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Our Governance

Our PHN is governed by our Board of Directors, Clinical Council, Community Advisory Committees and our Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Sub-Committees. This is to ensure we fund health care solutions that provide the best value for money.

Our Board

We are led by a highly qualified Board who have a wealth of knowledge with demonstrated hands-on experience working within our region.

John Minz

John Minz

Chair

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

Dr Patricia Stuart

Deputy Chair

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.

Annette Scott

Annette Scott

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

Dr Andy Mellis

General Practitioner

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 Graham McAllister

Dr Graham McAllister

Medical Superintendent and General Practitioner

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.

Dr Tony Bayliss

Dr Tony Bayliss

General Practitioner

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.

John Williams

John Williams

Managing Director of Strattix

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.

David Cosgrove

David Cosgrove

Lawyer

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.

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Barrister

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.

Our Clinical Council

Our Clinical Council provides the Board with clinical recommendations and advice on the unique health needs of communities in regional, rural and remote areas. This helps us to make the best possible decisions when funding programs and services.

Down Arrow Clinical Council Members

Alicia Edwards

Pysiotherapist

Cameron Foote

Pharmacist

Cassandra Tratt

Indigenous Hospital Liaison WMHHS

Prof Geoff Mitchell

Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care

Helen Mees

Consumer

MaryEllen Muller

Registered Nurse

Melissa Sankey

Clinical Nurse Community Health/Dementia Advisor

Rica Lacey

Director Indigenous Health DDHHS

Dr Andy Mellis

GP (Co-Chair)

Dr Antony Bayliss

GP (Co-Chair)

Dr Theresa Johnson

GP Liaison Officer

Dr Tanusha Ramaloo

GP Liaison Officer

Community Advisory Committees

Our Community Advisory Committees provide the Board with local and relevant perspectives on health issues from a community and consumer perspective.

We have two Community Advisory Committees representing our communities:

Down Arrow Darling Downs Community Advisory Committee Members

Dr Graham McAllister

Chair

Bree Sauer

Community Representative

Charlie Rowe

Community Representative

Jim Madden

Community Representative

Louisa Handyside

Community Representative

Louise Judge

Community Representative

Cr Neil Meiklejohn

Community Representative

Rochelle Jesser

Community Representative

Down Arrow West Moreton Community Advisory Committtee Members

Kevin Rose

Chair

Brenda Moloney

Community Representative

Kim Stanton

Community Representative

Olivia McMahon

Community Representative

Peter Tully

Community Representative

Uncle Milton Walit

Community Representative

Samantha Caves

Community Representative

Megan Collis

Community Representative

Colin McNamara

Community Representative

Our Members

Our PHN was originally formed in 2015 under a partnership between Darling Downs Health and GP Connections.

To support primary health service integration, foundational changes to the organisational structure have been undertaken with the following organisations also approved for membership:

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Membership

Membership is open to all primary health organisations who live and work in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region. For more information, and to apply for membership, read our:

The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN is operated as an independent non-government, private entity.

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