Our Steering Committee

Steering Committee Member Biographies

Dr Sayanta Jana
DR SAYANTA JANA – PRESIDENT
MBBS, FRACMA, AFCHSM, MHM, LEAN SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT

Dr Sayanta Jana is originally from India, qualified from Calcutta National Medical College under Calcutta University and then migrated to Perth, Australia in Jan 2006. Dr Jana further trained in the Australian healthcare system, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Dr Jana went on to occupy several key senior executive positions within the Australian health system at various Health Services and health organisations, including the Western Australian Department of Health and is currently a Senior Health Executive within WA Health.

Dr Jana also is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and has a Master’s Degree in Health Management from the University of New South Wales.

  • Dr Jana also has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
  • Dr Jana is an ACHS Surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and also a Lead Surveyor with the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia.
  • Dr Jana is a Council Member on the Australian Medical Council representing all Australian Public and Private Hospitals.
  • Dr Jana is a member of the Australian Medical Association.
  • Dr Jana also holds the position Secretary of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, WA State Branch and also a Faculty Member for Curriculum Development with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
  • Dr Jana is also on the Board and Peer Reviewer of several leading medical journals including Emerald Group Publishing® – Leadership in Health Services.

Dr Jana is also a mentor and Executive Coach for upcoming clinician leaders within the health system and responsible for the delivery of several medical leadership programs.

Dr Aanand Acharya
DR AANAND ACHARYA – VICE PRESIDENT
MA, MBBS, FRCS, FRACS

Dr Aanand Acharya qualified from the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine (UK) and completed his basic and specialist surgical training in the UK where he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and a qualified Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon.

He moved to Perth in 2013 with his family to participate in a competitively appointed subspecialist clinical fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base surgery and in 2015 was appointed to the position of consultant ENT surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital and the South West Health Campus in Bunbury (comprising Bunbury Regional Hospital and St John of God Hospital Bunbury). He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

As well as delivering clinical services Dr Acharya has an interest in clinical and translational research:

  • Numerous peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters
  • Regular Peer Reviewer for a number of high impact specialist journals
  • Active involvement in coordinating current clinical trials

As an International Medical Graduate working in both Metropolitan and Regional hospitals in WA, and with active participation in rural and remote outreach ENT programs, Dr Acharya believes he would be well placed to contribute positively to the committee position for which he has been nominated. He has experience of committee participation, occupying a number of positions during his training, including:

  • Secretary and subsequently President of the Sidney Sussex College Medical Society (University of Cambridge)
  • Junior Doctor Representative on hospital Local Negotiating Committees
  • Trainee Representative on the West Midlands Deanery Higher Surgical Training Committee
  • Trainee Representative to Council for the Midland Institute of Otolaryngology

He maintains active memberships of a number of professional and specialist associations including the Australian Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr Acharya has also completed a Master’s Degree in Management from the Durham Business School (University of Durham, UK).

Dr Renita Dleema
DR RENITA DLEEMA – GENERAL SECRETARY
BDS, MPH

Renita completed her Bachelors of Dental Surgery from A.B.Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, India in 2015. She subsequently moved to Perth in 2016 to pursue her Masters in Public Health from the University of Western Australia. Being absolutely passionate about Public Health, particularly among the rural and regional communities, she aims to create awareness and promote dental health across the wider community, and contribute to the society in every possible way.

Having volunteered at several events organised by the WA Indian Docs Association, Renita now looks forward to actively participate and support the committee to make every event a great success. In her free time, Renita enjoys being outdoors and chances are that you will see her trying a different cuisine every week!

Dr Dhanvee Kandadai
DR DHANVEE KANDADAI – TREASURER
MBBS, FRACMA & FRACP SPECIALIST TRAINEE

Dr Dhanvee Kandadai moved to Perth from Bangalore in 1999. Following on from his secondary education at Rossmoyne Senior High School, completed his medical degree from the University of Western Australia as a recipient of the Group of 8 Scholarship. Concurrent to Medical School, Dhanvee has also worked as Anatomy Tutor with Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA; as High School Tutor for Year 12 TEE students and as a Library Officer various UWA libraries. Dhanvee was also the recipient of UWA SWANS Scholarship in 2009.

