Professor Balakrishnan (Kichu) Nair AM
MBBS, MD (Newcastle) FRACP, FRCPE (Edinburgh), FRCPG (Glasgow ), FRCPI (Ireland ), FANZSGM Graduate Dip (ClinEpid)
Professor Nair is the Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Professional Development at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. He holds the position of Director of the Centre for Medical Professional Development, Hunter New England Health Service at Newcastle. He is the Chair of the Conjoint Appointments Committee which deals with the appointment and promotion of over 700 clinical academics at the Medical School.
Professor Nair was the Consultant for the Overseas Trained Physicians Unit of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, where he has streamlined the process of assessment and introduced new ways of assessment. He represented the College in the Joint Standing Committee of Overseas Trained Specialists.
He is a member of the Committee for Examinations and National Panel of Examiners of the RACP.
Professor Nair had been the Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Geriatric Medicine of the RACP till 2007. He is the foundation Chair of the Hunter Institute of Ageing Research. Till 2006, he had been the Associate Editor of the Australian Journal on Ageing.
He is actively involved with the Australian Medical Council and is a member of the Board of Examiners, Clinical Sub-panel and Appeals Committees of the AMC. He is also a member of the Expert Panel for MiniCEX for the AMC and Editorial Panel of the MCQ group.
Professor Nair is the Director of the Workplace Based Assessment Project at Hunter New England Health, a joint initiative of the School of Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health. The process is to assess the performance of the International Medical Graduates as an alternative to sitting the AMC examination.
He is Director of the Masters Program for Hospital Medicine, which was launched in 2012.
Internationally, he has delivered Faculty development workshops in Oman, Saudi Arabia, USA and Ireland. He was the regional advisor the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh until April 2012.