The WAPHA Board (the Board) is a skills based board with prominent and highly experienced individuals who bring a unique perspective on primary health care provision across WA.

Collectively the Board represents an unprecedented body of experience and willingness to steward innovation and reform in the delivery of health care within the Western Australian community.

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Dr Richard Choong

MB Bch BAO (NUI), LRCSI & PI, FRACGP, FAMA

Dr Richard Choong is a full time principal General Practitioner of an outer metropolitan general practice in Perth. Currently Richard is the Chair of Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) Board and also maintains a strong focus on not-for-profit organisations, health promotion charities and medical research foundations. He is a past president of the Australian Medical Association WA.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the WAPHA Board.

Tony Ahern

Tony Ahern

ASM, BBus, MBIS, MAICD

Tony Ahern is the CEO of St John Ambulance WA.  Tony is a member of the Board for the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) and is the Chair of the WA Emergency Services Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) committee.

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Rod Astbury

GAICD, MBA, MA Public Policy, BSW, BA

Rod Astbury is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH). Rod’s previous roles include management of the Western Australian and Northern Territory operations of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.   He has been a manager of investment programs with the Mental Health Division and is an executive Director of Community Mental Health Australia and a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council .  Rod is a former Director of the Perth Central and East Metropolitan Medicare Local.

Board responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) committee.

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Professor Rhonda Marriott

Dip Psych Nsg, BSc Nsg, PGDip Mid, MSC Nsg, PhD

Professor Rhonda Marriott is a senior researcher with expertise in Aboriginal maternal and child health. Rhonda is a Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University.  She has been a registered nurse for 44 years and a midwife for 26 years.  Rhonda was the first Indigenous Head of a University School of Nursing in Australia. Rhonda has a passion to improve the social and emotional wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people and has expertise in Aboriginal health research combining community participatory action research methods with Aboriginal “yarning” and ‘dadirri’ techniques.

 

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Anne Russell-Brown

Dip. Teach; GAICD; Grad Dip LCC

Anne Russell-Brown is an experienced community services executive and independent Director. Before her retirement in 2015 she held the position of Group Director Social Outreach for St John of God Health Care. Anne was the 2004 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year. Anne is a former member of the Social Enterprise Fund Advisory Group; and has previously been a Board member of Fremantle Medicare Local; WACOSS, WANADA and Protective Behaviours WA. She is a former member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council (UWA) and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Perth North PHN Council and member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance committee.

Dr Marcus Tan

Dr Marcus Tan

MBBS, FRACGP, MBA (Exec), FAICD

Dr Marcus Tan is a healthcare executive and Company Director.  Marcus is presently the CEO and Medical Director for HealthEngine.  He is an active leader in the innovation and technology space. Marcus is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He is an Executive Council member of the Australian Medical Association (AMAWA), and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Leadership & Management at Curtin University.  Marcus’ previous roles included membership of the Governing Council of the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Board Director of Giving West and the Chairman of Perth Central & East Metro Medicare Local.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Perth South PHN Council and member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance committee.

 

Steven Wragg

Stephen Wragg

B.Pharm, MPS, MAICD

Stephen Wragg is a Community Pharmacist and President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (WA Branch).

Stephen is also a National Executive for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Director of Guildlink Pty Ltd; a Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Clinical and Technical Advisory Board; and Managing Director of the Professional Pharmacy Services Group.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance committee and member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (FARM) committee.

 

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Dr Damien Zilm

MBBS, FRACGP, FACRRM, MAICD

Dr Damien Zilm is a General Practitioner and a Fellow of both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Damien is also the Chair of  WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET). Damien is currently working in Laverton, Leonora and Northam and with the WA Country Health Services Telehealth Service in Perth. Damien is a  supervisor with WAGPET and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. On occasion, Damien works at St John of God Murdoch Hospital as well as Bassendean Total Health Care. He is the immediate past Chair of the Goldfields Midwest Medicare Local and past Chair of Goldfields Esperance GP Network.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Country WA PHN Council and member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance committee.