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 since July 2009, he has been Deputy President of the CMRBV. In July 2011, Prof Xue was appointed Inaugural Chair of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
At RMIT University, Professor Xue is Head, School of Health Sciences and is responsible for seven academic disciplines including Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Nursing & Midwifery, Psychology and Osteopathy. Professor Xue is Director, Traditional and Complementary Medicine Program at the RMIT Health Innovations Research Institute. He is also Director, World Health Organization (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$8 million grants including six project grants from the Australian Government’s National Health & Medical Research Council. He has published over 140 publications and has been frequently invited as a keynote speaker for numerous national and international conferences.
Community member from Victoria
Esther Alter brings a wide range of experience in consumer law and dispute resolution to the Board.
As a Member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), she was involved in conciliating and adjudicating on consumer law matters. Esther has worked in a range of consumer, legal and management roles in the Victorian and Commonwealth governments.
Her professional interests are in the areas of governance, management, service evaluation and organisational development. Esther is an experienced Board Member previously of the Chiropractors Registration Board of Victoria, Osteopaths Registration Board of Victoria, and currently a Board Member of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and the Professional Standards Council.
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.
Professor Craig Zimitat
Deputy Chair and community member from Tasmania
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.
Dr Anne Fletcher
Community member from New South Wales
Dr Anne Fletcher has worked in a range of roles including medical researcher, senior executive and principal consultant in a life sciences consultancy. She has served on the boards of the Victorian Cancer Agency, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the CRC for Vaccine Technology, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and HeartKids Australia. Her involvement in communities has been diverse encompassing local community activities, professional societies, national community and volunteer-based organisations. Dr Fletcher brings to the Chinese Medicine Board a scientific approach, a sound knowledge of governance and an understanding of community values, opinions and expectations.
Practitioner member from Queensland
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.
Practitioner member from New South Wales
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.