Ms Melissa LockeBoard Chair
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.
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.
Professor Lucy ChipchaseDirector & Accreditation Committee Chair
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.
Associate Professor Michael ReynoldsDirector
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.
Associate Professor Belinda LangeDirector & Assessment Committee Chair
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 has held 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.
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. 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.
Mr Peter TziavrangosDirector
Mr Peter Tziavrangos brings a wealth of physiotherapy experience and leadership across the profession, with clinical interests in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and specifically the treatment and management of back pain and headaches. He gained clinical experience in both Australia and the UK, and has been Managing Director of Move for Better Health with several multidisciplinary allied health clinics located in South Australia, for over 20 years.
From experiences of physiotherapy during his years of participation in elite level sport at an early age, Peter chose to pursue a long-term career as a physiotherapist. He holds the belief that physiotherapy has the ability to ensure patients can live their best and most active lives, whether recovering from injury or a health condition, or seeking to achieve their fitness and movement goals.
Peter currently holds a number of governance and physiotherapy leadership roles including Non Executive Director and Vice President with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), sits on the Board of Directors of Volleyball South Australia and is a member of the University of South Australia’s Physiotherapy Education and Training Advisory Panel.
In recent years, Peter contributed to the Australian physiotherapy profession as the Chair of the APA Business Group which provides support and advocacy for physiotherapy clinic owners across Australia, especially in navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter is pleased to contribute to the governance of the Council’s work of assessing overseas physiotherapists and accrediting Australian physiotherapy university courses, and responding to workforce challenges and opportunities of the Australian physiotherapy profession.
Dr Kurt LackovicDirector & Audit & Risk Committee Chair
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.
Mr Luke MeeveDirector & Nominations & Remuneration Committee Chair
Luke Meeve has almost 20 years of professional experience working with leading corporates, law firms and investment banks in Australia and the United Kingdom. Luke is an experienced executive with a broad experience across multiple industries including science, digital technology, FMCG, intellectual property, healthcare, manufacturing, sales and marketing, advertising, major events, tourism and finance.
Luke is currently General Counsel at ASX listed PEXA Group Limited (PXA) an Australian technology company. Luke previously held senior roles with DuluxGroup Limited and most recently with Visit Victoria Limited where he was the Director of Corporate Operations with a broad set of responsibilities. Luke has also held several non executive director roles and sat 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 his own desire to help grow dynamic and diverse teams and organisational culture. He is chair of the Council’s Nominations and Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Outside of his professional roles, he is proud to be an engaged dad, an enthusiastic woodworker, a tragic AFL Demons member, and an out-of-practice skier and mountain bike rider.