The rewards of caring

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved,
there is also a love of humanity.”

Hippocrates, circa 5th century BC

At NewMed, we are excited about our mission. We take pride in knowing that our contribution may play a role in helping to shape the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We support those who step forward to make a difference in the lives of fellow Australians, and to advance Australian standards of care.

The starting point is supporting each other. We are not all doctors, but we each model care in our own way, in the time we take for our future students and the understanding we extend to our colleagues.


Professor Stephen Tobin
Professor Stephen Tobin
CEO and Dean

Stephen is a highly acclaimed educator and surgeon who has championed innovative and collaborative approaches to the teaching of medicine. He has previously practised as a surgeon in regional Victoria and held senior medical academic roles including as Dean of Education at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Associate Dean of Clinical Education at Western Sydney University School of Medicine.

Bob O'Connor
Bob O’Connor
Chief Operating Officer & Registrar

Bob is an accomplished leader, building teams for success. He led the QUT Graduate Business School for over a decade, achieving global accreditation and recognition of the MBA and Executive Education portfolio, and championing innovation in the field of leadership coaching. His initial career was in information technology, culminating with a 2000 ASX company float.

Robert Stable
Emeritus Professor Robert Stable AM
Strategic Advisor to the Board

Robert Stable is an Australian medical doctor, and former vice-chancellor of Bond University. Rob worked as a doctor and public servant in the health sector rising to become the director-general of Queensland Health in 1996. Robert has also served as hospital medical superintendent, rural general practitioner and flying doctor.

MD Program Design

Hayder Al Aubaidy
Professor Hayder Al-Aubaidy, (MBChB, MSc, PhD)
Research & Year 4 Design Lead

Hayder is a distinguished medical practitioner, researcher, and educator. He’s known for researching nutraceutical supplements’ role in Type 2 diabetes management and reversal. Hayder has held key academic roles, including Course Coordinator for Health Sciences and Discipline Leader for Human Anatomy at La Trobe University, and as the Year 3 Coordinator in the MBBS program at the University of Tasmania.

Iulia Oancea
Associate Professor Iulia Oancea (MD, PhD)
Assessment and Year 2 Design Lead

Iulia is a highly experienced medical educator and researcher with a medical training background. After completing her PhD at the University of Queensland, Dr. Oancea took the lead on research projects and continued her role in medical education. Iulia is drawn to curriculum innovation by her passion and empathy as an educator, with experience in the design and implementation of medical curriculum for large student cohorts.

Dr. Sue Hawkens
Associate Professor Sue Hawken (MBChB, DipObs, FRNZCGP, MHSc, PG Dip Prof. Sup)
Primary Care and Year 3 Design Lead

Sue is an experienced medical educator, general practitioner, and professional supervisor. Dr. Hawken developed and led the personal and professional skills domain at the University of Auckland’s medical programme and has held multiple educational leadership roles in the RNZCGP.

Dr. Dina Jamil
Dr. Dina Jamil (MBChB, Master Women’s Health)
Curriculum Team

Dr. Jamil, a former medical practitioner, with over 12 years of teaching biomedical sciences in prestigious Australian Universities, specializes in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes research with over 30 publications.

Catriona (Tri) Slater
Dr. Catriona (Tri) Slater (MBChB, FACEM)
Critical care and Year 4 Co-Lead

Tri is an Emergency Medicine Physician with extensive experience as a clinical educator. Dr. Slater is currently co-Director of Clinical Training at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and a part-time academic with NewMed.

Rachelle Levi (PhD)
Dr. Rachelle Levi (PhD, GCHE)
Year 1 Design Lead

Rachelle is an experienced educator in the field of Biomedicine, with a specialised background in Pharmacology, having obtained her PhD from Monash University, and a GCHE from Australian Catholic University. She has been teaching for over 15 years in key academic roles, and has a passionate interest in the application of pedagogies and curriculum alignment in medical education.

Dr. Natasha Yates (MBBS; FRACGP; PhD candidate)
General Practice and CBL Creation

Natasha brings expertise in medical education and extensive experience of urban, rural and remote medicine to the NewMed team. A specialist GP, Natasha has cared for patients in a range of settings, from small town clinics and hospitals to working as a solo practitioner in remote Arnhem Land communities, to her current work in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Mainstream general practice. She worked for 12 years as an Assistant Professor of general practice at Bond University, resigning from this role to pursue a PhD in Medical Education which she is currently part-way through.

Learning Experience

Lance Scaife-Elliott
Lance Scaife-Elliott
Senior Learning Experience Designer

Lance is an accomplished and multi-disciplinary learning experience designer with proven success facilitating the complete design and deployment of elegant digital learning solutions that deliver outstanding engagement and operational efficiency.

Christy Patton
Christy Patton
Learning Experience Designer

Christy is an educator who has supported new course implementation at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and Queensland University of Technology. Her strength is in supporting staff in the adoption of new technologies and best practices in teaching and assessment.


Jessica Kemp
Jessica Kemp
Accreditation and Process Officer

Jessica is a highly experienced governance and quality management professional with over 20 years experience in the Queensland and Australian public services.


Suzi Robertson
Suzi Robertson (BTax, CPA)
Chief Financial Officer

Suzi Robertson is an experienced finance professional with a risk and compliance focus. She has over 20 years of experience in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) working in risk and compliance. She brings expertise in financial management, compliance, data analysis, and risk management with a focus on organizational capability development.

Lydia Di Salvo-Anderson
Lydia Di Salvo-Anderson
Executive Officer

Lydia is a highly skilled administrative management professional with 7 years of experience in the private health sector.