VIC/TAS State Advisory Committee Member Profiles
David completed his medical school at the University of Western Australia, before embarking on a career in Plastic Surgery. He has sub-specialised in facial differences in children and is now based at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne. He is the current president of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association, and recently has taken a paid appointment with Operation Smile International, assisting with Education and Outcome measures in global health settings. He is also their chairperson in the Cleft Surgery Training Program. He also volunteers regularly with Mercy Ships.
Dr Jurstine Daruwalla MBBS, PhD is a HPB/General Surgical Fellow at Northern Health in Victoria. She completed a combined MBBS/PhD program at the University of Melbourne in 2011. She is passionate about global surgery and would ultimately like to join Médecins Sans Frontières. Having undertaken surgical electives in India, South Africa and Fiji, she is familiar with working in challenging environments with limited resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique set of challenges to General Surgery, as well as impacts on training and resource allocation. She is currently undertaking research on the effects of the lockdown on Acute General Surgery presentations at the Northern.
Dr Belinda Hibble MBBS, FACEM, MPH, DCH is a full time Emergency Medicine (EM) Staff Specialist at University Hospital Geelong, Victoria. She also maintains a casual appointment as an EM Physician at St John of God Hospital Geelong.
Belinda completed her medical degree at Monash University, and has spent the bulk of her time training and working in the Geelong and Melbourne regions. Belinda is a passionate advocate for hospital and healthcare system improvement and is a member of the MDA National State Advisory Committee (Victoria). She is heavily involved with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
Belinda has been deeply involved in COVID-19 planning at both a local departmental and state-wide EM systems level.
Dr Alexandra Seidel MBBS(Hons), BMedSci, DCH, CertWH, FRACGP is a rural GP and owner of three practices in Tasmania's Huon Valley and on Bruny Island. Dr Seidel has over 10 years' experience in general practice as a GP, GP Supervisor, medical student educator and visiting Rural Medical Practitioner. She has been a member of the Tasmanian State Advisory Committee for MDA National for 2 years and was previously a board member of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania, a member of the RACGP's Expert Committee on General Practice Advocacy and Funding and the Department of Health's GP Roundtable.
Dr Christopher M Stokes MBBS BMedSci PGDipSurgAnat obtained his undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He has been a member of the Victorian State Advisory Committee since 2019. Chris currently works as an Orthopaedic registrar and has a strong interest in leadership, management and the welfare of junior doctors. 

Chris continues to be involved with education and research with numerous academic publications at international level. He also regularly presents his work at scientific meetings. His clinical governance experience includes lead authorship of national perioperative management guidelines for the Arthroplasty Society of Australia. 

As a personable and well-rounded individual, Chris’s contributions to the State Advisory Committee include development strategy, risk analysis and advocacy for Doctors in Training.
Dr Benjamin Veness MBBS, MPH is a psychiatry registrar in Melbourne and an advocate for doctors’ and medical students’ health. In addition to being interested in what we can do for ourselves, he is also passionate about improving the system we work and study within. This interest in the broader, system-level issues might have come in part from Ben’s first career in the corporate sector. Ben has also completed a Master of Public Health, for which he was later awarded the Edmund Barton Medal from The University of Sydney.
While a medical student, Ben was President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and served in multiple capacities within the state and federal branches of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). He also spent two terms as a Fellow of the Senate of The University of Sydney. In 2013, Ben was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate student mental health interventions and services overseas.