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 (Curtin); BAppSc(Physio)(Sydney); MSc (Curtin); Grad Cert Uni Teaching (Notre Dame Australia); Grad Cert NFP Leadership & Management (Notre Dame Australia) FACP; GAICD
Shane Patman brings a wealth of experience to the Council’s Board of Directors from his long-standing clinical practice and academic teaching roles in Western Australia, with a speciality in cardiorespiratory.
Over the course of his esteemed and extensive physiotherapy career, Shane has contributed to key organisations within the Australian profession. These include Vice President of the Australian Physiotherapy Profession (APA), Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Council Board, and as a member of the Physiotherapists’ Registration Board of Western Australia.
Internationally, Shane has travelled to numerous countries around the globe, as an invited presenter, sharing best practices and helping to raise the knowledge and competencies of local students and practitioners.
He has made significant contributions to international physiotherapy bodies such as being the inaugural President of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists, a member of the Congress Programme Committee (CPC) for the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Geneva 2019 Congress, and Chair of the World Physiotherapy CPC for the 2021 event.
Since 2007, Shane has been involved in the Council’s accreditation work, including a term as deputy Chair of the Accreditation Committee, recognising its importance in ensuring the high standards that the Australian physiotherapy profession is renowned for.
Shane is committed to advancing the international physiotherapy profession and supporting and mentoring physiotherapists, as the profession continues to play a vital role in the global health care systems.
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 post graduate students and Board member.
Currently Lucy is 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.
MBA, BPhty, GAICD
Kathy Grudzinskas has worked as a physiotherapist and senior executive in hospital and community settings in South Australia and Queensland. She previously worked as Director of Physiotherapy and Executive Director of Clinical Support Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and concluded continuous employment of 24 years with Metro South Health in Brisbane in July 2020.
Kathy has a strong interest in leadership and governance, holds an MBA qualification, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She has held numerous roles for key organisations within the Australian physiotherapy profession, and has served on the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, the Australian Physiotherapy Association Board and as a practitioner member of the Physiotherapy Board of Queensland. While with the Council, Kathy has been a member of accreditation panels, and currently chairs the Assessment Committee.
Kathy’s motivations in becoming a physiotherapist were, to join a helping profession, to work as a member of a clinical team in care centred on the patient, and to strive for excellence in professionalism and patient outcomes.
As a people manager and influential leader in the physiotherapy profession, she has loved having the opportunity to mentor leaders as they develop their careers, and intends to continue this into the future, as well as volunteering within the profession.
Having stepped back from full time work in 2020, Kathy is looking forward to spending active quality time with family and friends, volunteering with pet rescue organisations and service groups, as well as learning new skills.
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.
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).
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.