Board of Directors

About the board

Top

Chief Executive Officer

 

Profiles

Phil Grayson Calvert, APAM

MPhty, BAppSci(Physio), GradCert (Mgt), GAICD

Phil Calvert graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) degree in 1997. He has completed a Master of Physiotherapy degree and a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Flinders University. Phil is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Phil holds the position of Regional Manager of Physiotherapy for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. He is a director of a private paediatric practice in Adelaide and holds an adjunct lecturer appointment with the University of South Australia.

With experience as a South Australian branch councillor and treasurer for the APA, Phil has also been a member of the National Advisory Council. He is a member of both the Paediatric and Physiotherapy in Leadership and Management national groups.

In 2014, Phil was elected as a National Vice President of the APA and in 2017 commences his first term as APA National President.

Special Responsibilities

President, APA

Term expires: 31 December 2018

Return to top of page

Jenny Aiken, National Vice President

B.App.Sc(Phty), GAID

Jenny Aiken is a Vice-President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist. She has spent the majority of her career in private practice and more than 10 years in healthcare management whilst working with Health Networks Australia.

Jenny is now interested in the governance of healthcare and is also currently a member of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW and an Honorary Fellow of Macquarie University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Previous roles have included Chair of Inner West Sydney Medicare Local, Chair of Central Sydney Allied Health Network, Advisory Board Member for Macquarie University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy and a National Advisory Council representative for Physiotherapy Business Australia (PBA).

Special Responsibilities

Vice President, APA

Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2018

Return to top of page

Darren Anthony Rivett, APAM , National Vice President

PhD, MAppSc(ManipPhty), GradDipManipTher, BAppSc(Phty), MAICD

Presently Professor of Physiotherapy at The University of Newcastle, Darren Rivett was Head of School of Health Sciences from 2008 to 2016, managing many health professional programs including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry.

Darren led the development and implementation of the new Discipline of Physiotherapy and the inaugural physiotherapy program at The University of Newcastle from 2001 to 2007. Prior to this, he lectured and clinically tutored at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Sydney and the University of Otago in New Zealand, and was the principal of two private practices in Sydney.

Subsequent to his term as National Chairperson of the APA Musculoskeletal group (2007–2011), Darren was the group’s international delegate in 2012. He brings invaluable experience from membership of numerous professional committees and boards in Australia and internationally. These include the APA Governance Review Task Group (2010–2011), the Standards Committee of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists, a WCPT subgroup (2006–2011), and the Physiotherapy Council of NSW (presently Deputy President).

Awarded Honoured Membership of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia in 2015, Darren has been a Director of the APA since 2013.

Special Responsibilities

Vice President, APA

Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Member, Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Term expires: 31 December 2018

Return to top of page

Marcus Dripps, APAM, Immediate Past National President

BPhty

Marcus Dripps is a physiotherapist based in Geelong, Victoria. He is the CEO of Corio Bay Health Group, the largest multidisciplinary sports medicine group in regional Victoria. He continues to be an active clinician, and has a clinical interest in occupational health and adolescent sporting injuries. He has business interests in health information technology and clinical education.

Marcus has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Physiotherapy Association since 2007, and has been appointed National President for 2013–2014. He is a clinical advisor to the Transport Accident Commission and Worksafe Victoria, and chairs the Victorian Health Minister’s advisory council on Allied Health.

Marcus has been a member of the Board of Directors at Barwon Health, the public health service in the Geelong region, since 2008.

He chairs their Primary Care and Population Health group.

Special Responsibilities

Immediate past President, APA

Chair, Physiotherapy Research Foundation

Term expires: 31 December 2017

 

Return to top of page

Rik Dawson, APAM

 

Rik graduated from Sydney University in 1993. He is a titled Gerontological Physiotherapist who began his career as a paediatric physio working for NSW state health. In 2001 he opened his own private practice specialising in aged care. Agewell Physiotherapy currently employs over 80 physiotherapists across NSW, ACT and QLD and employs physiotherapists in residential aged care, community settings, day therapy and in private practice. Rik is an active member of the APA state gerontology committee for 9 years and was national gerontology chair and NAC representative 2014-2016.

Rik is the APA’s representative on the National Aged Care Alliance. The Alliance is a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions, and health professionals, working together to determine a more positive future for aged care in Australia. He is currently is member of the aged care funding sub-committee and is currently working with The Alliance and the Department of Health on introducing consumer directed care into residential aged care.

Rik has a strong interest in working with service funders such as the state and federal health departments, insurers and consumers to provide sustainable funding for physios working across the aged continuum. He has a passion for promoting evidence based practice to physiotherapists and the wider community so as to deliver quality outcomes for the consumer and build a stronger brand physio.

Rik has a degree in performing arts and enjoys public speaking. Rik has produced two training programs for the Aged Care Channel and enjoys promoting physiotherapy in all forms of the media.

Special Responsibilities

Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2019

Return to top of page

Elaine Farrelly, FAICD FCA

Elaine is a highly experienced senior executive of over 20 years standing and 14 years of extensive Board experience.

