Our Board

The WA Primary Health Alliance Board (the Board) is skills based comprised of prominent, highly experienced individuals who bring a unique perspective on primary care provision across Western Australia.

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

Dr Richard Choong


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


Tony Ahern is a part-time consultant to St John Ambulance for a year (until November 2019). Tony was previously chief executive officer of St John Ambulance, and was also the WA Representative on the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). He is the 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 commonwealth and the 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, Rhonda 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 leads the Ngangk Yira Research Centre at Murdoch University and is a chief investigator for several National Health and Medical Research Council projects.

Rhonda has been a registered nurse for 44 years and a midwife for 26. 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 participatory action research methods with Aboriginal “yarning” and ‘dadirri’ techniques.

Board responsibilities: Board Representative Liaison for Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, and Board Sponsor for the Reconciliation Action Plan and statewide Aboriginal health planning committees and forums

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 at 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 was an inaugural 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

Stephen Wragg


Stephen Wragg is a community pharmacist, and 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


Dr Damien Zilm is a general practitioner and a Fellow of 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). He works in Laverton, Leonora and Northam with the WA Country Health Services Telehealth Service in Perth, and as a practice owner in Meekatharra. Damien is a supervisor with WAGPET and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme. He is the immediate past chair of the Goldfields Midwest Medicare Local and past chair of the Goldfields Esperance GP Network.

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