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Board of Directors
Brisbane South PHN is overseen by a Board of directors, all of whom are leading health care experts with practical hands-on health industry experience in our region. The Board provides oversight and strategic direction to our Councils, Leadership Team and Members, representing different primary care disciplines.
Prof. Cindy Shannon AM (Chair)
Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay and is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) at Griffith University. She is an Emeritus Professor with The University of Queensland and was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at The University of Queensland from 2011-2017 and Director of its Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Prior to that, Professor Shannon led the development and implementation of Australia’s first-degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. Professor Shannon also played a key role in supporting the establishment of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South East Queensland. Cindy has contributed to indigenous health policy in Queensland and nationally. She served on the Council of NHMRC from 2005-12 and is currently the Chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health, Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation and a member of the Advancing Health 2026 ministerial Oversight Committee. Professor Shannon has a Doctorate in Social Science, MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Education, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Queensland Academy of Arts and Science. In 2017, Professor Shannon was recognised as a Queensland Great for contributions to Indigenous Health and Education and in 2020 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (in general division) for contributions to Medical Education and Indigenous Health.
Mr Nino (Anthony) Di Marco, Deputy Chair
Mr Di Marco is the former CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) (RFDS) holding the position until 2018 after 12 years’ service. As part of his former role within the RFDS, he sat on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. He has over 25-years’ experience in executive leadership and management in a number sectors including health, finance, and NFP sectors. Mr Di Marco has over 10 years’ experience as a Board Director, including Board Member and Deputy Chair of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation, and Non-Executive Director roles as Chair of a number of companies. He holds an Economics degree from the University of New England, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mrs Patrice Cafferky
Mrs Cafferky trained and worked as a General Nurse in the Queensland public hospital system and went on to train and work as a Midwife at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane. In 1998 she established a partnership in a general practice with a strong focus on training, education and research. Mrs Cafferky holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma of Practice Management and she is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mrs Cafferky has served on the board of South East Primary HealthCare Network (SPHN) as a Director since 2006 and was Chair from 2009 to 2012. Mrs Cafferky was a founding director of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and has served as a director on GPQ (now CheckUp) from 2010 -2011. She was a Board member of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association from 2014-2016. Mrs Cafferky is a Fellow CPM of the Australian Association of Practice Management and has been a Queensland state committee member since 2017.
Associate Professor Chris Freeman
Associate Professor Freeman is an established leader with a strong track record in the primary care sector. He currently works as a Consultant Practice Pharmacist at Camp Hill Healthcare in Brisbane’s south and as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. Associate Professor Freeman graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from James Cook University and has gone onto complete a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and a PhD from the University of Queensland. In 2012, Associate Professor Freeman became the first Australian pharmacist to obtain specialisation in ambulatory care pharmacy under the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (USA) and in 2015 was a part of the initial cohort credentialed as Advanced Practice Pharmacists. Associate Professor Freeman has served on the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Board since 2015, appointed as National Vice President in 2016, and National President and Board Chair in 2018. Other past governance roles include Directorship of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy and as a member of the Brisbane South PHN’s Clinical Advisory Council.
Dr Dana Newcomb
Dr Dana Newcomb is a General Practitioner with an interest in health system improvement and reform. Her broad knowledge of the health care sector has been built over a 25-year career, spanning roles in mainstream general practice, school-based settings, not-for-profit community clinics, and Queensland Health.
She currently works as the Medical Director of Integrated Care at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. This role encompasses research translation, and the development and trialling of new models of care which aim to reduce health inequities. She and her team also deliver clinical education and support for GPs and other health care providers.
Dr Newcomb obtained her medical degree at the University of Queensland, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, holds a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney, and has completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Eugene McAteer
Mr McAteer is a former Director with Metro North Hospital and Health Service where he worked in Corporate and Clinical services. Mr McAteer was also seconded for a time to the Corporate Services Division of Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Previously, Mr McAteer held a range of director positions across Queensland Health in areas, which include primary health care and subacute services. He is former director at Inala Primary Care. Driven by systems change and innovation, and collaboration to improve health outcomes, Mr McAteer has over 20 years’ health sector experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, working at a strategic and operational level and is currently Integrated Care Program Director for Integrated Living Australia.
Ms Fiona Evans
Fiona commenced her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a chartered accountant before gaining post-graduate qualifications in marketing. She then worked in greenfield roles with Queensland Rail, Brisbane Lions, ME Bank, Wunderman Cato Johnson (London), Avco Finance and GE Capital Finance. In 2009 Fiona established her own consultancy, focussed on helping small businesses win new clients and maximising their efficiency. As a graduate member of the AICD and experienced non-executive she brings risk assessment, analysis and operational accountability to all phases of board governance and strategy. With a strong belief in community involvement and a passion for making a difference, Fiona has fulfilled various volunteer roles and board roles across health and aged care sectors. She currently acts as a non-executive director of Nortec Employment & Training Ltd, Neurosensory Ltd, Lifestyle Solutions (Aust) Ltd and the newly formed Mental Health Lived Experience Consumer Peak QLD.
Our organisational structure was adopted to align with our strategic plan and ensure we are well-placed to respond effectively to known and emerging community health care and health system needs. The structure allows Brisbane South PHN to identify community needs, engage and work with primary health care providers and local communities to identify health priorities and take action to improve regional health outcomes.
