Professor Gabrielle Cooper

Professor Gabrielle Cooper OAM - Chair


Chair, as elected by the Board November 2016 and February 2018.
Primary Health Care Director, elected 2011 AGM, re-elected 2013 AGM and 2016 AGM.

Until June 30 2018, Gabrielle was the Professor of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra having established the Discipline of Pharmacy in 2004. Gabrielle has extensive national and international experience in hospital pharmacy and her research interests include clinical toxicology, pharmacist and technician education, dementia care and communication between health care settings and providers. In 2017 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List for service to the pharmacy sector, and to tertiary education.

Gabrielle is a member of the ACT Branch Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and a range of other professional committees with a focus on optimal medication management and improved communication between consumers and care providers.

Dr Jeffrey Harmer

Dr Jeffrey Harmer AO - Deputy Chair

BA (Hons) (UNSW), Dip Ed (UNSW), PhD (UNSW), HonD (University of Canberra), FAIM, FIPPA, FANZSOG

Deputy Chair, as elected by the Board December 2017.
Appointed Board Director, appointed 1/6/2013, reappointed 2015 AGM.

With a career in the public system spanning 33 years, Jeff has occupied a range of executive positions including Manager Director of the Health Insurance Commission, Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, and Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. In 2009, Jeff was voted the inaugural Australian Government Leader of the Year, and in 2010 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List for significant achievements in his public service career.

Jeff holds a range of Board appointments with a number of not-for-profit organisations and is also Chair of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee and was the Chair of the Advisory Group for the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme in the lead up to its introduction in July 2013.

Ms Darlene Cox

Ms Darlene Cox

BA Dip Ed, B Ed, Grad Dip AppEc

Consumer Director, appointed to fill a casual vacancy 22/8/2017, subsequently elected 2017 AGM.

Darlene has been involved in the consumer movement since the late 1990s. She is an eminent advocate for health consumers with an excellent knowledge of the health system, both locally and nationally. She has been the Executive Director of Health Care Consumers’ Association since 2008. She is active on a range of local and national committees including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Community Reference Group.

Dr Mel Deery

Dr Mel Deery


General Practice Director, elected 2017 AGM.

Along with her husband John, Mel is a GP and practice owner at YourGP.   She is passionate about developing YourGP to better fulfil the vision of ‘genuine care, clinical excellence’.  She enjoys all areas of general practice with special interests in paediatrics, women’s health, pregnancy care and mental health.

Mr Matt Hughes

Mr Matt Hughes

Appointed Board Director, appointed 8/5/2018.

In addition to his experience as a Registered Nurse, Matt has many years of commercial and operational expertise across multiple regions and sectors. Matt is the Executive General Manager Operations – Australia, Asia and Pacific for Aspen Medical Canberra where he is responsible for the Group’s operations and subsidiary companies within this region. He is also an experienced Director who currently has three Board appointments with companies that deliver a Commonwealth-funded program supporting health delivery across rural and remote Australia; manufacture deployable and modular health facilities; and provide comprehensive health care services across Papua New Guinea.

Mrs Roslyn Jackson

Mrs Roslyn Jackson


Appointed Board Director, appointed 10/12/2015.

Roslyn is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience working in public practice providing taxation advice, as a corporate accountant in the Australian Government, CFO for a large NFP and COO for an Australian Government Company. She has also owned and operated a training and consulting company, based in Canberra, for over 20 years. Roslyn is currently an independent audit committee member for the Australian Pharmacy Council Ltd and the National Blood Authority Australia.

Dr Martin Liedvogel

Dr Martin Liedvogel


General Practice Director, elected 2013 AGM, re-elected 2015 AGM and 2016 AGM.

Martin has been the Practice Principal of Fisher Family Practice since 2006. Fisher Family Practice is a teaching practice for both registrars and medical students. Martin is a GP supervisor and medical educator with Coast City Country GP Training, with an interest in practice ownership/leadership. He is also a FRACGP examiner.

Martin’s past experience includes Directorship of the General Practice Registrars Association and membership of the Royal Australian College of GP’s Standing Committee – GP Advocacy and Support.

Dr Lyndal Thorburn

Dr Lyndal Thorburn

BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Legal Studies, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Accounting, PhD, FAICD

Elected Board Director, 2018 AGM.

Lyndal is an experienced company director and business founder. Her consulting career supported development of many new health care products and services, and she has advised government on structural healthcare issues including Australia’s clinical trials capacity and the role of pharmacy in primary care.

Lyndal has been awarded ACT Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (Business Owner) and has been a national finalist.

Adjunct Professor Gaylene Coulton

Chief Executive

Adjunct Professor Gaylene Coulton

Mr Lorcan Murphy

Company Secretary

Mr Lorcan Murphy