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The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is a joint venture between the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and GP Connections, and is overseen by a Board of Directors and operated as an independent non-government private entity.

The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is governed by a board of 9 Directors, Chaired by Mr John Minz, the former CEO of Heritage Bank. The other Directors hail from medical, allied health and business backgrounds and collectively bring a wealth of experience necessary for effective governance.

Mr John Minz


John was the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank. He held this position since late 2003, and had been with Heritage since 1993 when he initially joined as Head of Internal Audit. After fulfilling a number of managerial roles, he became Deputy CEO in 2002 and was then appointed CEO in 2003.

Dr Patricia Stuart

Deputy Chair

Pat worked in General Practice in Chinchilla for 10 years before moving to Toowoomba where she has been in general practice since 1987. During that time, Pat undertook post graduate training and completed a Masters in Medical Education. She has been involved in medical education at both under and postgraduate levels. She is currently the Associate Director of Medical Education (Rural) for General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ) and Director of Learning for the UQ Rural Clinical Schools. Pat is an examiner for the fellowship of both RACGP and ACRRM colleges. Her special interests are in medical education with an emphasis on recruiting and retaining doctors in rural and regional areas. Pat has maintained her links and interests in all things rural and she and her husband have cattle on a farm near Chinchilla.

Dr Andy Mellis

Andy and his family moved from the UK to Toowoomba in 2005. As a practising GP in Toowoomba, he is excited to have the opportunity to input into the challenges facing General Practice. His special interests include family health and medical education.

Dr Colin Owen AO

Colin has practised as a GP in Inglewood since 1968 where he has raised five children at their Inglewood property that is now a popular retreat for the grandchildren. He was the founding president of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) in 1989, the inaugural president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) in 1991, a foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a past President of the RACGP.

Ms Annette Scott

In addition to Annette’s current role as Director of the board for the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN, she is Executive Director Allied Health for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. She commenced her career in health as a physiotherapist. After spending her earlier career as a private practitioner in solo practice in Central Queensland, she joined the public health system in Queensland in 1993. Annette has subsequently fulfilled a number of clinical, quality improvement and management roles, including management of a range of commonwealth and state funded health programs, and has worked across a range of service settings including primary care settings.

Annette is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also recently successfully completed the Women in Executive Leadership program through the University of Queensland. In 2015 Annette played a key role in the transition of services from the Darling Downs and Southwest Queensland Medicare local to the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN. She brings to the role of Director a strong commitment to improving the integration of health services across the region.

Dr Tony Bayliss

Tony grew up in Brisbane and has recently started a GP Clinic in the Ipswich region. He has experience in consulting, engaging and representing GPs as a member of the RACGP’s Queensland Faculty Board. Tony takes great pride in his care for patients and is a vocal supporter of stringent medical standards and ongoing medical education. His interests include strategic decision making, analysing financial statements and assessment of projects.

Dr Graham McAllister

Graham has worked extensively as a Medical Superintendent and General Practitioner throughout the South Burnett, lived in both the West Moreton and Darling Downs areas and is originally from Brisbane. He has served on various Medical Boards including currently with General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ) and is a Life member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Graham also has a keen interest in lecturing and medical students’ education.

Ms Linda Patat

Linda is a local community member who is passionate about rural and regional communities and working in genuine partnership with diverse stakeholders for positive health reform and optimal health outcomes. Linda’s early career was as a Registered Nurse and she has extensive strategic management experience serving as Board Director in health care and performing governance advisory roles. Linda also has a strong understanding of health data and statistical analysis of population health and clinical data.

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