South Australia

The South Australian Branch has a high level of membership, meets regularly throughout the year, and has an elected committee planning events and activities.

Members have been particularly active in opposing nuclear weapons, and by encouraging municipalities to support the abolition of nuclear weapons through Mayors for Peace.  Members have also been part of the successful international campaign to ban landmines. The Branch has strong links with other local peace groups, with members participating regularly in SA peace activities including Palm Sunday and Hiroshima Day celebrations.

Dr Amanda Ruler : Co-Coordinator:
Amanda is a practicing registered nurse and health science researcher who graduated from Bulli District Hospital in 1982. She then went on to complete a double major degree in Biology and Psychology from Flinders University, with an Honours degree in Psychology.  She then worked in regional South Australia , completing a Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing. She completed a PhD in Nursing by research at the University of Adelaide , graduating in 2000. She has been working as a practicing nurse since , and is also an honorary adjunct Research Fellow at the University of SA . She has published widely.
Amanda is a very keen swimmer and is active in her church.
Her “best friend” is “Jonah” (the dog) who she acquired through the Animal Welfare League, of which she is also a very keen supporter.
Amanda is a National Vice President of MAPW (Australia).
Dr Robert Hall: Co-Coordinator:
Robert first joined MAPW in 1983, and joined the SA committee at the end of 2013.
Robert graduated in Medicine from Sydney University in 1978 and has worked in hospitals in Sydney and Alice Springs. In 1981 Robert undertook an MPH.  Over the last 30 years, he has worked in Aboriginal health in the remote NT and Victoria, and in public health at the Australian Institute of Health, the Commonwealth Department of Health, the SA Health Commission and Victorian Department of Human Services. Since 2008 Robert has been at the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases for the Western Pacific Region of the WHO.
Qualifications : BSc(Med), MB BS, MPH, GCHE, DipRACOG, FRACMA, FAFPHM,  a Fellow of the Public Health Association and Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology and of the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases.
Robert’s interests include bushwalking, sailing, boat building, reading, computing, astronomy and is a member of the local CFS.
Dr Jeff Baker : Secretary:
Currently GP at Nunkuwarrin Yunti, Wakefield Street, Adelaide, Jeff is currently working with opiate dependent clients. He is also involved some sessions at Hutt St. Centre and Westcare.  He previously worked for 33 years as a rural GP in Balaklava
Qualifications: M.B., B.S. ; F.R.A.C.G.P.
Jeff’s interests include spending time with his family, the Therry Society, helping with set construction and ushering and is interested in Ignatian spirituality
Dr Jason Garrood : Treasurer :
Jason is currently as a semi-retired GP Psychotherapist at Stirling Medical Centre and with Dr Cate Howell and Associates Myrtle Bank. 
He previously served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, then after further training worked 36 years as a GP in McLaren Flat, Mt Barker and Stirling.
Qualifications: M.B., B.S. , Dip Obs. R.C.O.G. ; F.A.C.R.R.M. and is a member of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine
Jason involved with Doctors for the Environment, The Green Party
and interests include, spending time with his family, sustainable housing, electric vehicles, supporting various environmental organizations and oil painting.
Dr Yasmina Tashkent: Committee Member:
Yasmina is a Resident Medical Officer based in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.She is a MAPW SA Committee Member and former MAPW SA Student Representative. Qualifications: BHlthSc, BMBS
Yasmina’s interests include baking and traveling.
Dr David Elder: Committee member:
David Elder is a Urologist practising in the Southern Adelaide Region. He graduated from Melbourne University Medical School in 1968 and then trained in General Surgery. He worked in the UK for 5 years and subsequently moved to Adelaide where he completed Urology training with a period of research into prostate cancer at Flinders Medical Centre. He now has a special interest in Andrology and has been involved with teaching Urological trainees. He is also a tutor for 3rd year students from the Onkaparinga section of Flinders School of Medicine.
David has been a member of MAPW(SA) since the 1980s.
He is also a member of an Australia wide group called Specialists Without Borders who provide Medical Teaching Seminars for developing Africani Nations. He visited Malawi and Zimbabwe with this group in 2013.
David’s current interests include ballroom dancing, swimming and walking.
Dr Adrian von der Borch: Committee member : 
Adrian retired as an orthopaedic surgeon in 2007. Since then Adrian has been very involved in volunteer work with the local church community. Adrian is a long standing member of MAPW having held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and SA Co-ordinator.
Qualifications: M.B:B.S. (1961);  F.R.A.C.S (1968);  F.A.Orth.A.  (1971); F.A.F.R.M. (1983).
Adrian’s interests include membership of the Payneham concert Band and advocating for a peaceful world.


If you would like to find out more about the South Australian Branch of MAPW please email the SA Branch at: sa [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au