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 transitioned from acute care, anaesthetics and recovery room nursing to general practice nursing in 2009. She now works as a primary health care nurse in South Australia. Jane works in a clinical role in a general practice and as a consultant for BMP Healthcare Consulting. 

As a consultant Jane works with nurses and the general practice team to help them understand their practice data to improve the health of the practice population. Jane’s background of nursing and accounting plus a focus on systems and organisation has helped many general practices improve the use of personnel, the quality of care, and business outcomes.

In 2014 Jane was awarded the APNA Best Practice Award for Leadership in recognition of her inspiring work bringing about change in a busy general practice and developing a nurse network. She used the prize to attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Conference in London.

Jane is passionate about primary health care nurses working to their full scope of practice. She has represented APNA as part of the Australian Primary Care Collaborative Committee and Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis Guideline Steering Committee.


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 is an advocate for the professional growth and development of primary care clinicians. She believes that while nurses are essential in the delivery of positive patient experience and excellent quality care, they can also be change agents who can shape the organisational culture of primary care contexts such as general practice.

Denise has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and has worked in the Australian healthcare system for the past 20 years in a range of primary health care environments. She has held clinical, managerial, educational, advisory, and clinical governance roles. After a decade of work in paediatrics wards and emergency departments in the USA, Denise developed a passion for health literacy and prevention and earned a Master’s degree in Health Promotion.

Denise was endorsed as a nurse practitioner in 2012 and since then has continued to embrace the teaching and learning opportunities that working in general practice provides.

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 at the National Prescribing Service.


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

Having worked in the area of general practice for eight years, Ros is acutely aware of the challenges faced by primary health care nurses including acknowledgement as pivotal members of the interprofessional team. She believes nurses are crucial to improving the health of our communities through individualised, person-centred care, but sees professional recognition of the quality care delivered by primary health care nurses as insufficient.

Ros has director experience for the regional Medicare Local and an appointment by invitation as a director with the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia, as well as completion of the company director's course with the AICD in 2013.

Ros’s role in general practice is currently as a clinical nurse consultant leading a nurse clinic specialising in person-centred care for people with mental and physical illnesses. The SKIP into life clinic focuses on the prevention, early identification and management of illness in disadvantaged people.

Her other passion is for lifelong learning, completing a Master of Nursing in 2016 and currently working as a tutor for undergraduate nursing/medicine at the University of Wollongong and the Australian College of Nursing immunisation certificate, and presenting various topics for national organisations.


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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