NT Annual Registrars Forum
Novotel: 100/100 Esplanade, Darwin City
Registration Friday 6 September from 6:00 pm

6 September
6:30 pm

Welcome Drinks
Registration opens from 6:00 pm

Hosted by Dr Siobhan Hensey

With welcome to Country by Yvonne Moydra, Larrakia Nation.

Dr Siobhan Hensey will welcome you on the first night. Siobhan is GPRA Board representative for the NT and is driven to create systemic positive change for all GP registrars and colleagues, as well as working locally with registrars to improve their experience of GP training.

7:15 pm

Workshop Dinner (2 hours)
Meet your peers!

7 September
7:00 am

Wellbeing activity
Wake up and walk

7:45 am


8:45 am

Leadership from a Registrar Perspective

We are delighted to introduce Siobhan, a newly Fellowed Northern Territorian.  Siobhan’s journey to Fellowship is a testament to her dedication and commitment to excellence, making her an inspiration for many.

This session is designed for those who aspire to step up and make a difference in their practice. We delve into and discuss the unique challenges faced by leaders and managers in a general practice setting.  Understand how to harness your skills to foster a positive and productive work environment. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner or just starting your journey in general practice, this session offers valuable insights that will assist you. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn from Siobhan’s experiences and insights.

Dr Siobhan Hensey

Dr Siobhan Hensey is a newly fellowed GP, living and working on Larrakia Country in the Northern Territory. Having completed her GP training with RACGP in Darwin and remote communities across the Top End in 2021, she has a keen interest in rural and remote healthcare. 

Siobhan currently works part-time as a medical educator and placement coordinator with the Flinders University NT Medical Program, and part-time as a GP within the Hospital in the Home program with the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Beginning Medicine as a postgraduate student, Siobhan has a background in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This heavily influences a holistic approach to both her clinical and non-clinical work. Originally from regional Victoria, Siobhan has lived and worked in many cities across Australia and internationally, giving her insight and an understanding of what it’s like living in vastly different cultural environments. Siobhan values a sense of community and culture and believes the multicultural richness found across Australia is one of our greatest assets, which should be celebrated and prioritised as integral to primary care. 

With Dr Asanga Abeykoon

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Understanding the business of General Practice

This session provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the business aspects of general practice. From understanding the financial and operational aspects of running a successful practice to navigating the complexities of healthcare regulations and insurance. 

Dr Emma Kennedy

Assoc Prof Emma Kennedy is a Specialist General Practitioner practising at Pandanus Medical NT, a Darwin-based General Practice which she and Dr Kishan Pandithage established in 2018. This practice has a focus on the breadth of General Practice and unites quality clinical care with education.

Emma is a leader in Medical Education and Training in the Northern Territory working as an academic in the Flinders University MD program delivered throughout the NT. She was also the Chair of the Board of Northern Territory General Practice Education until 2023, the organisation responsible for General Practice training in the Northern Territory until the transfer of training to the Colleges, RACGP and ACRRM. In both these roles she has been a strong advocate for person-centred medicine and cultural safety in learning within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Understanding different patient care systems – Medicare, Centrelink, NDIS and Veteran Affairs

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the different systems patient care can be delivered under such as the Medicare system as it pertains to consultations and billings in primary health care.

Through an in-depth exploration of Medicare regulations, billing codes, and reimbursement processes, you will learn how to effectively practice under the Medicare system as well as other systems such as Centrelink, NDIS and Veteran Affairs.

To be revealed soon! 

2:00 pm

What kind of GP do you want to be? Knowledgeable, Intelligent or Wise…

This session provides participants with what you do with your acquired knowledge, how you do it, and when not to do harm. This presentation will cover:

  • Knowledgeable GP – clinical expertise and diagnostic skills
  • Intelligent GP – patient-centred care and ethical decision-making
  • Wise GP – experience and reflection, holistic approach, and self-care and resilience

Dr Kishan Pandaithage

General Practitioner, MBBS, FRACGP, MAcFA, GCHPE
​Kishan graduated from the University of Adelaide and moved to Darwin in 1998. He is a Specialist General Practitioner and loves the challenges involved in managing the full spectrum of General Practice and has a keen interest in teaching. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Northern Territory Medical School.

