Dr Lyndal Thorburn

Dr Lyndal Thorburn - Chair

BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Legal Studies, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Accounting, PhD, FAICD

Chair, as elected by the Board November 2019
Elected Board Director, 2018 AGM.

Lyndal is an experienced company director and business founder. Her consulting career supported development of many new health care products and services, and she has advised government on structural healthcare issues including Australia’s clinical trials capacity and the role of pharmacy in primary care.

Lyndal has been awarded ACT Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (Business Owner) and has been a national finalist.

Mrs Roslyn Jackson

Mrs Roslyn Jackson - Deputy Chair

FCA, GAICD

Deputy Chair, as elected by the Board November 2019
Appointed Board Director, appointed 10/12/2015.

Roslyn is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience working in public practice providing taxation advice, as a corporate accountant in the Australian Government, CFO for a large NFP and COO for an Australian Government Company. She has also owned and operated a training and consulting company, based in Canberra, for over 20 years. Roslyn is currently an independent audit committee member for the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd and the National Blood Authority Australia.

Dr Jeffrey Harmer

Dr Jeffrey Harmer AO

BA (Hons) (UNSW), Dip Ed (UNSW), PhD (UNSW), HonD (University of Canberra), FAIM, FIPPA, FANZSOG

Deputy Chair, as elected by the Board December 2017.
Appointed Board Director, appointed 1/6/2013, reappointed 2015 AGM.

With a career in the public system spanning 33 years, Jeff has occupied a range of executive positions including Manager Director of the Health Insurance Commission, Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, and Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. In 2009, Jeff was voted the inaugural Australian Government Leader of the Year, and in 2010 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List for significant achievements in his public service career.

Jeff holds a range of Board appointments with a number of not-for-profit organisations and is also Chair of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee and was the Chair of the Advisory Group for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme in the lead up to its introduction in July 2013.

Ms Darlene Cox

Ms Darlene Cox

BA Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip AppEc

Consumer Director, appointed to fill a casual vacancy 22/8/2017, subsequently elected 2017 AGM.

Darlene has been involved in the consumer movement since the late 1990s. She is an eminent advocate for health consumers with an excellent knowledge of the health system, both locally and nationally. She has been the Executive Director of Health Care Consumers’ Association since 2008. She is active on a range of local and national committees including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Community Reference Group.

Dr Mel Deery

Dr Mel Deery

MBBS (UNSW)

General Practice Director, elected 2017 AGM.

Along with her husband John, Mel is a GP and practice owner at YourGP.   She is passionate about developing YourGP to better fulfil the vision of ‘genuine care, clinical excellence’.  She enjoys all areas of general practice with special interests in paediatrics, women’s health, pregnancy care and mental health.

Mr Matt Hughes

Mr Matt Hughes

Appointed Board Director, appointed 8/5/2018.

In addition to his experience as a Registered Nurse, Matt has many years of commercial and operational expertise across multiple regions and sectors. Matt is the Executive General Manager Operations – Australia, Asia and Pacific for Aspen Medical Canberra where he is responsible for the Group’s operations and subsidiary companies within this region. He is also an experienced Director who currently has three Board appointments with companies that deliver a Commonwealth-funded program supporting health delivery across rural and remote Australia; manufacture deployable and modular health facilities; and provide comprehensive health care services across Papua New Guinea.

 Dr Niral Shah

Dr Niral Shah

MBBS, MS(Orthopaedic), MHSM, DCH, FRACGP

General Practice Director, appointed 2019 AGM

Dr Niral Shah is an overseas-trained doctor, obtaining his primary medical degree and specialist qualifications in Orthopedic Surgery from India. After six year of hospital experience in Australia, he joined general practice training in 2012. He completed his GP training in 2016 by working in rural as well urban general practice and extended skills academic position at the ANU.

Niral is working part-time as a GP in a group practice in Gungahlin. He also is a senior medical educator with GP Synergy and has been actively involved in GP registrar training. He is also an ACT representative on the RACGP Faculty Board representing the ACT’s voice, advocating for local issues at the Federal and State level and developing various quality improvement continuing professional development programs.

 Ms Julie Blackburn  

Ms Julie Blackburn

RM, RN, GAICD

Primary Health Care Clinician Director, appointed 2019 AGM

Julie brings over 25years experience as a  Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse, with currency in both roles through employment at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, and with the Discipline of Nursing at University of Canberra. Julie is also an experienced non-executive director, with current appointments to the Board of Directors of Defence Health Ltd, Chair of Defence Health Foundation, and Director of Karralika Programs Inc. She has direct experience in reporting to Ministers at both local and federal levels, including as a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Women 2014-2018. 

Adjunct Professor Gaylene Coulton

Chief Executive

Adjunct Professor Gaylene Coulton

Mr Lorcan Murphy

Company Secretary

Mr Lorcan Murphy