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Meet GPTQ’s Board of Directors and Company Secretary

We are governed by a Board of eight Directors who come from a wide range of backgrounds. They each bring expertise, experience, linkages and a passion for delivering the best GP training program possible to the Board. Our current Board of nine Directors, listed in alphabetical order of surname is as follows.

Dr Eleanor Chew – Board Chair

Eleanor Chew is a GP with 30 years’ experience working in a variety of practice settings and locations across Australia. Eleanor currently works at Ningi Doctors, a GPTQ Level 1 training practice. Following the 2020 AGM, Eleanor was elected GPTQ Board Chair.

Eleanor has had a long involvement with GP training, assessment and quality standards through her past roles as RACGP Queensland Censor, Chair Vocational Training Standards Review, Vocational Training Accreditation Committee member and current FRACGP examiner. Eleanor was on the RACGP Council (2010-2015), has served as RACGP Vice-President and Chair of Council and is the current RACGP Queensland Provost.

Eleanor brings sound governance skills to the GPTQ board. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chair of AMA Queensland Board and Council. She was a past director of the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Eleanor actively contributes to the advancement of quality general practice through her involvement on various committees and working groups at state and national level.

Dr Patricia (Trish) Baker – Deputy Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Trish Baker is a practice principal of two Brisbane practices. She has demonstrated a commitment to training over many years, both as an experienced GP supervisor and medical student preceptor. She is a clinical senior lecturer with the University of Queensland.

Trish has a strong interest in governance being a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She serves on the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee of GPTQ. She is the Deputy Chair of Brisbane North PHN, Chair of the BNPHN Clinical Council and a member of the BNPHN Governance Committee.

She is a member of the QLD Faculty Board of RACGP, serves as a director of Australian General Practice Alliance Ltd and is a former Chair of General Practice Supervisors Australia.

Dr Dilip Dhupelia – Chair of the Board FARM Committee

Dr Dilip Dhupelia is the Acting Executive Director of Queensland Rural Medical Services and the Director of Medical and Clinical Services at Queensland Country Practice, Queensland Rural Medical Service Unit within the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service in Queensland Health.

He is a part-time General Practitioner in Toowong, Brisbane.

In addition to being a Board Director of GPTQ, Dilip has been re-elected as the Chair of the GPTQ Board Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee, and is also the current Chair of the GPTQ Nominations Committee.

He is a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of Brisbane North Primary Health Network and a member of the QIP Impartiality Committee of the AGPAL Group of Companies.

He is the Immediate Past President of AMA Queensland. His current AMA roles include being a Councillor of Federal AMA and Councillor of AMAQ, Member of the Federal as well as AMAQ Council of General Practice, and Member of the Federal AMA Council of Rural Doctors.

Dilip has previously served as Board Chair and Board Director of General Practice Queensland/CheckUP; and of the GP Connections (Division of General Practice) in Toowoomba.

Mr Les Collins – Chair of the Board Aboriginal & Islander Health Training Advisory Committee, called the Kab-bai Committee

Les Collins is one of the pioneers to address Indigenous health inequalities in Queensland. He helped develop a number of community controlled Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health services across Queensland. For 20 years, Les was the Queensland representative for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (formerly National Aboriginal & Islander Health Organisation) and was a member of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party which produced the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) 1989.

For many years the NAHS was the official policy and action framework for addressing indigenous health throughout Australia which led to many improvements in services for Indigenous people. Among these initiatives was Australia’s first Indigenous Health Curriculum for General Practice which Les helped develop.

Les is the Chair of the Kab-bai Committee (GPTQ Board’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Advisory Committee) and is also a singer/songwriter, a Life Member of both the Brisbane Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Service and the Wuchopperen Health Service, a member of the Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Hall of Fame, Advisor to the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and a life-long advocate for Indigenous Peoples rights.

Dr Graham McAllister

Graham McAllister is the principal GP of his Murgon Practice in Queensland. In 2013 he was named as Innovative Health Professional of the Year by Darling Downs South West Queensland (DDSWQ) Medicare Local. Graham is an experienced GP Supervisor and Board Director with in excess of 40 years of experience in rural General Practice.

His experience as an academic supervisor of the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Faculty of Rural and Remote Medicine; his post-graduate studies in musculoskeletal medicine, skin cancer, pain management and urinary incontinence; and his experience and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services provision, bring valuable skills to the GPTQ Board. His recent completion of an AICD Board Members course should further help him contribute to the GPTQ Board.