Dhanvee has progressed gradually through the system as an Intern, Resident Medical Officer and Medical Registrar & Medical Administration Registrar. Dhanvee is currently training as a Medical Administration Registrar under the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators after completing his Basic Physician Training at Royal Perth Hospital. Dhanvee has worked clinically in almost every major hospital within Western Australia, both public and private. As part of Medical Administration training, Dhanvee, has worked previously in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and currently assisting with the clinical commissioning of the new Perth Children’s Hospital and transition from the current Princess Margaret Hospital.

Dhanvee continues to be very well-connected and networked professionally with the junior doctors community in WA and is well-regarded by his professional peers and junior doctor colleagues. Dhanvee is a proactive communicator and always available 24/7 for his junior doctor colleagues and to attend to their issues and brings across a wealth of knowledge and experience with regards to junior doctors.

In his spare time he plays in multiple social sporting leagues including weekly soccer, cricket, squash and basketball with junior doctors from all Perth hospitals. He continues to mentor high school and undergraduate medical students and also tutors high school chemistry. He is passionate about the involvement of medical students and junior medical officers in committees and setting up formal mentorship programs. Most recently in September 2016, he was one of 4 WA junior doctors who are part of the founding committee to correspond and communicate with interstate junior doctors to share experiences and learnings on junior doctor issues such as mental health, discharge summaries and ongoing education/training.

Dr Cathryn D'Cruz
DR CATHRYN D’CRUZ – COMMITTEE MEMBER MBBS, FRACGP, AFRACMA

Dr Cathryn D’Cruz completed her medical qualifications from the University of Western Australia in 1995 followed by her specialist GP qualification training in 1999. Cathryn has enjoyed working in a wide variety of interesting GP roles over the past 20 years in both metro and rural Western Australia. Her special interests have included integrative/complementary medicine, refugee and asylum seeker medicine, corrective services, addiction medicine, mental health medicine, female health, paediatrics and palliative care. Cathryn has always been highly regarded by her patients and colleagues in every position she has undertaken. More recently, she has developed an interest in medical health management and was awarded an AFRACMA in 2018 as well as being currently enrolled in a Masters of Health Management at UNSW.

Although born and raised in Western Australia, Cathryn has nurtured an enormous affinity for India. Drawn to India in 1985, Cathryn had the great fortune to meet Mother Theresa and do voluntary work alongside her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, helping in the Home of the Dying and in her Orphanages. Cathryn also worked alongside Dr Praeger, a UK national who ran clinics on the streets of Calcutta. Dr D’Cruz completed her 5th year overseas medical elective at St Johns Medical College, Bangalore and in Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital, Nepal, in 1994 and was an invited speaker at the University of Pune, 2nd World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya, Pune, in 2006.

Dr D’Cruz’s broad medical, professional and extra curricular experience and her strong West Australian connections combined with her love and affinity for India make her an ideal committee member for the WA Indian Doctors.

Dr Harmeet Singh
DR HARMEET SINGH – GENERAL SECRETARY
MBBS, FRACGP

Dr. Harmeet Singh, MBBS, FRACGP, is originally from India, and shifted to Australia in 2015. He graduated with distinction from Chandigarh, India in 2002 and has subsequently trained and worked in a variety of healthcare settings in India, Singapore and Australia. Having attained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, he now has a busy practice in Yanchep, WA. He has special interest in Men’s Health and Skin Cancers.

Harmeet has been extensively published in well regarded peer reviewed medical journals. He has also served as a member of the Diabetic Foot Interest Committee of Singapore General Hospital, Singapore in 2012.
Recently, he has been selected as one of three finalists for the Rising Star Award at WA Country Doctors’ Awards 2019.

Harmeet is passionate about helping young people, especially ones facing social or financial disadvantage, make informed choices about career and education. He enjoys reading, and has served as the editor of the official magazine during his medical school days.

Dr Surabhi Sharma
DR SURABHI SHARMA – COMMITTEE MEMBER
MBBS, FRACGP SPECIALIST TRAINEE

Surabhi is a GP registrar training with WAGPET. She graduated with 1st class Honours in Medicine from James Cook University (QLD) and has several publications in high-impact medical journals. She is enthusiastic about rural medicine and procedural medicine. In her free time, she loves spending time with family, painting and dancing.