The Repatriation Medical Authority (the Authority) is an independent statutory agency established under Part XIA of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA). The Authority is part of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.
The Authority consists of a panel of five practitioners eminent in fields of medical science. One of their number must be a person having at least 5 years experience in the field of epidemiology. The Authority is comprised of:
- a Chairperson
- four other Members
All members are appointed by the Minister on a part-time basis under section 196L of the VEA, and must be a registered medical practitioner, or medical scientist, with at least 10 years experience. The current membership consists of Professors Saunders (Chairperson), Byrne, Cicuttini, Doust and Kaldor.
Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, MD (Sydney), Hon LLD (Monash) was appointed to the Authority in July 2012 having served as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle, Australia for seven years. He has held academic and senior management positions at McMaster, Harvard, Flinders, Monash, Bond and Newcastle Universities.
Professor Gerard Byrne, BSc(Med) 1978 UNSW, MBBS (Hons) 1980 UNSW, PhD 1997 UQ, FRANZCP. Professor Byrne is Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
Professor Flavia Cicuttini, MBBS 1982 Monash, PhD 1993, FRACP, MSc (Lond), DLSHTM, FAFPHM. Professor Cicuttini is Head of Rheumatology, Alfred Hospital and Head of Musculoskeletal Unit, School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Professor Jenny Doust BA, BEcons, BMBS, Grad Dip Clin Epi, PhD, FRACGP. Professor Doust is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Centre for Research in Evidence Based Practice at Bond University and also works half-time as a general practitioner in Brisbane.
Professor John Kaldor, PhD 1982 UC Berkeley. Professor Kaldor is a Professor of Epidemiology and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales. Prior to this appointment Professor Kaldor worked as a researcher at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France.
Martin Hanson is the Registrar of the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA), and heads the RMA Secretariat based in Brisbane. Martin is a legal practitioner and previously worked as a Senior Executive Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor.