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AboutThe GCPHN Board

The Gold Coast Primary Health Network's (GCPHN) Board

Gold Coast Primary Health Network is governed by a diverse board with significant experience in primary healthcare and community sectors, with broad ranging skills.
BOARD CHAIR: Dr David Rowlands, MB, BS (Qld), GAICD
General Practitioner
Career Highlights
  • General Practitioner on the Gold Coast since 1989
  • Senior House Officer in Accident and Emergency (UK)
  • Medical Officer Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Significant Achievements
  • Current Chairman, Primary Care Gold Coast
  • Past President, General Practice Gold Coast
  • Previous Treasurer, General Practice Gold Coast
  • Previous Secretary, General Practice Gold Coast
Dr David Rowlands

MEMBER: Deb Blow (RN, BN, Grad Dip Crit Care, Grad Dip FET, Cert IV TAE MACN)
Director of Faculty Community Services, Health and Nursing Executive Leader Health and Nursing
Career Highlights
  • Director of Faculty, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council Academic Assessor
  • Registered Nurse, Critical Care
  • Nursing experience in rural and remote, operating theatre, intensive care, emergency and aged care 
Significant Achievements

Public Sector Award recipient for the following:
  • Educational Leader Queensland
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovation
  • Outstanding Contribution for Networking and Industry Linkage
  • Outstanding Achievement in Partnering
  • Australia Day Achievement Award
  • Special Commendation for Innovation and Technology
  • Outstanding Achievement in Partnering
  • Australia Day Achievement Award

Debbie Blow

MEMBER: Professor Julie-Anne Tarr 
Career Highlights
  • QUT Business School Professor (Contracts, insurance and risk, complex projects and governance)
  • Queensland Institute of Medical Research - GM / COO
  • Indiana University, Head, International Programs Office; Professor, Law & Business.
Significant Achievements
  • Board Memberships: HHS (Sunshine Coast), QPharm, QGen, HREC and Red Cross
  • Author: 5 Books and Treaties, 50+ Articles, Law reform reports
  • Project oversight: University of the South Pacific (Tech Park); QIMR ($187m extension)
  • Numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research & contribution to higher education.
  • Foundation staff - Bond University (*Director, Asia Pacific Law Institute)

Professor Julie-Anne Tarr

MEMBER: Kieran Chilcott, B. Edu, D. Management, Cert IV Training, Business, Project Management and Mental Health
Executive Officer
Career Highlights
  • Inaugural Chairperson of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Experienced Board member of multiple Gold Coast organisations
  • Current Executive Officer of Kalwun Health Service
Significant Achievements
  • Member, Primary Care Partnership Council
  • 2015 ATSI Student of the Year winner, Queensland Training Awards
Kieran Chilcott

MEMBER: Rick Dennis, B. Comm – UQ, LLB, ACA, Harvard Business School 
Non-Executive Director
Career Highlights
  • Ernst and Young: Former Qld Managing Partner and Asia-Pacific CFO
  • Advisory Board Member: Australian Super, EWM Group
  • Non-executive director of Springfield Land Corporation Pty Ltd, Vesta Living Communities Ltd, Apiam Animal Health Ltd, Motorcycle Holdings Ltd, Omni Market Tide Ltd
Significant Achievements
  • Chaired the Queensland Advisory Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Current chair of the SQUAD Foundation (est 2016 to raise awareness of youth suicide)
  • 35 years with Ernst and Young
  • Queensland Managing Partner – Asia Pacific CFO
  • Established Ernst and Young Australia’s China Business Group

Rick Dennis

MEMBER: Dr Roger Halliwell, MBChB, BHB, MBA, FRACGP, Dip A&E Med and GAICD
General Practitioner
Career Highlights
  • General Practitioner on the Gold Coast since 1996
  • Senior Educator at General Practice Training Queensland
Significant Achievements
  • Immediate Past President/Chair, General Practice Gold Coast
  • Director, CheckUP Australia
Dr Roger Halliwell

General Practitioner
Career Highlights
  • GP, Runaway Bay Doctors Surgery since 1999
  • Roles at Bond and Griffith Universities
  • GP at Ashmore Family Practice
  • Medical registrar in charge of the Coronary Care Unit for two years in the UK
Significant Achievements
  • Treasurer/Board member, General Practice Gold Coast 2003 - 2011
  • Ministerial appointment to Gold Coast HCC
  • Chair, GP Council
  • Member, Primary Care Partnership Council

Dr Sue Gardiner

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