The Board

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Members, organisations and directors

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NTGPE was established to provide and facilitate effective general practice and primary health care education and training in the NT.

NTGPE is a public company limited by guarantee and consists of the following member organisations:
  • Aboriginal Medical Services Alliances Northern Territory Aboriginal Corporation
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Health Network Primary Ltd operating as Northern Territory PHN
  • The Flinders University of South Australia

The NTGPE board comprises an appointee from each of the member organisations and board-appointed, skills-based directors. The board holds five meetings per year, two of which are face to face. The Annual General Meeting is held in April or May of each year.

The board's function is:
  • To act in a responsible way with respect to the fiduciary position of the Company and its ability to meet debts and obligations as they fall due.
  • To implement a strategic plan for the Company and report progress of that implementation against planned targets.
  • To adopt an annual budget for the Company and monitor the results at regular intervals.
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and conduct performance reviews.
  • To ensure the documented procedures for the formal processes of the election of office bearers and conduct AGMs are followed.
  • To employ/engage personnel to carry out these duties, assist them by providing direction and the tools to do the job.
  • To ensure that an independent auditor is appointed and that an appropriate level and range of insurance cover exists.
  • To ensure that delegations are prescribed in an instrument of delegation and set to a level appropriate for the organisation.
  • To review its own effectiveness as a board, and if necessary, to take appropriate steps to influence documented policy to reflect the changing needs of the company.
  • To act all times in the interest of the Company.
NTGPE constitution

The NTGPE constitution is a key governance document. The Board must ensure that it and NTGPE complies at all times with the provisions of the Constitution.

view NTGPE constitution

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Chairperson
Dr Emma Kennedy is a practicing general practitioner and has made a major contribution to medical education in the Northern Territory.
Darwin, NT

Dr Emma Kennedy is Associate Professor in Medical Education and Training at the Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University. Emma has also lectured for the Northern Territory Clinical School, Flinders University and Sydney University. Emma has held Medical Educator positions with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Northern Territory General Practice Education Limited. Emma is Director and General Practitioner at Pandanus Medical NT.

Appointed: 19-08-2020, Chair of the NTGPE Board as an independent, Skills Based Director;  08-08-2006 – 19-08-2020, RACGP Member Representative

Qualifications: BMBS, MFM, FRACGP, Dip RACOG, GAICD

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Board Director – Skills based
Dr Jo Wright began in Remote Health with the Northern Territory Department of Health in 1990, and has extensive experience in primary health care service delivery
Darwin, NT

Dr Jo Wright began in Remote Health with the Northern Territory Department of Health in 1990, and has extensive experience in primary health care service delivery, management, reform, evaluation and teaching. He has been a contributing editor to several editions of the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual. Jo is now the Director of Activity Based Funding, being responsible for the implementation of the hospital funding side of the national health reforms in the Northern Territory.

Appointed: 25/05/2010

Qualifications: MBBS, Dip RACOG, FAFPHM, GAICD

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Board Director – ACRRM member representative
Dr PD Wijesurendra has been working as a rural generalist at Tennant Creek Hospital since 2014 and has been serving as Acting Director of Medical Services since mid-2015.
Darwin, NT

Dr PD Wijesurendra has been working as a rural generalist at Tennant Creek Hospital since 2014 and has been serving as Acting Director of Medical Services since mid-2015. He has a strong interest in critical care medicine and is passionate about medical education.

Appointed: 25/08/2016

Qualifications:  BSc (Med) MBBS FACRRM

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Board Director – NT PHN member representative
John Rawnsley is the manager of the Law and Justice section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and has a legal background.
Darwin

John Rawnsley is the manager of the Law and Justice section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and has a legal background. He is a Director of the NT PHN and current Deputy Chair. John grew up in the Northern Territory spending time in his youth and as an adult in both Darwin and Central Australia. He is from the Larrakia and Anmetjerre groups. He has extensive board experience including a current Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation and Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation, and formerly a member of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority and former Alderman of Alice Springs and Deputy Mayor.

