Meet the Council Members

Kevin Forsyth
Presiding Member

Professor Kevin Forsyth is the Presiding Chair of the South Australian Department of Health Medical Education and Training Council. He is currently working as the Dean, People and Resources, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. Kevin is also Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, a Paediatric Immunologist with expertise in immune deficiency, and research interests in airway immunology, RSV, pertussis and medical education. He has expertise in academic leadership and medical education--was the inaugural Dean and Director of Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2006-2010, Director of the Medical Program at Flinders University 2014-2017, and is Chair of the Academy of Child and Adolescent health and of the Global Alliance in Child Health, GapHeal.

Ian Symonds
Education Member

Ian Symonds is the Dean of Medicine and Head of the Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide, South Australia. After completing his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he was appointed as a clinical senior lecturer in Derby, UK in 1998 before moving to Newcastle, NSW in 2004 as the Head of the Discipline of Reproductive medicine. He has been a lead investigator on projects including fetal monitoring, gynaecological cancer and medical education and is currently CI on 2 NHMRC project grants. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a number of undergraduate textbooks and has a master’s degree in clinical education. Professor Symonds is Vice-President and chair of the education and assessment committee for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Vice-President of Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand. He holds an appointment as a visiting medical specialist in obstetrics at the Womens and Childrens Hospital.

Samantha Iannella
Doctors in Training Member (prevocational)

Dr Samantha Iannella is a Surgical Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She is on various state-level committees including chairing the South Australian Junior Medical Officer Forum, is a member of the SA MET Health Advisory Council, its Education Sub-Committee, the Doctors-in-Training committee and the Australian Medical Association (SA) doctors in training committee. Dr Iannella was the South Australian nominee for the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) Australia and New Zealand Junior Doctor of the Year Award, and was the overall winner of this award.

Monica Chen
Medical Student Member

Monica Chen is a sixth year medical student at the University of Adelaide. She has been involved with medical student advocacy and several student committees during her time in medical school and is currently the President of the Adelaide Medical Students' Society and student representative on the South Australian Junior Medical Officer Forum. 

Christine Burdeniuk
Directors of Clinical Training Member

Dr Christine Burdeniuk is the Director of Clinical Training for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and a Consultant Cardiologist. Dr Burdeniuk chairs the SALHN Medical Postgraduate Training Committee and the SA Director of Clinical Training Committee. Among the many duties that Christine performs she is also an examiner for Flinders University School of Medicine and oversees and facilitates the weekly SALHN intern tutorial program. Dr Burdeniuk’s clinical interests include the prevention, early detection and management of Heart Failure. She is actively involved in the selection and management of heart transplant recipients in South Australia.

Josephine Harris
SALHN Member

Dr Josephine Harris (Jo) is a Cardiologist and Geriatrician based in the Department of Cardiology at Flinders Medical Centre (SALHN). She has been involved in teaching and supervision of junior medical staff for many years.  She is also Deputy Chair of the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee and has academic status as a Senior Lecturer with Flinders University.

Penny Boumelha
Accreditation Member

Penny Boumelha holds the degrees of MA and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. She was the Jury Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Adelaide from 1990 to 2009. She is currently Emeritus Professor of the Victoria University of Wellington and Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Adelaide. Penny Boumelha has had substantial senior management experience in universities in both Australia and New Zealand. She is registered as an Auditor for the New Zealand Academic Quality Agency, a Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and an External Expert with the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  In addition to works in her academic discipline, she has published widely on issues in tertiary education and university management.