Our Governance

MDA National Limited (MDA National) is a longstanding mutual Medical Defence Organisation (MDO).

MDA National was established in 1925 to support, protect and promote the interests of our Members.

As a Member service organisation, we operate under the MDA National Constitution. 

MDA National owns MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd, the Medical Indemnity Insurer, which issues Professional Indemnity Insurance and Practice Indemnity Policies to Members and insureds. Together, the two entities make up the MDA National Group.

The MDA National Group

 MDA National Limited - the mutual association MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd - the insurer 
  • Owned by Members
  • Provides Membership and support services
  • Advocates on behalf of the interests of Members and the medical
  • Wholly owns MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd
  • Governed by a Mutual Board
  • The majority of its Directors are Member-elected.  
  • Issues professional indemnity policies to medical practices, practitioners
    and medical students and dentists
  • Regulated insurer and wholly owned subsidiary of MDA National Limited
  • Governed by MDA National’s Insurance Board
  • Regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
  • Authorised by Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
    to deal in and provide financial product advice on general insurance products
    via an Australian Financial Services Licence
  • Participating company of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA).


Our Boards

The MDA National Group is led by two Boards to ensure our Members' and insureds' needs are met, and that our commercial, compliance and regulatory requirements are upheld. Our Boards operate under specific charters:


Mutual Board Insurance Board
Comprises a majority of elected doctor Members

Responsible for:

  • monitoring the financial performance of MDA National Insurance and its investment in that entity
  • approving the overall strategic objectives for the Group
  • appointing the Directors and monitoring the performance of MDA National Insurance’s Board 
  • setting the philosophy and providing input on medical issues.

  • Appointed by MDA National
  • Majority independent Directors, including the Chairman
  • Complies with APRA’s “fit and proper” requirements of being a Director of a licensed general insurer

  • Responsible for:
    • implementing the Group’s strategic goals and objective
    • issuing policies of indemnity to MDA National Members and insureds
    • performing the operational requirements of MDA National under a Service Agreement
    • employing all management and staff.


    MDA National welcomes new President

    MDA National Limited held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday 20 November 2020, announcing the results of the recent election.


    The Board appointed Dr Michael Gannon as MDA National Mutual Board President.


    Dr Gannon is a renowned Obstetrics and Gynaecology practitioner based in Perth, and an advocate for the medical profession. He is a Past President of the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Medical Association of Western Australia (AMAWA). Dr Gannon has served on the MDA National Mutual Board since 2018 and acted as Chair of Finance in 2020.


    Dr Gannon said “I have been a Member of MDA National since 1995 and served on the Board since 2018. I understand the important role that a Medical Defence Organisation (MDO) plays for doctors, at all stages of their career. I am looking forward to taking on new responsibilities as President and advocating on behalf of all MDA National Members.”


    The AGM sees the retirement of long-standing Board Member and President, Dr Rod Moore. Dr Moore was first appointed to the MDA National Mutual Board in 1998, serving as Vice President from 2004 to 2007 and then as President from 2014 to 2020.


    “We extend our sincere thanks to Dr Rod Moore, after many years of dedicated service to MDA National. Rod has shown unwavering commitment to the organisation and our Members, not only as President, but also serving on a number of committees.” said MDA National CEO, Mr Ian Anderson. “He has worked tirelessly to advocate our vision, bringing exceptional medical knowledge to risk management. In addition, he has always been ready and available to meet with or communicate with our Members, holding their best interests at heart.”


    Dr Rod Moore said “I am proud to have served on the MDA National Board since 1998. I have worked alongside many remarkable doctors over the years. We have achieved a lot during the course of my time as Director and then President, but none more notable than the commitment and support demonstrated to our Members during COVID-19. I wish Dr Gannon all the best in leading the Mutual Board and continuing to show our unwavering support of MDA National Members.”


    Other changes to positions on the Board include Dr Mellissa Naidoo being elected as Vice President and Dr Simon Benson as Chair of Finance.


    The election saw the re-appointment of two Directors, Dr David Gilpin and Associate Professor Michael Hollands and the appointment of one new Director, Clinical Associate Professor Anthony Bell.


    Clinical Associate Professor Anthony Bell is an emergency physician and healthcare executive based in Western Australia. He has twenty five years experience in clinical practice, undertaking leadership roles in emergency departments, hospital medical services (public and private sector), state-wide clinical networks, research collaborations, strategic healthcare committees and clinical redesign programs.


    MDA National is a Member-owned mutual medical defence organisation providing extensive professional indemnity insurance to over 54,000 medical practitioners, medical students and insureds across Australia. With a ‘doctors for doctors’ ethos since 1925, MDA National exists solely to support its Members in the moments that matter and promote good medical practice.


    Available for interview:

    MDA National President, Dr Michael Gannon (please contact Kylie Philippzig)

    MDA National Chief Executive Officer, Ian Anderson (0418 952 406)


    General enquiries:

    Kylie Philippzig

    National Manager, Brand Advocacy (MDA National)



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