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 2016


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 2016


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



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 2017

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 2017


Jenny Aiken, APAM

Jenny Aiken is a registered physiotherapist with more than 25 years experience who aims to be an inspirational and dynamic leader within the physiotherapy profession. She is the Chair of Central Sydney Allied Health Network and is currently a General Manager with Health Networks Australia overseeing physiotherapy businesses across three states.

As a titled Sports Physiotherapist, Jenny has spent the majority of her career in private practice in a variety of clinical and management positions. Jenny also has advisory board roles with Macquarie University and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is keen to use her director skills to contribute to the governance, strategic direction and policy development required to improve the delivery of health care in Australia.

Term expires: 31 December 2017


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.

Term expires: 31 December 2017