Australian Physiotherapy Association

Board of Directors



Marcus Dripps, APAM, National President


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:
•      Chair, Board of Directors
•      PRF Management Committee, Director and Corporate Trustee

Term expires:  31 December 2014


Shane Patman, FACP, National Vice President

Specialist Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009), GAICD, PhD, MSc, GradCertUniTeaching, BAppSc(Physio)

Shane Patman has solid experience in clinical leadership and management. Currently he works as an associate professor  coordinating the cardiorespiratory stream within the School of  Physiotherapy at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Clinically,
Shane also works in the intensive care unit at Fremantle Hospital.

Shane joined the Board of Directors in 2009, and in 2013 commenced a term as vice chair. Additionally, in 2013 Shane was a member of the CRPA Clinical Standards Committee, the Board  of Censors of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, the  Accreditation Committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Council,  and on the WA Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. He  is a past chairperson of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia  (CRPA) and was the CRPA representative to the National Advisory  Council from 2003 to 2008.

Since 2011, Shane has been the inaugural president of the  International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical  Therapists, a WCPT subgroup. Special responsibilities:
•      Vice Chair, Board of Directors
•      Chair, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
•      PRF Management Committee, Director and Corporate Trustee

Term expires:  31 December 2014


Phil Calvert, National Vice President

M.Phty, B.App.Sci(Physio), Grad Cert (Mgt), MAICD

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

Phil currently works as Regional Manager of Physiotherapy for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, which is the tertiary  paediatric and women’s health service for South Australia and the Northern Territory. He consults in 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.

Phil is committed to the development of younger and emerging leaders within physiotherapy and ensuring the APA continues to provide strong leadership for the profession.

Term expires: 31 December 2016


Darren Beales, FACP

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2008), PhD, MManipTher, BSc(Physio), GAICD

Darren Beales worked in rural Western Australia and the USA before returning to Perth in 2000 and completing the Master of Manipulative Therapy program at Curtin University in that year. He gained fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in 2008, and had his PhD from Curtin University conferred in 2009.

Darren currently works as a specialist physiotherapist in private practice, which includes acting as a consultant for a variety of private and  public insurance providers. He also holds a NHMRC Research  Fellowship at Curtin University.

Darren’s current interests centre on improving the understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of pain disorders from a lifespan  perspective, and to facilitate integration of this knowledge into  clinical practice and public policy.

In addition to his position on the Board of Directors, he is an  inaugural facilitator of the specialisation pathway for future  specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapists at the Australian  College of Physiotherapists.

Term expires: 31 December 2014


Liisa Laakso, APAM

MAICD, GCMgmt(QH), PhD, BPhty (Hons)

Liisa Laakso has worked across a spectrum of clinical practice, including private and public sectors.

Although now in full-time academe, she continues to do consultancy clinical work. Liisa graduated with a PhD from The University of Queensland in 1995 (receiving a Menzies Scholarship) and completed her Graduate Certificatein Management (QH) from Queensland University of Technology in 1999.

She is an APA Gold Member and member of the Educators, Physiotherapy Leadership and Management,  Cardiorespiratory, and Sports APA national groups, and the Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema network.

Since 2002, Liisa has  worked at GriffithUniversity where she is Associate Professor and Head of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Liisa serves on the Australian Physiotherapy Council panel of  reviewers, and she is President of the Council of Physiotherapy Deans Australia and New Zealand, President of the World  Association for Laser Therapy, and Vice-President of the Australian Medical Laser Association. Liisa is also on the board of the WCPT International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy.

Special responsibilities:
•      Board champion, Reconciliation Action Plan

Term expires:  31 December 2014



Louise McCann

Master of Management (MGSM), FAICD, FAIM, FRSA

Louise McCann has more than 25 years’ experience in the media, publishing, market research, and technology sectors  in Australia, Asia Pacificand abroad. She is currently a Non- Executive Director of ASX listed iiNet Limited where she is a member of the Audit and Risk committee and Chairman of the Renumeration and Nominations committee; she is also Chairman with the CEO Institute.

Louise has experience as the former CEO for Asia of Hall & Partners, a global brand and communication research company and also as a Chairman and CEO at Research International (ANZ). 

She was the CEO of OzTAM Pty Ltd and has served as the Industry President and Vice President for The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations as well as Director for the International Advertising Associations Australian Chapter and was also a Non-Executive Director of The Brain Bank.

Louise has held senior executive positions with the Ten Network, Dawson Magazines and senior production positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Special responsibilities:
•      Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Term expires:  31 December 2016


Darren Rivett, APAM

PhD, MAppSc(ManipPhty), GradDipManipTher, BAppSc(Phty) 
As Head of the School of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Darren Rivett manages programs covering 11 professions including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical radiation science.

Darren led the development, implementation and quality review processes of the new Discipline of Physiotherapy and the inaugural physiotherapy program at The University of Newcastle from 2001 to 2007. He lectured and was a clinical educator at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Sydney (1986–1992) and the University of Otago in New Zealand (1994–2001).

Darren was also the principal of two private practices in Sydney from 1984 to 1993.

Subsequent to his term as national chairperson for the APA Musculoskeletal group (2007–2011), Darren was the group’s international delegate in 2012.

With involvement in numerous professional committees and boards in Australia and internationally over 23 years, Darren brings invaluable experience from membership of the APA Governance Review Task Group (2010–2011), and the Standards Committee of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists, a WCPT subgroup (2006–2011).

Term expires:  31 December 2014

Katie Vine, APAM

GradCertSportsPhty, BAppSc(Phty)

 Katie Vine works in the emergency department at Canberra Hospital as an extended scope of practice physiotherapist (in training).

In addition to this clinical role, she continues as a project officer with the Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scope of Practice Project, investigating and implementing extended scope of physiotherapy roles across Australia. 

She holds a Graduate Certificateand Master of Sports Physiotherapyfrom La Trobe University and continues academic pursuits in extended scope of practice modules. 

Katie’s APA involvement stretches back to 2002, when she became active as a CSU Student group member. Her representative roles continued up to 2007 when she was  appointed ACT Vice President and PD Coordinator. Throughout 2010, as ACT Branch President, Katie was also Territory chair of  the newest APA national identity, the Emergency Network.

Katie was awarded the APA’s Award for Professional Excellence five years in a row, between 2008 and 2012. She has displayed a commitment to, and passion for, physiotherapy and the APA throughout her career.

Term expires: 31 December 2014