Pharmacy professor to head ACT PHN

Gabrielle Cooper

Professor Gabrielle Cooper has been elected as Chair of the Capital Health Network Board, ACT’s primary health network, by the Directors of CHN. 

Prof Cooper has been a Primary Health Care Director on the CHN Board (and previously the ACT Medicare Local Board) since 2011.

“I’m honoured to be taking on the role of Chair after being a Board Director for five years,” says Prof Cooper.

“Capital Health Network is a local enabler and adds value to the health of Canberrans. 

“I’m keen to build on our effective joint working relationships and strategic partnerships with ACT Government directorates, peak bodies, service providers and consumers to ensure we can continue to influence and collaborate with them to address identified local need in the community.”

Prof Cooper is Professor of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra, having established the Discipline of Pharmacy in 2004.  

She 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.

Prof Cooper is a member of the ACT Branch Committee of the PSA and a range of other professional committees with a focus on optimal medication management and improved communication between consumers and care providers.

“CHN will continue to support the primary care workforce through support from our Practice Development Team, educational events and HealthPathways program,” says Prof Cooper.

The CHN Board has congratulated and thanked outgoing Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel for his  leadership and guidance over the past two years. Dr Liedvogel will remain on the Board as a GP Director and a member of the General Practice Advisory Committee and will continue to provide advice on general practice issues.

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