The governing committee of the Council is its Board of Directors which is established in accordance with, and governed by the provisions of, the Council’s Constitution. The Board Charter defines the purpose, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors.
B.Phty (University of Queensland); FACP (Paediatrics); MAICD
Melissa Locke has over 35 years’ experience as an Australian physiotherapist, where she has gained diverse and broad physiotherapy expertise. She specialises in Paediatrics physiotherapy, being recognised as a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and is passionate about global health and health literacy.
As Managing Director and co-owner of Movement Solutions Physiotherapy based in Queensland, Melissa and her team of highly skilled physiotherapists treat children, teens and young adults of all abilities.
Melissa has made significant contributions to enhancing the physiotherapy profession, both in Australia and internationally. She has held leadership and governance positions such as former Chair and President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Board, and currently serves as Vice President and Chair of the Finance Committee of World Physiotherapy.
Melissa is passionate and committed to community education, improving health outcomes, advocating for those with a disability to engage richly, equitably and seamlessly in society. To this end, she has recently taken on a non-executive director role for Synergy Vision, a disability service provider.
Her current role as Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Council, provides one avenue for Melissa to give back to the profession which she has committed her working life to, and enables her to champion the future excellence, professionalism and growth of the physiotherapy profession in serving the community.
PhD, M App Sc, GAICD
Lucy Chipchase has had an extensive professional career in the UK and Australia contributing to physiotherapy as a practitioner in private practice and hospital settings, academic teacher in several universities in Australia, researcher, author, supervisor and mentor to physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate students and Board member.
Currently, Lucy is a Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, South Australia, where she leads strategic projects for the College.
Lucy’s research interests include evaluating teaching and learning innovations in physiotherapy education, graduate preparedness, student engagement, curriculum design, inter-professional education and clinical education, pain management, and the health care experience of CALD and migrant communities. She has published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been the chief investigator for over 30 research grants.
In her broad experience within healthcare, Lucy has demonstrated her strong advocacy for culturally responsive practice, cultural diversity and advocacy for women. She has also shaped how the physiotherapy profession adapts and develops contemporary learning and teaching practices, such that she is known as a thought leader in assessment and educational design.
Lucy has significantly contributed to the Council’s work through her leadership on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Accreditation Committee which oversees the accreditation of Australian physiotherapy education programs.
BAppSc(Physiotherapy) MSportsPhysio MACP AAICD
Associate Professor Michael Reynolds has over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist during which he has developed extensive expertise in the management of sporting injuries. He has a strong involvement in football (soccer) serving for many years as head physiotherapist at Northern Tigers FC and, has physiotherapy involvement at numerous sporting events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games Polyclinic.
In addition to his clinical work, Michael has enjoyed teaching in the university sector over the last 10 years in anatomy, clinical exercise physiology and musculoskeletal science. He has lectured at various universities on cultural awareness and Australian First Peoples’ health and was appointed as an Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University in 2021 to assist in embedding First Peoples’ knowledges and perspectives within the physiotherapy curriculum and provide guidance on the pedagogical approaches required.
Prior to joining the Council’s Board of Directors, Michael contributed to the development of the Council’s Reconciliation Plan (RAP) in 2019. He was similarly involved in the development of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) RAPs over the last 10 years. Michael is the recent outgoing Chair of the APA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee, charged with guiding the association in its reconciliation efforts, and supporting the growing network of Australian First Nations Physiotherapists.
As a proud Wiradjuri man, Michael’s diverse background bridging clinical practice, academia and the physiotherapy industry more broadly, brings unique perspectives to the Council to continue to strive for excellence in assessment and accreditation.
B.App.Sc.Physio (LaTrobe); Grad Cert Sports Physio (LaTrobe); Grad Cert Management (Victoria); GAICD
Mark Round is the Managing Director of Symmetry Physiotherapy – a multi-disciplinary Physiotherapy and Allied Health group in Melbourne that currently operates out of eight sites.