Appointed: 1 July 2020

Qualifications: LLB, BAIS, GDLP, MAICD

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Board Director – AMSANT member representative
Erin has been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 17 years. Erin is the Program Manager at AMSANT, managing workforce policy, chronic disease
Darwin, NT

Erin is an Aboriginal woman from Darwin and has been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 19 years. Erin is the Program Manager at AMSANT, managing workforce policy, chronic disease workforce support, leadership and Digital Health for AMSANT and its members. Before taking on the Program Manager role, Erin worked in the Workforce Policy officer position at AMSANT working nationally and regionally on workforce policy and projects and supporting AMSANT members on relevant workforce issues.

Other previous roles prior to AMSANT included working at Danila Dilba Health Service and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, mainly in executive support, education & training and governance roles. Erin holds tertiary qualifications in Business & Project Management and is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science through Charles Darwin University.

Appointed 28/04/2015

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Board Director – CDU member representative
Professor Upton is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CDU.
Darwin, NT

Professor Dominic Upton is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Charles Darwin University. Prior to moving to the NT, Dominic was the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra having served as Associate Dean (Education) and Deputy Dean for a number of years. A Health Psychologist by background, Professor Upton has had an extensive career in clinical practice, teaching and research. Prior to moving to the University of Canberra, he was Director of Research in the Institute of Health at the University of Worcester in the UK and Head of Psychology at both Worcester and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Professor Upton has led a number of significant research projects funded by national and international bodies and held a number of significant national positions for psychology and learning and teaching. A strong and passionate advocate for innovative and inspiring teaching excellence, he was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2005, awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and was elected as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. He has authored 19 books and over 200 academic articles in academic journals and book chapters.

His research interests span a number of significant areas in health psychology: from the impact of psychological factors in pain, long-term conditions and wound healing, to the promotion of physical health in both adults and children, to the promotion of evidence based practice in clinicians. His current research focus is on the psychosocial factors in wound care and wound healing.

Appointed: 05/02/2019

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, C Psychol, CSci, MAPS, FBPsS, PFHEA

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Board Director – Flinders University member representative
Professor Craig is Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.
Darwin, NT

Professor Craig is Vice-President and Executive Dean and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor in the Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. He is a practising paediatric nephrologist and clinical epidemiologist, and especially committed to improving the health of people with chronic kidney disease, the health of children, and the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

His awards include International Distinguished Medal of the National (US) Kidney Foundation (2010), TJ Neale Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nephrological Science, and Honorary Membership of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2004). He is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group.

He is a past Chair of the Steering Group of Cochrane, is a past member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program, and non-executive board member of Kidney Health Australia. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, the Life Savings Drug Program Expert Panel, and Health Impact Committee of NHMRC.

Appointed: 09/04/2019

Qualifications: MBChB, DCH, MMed(Clin Epi), FRACP, PhD, FAHMS

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Company Secretary
Ross Springolo is the NTGPE Company Secretary

Mr Springolo is an experienced and proficient governance professional with a depth of transferable skills in governance, administration and financial management in organisations operating in a highly regulated environment.  In a working career spanning 30 years, experience has been gained across a range of areas and management positions in organisations in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory.  Substantial experience has been gained in providing secretariat services to boards and committees for large and small organisations across a range of sectors and industries.  An experienced board director with over 10 years serving on boards of private, government and not for profit entities in the Northern Territory.

Ross has senior management experience in undertaking internal audits across diverse operational areas and providing strategic advice to the audit committee.  This includes managing an outsourced internal audit and legal function.  He has experience in undertaking legislative and standards compliance reviews in preparation for external review by Regulators and also governance reviews.  He has experience in designing and deploying compliance monitoring systems for the purposes of regulatory compliance.

Appointed: 22-02-2022

Qualifications: BBus, GradDipAppCorpGov, MCom, MEdAdm, FCPA, FAICD, FGIA, FCIS