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 is the Chair of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Board.
John held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Bank from 2003-2015 after having been with Heritage Bank since 1993, when he initially joined as Head of Internal Audit. He is currently a Director of RACQ Limited and RACQ Insurance Limited; and the Chairman of RACQ Bank, Toowoomba Together Inc., and Australia’s CEO Challenge (charities formed to respond to domestic violence).
Dr Patricia Stuart
Pat has worked in General Practice in Toowoomba since 1987, and in Chinchilla 10 years prior to then.
Pat holds a Masters in Medical Education and is actively involved in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is 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 is a founding member of the Darling Downs and West Moreton Board and is passionate about ensuring all health professionals have access to education and workforce development opportunities.
Ms Annette Scott
Annette is the Executive Director Allied Health for Darling Downs Health.
In 2017, Annette temporarily assumed the role of Managing Director of the PHN
in order to facilitate the transition of the outgoing CEO to the incoming CEO.
Annette is a clinically qualified physiotherapist and after spending her career as a private practitioner in Central Queensland, she joined Queensland Health, fulfilling several roles including direct delivery of clinical services as a senior clinician, as well as non-clinical roles in quality improvement, project management and telehealth. Her most notable achievements include the implementation of several successful telehealth-enabled clinical services across the southern region of Queensland including the award-winning Telehealth Preadmission Clinic at Toowoomba Hospital.
More recently, her focus has been on health service management and managing multidisciplinary health services across a range of settings including primary care and rural health settings. Annette is also an Executive Committee member on the Queensland Clinical Senate (QCS) – Queensland Health’s peak clinician advisory body.
Dr Andy Mellis
Andy has worked in General Practice for 15 years and has been based in Toowoomba since 2005.
Andy currently works at both James Neil Medical and Shieldiag Medical, in the People First Health Group. Andy grew up in the UK and trained at Nottingham University and completed his specialist general practice training in the UK, emigrating permanently to Toowoomba in 2005.
His special interests are family medicine, holistic chronic disease care and medical education. He is an accredited GP trainer and is a senior lecturer with the UQ school of medicine. He holds board positions with Civic Group Australia and METRO Care Toowoomba, both not for profit community organisations. Andy is a founding member of the Darling Downs
and West Moreton Board and is committed to keeping quality general practice accessible to all.
Dr Tony Bayliss
Antony has been practicing as a GP for 12 years and recently started a GP Clinic in the Ipswich region.
Antony is a vocal supporter of stringent medical standards and ongoing medical education and has experience in consulting, engaging and representing GPs as a member of the RACGP’s Queensland Faculty Board.
Antony has served on the Darling Downs and West Moreton Board since November 2017 and brings a wealth of experience including strategic decision making, financial statement analysis and project assessment.
Dr Graham McAllister
Graham has worked extensively as a Medical Superintendent and General Practitioner throughout the South Burnett, has lived in both the West Moreton and Darling Downs areas and is originally from Ipswich.
Graham 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.
Graham has served on the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Board since November 2017 and is passionate about rural medicine and education.
David is a Toowoomba-based lawyer with Australian and international legal, business and management experience.
David has served in a variety of executive level and Board roles across investment banking, telemedicine, health care, education, information technology and security.
He has previously worked at the Northern Sydney Area Health Service (NSAHS), Crosby Asset Management, CSIRO, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and his own businesses.
Through his experience leading the CSIRO-Telstra telemedicine project and his role as general counsel for the NSAHS, David has significant insight into primary health care issues and policies.
David joined the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Board in November 2018 and brings to the role his experience in corporate governance and strategic thinking.
John is currently the Managing Director of Strattix, and has held banking executive or CEO level positions for the past 15 years.
During this time, John has held non-executive board roles in banking, technology, health, education, professional membership and sporting organisations. John has extensive strategic planning, risk management – having designed and implemented many risk and audit policies and frameworks, and financial tracking experience.
With a strong passion for helping communities, John has also held Board and Management Committee roles with Lifeline Darling Downs and South West, The Toowoomba Clubhouse and Toowoomba Together. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.
John joined the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Board in November 2018 and brings a wealth of experience in governance, strategy, and risk and financial management to the role.
Kevin is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and is currently the Regional Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s Legal Service (ATSILS).
Kevin is an experienced Manager having worked in human resource management, financial management, and risk and change management. He possesses significant knowledge and experience in the area of corporate government, as well as developing strategic plans for policies for business development.
Kevin has worked in both the Toowoomba and Ipswich regions and is experienced at developing collaborative and constructive relationship with key stakeholders.
He has a passion for ensuring the provision of high quality, innovative, efficient and equitable services to disadvantaged Queenslanders when it comes to health, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those living in rural and remote regions.
Kevin joined the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN Board in November 2018 and brings a wealth of management experience to the role.