The Council is thrilled to announce that at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s (WCPT’s) general meeting in Geneva last week, our Director, Melissa Locke, was voted in as Vice President for a four year period until May 2023.
Melissa has dedicated her professional life to physiotherapy and good corporate governance. She is a former Chair and past President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Board; a past Board Director, Treasurer and inaugural Chair of the Finance Committee of the WCPT. Melissa is also a passionate educator to undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students, as well as clinical physiotherapists.
Her contributions to the physiotherapy profession through her clinical, academic and governance experience have been acknowledged via the APA’s Queensland Branch President’s Award (2010) and she is the recipient of an APA Lifetime (Honoured) Membership in 2017.
She is a current independent Board Director of the GRT Foundation, a charity which supports the needs of children, young people and their families in the community and is also an independent Board Director of Sports Taekwondo Queensland.
Melissa’s appointment was celebrated by her Council colleagues who were in attendance at the general meeting including the Council’s Chair, Associate Professor Shane Patman, Board Director Darren Rivett as well as Council CEO, Anton Barnett-Harris.
Anton on Melissa’s Appointment…
“Melissa’s contribution to the physiotherapy profession, coupled with her significant policy and governance background, make her the ideal incoming Vice President of the WCPT. Her reputation as one of Australia’s finest Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapists as well as her extensive experience as a clinical educator will be a source of ongoing inspiration to the Council. In this new role, we look forward to Melissa’s continued global leadership in stewarding the profession through a period of unprecedented innovation, growth and opportunity.”