Our Board

The WA Primary Health Alliance Board is comprised of prominent, highly experienced individuals who bring a unique perspective on what is needed to provide high-quality effective and efficient primary care across Western Australia.

Collectively, the Board represents an unprecedented body of experience and willingness to lead innovation and reform.

Highly regarded in their fields, they have the skills and experience needed to address the challenges of the past, embrace the opportunities ahead and shape a health system that is fit for the future.

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. Richard is the Chair of Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) Board and 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 Board

Tony Ahern

ASM, KStJ, BBus, MBIS, MAICD

Tony Ahern is Board member of St John Ambulance Western Australia. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance, and was also a Board member and Chairman of the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). He is a former Board Member of Medic Alert Australia and former Chair of the WA Emergency Services Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme.

Board responsibilities: Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Rod Astbury

GAICD, MBA, MA Public Policy, BSW, BA

Rod Astbury is a consultant and independent director. He is a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council and the Community Co-Lead of the WA Mental Health Network. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) and an Executive Director of Community Mental Health Australia. Prior to that, he was General Manager (Western Australian and Northern Territory) of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, held executive management positions with the Commonwealth and WA public service, and was a Director of the Perth Central and East Metropolitan Medicare Local.

Board responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Professor Rhonda Marriott

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

Professor Rhonda Marriott was born in Derby, WA. She is a descendent of Kimberley Nyikina Aboriginal people and has devoted her adult life to nursing and midwifery in both clinical and academic roles.

She has dual roles at Murdoch University where she is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and the Centre Director for the Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity. As a senior researcher, she is also a chief investigator for several National Health and Medical Research Council projects and has a secondment as the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Research Chair with the Nursing and Midwifery Office, Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health.

Rhonda has been a registered nurse for 48 years and a midwife for 30. She was the first Indigenous head of a university school of nursing in Australia. She is passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people and has expertise in Aboriginal health research combining community co-design research methods with Aboriginal “yarning” and ‘dadirri’ techniques.

Board responsibilities: Board Representative Liaison for the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, Board Sponsor for the Reconciliation Action Plan, member of the Strategic Engagement Advisory Committee, and Board Sponsor for the Strategic Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee.

Stephen Wragg

B.Pharm, MPS, MAICD

Stephen Wragg is a community pharmacist. He was previously the President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (WA Branch) 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 Committee

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 country delegate on the WAPHA board, and committee member of Nominations, Remunerations and Governance committee (NRG) and Strategic Engagement Advisory Council (SEAC).

He is practice owner and GP in Meekatharra, he also works in Northam, the Emergency Telehealth Service and have worked extensively in the Goldfields. He is Chair Western Australia General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET), and he serves on the RACGP WA council, AMA Council of General Practice and RDAWA executive.

Board responsibilities: Member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance committee, and the Strategic Engagement Advisory Committee

Professor Jane den Hollander AO

Professor Jane den Hollander AO was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University 2010 until retirement in 2019 and Interim Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia March – July 2020. She is a scientist by training, is interested in the nexus of education and health and how this influences employment and living good lives.

Her experience as Chair of Melbourne based Global Health Alliance, and as a CEO of a large university of students and staff, has informed her continuing interest in primary health care and its impact on communities in which we all live.

In 2017 Jane received an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education; in 2018 she was awarded the Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Ashley Goldsworthy medal for individual leadership and in 2019 was named in the Victorian Honour Roll for Women. In 2020 Jane received the Australian Financial Review 2020 Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms Diana Forsyth

Diana’s expertise is in strategy, leadership, governance, and transformation. She held senior roles at the Harry Perkins Institute, St John of God Health Care, and Rio Tinto Iron Ore, and has worked internationally across a variety of sectors.

Diana has served as a Non-Executive Director since 1994, on the State Training Board of WA, Lions Eye Institute Board, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust Board, and NHS Cambridgeshire Community Health Services Board. She is currently on the Board of Bethanie Group and Health Support Services. She has chaired Quality, Safety and Governance, Finance and Performance, Patient Focus, Remuneration, and Transformation committees.

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