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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 Rick Sapsford – Board Chair

Rick Sapsford holds MBBS and FRACGP degrees as well as a Masters degree in general practice psychiatry. Rick serves as principal GP at both Albany Hills Radius Medical Centre and “Your Healthy Mind” psychiatry treatment and research centre. Rick brings experience as a GP Supervisor with a strong commitment to vertical and horizontally integrated training; the apprenticeship model of training; and the vital importance strategies and resources that proactively support the healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, and of rural and remote patients, and their communities to the GPTQ Board.

Rick provides significant experience in corporate governance for GPTQ through his service as a former and current GPTQ Board Chair, including during its establishment phase.

Dr Dilip Dhupelia – Chair of the Board FARM Committee

Dr Dhupelia is the Director of Medical and Clinical Services at Queensland Country Practice, Queensland Rural Medical Service Unit within the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. He is also a part-time general practitioner in Toowong, Brisbane. In addition to being a Board Director, Dilip is the Chair of the GPTQ Board Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee. He is a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of Brisbane North Primary Health Network and is also the President of the AMA Queensland.

His AMA (Qld) roles include Board Director, Councillor, Chair of Governance Committee and Member of the AMAQ Council of General Practice. His Federal AMA roles are member of the AMA Council of General Practice (AMACGP) and member of the Federal AMA Council of Rural Doctors (AMACRD).

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), a singer/songwriter and occasionally facilitates various types of Indigenous community meetings in Queensland.

Dr Patricia (Trish) Baker

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 Eleanor Chew

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. She is a Director member of the GPTQ Board Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

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 a 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 director of the Australian Digital Health Agency and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of AMA Queensland’s Council of General Practice and Governance Committee. She has also recently been awarded the Order of Australia for her services to General Practice.

Eleanor actively contributes to the advancement of quality general practice through her involvement on various committees and working groups including the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce.

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 Nicole Langsford

Dr Karen Quaile

GPTQ Company Secretary

Ms Kirsten Kiel-Chisholm

Kirsten is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and a company secretary. She has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from Chartered Secretaries Australia and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Prior to becoming a company secretary, Kirsten worked as a corporate lawyer in private practice providing advice on a broad range of legal transactions and issues. Kirsten provides company secretarial support and corporate governance advice to the Board.

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.