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Board of Directors

Brisbane South PHN is overseen by a Board of nine 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.

Our Board

Prof. Cindy Shannon Chairperson, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Finance and Audit Committee, Member of Nominations Committee

Read Prof. Cindy Shannon’s bio

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendant of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay region in Queensland. She was previously a Professor of Indigenous health at Queensland University of Technology and has held senior positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland. Professor Shannon is the chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health and has played a key role in policy advice and implementation for the sector, at the national, state and community levels for the past 20 years. Professor Shannon has also played a leading role in Indigenous health workforce development, having led the development of Australia’s first degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. She has been a member of the Council of National Health and Medical Research Council and currently chairs the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation. Professor Shannon has led numerous reforms in service delivery to Indigenous communities and was recognised with a Queensland Great Award in 2017 for her contributions to Indigenous health and education.

Dr John Kastrissios, Chair of Clinical Council

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Dr John Kastrissios is a General Practitioner principal in a group general practice. Dr Kastrissios is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with skills and experience in effective governance, health policy development and clinical leadership. Dr Kastrissios is a Board Director of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

Patrice Cafferkey, Member of Finance and Audit Committee

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Patrice 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. Ms 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. She has served on the board of South East Primary HealthCare Network (SPHN) as a Director since 2006 and was Chair from 2009/10 to 2011/12. Ms Cafferky was a founding director of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and re-elected for a three-year term as a director in 2013. She served as a director on General Practice Queensland (now CheckUp) from 2010 -2011. Ms Cafferky is an active member of Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and was elected to the Board
of Directors in 2014. She holds a qualification of Certified Practice Manager from the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Nino di Marco, Deputy Chairperson, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

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Nino Di Marco was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) (RFDS) and has over 20-years’ experience in leadership and management. As part of his former role within the RFDS, he sat on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. Mr Di Marco is now a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation. 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, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of an affordable housing company.

Dr Ian Williams, Chair of Nominations Committee, Member of Governance Committee

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Dr Ian Williams is the Principal of Camp Hill Healthcare, which is a group general practice. During his over 30 year tenure the centre has grown from a solo practice to one where 16 General Practitioners work in a multidisciplinary team with a wide range of allied health practitioners, nurses and non-dispensing pharmacists. The centre was named Practice of the Year in 2015. Dr Williams sits on the steering committee of the Queensland Health statewide older persons health clinical network, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine

Chris Townend, Member of Nominations Committee, Member of Finance and Audit Committee

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Chris Townend is a chartered accountant currently working as a consultant focusing on governance and strategic financial management. He has had extensive work experience with a wide range of government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations throughout Australia,
New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has been the Chief Financial Officer in organisations covering health, higher education and a diverse not-for-profit. Mr Townend currently holds board appointments with entities operating in professional services, health and community services. Previous board roles included superannuation, construction and education. He is a volunteer member of the Uniting Church’s Synod audit and risk committee and the Finance Committee of the Presentation Sisters in Queensland. Mr Townend is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has a Master of Business Administration. He is married with five children, two of whom are pursuing health careers.

Joanne Jessop, Chair of Community Advisory Council, Member of Nominations Committee

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Joanne Jessop joined Multicap, a high needs disability service provider, as Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and has significant leadership and senior management experience within the health care and human services sectors both internationally and within Australia. Ms Jessop has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is an alumni of the Social Leadership Australia program, and was an inaugural member of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal. Ms Jessop has been a member of the National Disability Services Queensland State Committee since 2007 and has held the role of State Chair since 2015. Ms Jessop is a member of the National Disability Services Board and a member of the NDS National Governance Committee. She is a current member of the Queensland Transition Advisory Group advising the Minister on the Queensland transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

Eugene McAteer, Chair of Governance Committee

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Eugene McAteer is a Director with Metro North Hospital and Health Service, after having recently been a Director within 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, including primary health care and subacute services. Mr McAteer is a former director at Inala Primary Care. Driven by systems change and innovation, and collaboration to improve health outcomes, he has over 20 years’ health sector experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, working at a strategic and operational level.

Our structure

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.

Our councils

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.

Dr Ian Williams (Chair)
Dr Anna FlemingDr Peter AdkinsKaitlyn Thorne
Kym YukeSuja DavidNarelle Dickinson
Dr Margaret KayNatasha EggmolesseMaria McLaughlin-Rolfe
Lindi MpalaYlishavai NgateejahDr Dale Seierup
Luke HumphreysHailie UrenFiona Watson
Dr Scott PrestonSebastien BrignanoDr Laurence Kemp

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.

Joanne Jessop (Chair)
Mie Mie AungJudith ChapmanAunty Beryl Meiklejohn
Erin CameronIan ClarkDr Nicola Fa’avale
Professor James FarrellJo-Anne GilbertLeanne Claussen
Paul JohnsonNoeleen LopesElizabeth Miller
Mel ClearyNicola JamiesonEvelyn Pe
Dr Geoffrey WoolcockLynette Schonefeld

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

Mike Boesel
Chief Executive Officer

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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 is currently studying a Master in Public Health at the University of Queensland.

Julie Couper
General Manager Corporate Services

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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.

Lucille Chalmers
General Manager Commissioned Programs

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Lucille is an experienced senior health and human services executive with a special focus on community health and primary healthcare. Lucille was formerly the Community Business Optimisation Lead at Uniting Care Queensland and a Health and Human Services Management Consultant at Ernst & Young. Lucille previously held senior positions in Diabetes Queensland. Lucille has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Speech Pathology from Latrobe University, a Masters of Public Health from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Business – Philanthropy and Non Profit Studies from QUT. 

Anthony Elliott
General Manager Primary Health

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Anthony has many years’ experience in primary care organisations and settings, and was previously Program Manager Primary Care Innovation and Integration leading Brisbane South PHN’s Person Centred Care Programs. Prior to this he consulted for various primary care entities and served as Chief Operations Officer for Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN), as Director of Rural Services for Northern Australia Primary Health Limited, and in various community nutrition-focused roles. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Health Science from QUT, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from James Cook University. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.

Alice Clements
General Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

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Alice is a senior stakeholder engagement and communications executive with more than 20 years’ experience across the not-for-profit, government, corporate and education sectors at regional, national and international levels, including the United Nations. Alice has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, Viet Nam, Singapore, Thailand, Fiji, Pakistan and the USA, most recently as the University of Waikato’s Director, Communications and External Relations, and leading UNICEF’s communications for the Pacific region prior to that. Alice holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies from the University of Waikato and a Master of Arts in Communication from RMIT University.

Our members

Brisbane South PHN has 23 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.

Regional Support Coordinators

Brisbane South PHN’s Regional Support Coordinators are the primary point of contact for general practices throughout our region.

Meet the RSCs

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Michael Copestake
Manager
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Charlene van Heerden
Central
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Hasel Jennings
Outer South
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Jenny Pethoe
South East
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Michelle Johns
West
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Sharon Kemp
Bayside
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