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Gill Callister

Ms Gill Callister PSM

Ms Gill Callister was appointed to the Ahpra Board for a first term as new Chair and member with expertise in education and training on 04 July 2019. Ms Callister is CEO of Mind Australia, a community-based mental health organisation with a long tradition of working with people with serious mental illness. She has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery, particularly for vulnerable people in the community, and was recognised with a Public Service Medal in 2019.

Most recently an Associate Dean and Vice President at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government ( ANZSOG) in 2019-20, Ms Callister ran executive education programs in ethics and integrity, women’s leadership, and senior public sector leadership development. She also holds an adjunct Professor role at Monash University.

Prior to this Ms Callister served as Secretary of two Victorian Government Departments over almost ten years from 2009 to the end of 2018 – the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. Her legacy is a strong reputation for person-centred reform in social policy and an active advocate for gender equality and women’s leadership.

This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.

As well as being chair of the Ahpra Board, Ms Callister is a member of the Monash University Council, and a member of the Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand Board.

Ms Callister is the most recent past President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2014, Ms Callister was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 women in the Victorian public service.

Ms Callister holds Bachelor degrees in Social Work (with Honours) and Arts.

Other appointments.

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Ms Barbara Yeoh AM

Ms Yeoh is appointed as a member with expertise in health, business and administration. Ms Yeoh was reappointed for her fourth term in November 2023. She was previously a Director of the Victorian State Emergency Service Authority and served on the Board of Monash Health, Austin Health and Eastern Health in Victoria. She has over 30 years’ experience across a range of public and private sector agencies including in the health, education, finance, insurance, transport, technology and infrastructure sectors. Ms Yeoh has previously served as a Council Member and Deputy Chancellor at Latrobe University.

Other appointments.

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Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM, FASSA, FAAL

Emeritus Professor Freiberg was appointed to the Ahpra Board as a member with expertise in education, regulation and law from 30 September 2020.He was reappointed in November 2023.

Emeritus Professor Freiberg has extensive experience in regulation and law, previously holding the position of Dean of the Law Faculty at Monash University. He was a member of the Interim Advisory Board of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria which was responsible in reviewing the EPA’s regulatory standards and practices and was also the Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Councils. Emeritus Professor Freiberg is currently a member of Energy Safe Victoria's Future Trends Advisory Committee and the Council of the Judicial College of Victoria.

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Mr Lynton Norris

Mr Norris was appointed to the Ahpra Board as a member with expertise in health, business and administration from 20 September 2020. He was reappointed in November 2023. Mr Norris is a member of the Alfred Health Board and has over 20 years’ experience in the private and government sectors. He was the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Funding Body and implemented national health reforms including the establishment of Activity Based Funding governance and grant payment system to all hospital networks. Mr Norris has a strong background in policy development and implementation and compliance and performance reporting. Mr Norris is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and a graduate member of the Australian of Institute of Company Directors.

Other appointments.

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Mr Jeffrey Moffet

Mr Moffet was appointed to the Ahpra Board with expertise in health from 20 September 2020. He was reappointed in November 2023. Mr Moffet is the Chief Executive of the WA Country Health Service and the former Chief Executive of the Department of Health in the Northern Territory. Mr Moffet has extensive experience in rural and remote health and is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Mr Moffet was previously the Chair of the Health Workforce Principal Committee for the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and a board member of Health Workforce Australia. Mr Moffet has over 30 years’ experience in the health sector and has held various executive roles.

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Honorary Associate Professor Carmen Parter

Honorary Associate Professor Carmen Parter, Macquarie University, was appointed as a member with expertise in health. She was appointed on 15 July 2022. She is a former Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with extensive experience in the health industry working as a woman’s health practitioner, educator, health services researcher, policy maker, manager of project teams and senior executive leader. She is a researcher and author presently working at the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (part-time) who was awarded an international award in recognition of her scholarship working with community. Carmen was the inaugural Co-chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Association, a member of the Lowitja Institute member community, Fellow of the CATSINaM and an ambassador for the MK Study. She is presently setting up a foundation to invest in community to help solve ‘wicked’ issues that apply system change inquiry methods.

Mr Andrew Brown, Queensland

Mr Brown was appointed as a member with expertise in business and administration in November 2023. Mr Brown is the former Health Ombudsman of Queensland, serving in the role for four years until January 2022. He also led the Independent Review of the Regulation of Medical Practitioners Who Perform Cosmetic Surgery on behalf of Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia. Mr Brown is a lawyer with extensive experience in regulation and complaints management.

Professor Patricia Davidson AM

Professor Davidson was appointed as a member with expertise in health, education and training in November 2023. Professor Davison is an Honorary Professor of Surgery with the University of Newcastle and a registered medical practitioner (specialist in paediatric surgery). She was previously a member of the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, serving as the Censor-in-Chief with responsibility for education and assessment in all nine specialties across Australia and NZ. Professor Davidson also served on the Australian Medical Council Accreditation Committee for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and was later elected as President of Children's Healthcare Australasia.

Ms Tanya McGregor

Ms McGregor was appointed as a member with expertise in health, education and training, business and administration in November 2023. Ms McGregor is the Chief Aboriginal Health Officer at SA Health. She has over 15 years’ experience developing state-wide strategies and policies to improve Aboriginal health outcomes and community programs across South Australia and the Northern Territory. Ms McGregor is the Chair of the South Australian Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee, on the Board of Directors for the Fay Fuller Foundation and a member of the Global Indigenous Runway Advisory Committee.

Ms Leanne O’Shannessy PSM

Ms O’Shannessy was appointed as a member with expertise in business and administration in November 2023. Ms O’Shannessy is currently General Counsel for NSW Health. She has led major regulatory reforms including establishment of the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission and NSW health privacy. Ms O’Shannessy has extensive experience in health regulation and compliance at both a policy and operational level with expertise in legislation, governance, and risk.

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