She gained strong experience and technical financial and analytical skills in a wide range of roles and sectors, along with her astute commercial acumen. She has had extensive exposure to working in roles with a strong commercial focus on growth and new products.

Elaine has also gained international experience through her roles with KPMG, Save the Children and the Movember Board, which now operates in 21 countries. Elaine has also held a strong interest in healthcare since working in Cambodia with Save the Children. Elaine’s NED experience has provided her with exposure to a wide spectrum of Boards and the different challenges they face.

Following 3 years as Chair of the Movember Board (2011-2014), Elaine stepped back from the role in order to complete her Master’s degree and finish a book she has authored.

Special Responsibilities

Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2017

Return to top of page

Louise Brigid McElvogue

Louise has more than 25 years’ global experience working as an executive, board member and consultant specialising in strategy, digital transformation and communications. Louise has worked on more than 30 digital transformation projects in sectors including healthcare, media and financial services in the US, Europe and Australia. She has delivered strategy and digital projects for organisations including McDonald's, the NHS, Time Warner, British Gas, hp, News Corp, Fairfax Media, BBC and Channel 4.

Louise’s governance experience includes Trustee of Sydney Living Museums NSW Government, Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW Council Member, Chair of the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Board and a member of the Convergence Review Committee, which reviewed media and internet regulation for the Australian Federal Government.

Louise holds a BA Communications from UTS, an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Special Responsibilities

Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2019

Return to top of page

Mark Round, APAM

Mark Round is currently the Managing Director of Symmetry Physiotherapy – a multi-disciplinary Physiotherapy and Allied Health group in Melbourne that currently operates out of six sites.

Mark has been on the Victorian Branch Council of the APA since 2013 and has been the President of the Branch in 2015 and 2016. This role also included being the National Advisory Council (NAC) rep for the Victorian Branch for 2016. Through these positions, Mark has been become involved on many committee’s including the Primary Care Safety and Quality Framework Committee for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as well as the Physiotherapy RTW (Return to Work) Advisory Group – a working party with the Health Services Disability Group for Worksafe and the TAC.

Mark has also been heavily involved in other allied health advocacy and governance work as the inaugural Chair of the South West Allied Health Network (SWAHN) in Melbourne and as the Allied Health representative on the Clinical Leadership Committee of the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local (SWMML).

Special Responsibilities

Member, Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2019

Return to top of page

Katie Vine, APAM

GDip ESPhty, Masters SportsPhty, GradCertSportsPhty, BAppSc(Phty)

Katie Vine works in the emergency and orthopaedic departments at Canberra Hospital as an extended scope of practice physiotherapist. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Extended Scope Physiotherapy and holds a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University.

In addition to her clinical role, Katie continues to advocate for extended scope of physiotherapy roles across Australia. She has been involved in local and national research investigating and implementing extended scope physiotherapy roles and was a lead-site project officer for the Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scope of Practice Project.

Katie’s APA involvement stretches back to 2002 when she became active as a Charles Sturt University Student group member. She transitioned onto the ACT branch Council where her representative roles continued up to 2007 at which time she was appointed ACT Vice President and PD Coordinator. Throughout 2010-12, as well as being elected as Branch President, Katie was also Territory chair of the Emergency Department Network.

Special Responsibilities

Member, Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Term expires: 31 December 2017

Return to top of page

Cris Massis, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Since February 2011, Cris Massis has led the APA, the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients, in its strategic direction to become a global leader in the healthcare community. Cris leads the organisation’s 70 employees and its 300 volunteers nationally in developing and driving the APA’s Strategic plan for the organisation, which supports its 16,700 members. The Strategic Plan focuses on raising the profile of the physiotherapy profession; providing research, information and learning to build members’ professional knowledge and skills; and advocating for enhanced opportunities for physiotherapists and their patients.

Key organisational achievements throughout his tenure to date has included:

  • Raising membership from 11,000 in 2011 to 16,700 members, with the current retention of financial members being 89-91% (with 78% being the industry average)
  • oving the sustainable financial performance of the non-profit organisation through creating compelling member value proposition and refocusing the APA’s core business of member value, knowledge and voice
  • Diving consumer health awareness campaigns including the organisation’s flagship Tradies National Health Month held every August . This year the campaign reached 3 million people through an integrated media and digital campaign, including a viral video featuring Dave Hughes called ‘S#!t Tradies NEVER Say’

Championing advocacy initiatives including:

  • Advocating for physiotherapist medical prescribing rights and referral to medical specialists with a Medicare rebate for qualified physiotherapists
  • Developing APA’s Reconciliation Action Plan aimed to enhance physiotherapy opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians
  • Pushing through Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) new HICAPS Codes for physiotherapists to be released on 1 April 2015 to improve transparency and clarity of physiotherapy services for members
  • Negotiating a fee increase to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Schedule of Fees which increases physiotherapists’ remuneration for managing the treatment and services for TAC patients and injured workers
  • Enabling physiotherapists to be recognised as credentialed diabetes educators

Cris has a strong background in the management of membership organisations with a wealth of experience in providing professional development and education across the Asia Western Pacific region. Before joining the APA, Cris was the CPA Australia Victorian General Manager.

Return to top of page