Board of Directors


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. Such definitions as exist in the Board Charter are to be followed in the conduct of the operations and business of the Council.

Shane Patman

PhD (Curtin); BAppSc(Physio)(Sydney); MSc (Curtin); Grad Cert Uni Teaching (Notre Dame Australia); Grad Cert NFP Leadership & Management (Notre Dame Australia) FACP; GAICD]

Chair, Director (Perth)

Shane Patman is an Associate Professor within the School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia, coordinating the cardiorespiratory stream. Beyond Notre Dame Shane is actively engaged with the physiotherapy profession. In 2016 he completed a second term as Vice‐President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Since 2007 he has been involved with regulation, registration and accreditation via the Physiotherapists’ Registration Board of Western Australia, the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Council. His contributions to the physiotherapy profession through his clinical, regulatory and academic experience have been acknowledged via the Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Branch President’s Award (2013).  Additionally since 2011 he has been the inaugural President of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists. He served on the Australian Physiotherapy Council’s Accreditation Standing Committee for nine years (Vice-Chair 2013 -15), and assisted in drafting the Council’s current Constitution (2014).


Claudia Bels

BEc/LLB (Hons), Grad Cert BA (Exec), GAICD

Director and Chair Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Sydney)

Claudia Bels is a director with extensive legal, corporate governance, risk management, compliance and financial expertise. She has over 25 years’ experience across the government, member services and international banking and finance sectors. Claudia previously held the role of General Counsel & Board Secretary for Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and General Counsel (and Chief Risk Officer) for the Law Society of New South Wales. She is currently an Independent Director of Australian Settlements Limited and Australia & New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited and chair or member of a number of Audit & Risk Committees.



B.A. (Politics/Philosophy), B.Ec, Grad.Dip.Bus, MBA, GAICD, FGIA, BJ

Director (Melbourne)

Roger is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having been Chair of and a Director of numerous private, public and NFP organisations. He has a strong background in governance, risk management, financial management and strategic planning. He has also held CEO and General Management positions in the health, human services and education sectors. Roger brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development.

Roger currently sits on the Board of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (as well as on the Finance, Risk and Audit sub-committee and as Chair of the Community Advisory Committee) and the Merit Protection Board.
Roger’s board experience includes:

  • Director of Annecto and member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • Deputy Chair of the Southern Metropolitan Region Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Regional Council
  • Chair of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Community Recovery Committee
  • Director of Arts Access Victoria and member of the Finance Committee
  • Director of Headway Gippsland
  • Chair of ANZEC
  • Member of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Australian College of Optometry – Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Latrobe Valley Tourism Advisory Board


PhD, M App Sc, GAICD

Director and Chair Accreditation Committee (Canberra)

Lucy Chipchase is a Professor and an Associate Dean (Clinical) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Lucy has extensive experience leading and designing entry level physiotherapy programs. Her research has evaluated teaching and learning innovations in entry-level and post professional physiotherapy education. In the learning and teaching space, she has conducted innovative research in the areas of graduate preparedness, curriculum design, inter-professional education and clinical education. In addition, she has a strong focus on culturally responsive practice and cultural diversity in health and health education. She has held a prestigious UQ Teaching Fellowship and a U21 Teaching and Learning Fellowship.



Director and Chair Assessment Committee (Brisbane)

Kathy Grudzinskas has been continuously employed as a physiotherapist in hospital and community settings in South Australia and Queensland since 1981. She is currently the Executive Director of Clinical Support Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Kathy has a strong interest in governance and has served as a practitioner member of the Physiotherapy Board of Queensland, Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.


B.Phty (University of Queensland); FACP (Paediatrics); MAICD

Director (Brisbane)

Melissa is Managing Director and co-owner of Movement Solutions Physiotherapy which operates from four locations in South East Queensland and provides physiotherapy services to children, teens and young adults of all abilities. The practice actively participates in clinical education of Australian and overseas trained physiotherapy students.

Melissa has a strong interest in physiotherapy and a passion for good corporate governance. She is a previous Chair and past President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Board; a former Board Director, Treasurer and inaugural Chair of the Finance Committee of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and 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 Australian Physiotherapy Association Queensland Branch President’s Award (2010) and the receipt of an Australian Physiotherapy Association 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.


BSc (Hons), BPhty, MPhty (Rural & Remote Health), Grad. Dip PSEM, GAICD

Director and Chair Audit & Risk Committee (Adelaide)

Pat Maher has worked as a health clinician in acute and sub-acute care across metropolitan and rural settings. He also has senior policy, service purchasing and management experience in acute care, rehabilitation, community health and community services across federal, state and territory governments. He has led national health workforce reform programs in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, rural health and expanded scope of practice. He has held senior roles in Ministerial appointed bodies as well as in professional and accreditation bodies including as Chairperson of the NT Physiotherapy Registration Board. He was the National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) (2009-2010) and served on the APA Board from 2006-to 2011. Pat is currently Deputy Director, Engagement and Grants, SA Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.


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