Graham is also a Director member of the Kab-bai Committee (GPTQ Board’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Advisory Committee).

He was appointed to the Board of the DDWMPHN in November 2017.

Dr Andrew Cronin – Member of FARM and Governance Committee

Dr Andrew Cronin is a Rural Generalist with a background in Aeromedical Retrievals, General Practice Anaesthesia and Military Medicine. For the past few years, Andrew has been working in rural and remote Queensland for the Royal Flying Doctor Service providing medical services to communities as remote as Birdsville and Thargomindah.

He is currently a member of the University of Queensland Ethics Committee and plays an active role in GP training, teaching Anaesthetic Advanced Skills when he works at Mackay Hospital. As a GPTQ Board Director, Andrew brings many years of experience through working in Far North Queensland in Indigenous Communities, military medicine with an aviation interest, as well as small rural hospital and retrieval experiences.

Andrew actively contributes to the future of rural and remote medicine as the current chairperson of the Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine Working Group for ACRRM.

Ms Karen Quaile – Member of FARM and Governance Committee

Karen has more than 28 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector and has held positions at senior management and deputy CEO level. Karen is dedicated to not-for-profit work because of the added focus on community involvement and quality service provision. A strong belief that good governance within the health and community sectors enables organisations to deliver value and enhance quality of life is a driver for Karen’s passion to serve on GPTQ Board and Committees.

Karen’s experience has contributed to positive change and excellence in the financial and risk management of many organisations.

Dr Nicole Langsford – Registrar Representative

Nicole is a practicing GP on the Gold Coast whose passion for supporting GP registrars and improved clinical training began with her experience mentoring young veterinarians at Melbourne University. She has a keen interest in preventative medicine and developing healthy communities, and is currently studying her Masters of Medicine (Paediatrics) at Sydney University.

Nicole is the registrar representative on the board and attained her fellowship (FRACGP) training with GPTQ in 2018. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the previous chair of the Kab-bai committee (GPTQ Board’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Advisory Committee) and continues to hold roles on Kab-bai and other board committees.

GPTQ Board of Directors’ Schedule of Competencies

Our GPTQ Board of Directors maintains a checklist of competencies to ensure that the Board can perform the required duties and exercise the conferred powers of the Board in the most effective and efficient way.

The current GPTQ Board of Directors’ Schedule of Competencies is as follows:

Schedule of Required Competencies

The Board desires to have a skills-based Board that appropriately reflects gender diversity. It is the intention of the Company that the Directors collectively have the necessary competencies to allow them to undertake the powers and perform the duties of Directors in an effective and efficient manner. This Schedule of Required Competencies contains a list of the skills, attributes, work and other experience, formal qualifications and memberships of professional bodies which are collectively desired by the Board.

Attributes and Skills Target Number
1. Gender Balance No fewer than 3 persons from either gender
2. Practising General Practitioner 4
3. Fellowship of RACGP 1
4. Fellowship of ACRRM 1
5. At the time of election, current/recent (within 2 years) experience as a General Practitioner academic in the medical school of a GPTQ member university 1
6. At the time of election, a current/recent (within 5 years) practising GP in RA1–RA2 in the GPTQ region with a least 3 years of experience in that region 1
7. At the time of election, a current/recent (within 5 years) practising GP in RA3–RA5 in the GPTQ region with a least 3 years of experience in that region 1
8. Experience as an accredited GP Supervisor or trainer for at least the previous
3 years, including at least 1 year of training Registrars in their first FTE year of GP experience
9. At the time of election, a current/recent (within 2 years) GPTQ registrar 1
10. An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person with more than 5 years of management experience working in the field of ATSI health 1
11. A person who has recent experience as a CEO or at least 3 years of experience as a director on the board of an organisation with an annual turnover in excess of $15m 3
12. Risk and compliance experience as evidenced by being a member of a risk and/or compliance committee of an organisation with an annual turnover in excess of $6 million for 3 years or more or 3 years or more experience as a risk and compliance manager 1
13. Demonstrable knowledge and experience in leadership and delivery of rural health policy 1

Note: It is acknowledged that given different skills and attributes relating to General Practice are being sought, some Directors will have more than one skill and/or attribute.