About us


Australian friends of Rambam charity and the Circle of Health program are linked to Rambam HCC by bringing cutting edge technologies and information which helps thousands of citizens in Australia, in particular in Melbourne and Sydney.
To improve health in our community, we have conducted a range of health and wellness activities such as lectures, events and webinars utilizing local expertise and strengthening global collaboration with world renowned facilities, in conjunction with experts based at Rambam.

We have also Facilitated flagships research collaboration between Rambam HCC and Australian medical research institutions. We are expecting to have at least one fellowship next year to work and share his expertise in Australian Institute. We are encouraging sharing information/ case studies between experts from Rambam and local experts. 

Rambam Hospital is the pre-eminent hospital providing medical services to northern Israel, as well as to patients from its neighbouring countries when required. It is respected internationally for its clinical services and innovation in medical technology.

Meet our Board members

Circle of Health Board 

Prof. Mary-Louise McLaws - Honorary President 

Mary-Louise is an epidemiologist with expertise in hospital infection and infectious diseases control. Member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19 and member of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission COVID Infection Prevention and Control taskforce. 

Aitan Schmideg - Lawyer

Aitan Schmideg joined the Board of Australia Friends of Rambam Incorporated in February 2020 as a lawyer. Aitan has over 40 years' experience principally in Family Law and In Property Law.

Paul Kessell - Treasurer

Principal at Kessell Family Trust

Paul Kessell joined the Board of AUSFORAM in March 2020 as Treasurer. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector in Australia and the United Kingdom.

David Schulberg - Secretary 

David been in the IT industry for years as a systems consultant. He has taken on a new role as a 'journalist' working in the media as a radio presenter at J-AIR with his weekly show 'The Israel Connexion' and being a news aggregator for his website JMedia Online. David has just joined the board as a secretary.

Vered Harel - Vice President

Vered is an experienced Community director having served both Zionism Victoria and founded of Australian Friends of Rambam. Prior to that, Vered has led and managed a number of for-profit organizations in the medical and communications industries. Vered holds a Master degree in Professional communications and Currently completing her studies in Public Health. Through her extensive networks and by engaging people, Vered reaches her goals.

Gary Immerman - Accountant

Gary Immerman recently joined the board of Australian Friends of Rambam Inc in June 2020. Gary has over 20 years' experience across boutique and 'Big 4' accounting firms providing tax and strategic management advice to private family groups. He has also sat on the board of a number of community and not for profit organizations.

Robin Shiffman - Chair

Robin is a highly experienced management consultant specialising in strategy, IT and business operating models, working for leading global consulting groups PwC, Ernst & Young (EY) and Accenture.

Events & Meet the Experts committee

Les Zimmerman 
Dr. Sigal Jacobson
Dr. Mark Schiff