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Meet our Clinical Leaders

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We take the time to listen so that the solutions we provide not only meet your needs but exceed your expectations too.  

Our Clinical Leaders provide a wealth of valuable knowledge, experience to support our clients.

Dr Graeme Edwards

Senior Consulting Occupational & Environmental Physician

MB BS | BMedSci (Neuroanatomy) | Fellow RACP, Fellow AFOEM

Dr. Edwards is a Senior Consulting Physician with extensive experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His experience of over 25 years includes working as a consultant and medical adviser for a wide variety of companies and industries.

Dr. Edwards’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science from The University of Queensland. As part of his education, Dr. Edward’s wrote a thesis in Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology specialising in pain. His current work includes being a Queensland representative for The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Council and the Director of Work & Health Risk Management.

Dr. Edward’s recently represented the AFOEM at a silicosis working group in March 2019. The working group comprised of representatives from Queensland Health, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy as well as a number of medical organisations. The group was developed to provide a response to the unfolding silicosis crisis1.

This response included a Queensland Government audit where hundreds of stonemasons were referred for lung testing. This testing was conducted by Dr. Graeme Edwards alongside other prominent Occupational and Environmental Physicians2,3.

Dr. Edwards will be providing KINNECT with Occupational and Environmental Physician services to complement our existing occupational medical service offering. Together with Dr. Edwards, KINNECT look forward to assisting more people remain healthy and safe at work.

Dr Matthew Brandt

Senior Consulting Occupational & Environmental Physician

MB BS | Fellow AFOEM |Examiner AFOEM

Dr. Brandt is a Senior Consulting Physician with extensive experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His experience of over 20 years includes working as a consultant and medical adviser for a wide variety of companies and industries.

Dr Matthew Brandt graduated with an MBBS from the University of Queensland Medical School in 1997. He is a Fellow (Specialist) of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) in active clinical practice and an examiner for AFOEM.

His competencies include:

  • Assisting business leaders to identify, assess, manage and review risks arising out of occupational and environmental health and safety hazards and to optimise the wellbeing of organisations,
  • Planning and medical management of health surveillance protocols,
  • Assisting with development and review of health standards for work,
  • Assisting business leaders to plan and implement occupational rehabilitation programs and associated communication processes,
  • Evidence-supported Occupational Physician opinion to assist organisations to support best-practice, rehabilitation and return to work for individuals with a broad range of medical and psychological conditions,
  • Provision of evidence-informed medical guidance to support early intervention and rehabilitation for workers with a workers’ compensation claim,
  • Fitness for duty – safety critical work,
  • Preparation, delivery, and facilitation of health education activities.


Dr David Pfidze

Occupational & Environmental Physician

MB BS | Fellow AFOEM

Dr David Pfidze is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAFOEM) and has worked within the resources sector for more than 12 years. 

Dr David Pfidze graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Zimbabwe in Harare in 1996. He spent the first years of his early career working in field hospitals in Zimbabwe and Botswana during the AIDS / HIV epidemic. 

Dr Pfidze came to Australia in 2004 where he firstly worked as an Emergency Doctor in Bankstown in Sydney before making the move into Occupational Medicine for Medibank Private in 2007.  He completed his fellowship with the AFOEM (Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) before relocating to Gladstone in and taking on the role of Principal Medical Advisor for Rio Tinto Aluminium in 2009 where he has been ever since. 

Dr Pfidze has considerable expertise in dealing with workers in high-risk, safety critical roles. He has a particular interest in health surveillance encompassing work site hazard assessment, identification and control, as well as developing targeted health surveillance and biological monitoring protocols. He is also a strong advocate for good work and has comprehensive experience in supporting employers to optimise workplace rehabilitation and return to work outcomes. 

Dr Pfidze has considerable experience across the wide array of Occupational Health services. This includes: 

  • Assisting business leaders to identify, assess, manage and review risks arising out of occupational and environmental health and safety hazards and to optimise the wellbeing of organisations, 
  • Fitness for duty – safety-critical work,
  • Planning and medical management of health surveillance protocols, and biological monitoring, 
  • Assisting organisations to plan and implement best-practice, rehabilitation and return to work for individuals with a broad range of medical and psychological conditions, 
  • Provision of evidence-informed medical guidance to support early intervention and rehabilitation for workers with a workers’ compensation claim, 


Dr David Parker

Chief Medical Officer

MBBS | Member RCGP

Dr David Parker has acted as KINNECT’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) since 2013, providing customised, durable and medically evidenced recommendations and solutions to a broad range of clients.

Dr David Parker holds membership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has extensive Occupational health experience (over 25 years) providing Pre-Employment Evaluations, Injury Management Reviews, Hazardous Substance Programme Recommendations and Monitoring, and a range of other Occupational Health Services.

Dr Parker has a long and vast experience delivering Occupational medical services to the infrastructure and construction, transport, mining and defence industries and government sectors.

Dr Parker holds a competency Level 4 with the DNRME in respect to Respirable Crystalline Silica in Queensland Mineral Mines and Quarries, as well as the position of Appointed Medical Advisor relating to the Queensland Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme.

He is a Designated Doctor for the different levels of government and various national and multi-national companies for their Hazardous Substance monitoring.

Dr Parker is experienced liaising with clients, KINNECT Account Managers and affiliated Occupational Hygienists to provide turn-key, compliant and robust evaluations on the processes and measures required to ensure KINNECT clients meet duty of care principles.


Sharon Marsh

Clinical Governance Manager

Sharon is extensively experienced in the Occupational Health industry, having spent most of her extensive career working in the space.

Her focus is on process and systems to ensure operational excellence and the highest levels of customer service for KINNECT’s Occupational Health service delivery.

Prior to joining KINNECT, Sharon worked as a Practice Manager to General Manager in the Occupational Health industry which she focused on continuous business improvements and clinical excellence.

Our Occupational Health Doctors

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We employ a highly skilled team of Doctors who are here to support our clients with their Occupational Health needs.


Dr Norman Dawes


Dr Alex Lapenga


Dr Yan Perumal


Dr David Wilkie


Dr Mary-Ann Lapenga


Dr Chris Hasenkam


Dr Benjamin Lam


Dr Reno Nieuwoudt


Dr Sanjit Paul

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