MBANSW is managed by a Council of up to 20 registered medical practitioners who are the Directors of the Association. The Council meets monthly to oversee the affairs of the Association and consider requests for assistance presented by the Social Worker. The MBANSW Social Worker is in regular contact with doctors and their families in need, to provide support and identify the areas MBANSW can assist.


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The Council of the Medical Benevolent Association of NSW 2020

Chris Dalton

MBANSW President

I joined the Council in 2000 and have served briefly as Treasurer. I am an ENT Surgeon but have enjoyed branching out into other non-clinical aspects of medicine.

Helen Freeborn

MBANSW Treasurer

I am a Medical Administration Registrar with a strong interest in improving health care. I have a background working in politics, private consulting firms and enjoy being involved in the administration of sport. I have been a member of MBANSW since 2016 and Treasurer since 2019.

Furio Virant

MBANSW Vice President

I am a USyd Graduate. During my medical career I served in the RAN, chaired the Fairfield Division of General Practice, and the AMANSW Council of General Practice. I joined MBANSW in 1995 and am pleased to have been supporting my colleagues for more than 20 years.

Andrew Wines

MBANSW Vice President

I am a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Centre and I have appointments to Royal North Shore, Ryde and Dubbo Hospitals as well as six private hospitals. Apart from time in Ireland and the UK on fellowship, I have been on the council of MBANSW since I was an intern in 1994. In 2003 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to assess support services available to doctors and their families in times of crisis.

Glen Farrow

MBANSW Hon Secretary

I am a healthcare executive, general and paediatric surgeon. Previous director roles at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network exposed me to the special circumstances of doctors in difficulties. I joined Council to continue supporting colleagues in need. I am also a Director with Bearing Group focusing on human factors and patient safety, and a Board Director of Tresillian Family Health centres.

Felix Choi

MBANSW Councillor

I have been on the Council of MBANSW since 2007 and was Treasurer from 2010 to 2019. My background is in General Practice and I have a special interest in Skin Cancer management. I enjoy my work and it has been a privilege to be able to give back and support others in the profession.

Ian Wechsler

MBANSW Councillor

I am an ophthalmologist in practice for 39 years and I have an interest in medical legal aspects of ophthalmology. I have been an MBANSW councillor since 2011. I am on the Avant External Panel of Experts and I have been Secretary for the Western Suburbs Medical Association, a member of the Australian Medical Association and a part-time clinical tutor for the University of Sydney. I am a medical specialist on the Workers Compensation a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Public Health Committee.

Vincent Wong

MBANSW Councillor

I have been a member of MBANSW since 1999 and was Treasurer for 4 years. I am an endocrinologist at Liverpool Hospital. Being a Councillor of MBANSW is an honour, and it is the perfect way to give back to the profession that I love.

John Allman

MBANSW Councillor

I graduated from Sydney University in 1954. After three years hospital training in Australia I spent five years studying and working in England before returning to Sydney to practice Orthopaedic surgery. I joined the Council in 2010.

Catherine Brassill

MBANSW Councillor

I am a Northern Beaches General Practitioner. I have been on the Council since 2009.

Vanessa Rogers

MBANSW Councillor

I work as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist and sit as a part time member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal. I have been on the Council of the MBANSW since 2013. I believe it is important to help support my colleagues and their families in times of hardship and crisis.

Mark Selikowitz

MBANSW Councillor

I am a developmental paediatrician and was the Director of the Child Development Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital before establishing the Sydney Developmental Clinic in 1993. Dealing with the families of children with developmental disorders has given me an appreciation of the stresses that many families face. I value the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of colleagues in need.