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Board

Our Board is responsible for providing leadership to the organisation and overseeing the overall strategy, governance and performance of the company. The key roles and responsibilities of the Board are set out in our Board Charter.

The Board does not make the decisions as to which health services receive funding as part of the commissioning process. These decisions are governed by Northern Territory PHN’s Commissioning Policy and Procedure which are based on the requirements of the Commonwealth.

Mr John Rawnsley – Board Chair

LLB, BAIS, GDLP

Appointed to the Board on 10 November 2015 and as Deputy Chair from 25 November 2019. John Rawnsley is employed as the Law and Justice Manager at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. Prior to this he worked in various legal roles and leadership development.

John is the NT PHN-nominated director on the Board of Northern Territory General Practice Education Ltd. He is also a director of the Larrakia Development Corporation since 2013 and the Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation since 2016. He chairs the Smith Family’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group since 2017, having been a member since 2011.

Mr David Blair – Deputy Chair

BSc Joint Honours in Science, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries, Certificate in Risk Management and Assurance, Certificate in Internal Control, Certificate in Governance and Risk Management, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

BSc Joint Honours in Science, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries, Certificate in Risk Management and Assurance, Certificate in Internal Control, Certificate in Governance and Risk Management, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

David Blair is a Chartered Accountant with extensive finance, risk management, governance and business experience. He is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Kolsen Group in Darwin. Prior to that he was part of the executive leadership team at Menzies School of Health Research as the Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2018.

David is also an experienced Director, having previously served on the Boards of Liefeline Top End, Melaleuca Refuge Centre, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, and as a public member of the AHPRA Physiotherapist Board NT.

Dr John Boffa

MBBS, MPH

Appointed to the Board on 25 November 2019. Dr John Boffa was initially the SMO at Anyinginyi Health in Tennant Creek from 1988 has been employed by the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress since 1994 in various senior roles and, since 2013, serving as the Chief Medical Officer Public Health. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, Perth since 2013. John has extensive experience in Aboriginal community controlled primary health care and has provided clinical leadership over many years in primary health care and continuous quality improvement and is committed to the adaption of evidence-based services and programs to the specific needs of Aboriginal communities in the NT.

He is an executive member of the NT Clinical Senate and also serves on a number of advisory committees, including NT Early Childhood Expert Reference Panel, National Health Care Homes Evaluation Working Group, Funding Methodology Advisory Committee, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Data Advisory Committee.

Associate Professor Marco Briceno

BMBS (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in D, MRCS(England), FACRRM

Marco is a Senior Rural Generalist Surgeon, a Medical Administrator, and a Medical Educator, who has worked in North East Arnhem Land for the last 13 years. Originally from Venezuela, Marco obtained his Medical degree in 2001 and subsequently completed his pre-vocational training in Caracas. 

In 2016 he was appointed Director of Medical Services of Gove District Hospital, and in 2018 this role expanded to Regional Director of Medical Services for East Arnhem. Marco has also been actively involved in the development of robust pre-vocational and vocational training pathways in East Arnhem, and he was awarded Clinical Educator of the Year in 2018 for his efforts and commitment to Junior Doctor’s education and training.

Marco was appointed at the NT Health Department in 2020 to lead the NT Rural Generalist Pathway. He has also been the Medical Director of the NT Prevocational Medical Assurance Service (PMAS), as well as providing medical leadership in broader medical education, strategic projects, and medical workforce functions NT-wide as the Chief Medical Advisor for NT Health.

Ms Heather D’Antoine

Dip in Midwifery, Dip in Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Health Economics (Aboriginal Health)

Appointed to the Board on 28 August 2017. Heather D’Antoine has more than 25 years of experience, initially as a registered midwife and nurse, and later as a health services manager in both Aboriginal health services and general health services, with the last 18 years dedicated to health research. For the last ten years, Heather was the Associate Director for Aboriginal Programs and Division Leader of Education and Capacity Building at Menzies School of Health Research, serving as a member of the Executive Committee. She continues as Distinguished Honorary Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research.