Mark has been actively involved in Physiotherapy governance since 2013 when he joined the Victorian Branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). He was the President of Victorian Branch in 2015 and 2016, before being elected to the APA Board of Directors in 2017 where he continues to serve. Through these positions, Mark has been involved on many committees, including the Primary Care Safety and Quality Framework Committee for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care as well as the Allied Health Roundtable Committee as part of the Commonwealth Primary Health Care 10 year plan. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Mark has also been heavily involved in other allied health advocacy and governance work as the inaugural Chair of the South West Allied Health Network (SWAHN) in Melbourne and as the Allied Health representative on the Clinical Leadership Committee of the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local (SWMML).
PhD, BPhysio (Hons), BSc, FAIDH, MAICD
Associate Professor Belinda Lange is a registered physiotherapist and researcher, with 20 years of experience in the co-design, development and evaluation of digital health technologies across military and civilian populations. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Chair of the Flinders University Human Research Ethics Committee, and Deputy Chair of the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.
Based in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, Belinda holds research leadership positions in the Caring Futures Institute and the Medical Device Research Institute. Previously she was Academic Lead of Physiotherapy and has supervised and mentored students and researchers from different disciplines. Her teaching and research interests include digital health, telehealth, game-based rehabilitation, virtual reality, healthy aging, research methods and design, and neurological rehabilitation.1
Belinda’s research is driven by her passion to work with clinicians and consumers of digital technologies to co-design customisable digital tools that will meet health needs.2 3 She has published 75 peer-reviewed papers and her work has been recognised through keynote presentations, and international awards.
Since 2019, Belinda has been involved in the Council’s accreditation of entry-level university programs, as an Accreditation Panel Assessor. As an experienced physiotherapist, educator and digital health researcher, her vision is to build digital health capability in our current and future allied health workforce.
PhD; MBA; GAICD
Dr Kurt Lackovic has spent his entire career in medical research, and is currently the CEO of Cancer Trials Australia (CTA), a member-based, not-for-profit organisation that plays a pivotal role in advancing novel cancer therapies and improving treatment options available to Australian cancer patients.
As CEO of CTA, Kurt is responsible for the development and implementation of CTA’s strategy in partnership with CTA’s Board of Directors. Kurt oversees all business operations, supported by a staff of almost 50.
His education includes a PhD in chemistry, international post-doctoral experience in medical genomics and early stage drug discovery, as well as an MBA from Melbourne Business School, where he graduated on the Dean’s list. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kurt has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles across diverse medical research areas, possesses extensive expertise in leading complex academic and clinical programs, strong connections to industry, and strategic linkages to senior executives in Government and major teaching Hospitals.
Kurt joined the Council Board of Directors in 2020, and now also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Clinical Research Sites and AusBiotech’s Clinical Trial Advisory Group.
When he is not keeping busy with his responsibilities as a CEO and company director, Kurt enjoys time with his young family, photography and clocking up serious kms on both his road and mountain bikes.
Luke Meeve is an experienced lawyer with extensive commercial and transactional experience obtained through in-house and private practice roles in ASX listed and unlisted environments. He is currently General Counsel at Visit Victoria, where he leads the legal team, is a member of the leadership team and helps drive company strategy, direction and decision making.
Luke’s professional legal experience covers intellectual property, competition and consumer law, mergers and acquisitions, information technology and general corporate and commercial advisory. Before working in the law, Luke worked with investment banks in Melbourne and the United Kingdom, as well as holding on-Executive Director roles and sitting on multiple senior leadership teams.
His previous governance experience includes sitting on the board of Cara Inc, a not-for-profit community service organisation providing specialist accommodation, care and support for vulnerable children and young women.
Luke joined the Council as an Independent Director in 2020, recognising the alignment of the Council’s values and culture, and his own desire to help grow dynamic and diverse teams and organisational culture. He is also a member of the Council’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
Outside of his professional roles, he is proud to be an engaged dad, an AFL Demons supporter, and an out-of-practice skier and mountain bike rider.