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 the principal General Practitioner of an outer metropolitan general practice in Perth. He is also Chair of the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) Board and maintains a strong focus on not-for-profit organisations, health promotion charities and medical research foundations. Richard 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 sits on the Board of the Council of Ambulance Authorities 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 a self-employed consultant and a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and an executive Director of Community Mental Health Australia from 2012-17. Previous roles include general manager of the Western Australian and Northern Territory operations of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and manager of statewide mental health funding for the WA Department of Health. 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 and a Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University. 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. She 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.
Rhonda is WAPHA’s Board representative liaison for Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and Board sponsor for the Reconciliation Action Plan and state-wide Aboriginal health planning committees and forums.

Board responsibilities: Board Representative Liaison for Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA). Board Sponsor for Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Statewide Aboriginal Health Planning committees and forums.

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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 retiring in 2015, she was Group Director Social Outreach at St John of God Health Care. Anne is a former member of the Social Enterprise Fund Advisory Group; and was previously on the boards of Fremantle Medicare Local, Western Australian Council of Social Service, Western Australian Network of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies, and Protective Behaviours WA. She is a former member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council (UWA) and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Anne was the 2004 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

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. He is the CEO and Medical Director of Health Engine and an active leader in the innovation and technology space. Marcus is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, an Executive Council member of the Australian Medical Association, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Leadership and Management at Curtin University. His previous roles include membership of the Governing Council of the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Board Director of Giving West and Chair of Perth Central and 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). He 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 the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He is the Chair of WA General Practice Education and Training. Damien practices in Laverton, Leonora and Northam and with the WA Country Health Services Telehealth Service. He is a supervisor with WA General Practice Education and Training and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. Damien works occasionally at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and at 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.