Board of Directors

Karen Booth


Karen has worked as a primary health care nurse and nurse manager in general practice since 1998. Her roles include acute care, preventative health and chronic disease management, care coordination, data management, accreditation, administration, staff training and mentoring. Karen has recently moved into practice management.

Karen’s true passion is preventative health care and utilising surveillance and health checks to identify health problems so that care can be initiated early to prevent damage to a person’s health and wellbeing. Key to this is the development of systems to utilise skills of the whole general practice team to support health prevention activity and care.

Karen has participated in advisory groups for APNA, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Nursing in General Practice Program, New South Wales Health, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Practice Nurse Clinical Education, and Sydney University, and Health Pathways Advisory Group for Inner West Sydney Medicare Local/Sydney Local Health District.

Karen holds several committee and advisory group positions at Australian Government Department of Health level including the General Practice Roundtable, the National Immunisation Committee, the Advisory Committee for Safety of Vaccine (Ministerial appointment). In 2014 Karen participated in several advisory groups for the RACGP including the Pandemic Taskforce and the review of the Pandemic Flu Kit, the Infection Control Standards and Quality Health Records.


Melissa Cromarty 

Vice President

Melissa has worked in nursing for the majority of her career, with qualifications and experience in emergency and intensive care and general practice. 

Mel’s passions include promoting the positive impact of nurses in improving health outcomes and the important role they play in chronic disease management and preventative health. She also has a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by primary health care nurses in both urban and rural settings.

Currently Mel is involved in the support and evaluation of primary care as Team Leader with the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network. Working in the Practice Support and Development Team she is committed to increasing the profile of PHNs, and ensuring that all general practices understand and appreciate the value of nurses in the primary care setting. She also educates PHNs in their role implementing alternate models of care. 

Prior to joining APNA’s Board, Mel has been involved with APNA’s Education Endorsement Program, APNA’s Conference Advisory Committee and represents APNA on the Decision Assist Advisory Group on Palliative Care.


Jane Bollen 

Board Director

Jane Bollen is an Adelaide based primary care registered nurse, passionate about improving outcomes for people with chronic conditions through patient-centred care planning and data driven improvement.

Jane works in a busy general practice in Adelaide delivering care to patients. She also works for BMP Healthcare Consulting, supporting general practice teams deliver safe and effective care, reviewing systems for chronic conditions and helping clinicians understand their data to improve the health of their practice population and business sustainability.

With a background of acute care nursing followed by primary care for the last nine years Jane has completed a diploma of accounting, and is a recent graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jane has represented APNA in the Health Care Homes working group, as well as working alongside international and national health practitioners in the Health Care Homes “Train the Trainer” workshops.

Jane has also represented APNA on the My Health Record Expansion steering group and the Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Guidelines Steering Group.


Ken Griffin

Co-opted Board Director

Ken has more than 20 years marketing, communications and government affairs experience in the healthcare, not-for-profit and pharmaceutical sectors. He has held multiple leadership roles and directed high-profile campaigns for patient groups, industry organisations and pharmaceutical companies.

Ken brings significant strategic capability to APNA and is a determined and passionate supporter of primary health care nursing.



Denise Lyons

Board Director

Denise has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and gained endorsement as a nurse practitioner five years ago.

She has worked in a variety of primary health care environments and has held clinical, managerial, educational, advisory, and clinical governance roles.

As a nurse practitioner currently working in the general practice environment and as a clinical editor developing health pathways, Denise has continued to embrace teaching and learning opportunities.

She has a passion for patient education and empowerment and recognises the importance of high performing teams in improving health outcomes.

Denise is an appointed member of the Clinical Council at Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network and a member of the Nurse Insight Group and Choosing Wisely working party at NPS Medicinewise.


Holly Ransom

Co-opted Board Director

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly generates innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations, and is coach and professional mentor to leaders around the world.

Holly holds a Law degree and BA Economics. In 2012 she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’. An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. She is also a popular contributor to the Financial Review, the Huffington Post, ABC’s Q&A, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News, and Channel 10’s The Project.

In 2016 Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the Port Adelaide Football Club board. Holly joined APNA’s Board in 2017.


Ros Rolleston

Board Director

Ros is a hospital trained registered nurse and has worked in general practice since 2009 after specialising in Emergency Department then Intensive Care Unit prior to moving to primary health care in 2001. 

She is acutely aware of the challenges faced by general practice and other primary health care nurses including acknowledgement as core members of the interprofessional team, working conditions and educational needs.

Ros also works as an undergraduate nursing tutor at University of Wollongong and as an educator in primary health care. Ros has worked on expert reference groups including with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and is a member of the Australian College of Nursing Primary Health Care Communities of Interest and the Australian College of Nursing Chronic Disease chapter.

Ros completed the company director's course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2013 during her directorship at a regional Medicare Local and is also a director with the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia. 

Maurice Wrightson

Co-opted Board Director

Maurice held senior executive positions within Australia Post, at both a State and National level for over 15 years. During this time he successfully applied a broad range of leadership and change management skills to a variety of senior positions including Deputy General Manager Retail NSW/ACT, Manager Delivery NSW/ACT and Manager Workforce Capability Unit Mail & Networks Division. He particularly utilised his strengths in Change Management, People Development and Profit Centre Management.

Maurice is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has 15 years experience as a Director and over 10 years experience as a Board Chairman. Maurice is a member and Chairs various Board Committees including, Governance, Finance Audit and Risk, Property and Human Resources. He has a keen interest in Governance, Strategy Development and Stakeholder Management



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