College Trainees' Committee

The College Trainees’ Committee (CTC) was established in 2003 by the RACP Board as the College’s peak body representing the interests of all RACP trainees.

The CTC's purpose is to:
  • provide a forum for the views of all Trainees/Dual Trainees
  • advocate on behalf of trainees in matters relating to their selection, training, assessment, supervision and overall education experience
  • make recommendations regarding policy relating to any training matter
  • liaise with state, territory and New Zealand based Trainees’ committees
  • liaise with trainee representatives across the College and its College bodies
  • recommend to the appropriate College body any new initiatives to support trainees/Dual Trainees and enhance their training experience
  • manage the selection, election and nomination of trainee representatives to the various College body councils, committees and groups.

Recent work and achievements 2014 - 2017

The CTC has been very active in pushing forward with objectives as outlined in the 2017 CTC work plan as well as advocating within the College to ensure that any new initiatives consider the perspective of trainees.

Recent work and achievements include:

  • a large focus on trainee health and well being as it pertains to all facets of training
  • appointment of one new trainee representative to the established College Council
  • support of the annual Trainees’ Days in both Australia and New Zealand
  • advising on the future of Trainees’ Day in the ongoing Congress restructure
  • overview of Trainees’ Communications Strategy (still in progress)
  • establishment of the Trainee News eBulletin and Social Media Page to ensure trainees’ have a channel for their voice

Provision of feedback and advice to other Board Committees and units on a range of topics which affect trainees such us: 

Composition of the CTC

See the composition of the CTC in the College Trainee Committee By-laws

Become a trainee committee member

Vacancies on the College Trainees’ Committee, or a regional or faculty Trainees' Committee are advertised in the Trainee News eBulletin and on the RACP Trainees' Facebook group.

You can also contact your regional body if you are interested in becoming a CTC Committee member and would like more information.

Join the RACP Trainees' Facebook group

The RACP Trainees' Facebook group is a space for RACP trainees to meet and share their experiences, tips, events and ideas with each other. You will also receive trainee relevant material from the RACP.

Sign in to Facebook and search for ‘RACP Trainees’. Follow the instructions to join the group and connect with over 1,000 RACP trainees.

Committee Membership


Dr Davina Buntsma
Chair & VIC representative, CTC

Committee members 

Elizabeth Keeling
Deputy Chair and International Medical Graduate representative, CTC

Dr Kathryn Forwood
Deputy Chair and ACT representative, CTC
Member, NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee 

Dr George Bax
NZ representative, CTC
Co-Chair, NZ Trainees' Committee

Dr Yang Du
SA representative, CTC
Co-Chair SA Trainees' Committee

Dr Lee Fairhead
WA representative, CTC
Co-Chair, WA Trainees' Committee

Dr Nicholas Fancourt
NT representative, CTC

Dr Philip Gaughwin 
AFRM representative, CTC 
National Trainee representative, RMSAZ Advisory Council

Dr Laksmi Govindasamy
AFPHM representative, CTC

Dr Alice Grey
RACP Board Trainee Physician Director

Dr Alan Huynh
AFOEM representative, CTC

Dr Hervey Lau
QLD representative, CTC
Co-Chair, QLD Trainees' Committee
Trainee rep, QLD State Committee

Dr Kristen Lindsey
WA representative, CTC
Co-Chair, WA Trainees' Committee
Trainee rep, WA State Committee

Dr Theresa Naidoo
TAS representative, CTC
TAS representative, VTTC

Dr Sarah Primhak
NZ representative, CTC
Paediatric Co-Chair, NZ Trainees’ Committee

Dr Daina Rudaks
SA representative, CTC
Co-Chair, SA Trainees' Committee

Dr Louise Segan
VIC representative, CTC
Chair, VTTC
Trainee representative, VSC

Dr Rihan Shahab
NSW representative, CTC
Co-Chair, NSW/ACT Trainees' Committee

Dr Aimee Wiseman
NSW representative, CTC
Paediatric Co-Chair, NSW/ACT Trainees’ Committee
Member, NSW Regional Committee

Trainees' Committees Contact Details

Contact your local committee to raise a topic for discussion.

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