In line with the GPRA Constitution 2015 the GPRA Board of Directors will comprise:
- Three voting Members from whom the President must be elected
- Two Associate Members - one of whom is a current medical student and one who is a pre-vocational medical doctor who has not applied to any specialty training program, or a pre-vocational medical doctor who has applied to specialty training in general practice
- Up to three further Directors appointed by the Board
- One Chair appointed by the Board
The Board has articulated a clear vision and objectives to support its members on their general practice journey – from when they start medical school, through their hospital internships, registrar training and finally, their transition to independent general practitioners.
Dr Melanie Smith - President
Melanie is a GP registrar and Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) with GPEx.
On being elected Melanie said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to represent my fellow registrars, and to lead the organisation that promotes general practice across Australia. We are facing a period of transition within general practice training and need to maintain a strong voice to negotiate that change. GPRA will continue to support our registrars during training, and the profession as a whole, to ensure the future of general practice is a healthy one for patients and doctors alike.”
Melanie’s particular interests from a clinical perspective lie in palliative care, mental health and child health. She looks forward to working with colleagues and supervisors to maintain the integrity of the training program and enhancing engagement with GPRA members and the professional bodies which shape the future of general practice.
Scott Williams - Chair
Scott Williams is the Chief Executive Officer at the North Eastern Community Hospital Inc. which is a not-for-profit hospital acute care and aged care organisation servicing primarily both eastern and northern Adelaide. Scott took up this role in 2014 following 20 years within public health systems both here in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Scott worked in a variety of senior executive roles within the SA Health public health system, more recently as the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Executive Director Acute Services at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 5 years, a leading provider of health services for children, young people and women in South Australia. Scott also lead several programs of both minor and major capital development with one of the largest projects consisting of a 3 floor extension to an existing building a logistical challenge for a busy hospital site.
Scott has a nursing background and has held many clinical and management roles in both community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. After a 10 year stint in the UK Scott returned to Australia with an Executive MBA and the Senior Management/Leadership Program delivered by the Kings Fund in London under his belt. While in the UK he held a variety of senior management roles including the support of the first successful amalgamation of a National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (hospital) with an NHS non-Foundation Trust.
In addition to his employed roles Scott has also held several Board positions at a local and national level which have included Ronald McDonald House Charities, South Australian Ambulance Service, HeartKids SA/NT and currently is a Director on the Australian Breastfeeding Association Board. These roles have had a greater focus on recognising the complexities unique to not-for-profit organisations and in particular the competitive space of the charitable dollar. In managing this he has developed beneficial corporate partnerships and identified co-branding opportunities.
Dr Ashlea Broomfield
Dr Ashlea Broomfield has a strong interest in general practice and general practice registrars in Australia.
Ashlea was the JMO representative in her resident year and became an RLO for North Coast General Practice Training in her GPT2 term. Ashlea sits on the Terms and Conditions Committee for 2016 and was on the GPRA Constitution Review Committee in 2015.
Ashlea was GPRA's Chair of GPRMEN prior to her appointment to the Board.
Ashlea now works on the sunny North Coast, voted best climate in Australia with her husband and beloved kelpie.
Mr David Brennan
David brings extensive experience in business development and financial services as he is currently the Head of Engagement – act. Banking within the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group. David is the Chairman of the New Palm Court Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of the Bendigo Community Bank® network, the Australasian College of Sports Physicians and Australian Literary Studies (ALS).
David sits on the Compass Council at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics and also lectures in Allied Health at the Australian Catholic University. He previously held roles at Dimensional Fund Advisers and Macquarie Bank. David was the Founding Chairman of the Dry July Foundation and an advisory board member at the ATO representing the not-for-profit sector.
David holds degrees in Finance and Business Law from ESC Rouen, France and the University of Technology, Sydney along with post-graduate studies in Strategic Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
David chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for GPRA.
Ms Ingrid Williams
Ingrid has been a GPRA Board Director since September 2013 and is a member of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee. She is an owner and CEO of Elm Aged Living and has 30 years experience in the health and aged care sector. Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Educational Studies, a Master in Health Administration and is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ingrid sits on the board of Leading Age Services Australia (Vic) and Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, and is a member of the CEO Institute. In 2010, Ingrid was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards.
Dr Eranthi Hettiarachchi
Eranthi is a GP Registrar in Queensland with GMT after spending four years in the hospital system including a year of locum work.
She is excited to be in the position of the GPRA Associate Member Director and hopes to be an advocate for all of the various GPRA members (from rural to urban, ADF, IMG and indigenous members).
Born in Sri Lanka and growing up on Pacific Islands, Eranthi completed her medical training in Australia and went on to work in regional and rural areas. Eranthi is passionate about addressing the issues that face future cohorts of trainees and considers the importance of GPs being viewed as an integral part of the health care system, recognising members’ training pathways with consideration to their well-being, exam preparation, remuneration and individual life experiences.
Eranthi has a background in Psychology and Executive Leadership and her clinical special interest is in Paediatrics. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and enjoys her daily dose of beach.