New board chair appointed


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The Pharmacy Board of Australia has a new chair as Bill Kelly steps down

Queensland pharmacist Brett Simmonds is the new chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia, succeeding the retiring William (Bill) Kelly.

In a communique released this week, the COAG Health Council announced a series of changes to various AHPRA board membership, including the Pharmacy Board.

Mr Simmonds has been selected for his third three-year term on the Board, as well as taking over the top position.

He is joined by a slew of new and reappointed members, including well-known community pharmacists Ellise Apolloni and Hannah Mann.

The appointments to the Pharmacy Board are:

  • Mr Brett Simmonds – Appointed as new Chair and reappointed as a practitioner
    member from Queensland for a period of 3 years (third term)
  • Mrs Elise Apolloni – Appointed practitioner member from the Australian Capital
    Territory for a period of 3 years (first term)
  • Ms Joy Hewitt – Reappointed as a practitioner member from Victoria for a
    period of 3 years (second term)
  • Mrs Hannah Mann – Appointed as a practitioner member from Western Australia
    for a period of 3 years (first term)
  • Mr Laurence (Ben) Wilkins – Reappointed as a practitioner member from New South Wales
    for a period of 3 years (second term)
  • Mr Cameron Phillips – Appointed as a practitioner member from South Australia for a
    period of 3 years (first term)
  • Dr Alice Gilbert (PhD) – Appointed as a practitioner member from the Northern
    Territory for a period of 3 years (first term)
  • Mr Mark Kirschbaum – Reappointed as a practitioner member from Tasmania for a
    period of 3 years (second term)
  • Mr Rodney ‘Rod’ Wellington – Appointed as a community member for a period of 3 years
    (first term)
  • Ms Melissa Cadzow – Appointed as a community member for a period of 3 years
    (first term)
  • Dr Suzanne Martin (BVSc) – Appointed as a community member for a period of 3 years
    (first term)

Mr Kelly, who has served on the Board since 2010, has been its chair since 2015.  

“Ministers thanked retiring National Board Chairs for their outstanding commitment,
leadership, dedication and contributions to the national scheme and health practitioner
regulation and wished them all the best for their future endeavours… Mr William ‘Bill’ Kelly, Chair Pharmacy Board of Australia since 2015 and inaugural practitioner member… ”  was one of those mentioned in the COAG release.

“Ministers acknowledged all outgoing board members and thanked them for their service –
especially those inaugural board members who are retiring from the National Boards having
served three consecutive terms. These members’ contributions to health practitioner
regulation from first appointment in 2009 to now have been outstanding,” COAG said in its release.

“Ministers welcomed returning practitioner members to their new roles… Mr Brett Simmonds as Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia…. their succession to these leadership roles reflects the depth and breadth of their skills and experience from serving on the National Boards and as practitioners from their respective professions”.

Overall, 780 applications were received for the 102 vacancies across 13 National Boards – 500 for 66 practitioner member vacancies, 280 for 36 community member vacancies, and 99 expressions of interest from registered health practitioners for nine National Board Chair roles.

There was no breakdown given for the number of applications for specific Boards.

 

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