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Board of Directors
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 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.
Helen Storer has been working the dual role of practice manager and practice nurse for 29 years in general practices and group practices across rural and urban within Australia. During her career, she has completed her Community and Child Health Diploma and the Train the Trainer Program, and has spent many hours enhancing her skills through professional development courses.
For the last two years, she has mentored four general practice nurses within the Transition to Practice Pilot Program building on her history of informally mentoring other practice nurses. She has also presented on risk management and infection control at the APNA Foundations of General Practice Workshops.
Under her leadership, her current practice is engaged in the Health Care Homes pilot program, the Staree Dementia Research Program and are about to complete their seventh accreditation cycle.
Growing up in rural Western Australia, Helen understands the challenges rural practice nurses face across Australia—from isolation and limited health resources to the lack of supporting services—and she is eager to expand the professional role of the primary health care nurse in Australia.
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 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.
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