Brisbane South PHN has two councils that provide expert advice and recommendations to the Board on a range of clinical and community issues. The Board uses the Council’s guidance to inform decision-making and assist in developing strategies that respond to specific regional health needs.
Our Clinical Advisory Council
The Clinical Advisory Council is GP-led and advises the Board on clinical and operational issues. Key focus areas for the Council include:
- identifying regional strategies to improve the operation of the health care system for patients
- facilitating more effective and integrated primary health care networks to reduce avoidable hospital attendance
- identifying strategic, cost-effective investment and innovation opportunities to improve health services.
Clinical Advisory Council members
In addition to General Practitioners, the Council comprises other health professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, community and Aboriginal health workers, medical specialists and hospital representatives.
Our Community Advisory Council
The Community Advisory Council advises the Board on community and consumer issues. Key focus areas for the Council include:
- identifying local strategies to improve the operation and integration of the health care system for patients
- promoting and facilitating more effective patient-centred care throughout the primary health care network and decision-making processes
- identifying cost-effective, locally relevant investment and innovation opportunities that align with the values, needs and expectations of the local community.
Community Advisory Council members
This Council reflects the diversity of our regional population with members representing a broad spectrum of our community. Other organisations, including non-government organisations and private companies, and individuals may attend Council meetings by invitation to provide advice and direction for specific local initiatives.
|Mrs Patrice Cafferky (Chair)|
|Debbie Cowan||Gaylene Ahipene||Aunty Beryl Meiklejohn|
|Erin Cameron||Ian Clark||Judith Chapman|
|Professor James Farrell||Faysel Ahmed Selat||Leanne Claussen|
|Melissa Cleary||Faiza El-Higzi||Kellie Griffiths|
|Dr Geoffrey Woolcock||Dr Katelin Haynes||Jacqui Williams|
|Ken Chow||Ashanthi Jayasekera||Kate Crowley-Smith|
|Kathryn Cramp||Blaise Itabelo||Charlee Lock|
Our leadership team
Brisbane South PHN’s leadership team are experienced and well-respected professionals in their fields with demonstrated skills in providing strategic leadership and working collaboratively across the health sector to respond to the local health needs of our region.
Our leadership team
Read Mike’s bio
Mike is an experienced CEO and senior health care executive officer with experience in working for not for profit, publicly listed and private companies both in Australia and in the United Kingdom.
Over a 30 year career, Mike has overseen the delivery of aged care services (both community based and residential), community mental health services, children and family support services, homelessness outreach initiatives, carer support programs and community health education schemes. He has held senior roles with FKP (Aveo), Prime, Eureka and Gateway Lifestyle, in addition to aged care organisations PresCare and TriCare.
Mike has an Honours Degree in Business and a Master in Public Health from the University of Queensland.
Read Katelin’s bio
Katelin is passionate about translating science into change, especially to improve health equity.
Katelin has held leadership positions in the Queensland BBV/STI sector for the past 7 years, including most recently as CEO of Hepatitis Queensland.
Katelin holds a Bachelor of Science, an MBA and a PhD in medical research from the University of Queensland where she also contributes as a member of their ChangeMakers alumni advisory board.
Read Julie’s bio
Julie has more than 20 years experience in managing corporate services related functions; governance and service delivery in the community services and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Brisbane South PHN, Julie was Senior Manager for Organisation Services and Company Secretary at the Queensland Council of Social Service. Julie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Read Matt’s bio
Matt has 20 years of experience working with marginalised children, families and communities as well as tertiary qualifications in psychology. Matt has worked with communities and partners to affect health system change in maternity, child development, homelessness, child protection and the domestic and family violence system with recent senior leadership roles in collective impact initiatives in Woorabinda, Logan and Southern Moreton Bay Islands. He has supported culturally diverse communities to develop community-controlled organisations and effectively address emerging social and health challenges.
Read Jen’s bio
Jen has over 20 years of direct experience in the commissioning context with a focus on transformational systems change. Jen is a partnership broker and quality systems lead auditor with tertiary qualifications in management and leadership, business administration and accounting.
Jen has worked with diverse communities and system partners to tackle disadvantage and to improve outcomes in mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs, homelessness, child protection, justice and adult education, through senior leadership positions held in the UK and Australia spanning health, community services and public sector contexts.
Read Laura’s bio
Laura has been working in the Brisbane South region for over 10 years, experienced in leading various primary health care programs and commissioned services during this time. Laura has an interest in preventive health, integrated care, and working collaboratively with partners to problem solve and drive innovative solutions.
Previous to this role, Laura managed Brisbane South PHN’s older persons portfolio, working with system partners and key stakeholders to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for older people in the region.
Laura is studying a Masters in Business Administration and holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition).
Brisbane South PHN has 22 members. Members have broad responsibility for supporting our organisation and are encouraged to provide advice to the Board in key areas of policy, health reform and other relevant professional issues.
Members are typically businesses in our region that are not-for-profit or peak bodies with a significant interest in primary health care whose purpose or mission is representative of a sector, profession or industry and aligns with Brisbane South PHN’s purpose.
Members are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and other meetings convened by the Brisbane South PHN Board of Directors, and they maintain a role in Board governance.
Brisbane South PHN also provides members with:
- opportunities to have input on issues relating to the region, including participation in subject-specific expert reference panels
- partnerships and joint investment opportunities
- invitations to attend professional development and networking events relevant to their sector.
View our members