Chinese Medicine Board Members

Charlie Xue

Professor Charlie Xue

Chair and practitioner member from Victoria

Professor Charlie Xue is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner in the state of Victoria. Between 2000 and June 2009 he was a practitioner member of the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (CMRBV) and from July 2009 to June 2012 he was Deputy President of the CMRBV. Since July 2011, Prof Xue has been the Inaugural Chair of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Prof Xue was reappointed as Chair of the Board for the second term from July 2014 to June 2017.

At RMIT University Professor Xue is Executive Dean, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences. In this role, he provides academic and strategic leadership to all health professional programs (such as pharmacy, psychology, nursing, Chinese medicine and exercise sciences) and biomedical sciences. From 2011–2015 he was Head of School, School of Health Sciences. Professor Xue is also Director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine and Member, WHO Expert Advisory Panel for Traditional Medicine, Geneva.

Professor Xue’s research has been supported by over AU$23 million grants including six project grants from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and two Australian Research Council (ARC) grants. Prof Xue has also served as a member of the NHMRC's Grant Review Panel. He has published over 200 papers and has been frequently invited as a keynote speaker for numerous national and international conferences.

Di Wen Lai

Di Wen Lai

Practitioner member from Western Australia

After graduating from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986 Di Wen Lai moved to Perth, Western Australia . She studied Medical Laboratory Science at Curtin University, WA, for 2 years. She has conducted a private practice in Perth since 1990.

Craig Zimitat

Professor Craig Zimitat

Deputy Chair and community member from Tasmania

  • BSc(Hons)
  • MHEd
  • PhD

Professor Zimitat is Deputy Head (Academic) and Director of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. Professor Zimitat has worked extensively in health professional education in higher education over the last 20 years. His work was acknowledged with a 2011 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Roderick Martin

Roderick Martin

Practitioner member from Queensland

Roderick Martin is a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner member of the Chinese Medicine Board from the State of Queensland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture, an Advanced Diploma of Acupuncture and is currently studying an MBA at the University of Queensland.

Rod is a registered acupuncturist and runs his multimodality clinics in Brisbane, Australia. He also mentors students of Chinese medicine. He possesses significant experience in clinic management, business development, and governance. His practice has a clear focus on integrating traditional medicine with modern medicine.

Liang Zhong Chen

Dr Liang Zhong Chen

Practitioner member from South Australia

Dr Liang Zhong Chen began his training in China, having gained qualifications in the medical sciences in Beijing, Hohhot and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1973-1982).

Subsequently he has completed further studies at a number of different universities in Australia. These include a PhD (Human Genetics) at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU, Canberra (1985-1989); Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) RMIT, Melbourne (2004-2007); Master of Acupuncture, Sydney (2005-2007); and Master of Theological Studies, Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide (2010-2012).

He also spent a number of years as a research medical scientist in various international institutions (in China 1980s and Stockholm 1981, Hamburg University 1982, Tokyo University 1989, Otago University 1990, and Adelaide Children’s Hospital 1989-92).

Dr Chen has now been practising Chinese medicine for over 20 years in his Adelaide-based Advanced Chinese Therapy clinic. He has been a committee member of the SA Chinese Medicine Association for over 10 years, and also serves in a leading position in the NPA (Naturopathic Practitioners Associate). Dr Chen has also been a Justice of the Peace in and for the State of South Australia for over 15 years.

Christine Berle

Christine Berle

Practitioner member from New South Wales

  • MSc
  • DipAc

Christine Berle is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner (acupuncturist) and continues to run a private practice in Sydney that she started 38 years ago. Since completing a Master of Science (Research) in 2009 Christine has also been working as an assistant researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), engaged in several acupuncture research projects. Her current professional responsibilities include an appointment as the Deputy President of the Chinese Medicine Council of New South Wales, Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA).

Christine is a former Vice-President of the World Federation of Acupuncture/Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) (1990-1993) and served as a senior executive with several Australian professional associations from 1977 to 1997. Christine’s perspective on Chinese medicine as a practitioner, researcher and executive is one of a balanced approach from both a scientific and traditional viewpoint, with a clear understanding of the need for governance in changing times.

Dr David Graham

Dr David Graham

Community member from the ACT

  • BPharm
  • PhD
  • FPS

Dr Graham has qualifications in pharmacy and pharmacology. He has managed major health and welfare programs in the Federal Government, including being the national manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Following retirement from the public service, he has served on a range of not-for-profit and government Boards.

Dr Graham is currently an adjunct professor at RMIT University and Chair of an ISO committee, TC 249, which is developing international standards for TCM and related health systems.

Virginia Ryan

Virginia Ryan

Community member from Queensland

  • B Arts B Laws

Mrs Ryan holds degrees in Laws and Arts from Sydney University. She is currently a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Queensland, and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator. She is a former member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (now the Administrative Appeals Tribunal). She has been a Registrar in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane (now the Federal Circuit Court) and was for many years an independent reviewer of administrative decisions for the Department of Human Services.

When working as a lawyer for Caxton Legal Centre, she gained board experience as a Commissioner on the Legal Aid Commission Queensland, Convenor of the Queensland peak body of community legal centres, the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services, and as a member of a school board. She has previously conducted her own legal firm and has taught at the College of Law in Brisbane, in the Law faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, and has been a guest lecturer at Griffith University in the Law Faculty. She has reported High Court cases for The Legal Reporter, and contributed to publications including the Alternative Law Journal, and the Lawyers Practice Manual (Qld).

She is currently a member of the Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and Women's Legal Service, and is on the committee of an incorporated association.

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