19 January 2022
This week, GPRA staff and board welcomed newly appointed CEO Ms Jo-anne Chapman, who commenced with the organisation on Monday, January 17th.
Having recently completed her role as General Manager of the Victorian and Tasmanian Primary Health Network Alliance (VTPHNA), Jo-anne brings with her an understanding of the GP landscape and primary care delivery.
An accomplished CEO and leader, she has held a range of senior roles across health, rural health workforce and various colleges in different Australian states and overseas prior to joining GPRA.
“Jo-anne has broad experience in education, policy, advocacy and corporate governance, and has worked across a variety of government and not-for-profit organisations with a passion for working with tomorrow’s GPs,” said GPRA Chair Scott Williams.
As new CEO, Jo-anne is excited to be working with our members and plans to focus her priorities on:
- Continuing GPRAs advocacy to ensure member voices are heard and acted on in the transition of AGPT training to the colleges in 2023
- Engaging with members and other sector stakeholders regarding matters such as employment principles and conditions, training pathways and support of GP registrars
- Ensuring member voices shape future directions for investment in primary care, GP education and training across metro, rural and remote areas of Australia
- Strengthening GPRA’s service to its members, sector partners and key policy makers.
“We have entered a historic era in the evolution of GP medical education and training system in Australia and I am delighted to be joining GPRA at such a time to support the next generation of general practitioners,” said Jo-anne.
“The pandemic has also highlighted the vital role GPs play in supporting the health of communities. GPRA will ensure Australia continues to invest in future GP workforces to continue the deliverance of quality primary healthcare on a national scale.”
In her downtime, Jo-anne’s hobbies include walking, pilates, ballet and going to music festivals and concerts. You will often find her tucked up reading a book and listening to her record collection.
Jo-anne Chapman takes over the position from Dr Andrew Gosbell, who led GPRA from 2016 to 2021.
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