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CRL profiles are listed via discipline in alphabetical order

Dr Michael Araco
Sydney NSW

Medical Advisor



Michael has experience in digital health including 3 years with Healthdirect Australia where he is the Medical Advisor for Healthdirect online web content, medicines, mobile app, Video Call, and the NHSD. He participates in syndromic surveillance as a member of the National Influenza Surveillance Committee.

Michael also has 10 years of experience as a Clinical Trial Investigator and Principal Investigator for approximately 250 early phase clinical trials. He completed an internship in medical research commercialisation and venture capital during this time.

Michael is a member of the HISA NSW committee and is CHIA certified. He is passionate about solving problems in healthcare with digital solutions and innovation. For example, he has previously designed and built systems to assist clinical trial recruitment using digital channels including social media.

Prior to working in digital health and clinical research fields, Michael has 5 years of general medical experience in Victoria.

Dr Surendra Bhutra
Hervey Bay QLD
MBBS, MD Anaesthesia, FANZCA

Consultant Anaesthetist



Surendra trained in anaesthesia in India and moved to Australia in 2001. He completed his college requirements and obtained the FANZCA in 2006. He has been working full time in private practice since May 2014, prior to this, he worked for Queensland Health for over 13 years.

Currently, he is working at St Stephen’s Private Hospital, Hervey Bay. St Stephen’s Hospital is the first fully digital Australian hospital started in 2014. Surendra was involved in planning & implementation of EMR and its various component since 2013. Digital health is his key area of interest.

Dr Rowan Ellis
Perth WA
MBBS, BSc (Human Bio, Sci Coms), GradCertMed(CritCare), CHIA

Resident Medical Officer


Rowan Ellis is passionate about innovation, usability and the effective implementation of digital health tools. As a Resident Medical Officer at Fiona Stanley Hospital he has been the clinical lead for WA Health’s first Hackathon, is a graduate of the Institute for Health Leadership’s Medical Service Improvement Program and is a clinical adviser to the WA Health ICT Strategy and Governance unit. He has spent time as a Medical Education Registrar and is pursuing a career in Anaesthesia

Dr Ralph Hanson
Sydney NSW




Ralph is a Paediatrician and was a Senior Staff Specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He is a fellow of the RACP and has a good understanding of the impact of digital health on clinical practice. He was Deputy Chair of the RACP eHealth Advisory Group and has a long history of participation Casemix and IT Clinical initiatives at a State and National level. Ralph brings over 30 years of clinical and management experience in Health.  He has nurtured an extensive clinical network which extends to all craft groups. He is recognised as having been in a unique position as one of the early clinicians in Australia to also have had experience as a CIO leading innovative programs.

Ralph was most recently the Director of Information Services and Planning at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He retired from the Hospital in 2011 after 30years of service. He is currently an independent Consultant and Director of Hanwood Solutions and Clinical Lead at Cartula, a clinical systems development company. He has consulted widely focussing on eHealth. Ralph was awarded the annual Medal of Distinction by the Children’s Healthcare, Australasia for his services to Child Health in 2011.

Dr  Yvonne Ho AM 
Melbourne VIC

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

Yvonne Ho is a businesswoman, educator, medical specialist, philanthropist and more. A graduate of University of Melbourne medical school and the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologists, she has many years of experience as a dually qualified radiologist and a nuclear medicine specialist in the public as well as private sectors in Australia and internationally, including as Head of Nuclear Division of a tertiary hospital. 

Yvonne is also the co-Founder of an international internet marketing corporation that serve the USA, and she has expertise in Marketing, Social Media, e-Commerce and Coding. 

In the non-medical world, she is a graduate of the AICD, and is non-executive Board Director of Australian institutions, including Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. She serves on other Councils and committees, including former ministerial appointment to the TGA. 

Yvonne is Ambassador for the Victorian Government and the AFL, Member of the Order of Australia, inductee of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and winner of the Australia Awards. She brings with her an extensive network, proven track-record in governance, risk and strategy, and a passion for healthcare innovation.

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
Melbourne VIC

Telehealth Clinical Lead


Kudzai is an infectious diseases physician with a background in immunology and language studies. Her belief in the capacity for judicious digitisation to yield safer and more equitable health outcomes was the impetus for taking on the role as head of telehealth at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). Through her clinical work caring for patients in West Footscray and RMH, she was jointly awarded the Victorian Public Healthcare award for excellence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse care in 2017. Her recent research has been in the areas of virtual care, digital literacy and refugee housing. Kudzai is a board member of Health Informatics Society Australia and honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Ashley Kras
Melbourne VIC
MBBS (Hons), Dip Arts

Ophthalmology Registrar



Ashley is one of the new breed of junior doctors, passionate about digital health addressing the patient continuity issues he sees every day in hospital. In addition to his roles at NEHTA and now Australian Digital Health Agency, he has worked on machine learning diagnostic projects for ophthalmology. Ashley has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a masters of informatics in the USA.

Dr Chandrashan Perera
Melbourne VIC
MMed (OphthSc), MBBS, BMedSCi (Hons)

Trainee Ophthalmology Registrar



Chandra is a Trainee Ophthalmology Registrar with a passion for combining healthcare with technology. He has been involved in the successful implementation of health IT solutions, in a variety of clinical settings. To help drive adoption of new technologies in health, he also runs a digital health startup, Nebula Health where they help improve the patients' clinical journey. As a strong believer in evidence-based medicine, he is also a founder and Chief Editor of a peer-reviewed academic medical journal titled the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine which publishes the latest research in mHealth.

Dr Ronnie Ptasznik
Melbourne VIC

Chief Medical Information Officer


Associate Professor Ronnie Ptasznik is a Radiologist and is currently the Director of Clinical Imaging Services at Monash health.  He is also the clinical lead of the EMR project, becoming the first CMIO in Victoria.

Ronnie is currently a Clinical advisor to the Australian Digital Health Agency and sits on several state Health IT committees including the proposed state wide Image sharing project and Health Information exchange.

As a radiologist and CMIO, Ronnie actively encourage and promotes other active clinicians to participate in the development of an informatics capability within their hospitals.  He feels that leveraging informatics to facilitate the delivery of critically relevant information to clinicians, reducing preventable medical errors and improving quality care is the purpose of Health Informatics and the essential first steps towards leveraging the EMR for further development of “Precision” or “Personalised" medicine and Population Health.

Dr Martin Seneviratne
Sydney NSW
MBBS (Hons), BSc (Hons)

Research Fellow in Digital Health



Martin is a junior doctor with a passion for digital health system design, currently on a fellowship at Stanford in biomedical informatics. - Junior doctor with clinical experience in Australia and overseas - Digital health startup experience as the founder of WardConnect, and former CTO of CancerAid - Former board director of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).