solar panels at home and at work and commute on their bikes as much as possible.Close biography
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Kimberly is an Emergency Physician from Adelaide with a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is a passionate member and current Chair of the SA DEA Committee. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, and holds numerous committee roles within the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine, including many years on the ACEM Public Health and Disaster Committee.
Her particular interests within climate action are the intersection of the social determinants of health with climate change and emergency medicine, heat health, waste management and greening healthcare, and the integration of climate and planetary health into university and post graduate medical curriculum and teaching.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and parenting two very exuberant small children.Close biography
Kristof Wing MBBS BMedSci(Hons) is a physician trainee in Darwin who has previously worked in Tasmania and Timor-Leste. He is concerned about the pivotal impact our changing climate is having on food security and the potential for altered communicable disease epidemiology. Having recently moved to the Top End he is currently exploring the impact that dispossession of nature through environmental degradation is having on indigenous and non-indigenous patients alike.Close biography
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Richard Yin MBBS is a GP who works in a suburban general practice in Perth. He sees health as extending beyond what happens within the consulting room but founded on our relationship within families, communities and the natural world. The general practice he helped found, embeds sustainability into how it functions, derives some of its energy from its own PV cells, and has a fruit and vegetable garden at the front which offers a composting service to surrounding residents. Outside of medicine, he conducts regular classes on mindfulness meditation, runs and enjoys bush-walking and traveling.Close biography
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Georgia is an undergraduate medical student at the University of Newcastle and is passionate about climate action and medical student empowerment.
Georgia has been involved in student organising at both university and national levels, as well as previous experience with DEA and AMSA Code Green.
She is determined to drive systems change across the health sector and greater society to achieve climate justice and empower local communities.Close biography
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Katherine Barraclough MBBS(Hons), FRACP, PhD is a Melbourne based nephrologist. She is interested in both the intersection of human and environmental health and the delivery of environmentally sustainable healthcare. She completed the Green Steps Sustainability Leadership program through the Monash Sustainability Development Institute in 2014 and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program in 2015. She has worked with DEA and within her own medical speciality for many years to increase awareness of the fundamental interdependence of humans and nature and to address the major environmental challenges facing us. She is most happy and peaceful when she is in nature.Close biography
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Beau Frigault MBBS, MSc, BSc is an obstetric and gynaecology junior doctor in Queensland and in his 8th year as a member of DEA. He was previously the Queensland Student State Representative and for the past 3 years has served as the Queensland State Chair. Prior to this, he was a member of several environmental advocacy groups in Canada (where he is from) and completed a Sustainability Leadership Certificate from Ithaca College in New York in 2012. Having been an environmental advocate for quite some time, he particularly enjoys educating and engaging young people in sustainability issues and tackling the health care industry’s contribution to carbon emissions locally and nationally.Close biography
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Georgia is a postgraduate medical student with a passion for global & planetary health. Georgia has led various student groups at a university and national level, and represented the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations at United Nations climate change negotiations. Georgia has published work with the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change & Health and the Lancet Planetary Health, and contributed to a textbook chapter on climate change in medical education.Close biography
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Dr Stefanie Pidcock commenced on the DEA Board in October 2020. She has been a member of DEA since commencing her medical studies in 2017, and has served as Secretary and Chair of the ACT Branch of DEA. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in environmental policy and management, as well as organisational financial and staffing management.
Before commencing her medical career, she spent 15 years working in the environment sector across a range of areas. As a science researcher, she studied the ecological impacts of reduced rabbit numbers following the accidental release of rabbit calicivirus. In the Australian Public Service, she worked in policy development and program management in ecological science research, protected area management, regional forest agreements and climate change. Notably, she led teams in the management of the $750 million Green Army Program, and the development of the first National Coastal Vulnerability Assessment to Climate Change.
As a senior consultant in a major Australian consulting firm, she led stakeholder engagement and international convention compliance as part of a team in an Australian Aid project to clean up Persistent Organic Pollutants from 13 Pacific Island Countries, including safe transport by ship to Australia for final destruction.
Her previous board experience comes from two years on the Board of Directors for an ACT Key Arts Organisation, the Watson Arts Centre.
Stefanie has a husband, two children aged 10 and 13, and a dog. She enjoys getting out into nature when she can.Close biography
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John Iser MBBS FRACP retired 4 years ago after working as a physician and gastroenterologist in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. In addition, having come from regional Victoria where “the bush” was only a bike-ride away, he gladly accepted the positions of visiting proceduralist at Alexandra and Foster for over 20 years. While at Alexandra he was attracted to the notion of restoring land which had been cleared inappropriately. However, after setting-up a sustainable cottage, the dream of land restoration might have to be fulfilled by the next generations. John joined DEA about 8 years ago and was Victorian Chair for 4 years. For decades John has been aware of the power of big business and government to brush aside environmental concerns in the interests of profits and expediency, so it is heartening to see the attitudinal shift that is now occurring. However, he believes that DEA can accelerate this change through continued engagement with all sectors and at all levels.Close biography