3:00 pm

Afternoon tea

3:30 pm

Communicating with Yolngu

This session is designed to foster understanding and build bridges between medical professionals and the Yolngu people of Northern Australia. Our presenter will share invaluable insights into practical strategies to communicate effectively and respectfully with Yolngu patients, fostering trust and mutual understanding. This session is about culturally sensitive healthcare, promoting inclusivity and respect in every interaction to enhance your communication skills and contribute to equitable healthcare outcomes for all Australians. This session will provide information on:

  • Language barriers and communication challenges
  • Cultural safety and respect when communicating with Yolngu
  • Health literacy and promotion
  • Effective communication techniques.

Dr Anna Walmsley

Anna has been in the NT since 2013 when she moved here with her family to live and work in Ramingining in East Arnhem Land.  A late convert to medicine from earlier work as an Airforce engineer and later humanitarian development worker, she has a passion for holistic care which centres on a patient’s desired outcomes.  Anna is a veteran, a mum of three, and an active Darwin community member – she loves her Commerce-Pints hockey!!  She has special interests in indigenous health and palliative care and has a particular passion for culturally safe communication with patients

4:30 pm

Reflections of the day – whole group


5:00 pm

Free time

6:00 pm

Pre-dinner Drinks

7:00 pm

Celebrating the 2024 NT Scholarship winners

Opportunity to relax amongst sector reps, peers etc.

Guest speaker – to be revealed!


8 September
7:00 am

Wellbeing activity
Wake up and walk

7:30 am


8:30 am

Research and Health Economics in General Practice

This workshop explores the intersection of research, economics, and patient care in the context of general practice.  Discover how health economics can inform decision-making and resource allocation, leading to improved patient outcomes and cost-effective care. Learn about the latest research methodologies and how they can be applied to assess the economic impact of health interventions. Our speaker will cover topics such as Research skills: interpreting findings and medical statistics & Health economics: key concepts and overview of GP funding.

Dr Winnie Chen

Senior Research Fellow – Menzies School of Health Research
Research Fellow – Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, University of Sydney
GP – Danila Dilba Health Services

Winnie is a clinician-researcher and health economist. She works clinically as a GP at Danila Dilba Health Services and is completing her PhD research in health economics at Menzies School of Health Research. She has held various other roles including teaching medical students at Flinders NT teaching, clinical editing at Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN), and as a registrar liaison officer at Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE).

9:30 am

NT and Top End Infections, Bites, Melioidosis and Scabies.

A clinical presentation covering some of the common and less common scenarios encountered by doctors working in the tropical north of Australia. 

Macropathogens – Snakes, Jellyfish and Crocodiles

Micropathogens – Environment bacteria that cause melioidosis, leptospirosis and scrub typhus; human flora bacteria such as Staph and Strep; parasites such as scabies mites and hookworms.

Prof. Bart Currie

Professor Bart Currie is an infectious diseases and public health physician at Royal Darwin Hospital and Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program. He leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team at Menzies School of Health Research.

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Working in Remote Communities.

This session is aimed at registrars who are passionate about making a difference in remote and underserved communities.  Our presenter will outline the unique challenges and rewards of working in remote areas and the complexities of delivering quality services in remote settings. Gain insights into innovative strategies for overcoming geographical barriers, improving access to services, and fostering community engagement.  This session will provide information on:

  • Health care and infrastructure
  • Health workforce challenges
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Self-care and well-being.

Dr Anne Kleinitz

Anne is a Senior Rural Generalist in Remote Health (NT Health, Top End). She works as a Rural Generalist and has the Education and Training Portfolio for Remote Health, Top End Region. She is passionate about providing access to high standard health care in rural and remote Australia, as well as helping to grow the future rural health workforce. She has been involved with medical education throughout her training and career, including 10 years as a Senior Lecturer at the Flinders University, Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP).

12:00 pm

Cultural safety 

Cultural safety is a vital concept in health which seeks to address power imbalances, privilege, and racism within institutions and society. Let’s explore what cultural safety means and how cultural safety applies to you.

Dr Simone Ray


President of Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association  Dr Simone Raye is a proud Bardi Jabbir Jabbir woman from the Kimberley. As a medical student, Simone was closely involved with the initial meetings that led to the formation of AIDA. She continues to work as a GP in Darwin and do healthcare advocacy work, plus provide mentoring and support to Indigenous medical doctors nationally. Simone Raye was born and raised in Darwin. She studied at Newcastle University then went on to work at the Royal Darwin Hospital for many years and then decided to specialise in General Practice.

12:45 pm

Summary of key learnings, close of workshop


1:00 pm

Lunch served with opportunity for further networking