A Board of Directors, elected from WAGPET's membership, governs the company. Directors are elected for a two-year term at the company’s annual general meeting and are eligible to re-stand for consecutive terms.
Dr Damien ZilmChair, Rural Director Damien Zilm is a Rural Generalist Practitioner. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), in 2005. He Fellowed with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), in 2014. Damien has spent most of this time working across the Goldfields, both in private practice and hospital work. He is the practice owner of Meekatharra GP Clinic and also regularly works in Northam and Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), where he also has a GP lead role at St John of God. Damien has special interests in emergency medicine, as well as palliative, geriatric, occupational, chronic disease medicine and Indigenous health. He is the country delegate on the Western Australian Primary Health Alliance Board. He is also on the RACGP WA Council, AMA Council of General Practice and Rural Doctors Association of WA Executive. He is also Supervisor with RVTS. Within WAGPET, Damien has been a supervisor and has previously chaired the Goldfields Registrar Advisory Committee and Supervisor Forum. He has been on the WAGPET Board since 2007, and during this time he has served on the Board as the Supervisor Advisory Committee representative, Nominations and Governance Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair.
Dr Jonathan MortimerVice Chair, Rural Director Dr Mortimer is a GP and ex-WAGPET registrar, having obtained his Fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), in 2015. He has worked in a mix of rural and urban areas, from Northam in Western Australia to Indigenous communities in Far-North Queensland, and is currently working in Albany as a full time GP and Rural Clinical School medical educator. With a long history of doctor-in-training representation, he was been a member of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Doctors-in-Training committee for five years, and is currently a regular member of the AMA Council of General Practice and also a RACGP WA Council member. He is keen to continue his work on improving the training experience and quality of General Practice in Western Australia.
Mr Chris PickettRural Director Chris Pickett has 30 years’ experience at senior management level in the government and not for profit sector and more than fifteen years working in primary health care management, including serving as Deputy Chief Executive of the Goulburn Valley Division of General Practice, Chief Executive Officer of the Pilbara Health Network and Chief Executive Officer of the Kimberley Pilbara Medicare Local. Chris has a strong interest in rural and remote health and the unique challenges faced in delivering comprehensive health care services in country WA, particularly the maintenance of a robust and effective workforce. Chris is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of Board positions, including his roles as a Director of the West Australian General Practice Network and since July 2012 a Director on the Board of WAGPET. Chris is currently providing health consultancy services through his company SpiritHealth Consulting.
Dr Andrew PngGP Supervisor Representative, Urban Director Dr Andrew Png is a General Practitioner who has worked in Kwinana since obtaining Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), in 1999. He has been an Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) supervisor for the last 15 years and has also supervised junior doctors through the Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP), and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS). Andrew is currently a member of the RACGP WA Faculty Council. He first joined the WAGPET Board in 2004 and has served on various Board sub-committees as well as currently serving as the GP Supervisor Representative for the Supervisor Advisory Committee.
Dr Jonathan RamachenderanRural Director Jonathan is a Rural GP in Albany, Western Australia with special skills in anaesthesia, pain management and palliative care. He was appointed to the WAGPET board in November 2016. Jonathan has worked and trained in the country and currently holds appointments as a Visiting Medical Practitioner (VMP) in anaesthetics and palliative care at Albany Health Campus and Katanning District Hospital. He has extensive experience in GP registrar training issues through his roles as Registrar Liaison Officer of Great Southern and subsequently Chair of the Registrar Advisory Committee. He is involved in teaching registrars, nurses and junior doctors through his pain and palliative care work and serves as a Board and Medical Advisory Committee Member for the Albany Community Hospice. He has a passion for rural health and training and developing a sustainable and quality workforce for the bush.
Dr Simon TowlerFinance Director, Urban Director Dr Simon Towler is the Clinical Lead for the South Metropolitan Health Service. He is a staff specialist in intensive care at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth’s southern suburbs. As a practicing intensive care specialist he moved to the Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), after working at Royal Perth Hospital for 25 years in the Intensive Care Unit, including a period as Head of Department and Director of the Division of Critical Care. He was a Medical Co-Director at FSH during the commissioning of the hospital before being appointed as the Clinical Lead to the Futures Program at the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS). The latter role included development of Clinician Engagement Strategy, establishing SMHS as a Champion Choosing Wisely Health Service, examining variation in practice, establishing the first Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) Chapter in Western Australia and championing the implementation of new approaches to end of life care and sepsis management. Dr Towler was Western Australia’s Chief Medical Officer from 2006 until April 2012. He has particular interests in technology in health care, patient blood management and evidence into practice in hospital services. He established the WA Health Networks and promoted the development of Models of Care with a strong patient and carer focus. In 2012 Dr Towler was diagnosed with a head and neck cancer and underwent treatment including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Although always committed to consumer participation in health programs and policy development, the experience of being a patient with a life threatening illness has given Dr Towler a much deeper appreciation of the challenges all patients face and the importance of a true patient-focused approach to the delivery of health services and healthcare.
Dr Siobhain BrennanGP Registrar Representative, Urban Director Dr Brennan received her Fellowship to the RACGP in October 2017, having completed her medical degree as a mature entry student through UWA in 2012. Prior to applying for medicine, Dr Brennan was a published research scientist in the clinical field of cystic fibrosis, having been a founding member of the successful AREST CF team. During that time, she ran a small research team and learned how to manage teams, governance of budgets and reporting systems and supervision of staff and students. In 2008, Dr Brennan chose to pursue medicine as she had found herself increasingly passionate about patient health and advocacy. After her junior doctor training, she was naturally attracted to General Practice. Dr Brenan remains a passionate advocate of patient centred care, practicing at Glen Forrest Medical Centre, where she has also mentored medical students over the last 2 years. Whilst in an urban area, Glen Forrest sits near the border of the Wheatbelt and as such she is familiar with the challenges faced in health care of rural communities. Dr Brennan’s also hold the role of part time hospital GP liaison doctor. In that role, she has represented the interests of Midland/ east metro GPs on hospital executive committees, and WAPHA Hospital Liaison committees and contributed to GP focussed educational events.
Adj Prof Janice BellChief Executive Officer
Ms Trina PittCompany Secretary Trina Pitt has worked for WAGPET since 2004 and was Corporate Services Manager from the beginning of 2006, until being appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Trina was appointed as the organisation’s Company Secretary in 2009. Trina has an Accounting degree from Curtin University, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd having completed studies in Applied Corporate Governance. Trina has had experience in both not for profit and for profit organisations in a wide range of industries including health, finance, publishing and sales, both in Western Australia and abroad.