Our AGPAL Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring our commitment to quality and delivery of a simple and effective accreditation and certification program, consistent with international best practice is maintained.

Since AGPAL was established in 1997, general practice accreditation has grown significantly, with AGPAL now providing accreditation services to the majority of general practices accredited within the Australian market. Board members are either nominated by or elected by the membership and meet four times per annum.

Dr Richard Choong

Position

AGPAL Chair

Qualifications

MB Bch BAO (NUI), LRCSI & PI, FRACGP

Member Organisation

Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Year Joined

2003

Other Current Appointments or Memberships:

  • Director, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)
  • General Practice Principal, Port Kennedy Medical Centre
  • Chair, Western Australia Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA)
  • Immediate Past President, Australian Medical Association (AMA) Western Australia (WA) 2012-14
  • Federal Councillor, AMA
  • Member, Australian Medical Association (AMA) Council of General Practice Western Australia
  • Member, Australian Medical Association (AMA) Health Financing and Economics Committee
  • GP Representative, Raine Medical Research Foundation Research Committee, University of WA
  • Fellow, Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Biography

Dr Richard Choong joined the AGPAL and QIP Boards in 2003 and was formerly the QIP Board Chair. Richard is the longest-serving and youngest Chair of the AGPAL Board to date. Richard is an AMA nominee of the AGPAL Board and is the President of the AMA Western Australia. Richard has 17 years’ experience in general practice and is the principal of an outer metropolitan General Practice in Perth.

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Ms Jan Chaffey

Position

Director

Qualifications

BPhty Dip Pract Mgt FAAPM(LIFE)

Member Organisation

Independent

Year Joined

2010

Other Current Appointments or Memberships:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Camp Hill Healthcare
  • Director, Stat Health Systems (Aust)
  • Director, Charming Institute
  • Fellow and Life Member, Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM)
  • Committee Member, AAPM Queensland
  • Committee Member, RACGP Expert Committee on eHealth and Practice Systems
  • Member, Australian Digital Health Agency Secure Messaging Steering Group
  • Member, Practice Incentive Program Advisory Group
  • Honorary Life Member, Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM)
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Dr Nicholas Demediuk

Position

Director

Qualifications

MBBS, Bed, FRACGP (LIFE), DRANZCOG

Member Organisation

Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)

Year Joined

2013

Other Current Appointments or Memberships:

  • Chair, Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)
  • Medical Director – VIC, 13SICK - National Home Doctor Service
  • Director, Parkmore Medical Centre
  • Member, Medical Experts Committee VIC, Avant Insurance
  • National body representative on various Commonwealth Pathology Committees
  • National body representative on various Commonwealth, state and Australian Standards infection control and sterilisation committees including the (National) Infection Control Guidelines steering committee

Biography

Dr Demediuk has many years’ experience in general practice, establishing the Parkmore Medical Centre in 1980, and currently working as the sole director of what is now a large multidisciplinary general practice. He is a recognised expert in infection control and was on the Commonwealth Infection Control Guidelines Committee, authored the RACGP Infection Control Standards and was on the Australian Standards Committee for instrument sterilisation.

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Dr Ross Hetherington

Position

Director

Qualifications

MBBS, DRANZCOG, FAICD, FACRRM

Member Organisation

Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)

Year Joined

2019

Other Current Appointments or Memberships:

  • Elected Director and President, RHealth Limited
  • Board Chair, Rural Health Workforce Australia
  • Board Member, Darling Downs Hospital Board
  • Board Member, Health Workforce Queensland
  • Member, Medical Experts Committee, Avant Insurance

Biography

Dr Hetherington has been a practicing rural GP for over 30 years in Western Queensland, first as Medical Superintendents with Right of Private Practice (MRRPP) at Winton and Boulia, and has been based in Warwick since 1996. Dr Hetherington is also a Design Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME), certified Diving Medical Examiner and Medical Examiner for the Belgium Government.

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Dr Rodney Pearce

Position

Director

Qualifications

AM, MBBS, FAMA

Member Organisation

Australian Association of General Practitioners (AAGP)

Year Joined

2004

Other Current Appointments or Memberships:

  • Member of the Order of Australia, Australia Day 2012
  • Director, Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)
  • Immunisation Advisor, local government (Medical Officer of Health)
  • Director, Immunisation Specialist Group
  • Director, Australian Association of General Practice
  • Director, Medical HQ

Biography

Dr Pearce has spent over 30 years in rural general practice and currently practices in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr Pearce trained in Adelaide and worked at the Royal Adelaide, Queen Elizabeth and Modbury Hospitals in South Australia.

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Mr Gary Smith

Position

Director

Qualifications

JP, CPM FAAPM, FAICD

Member Organisation

Independent

Year Joined

2006

Current Appointments and Memberships:

  • Chair, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)
  • Board Chair, Quality Innovation Performance Consulting Pty Ltd (QIP Consulting)
  • Board Member, QIP International
  • Board Member, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
  • Director, General Practice Workforce Tasmania
  • Fellow and Life Member, Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM)
  • Member, Medicare Australia Stakeholders Consultation Group
  • Member, Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review General Practice & Primary Care Clinical Committee
  • Academic Director and Lecturer, University of New England Partnerships
  • Surveyor, Australian General Practice Association Limited (AGPAL)
  • Surveyor, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)

Biography

Gary is an AGPAL Independent Director and has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare management.

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Ms Jo Watson

Position

Director

Qualifications

BA (Soci.Sci), MPH; FAICD

Member Organisation

Consumers Health Forum (CHF)

Year Joined

2012

Current Appointments and Memberships

Biography

Jo was the Executive Director for the National Association of People living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Australia (NAPWHA) from 1998 to 2014. Over the past several decades she has been a community advocate actively engaged in the areas of health policy, especially access to medicines, and optimal public health interventions.

Jo was the consumer nominee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority (PBPA) from 2002 to 2012, before being appointed the consumer nominee to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), and then in 2017 was appointed the first Deputy Chair of that Committee. She is also the Chair of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Consumer Consultative Committee, established by the Department of Health in 2016.

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Mr Henry Williams

Position

Company Secretary

Qualifications

ACA, BBus, AICD

Member Organisation

Independent

Year Joined

2004

Other current appointments or memberships

  • Company Secretary, Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)
  • Director, Attune Hearing Pty Ltd
  • CEO, Fort Knox Storage Group
  • Principal, H N Williams Pty Ltd
  • Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association of Queensland Inc.
  • Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • Fellow Member, Institute of Company Directors in Australia
  • Registered Tax Agent
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