Governance

The PHN has a commitment to strong, effective governance.

Sunshine Coast Health Network (trading as Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN) is an independent not for profit organisation, structured as a company limited by guarantee. We are registered as a charity with the Australian Not for Profits and Charities Commission.

We are a membership-based organisation with a Constitution and Board of Directors and hold an Annual General Meeting each year. Our PHN is governed by organisational (voting) members who have responsibilities such as election of the Board and overseeing the constitution.

View the Sunshine Coast Health Network Constitution

Board of Directors

Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN has a skills-based Board of Directors comprised of experienced health professionals, business and legal experts and representatives from the not for profit sector.

Our Board leads the strategic direction of the organisation and takes responsibility for our compliance and reporting to governing bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission.

Dr Peter Dobson
(Board Chair)

MBBS, GAICD

Peter is a GP and practice owner with over 30 years experience. He has extensive leadership experience in the healthcare sector, having chaired the Sunshine Coast Division of General Practice and stewarded the development of Sunshine Coast Health Network Ltd through the Medicare Local and PHN transformations.

He has consulted as a medical advisor to a multinational health corporation, contributing to the development of in-home monitoring of patients with multi-factorial and complex medical, physical and social needs.

Peter is highly involved and networked with PHN stakeholder groups and has enjoyed a long involvement with and contribution to state and national initiatives.

As an experienced Chair, Peter has strong governance skills with his areas of key competency and experience including stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, performance evaluations and member engagement.

Ms Rebecca Bell
(Director)

B Occ Thy, Exec MBA, GAICD, Adj Assoc Prof UNSW

Rebecca is General Manager of Member Health and Medibank Private. She has worked in a range of health settings in both clinical and corporate functions.

Originally an Occupational Therapist, Rebecca understands the coalface of health service delivery and the importance of local nuances across geographies and demographics – critical success factors for SCHN.

Rebecca has completed an Executive MBA, is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow with the Australian Institute of Management, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Rebecca is also a Non-Executive Director of CASPA and Healthy North Coast.


Mr David Conry AM
(Director)

David is Managing Director of Damarcon, a privately owned boutique advisory and investment business. He has over 15 years of experience on private, government and community sector boards, including Youngcare, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Health and Wellbeing QLD and the Australian Institute of Management.

David has a strong community focus and was awarded the honour of Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2007 and EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in founding the national disability organization, Youngcare. In 2019 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to the disability and arts sectors.

Mr Grant Dearlove
(Director)

LLB, LLM, MBA, LFAIM, Grad Dip ACIS, GAICD

Grant is a company director and lawyer. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, an MBA, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and has studied leadership of professional service organisations at Harvard.

Grant has held executive roles and directorships in several ASX-listed national and state organisations spanning law, property, risk, franchising, finance, tourism, economic development and training.

Dr Fiona McGrath
(Director)

MBBS, Dip RANZCOG

Fiona has worked as a GP on the Sunshine Coast since 2008. She is a passionate advocate for primary health care and has been closely involved in improving healthcare delivery through her involvement at local and state government levels.

Fiona held the position of Chair of the Sunshine Coast Division of General Practice from 1998 to 2008, and was a Director of CheckUP from 2008 to 2015. She has had extensive governance training through a number of programs including the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Fiona is involved in research, development and innovation of new healthcare programs in the primary care space.


Dr John Menzies
(Director)

MBBS (1st Cls Hons), MHP, FRACMA

Dr John Menzies is an experienced hospital and health service planner and administrator who has over 35 years’ experience in the health field, both in Australia and internationally. He graduated with first-class honours in Medicine at UQ and obtained a Master of Health Planning Degree from UNSW.

John is currently an independent hospital and health service consultant. His professional interests lie in improving primary health services, particularly involving the use of telemedicine services. Prior to being an independent health consultant, he held many senior executive positions including being CEO or Executive Director of Medical Services at several major Australian Hospitals including Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital and Royal Hobart Hospital. He was also the General Manager of the Health Roundtable. In recent years he has also been a consultant to numerous hospital and health service projects in developed, and developing, countries

Mr John Woodward
(Director)

BPharm (Hons), MHM, Adv. Prac. Pharm., BCPS, BCGP, GAICD

John is an Advanced Practice Pharmacist who has practised in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie area since 2004. He provides pharmacy consultancy services with a number of general medical practices in the region and also works in community pharmacy. He has previous experience in hospital pharmacy.

John is Non-Executive Director and past Chairperson of Sundale Limited, a provider of residential care, in-home care, retirement living and social housing services in South-East and Central Queensland. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Shea Spierings
(Director)

Shea Spierings is a Gangulu man, originally from Central Queensland. He is currently a Poche Scholar at the University of Queensland’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health where he investigates Aboriginal men’s health, and the effectiveness of COVID-19 health messaging in Indigenous communities.

Shea has significant experience advising and working in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector, research sector, and youth sector. In 2015 Shea was appointed by the Australian Government to serve as the Australian Youth Delegate to the United Nations (UN).

Prior to forming a career in health and research, Shea previously worked as a concreter, steel fixer, and unskilled labourer on large-scale construction projects. Shea holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Queensland and is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Amanda Boland
(Company Secretary)

BBus (Comn), Grad Dip App Corporate Governance, GAICD, FCIS, FGIA

Amanda is Managing Director of Business Governance Solutions, an independent consultancy providing corporate governance advisory services and support to clients throughout Queensland. Amanda has significant C-suite and board-level experience across a range of industries, and is the Company Secretary of a number of companies in healthcare, innovation, the arts, creative industries and the start-up sector.

Amanda supports Queensland’s vibrant arts sector by sponsoring arts organisations, promoting performing and visual artists, and presenting performance events to bring together artists and audiences.