Australian Physiotherapy Association

Board of Directors



Marcus Dripps, APAM, National President


Marcus Dripps is a physiotherapist based in Geelong, with Corio Bay Health Group. He is an active clinician, and has an interest in occupational health. Other business interests include health information technology.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. He is an advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

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, and is involved in the Audit & Risk committee.He is a 2011 graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and has completed the AICD company directors course.

Marcus is a father of five, with an interest in running, surf lifesaving and sailing.

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's clinical work has covered the spectrum of physiotherapy in both public and private sectors, including critical care and ambulatory care. He 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 in Fremantle, WA. Clinically, Shane also works in the intensive care unit as part of the weekend roster at Fremantle Hospital.

Shane joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He is the immediate past chairperson of Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia (CRPA) and was the CRPA representative to the National Advisory Council from 2003 to 2008. In 2009 Shane completed the cardiorespiratory specialisation process to become a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Additionally, Shane is a member of the College Board of Censors, as well as being involved with the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Council and on the WA Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. In 2011 Shane completed the Company Directors Course Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Since 2011, Shane has been the inaugural president of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists (ICCrPT), 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 and a Graduate Certificate in 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 NT.  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 more recently has 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 Physiotherapist as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists 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 bio-psychosocial 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 path for future specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapists at the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Term expires: 31 December 2014


Stephen Kelly


Stephen Kelly passed away on Sunday 19 January 2014 after a battle with illness. The thoughts and prayers of the APA family are with his wife Alex, and his sons, Josh and Ben.

Steve commenced as Chief Financial Officer of Southern Cross Media in 2010. He spent his early career in the accounting profession, before taking on finance and management roles in a number of banks and insurance companies, and later becoming Director of Financial Consulting for KPMG in South Australia.

Steve then became CFO and Company Secretary for Venture Asia Pacific—an American private automotive supplier—and later moved to Michigan USA to become Vice-President Finance for the group. Steve progressed to an Executive VP position where he led the development of all business with a major global customer from a marketing, commercial and operational perspective, culminating in his appointment to Ford’s Business Leadership Supplier Board.

Upon returning to Australia in 2002, Steve became the CFO of Globe International and in 2005 he became CFO of SMS Management & Technology. Steve has managed IT departments and large scale acquisitions. He is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Term expires:  31 December 2016


Liisa Laakso, APAM

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

Over the past 30 years, Liisa Laakso has worked across a spectrum of clinical practice, including private and public sectors in two states. 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 Certificate in Management (QH) from Queensland University of Technology in 1999. She is an APA Gold Member and member of four APA National Groups: Educators, Physiotherapy Leadership and Management, Cardiorespiratory, and Sports. Liisa has served on numerous APA committees over 30 years. Since 2002, Liisa has worked at Griffith University where she is Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and Head of Physiotherapy.

Liisa serves on the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and she is President of the Menzies Memorial Scholars Association and Board Director of the Menzies Foundation, 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 McCannhas more than 25 years experience in the media, publishing, market research, and technology sectors  in Australia, Asia Pacific and internationally. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed iiNet Limited and a member of the Audit and Risk committee; she is also Chair with the CEO Institute.

Ms McCann has former experience as the CEO for Asia or Hall Partners a global brand and communication research company and also as a Chair and CEO at Research International (ANZ). Louise was also 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 is 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, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (2007-2011), Darren was the MPA international delegate in 2012. With involvement in numerous professional committees and boards in Australia, New Zealand and internationally over 22 years, Darren brings invaluable experience from membership of the APA Governance Review Task Group from 2010–2011, and the Standards Committee of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT, sub-group of WCPT) from 2006-2011.

Term expires:  31 December 2014

Katie Vine, APAM

GradCertSportsPhty, BAppSc(Phty)

Katie Vine is completing her Master of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University while working at Canberra Hospital as an Emergency Department Primary Contact Physiotherapist. She is also an ACT Health Directorate Project Officer with the Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scope of Practice Project, investigating and implementing extended scope of physiotherapy roles.

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 2008-12. She has displayed a commitment to and passion for physiotherapy and the APA throughout her career.

Term expires: 31 December 2014