Heather’s research interest is in maternal and child health, with a particular focus on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and other birth defects. She has been involved with developing and evaluating resources for health professionals and developing a model of care for FASD in Western Australia. She is the NT PHN-nominated representative on the Board of Rural Health Workforce Australia Ltd and a member of the Public Health Association of Australia.

Dr Samuel Goodwin

MB BS, Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, JCCA (Anaesthetics), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, MPHTM

Appointed to the Board on 14 August 2015. Dr Samuel Goodwin is the Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services, Alice Springs Hospital for the Central Australia Health Service. He has spent the past decade training in a remote area, aspiring to the principles of rural generalism. He continues to practice as a general practitioner at Central Clinic in Alice Springs. He has spent a decade training in remote areas, aspiring to the principles of rural generalism and specalises in health system governance.

Samuel is a member of the is a member of the Northern Territory Postgraduate Medical Council since 2008, and a member of the Medical Board of Australia since 2015.

Ms Liza Houghton

Graduate Australian Institute Company Directors, Fellow Australasian College Health Service Management, Master Business Administration, Graduate Diploma Nurse Education, Graduate Certificate Critical Care, Bachelor Applied Science (Nursing)

Liza has undertaken key roles in reviewing or establishing governance frameworks, structures and policies including in primary health care and Aboriginal Health Services in the Northern Territory as an independent management consultant. 

Liza has as background as a Registered Nurse with extensive experience working with multidisciplinary and allied health teams across the health sector. Professional skills and experience includes strategy and policy development; financial and risk management; not-for-profit corporate and clinical governance; Primary Health Care; and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health services.

Previous Board Directorships include Chair of Variety, the children’s charity Northern Territory, Non-executive Director of Variety Australia and Triathlon Northern Territory.

Mr John Paterson

Bachelor of Social Science in Human Service, Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

John Paterson has a long-standing career in Indigenous affairs, with a particular focus on health care since 2005. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory) since 2006. Prior to that he served as the CEO of Wurli Wurlingjang Health Service in Katherine from 2005.

He is an experienced Director having previously served on the Board of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia, the NT Hospital Management Board and Thirrili. He is the current Chair of the Central Australian Academic Health Science Network, and a member of the Telstra Indigenous Advisory Committee.

John is affiliated with the Ngalakan tribe from the Ngukurr region, south-east Arnhem Land.

Our Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee supports the Board relating to the Board’s oversight responsibilities relating to:

  • the financial and business affairs of NT PHN;
  • the preparation and integrity of NT PHN’s financial reporting;
  • internal controls, policies and procedures NT PHN uses to identify and manage business risks, compliance with external legal and regulatory requirements, and internal policy requirements;
  • the use of internal audit to test the integrity of controls established to minimise risks; and
  • the external auditor’s audit of NT PHN’s annual financial statements.

 

Read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee supports the Board through oversight, review and reporting responsibilities for all Board-related corporate governance policies.

Read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee consist only of representatives appointed by each Company member. The Committee supports the Board in relation to:

  • the selection, appointment and re-appointment of Directors;
  • reviewing the Board skills matrix to assess the Board’s competencies;
  • reviewing the Board succession plan to ensure an appropriate balance of skills, experience, expertise and diversity is maintained.

 

Read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here.

Rural Workforce Agency NT Committee

The Rural Workforce Agency NT Committee supports the Board through strategic oversight of NT PHN’s role and function as the Northern Territory Rural Workforce Agency, delivered operationally by the NT Health Workforce Branch. The Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • oversee the development and implementation of NT PHN’s health workforce strategy;
  • oversee the promotion of the NT Health Workforce Branch’s activities and maximising strategic partnerships; and
  • monitor the performance, including the budget, of the NT Health Workforce Branch.

 

Read the Committee’s Terms of Reference here.