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Our Team

A short overview of our current Team Members

  • David Lester-Smith

    Dr David Lester-Smith

    Dr David Lester-Smith is the Acting Executive Principal of the Sydney Child Health Program. David graduated from University of Nottingham (UK), trained in paediatrics in the UK and Australia and has worked as a General Paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 12 years. David is also the Network Associate Medical Director Education at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Senior Medical Advisor to the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit. David has completed a Master of Public Health degree (University of Sydney) and working towards a Master of Clinical Education degree (Flinders University). David has had a long association with the SCHP team.

  • Leanne Howie

    Leanne Howie

    Leanne Howie is Co Lead of the Sydney Child Health Program. Leanne has responsibility for SCHP’s strategic planning, business management and international development. Leanne has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Master of International Social Development from the University of NSW. Leanne has over twenty years’ experience in international education and has worked in more than thirty countries – 15 of them SCHP partner countries.

  • Dr Mary Isklander

    Dr Mary Iskander

    Dr Mary Iskander graduated through UNSW and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She completed the Master of Public Health through the University of Sydney.  Currently Dr Mary Iskander works as a community paediatrician serving children and their families in Western Sydney.  She has been part of the SCHP Paediatric Academic Team since 2012; her role includes newsletter writing, case report marking, examination delivery and administration.  Previously Mary worked in country NSW caring for families in Dubbo both in hospital and community settings.  

  • Dr Stephanie Francis

    Dr Stephanie Francis

    Dr Stephanie Francis is part of the SCHP Paediatric Academic Team providing input with Examination Question Writing. Stephanie is a general paediatrician who has trained through the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network in Australia. She has a special interest in tropical medicine and international public health. She completed her masters in tropical medicine through James Cook University as well as a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene through the Liverpool University School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.

  • Dr Shalinder Samra

    Dr Shalinder Samra

    Dr Shalinder Samra is part of the SCHP Paediatric Academic Team providing input with Program content, Examination and Oral Assessment Task. Dr Samra is a General Paediatrician and Paediatric Emergency Specialist in Western Sydney. His interests include development and behavioural paediatrics as well as managing acute paediatric emergencies.


  • Dr Stephen George

    Dr Stephen George

    Dr Stephen George is a member of the SCHP Paediatric Academic Team and is involved in the examination and evaluation aspects of the program . Dr George also works at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead as a Hospitalist in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. His interests include Neonatology, innovative health management and Learning/Teaching methodologies.

  • Rita Gudinho

    Rita Gudinho is the Business Operations Manager. She oversees all operational activities of SCHP business and is a core part of the Senior Management Group providing advice and support with strategic development from an operational perspective and reporting all elements of the service deliverables of the programme to Participants in Australia and internationally.

  • Robyn Ivey

    Robyn Ivey

    Robyn Ivey is the Executive Administrator. She provides administration and organisational support to the SCHP Executive Principal,  facilitates communication with internal and external stakeholders, organises local and international meetings and travel arrangements and also project manages short programs provided by the Unit.

  • Tim Dennis

    Tim Dennis

    Tim Dennis is the Education Coordinator for SCHP responsible for overseeing program evaluations and the program accreditation in line with the RACGP and ACRRM. Tim works closely with the Webcast Officer to ensure Quality Assurance of all SCHP Webcasts and Webinars and manages complaints and reports on all aspects of program evaluations. He also works closely with the Paediatric Academic Team to assist with ongoing projects in enhancing participant learning and assessment as well as program content and examinations.

  • Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown is our Business Systems and Projects Manager responsible for Projects, IT and Finance at the SCHP Business unit which services Participants throughout Australia and internationally.

  • Angela Ostojiic

    Aleksandra Grasar

    Aleksandra Grasar is the Assessment and Project Officer and has a key role in managing SCHP Assessment organisation, with a key focus on meeting the needs and communication of Examiners, Supervisors and key academic staff during the coordination of final examinations and oral assessment tasks nationally and internationally.

  • Radslav Ereg

    Radoslav Erceg

    Radoslav Erceg is the International Enrolments Officer and is part of the Operations Team responsible for international enrolments and program administration, with a focus on Participants and Tutors at our international sites; working closely to support the Service environment of the SCHP.

  • Matt Dundas

    Matt Dundas

    Matt Dundas is the Webcast, Assessment Support and Evaluation Officer and is part of the Operations Team responsible for maintenance of the SCHP timetable, updating and formatting Webcast content and liaison with our Webcast Presenters and key IT and AV providers, Case Report Management and Complaint / Compliment / Feedback recording and reporting to support the Service environment of the SCHP.

  • Anisha Rana

    Anisha Rana

    Anisha Rana is the Administration Officer and is part of the Operations Team responsible for Australian enrolments, weekly mail-outs of program material to international sites, and general administration working closely to support the Service environment of the SCHP.

  • Roz Ladan

    Roz Ladan

    Roz Ladan is an Administration Officer supporting the SCHP Operations Team with the Health Roster, Paediatric Experience follow-up and Certificate Distribution.