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 the Associate Dean within the School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia, and coordinates the cardiorespiratory stream. Beyond Notre Dame Shane has been actively engaged with the physiotherapy profession serving as Vice‐President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the inaugural President of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists (2011-19). 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. He served on the Council’s Accreditation Standing Committee for nine years (Vice-Chair 2013 -15) and assisted in drafting the Council’s current Constitution (2014). 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). Shane was on the Conference Planning Committee for WCPT Geneva 2019 and is the Chair of this committee for WCPT Dubai 2021.


Claudia Bels

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

Director and Chair Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Sydney)

Claudia Bels is an independent director with extensive legal, governance, risk management, compliance and financial expertise. She has over 25 years’ experience across the government, member services and international banking and finance sectors. She is currently a non-executive director of Australian Settlements Limited, Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (Techcollect) and CBHS Corporate Health Pty Ltd. She also chairs a number of committees for these companies as well as audit and risk committees for two public sector entities.



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 three 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 the current Vice President and Chair of the Finance Committee of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy; a previous Chair and President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Board and a passionate educator to undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students, as well as clinical physiotherapists.

Melissa was the first physiotherapist in Australia to receive Clinical Specialisation in Paediatrics (Fellow of the Australian College of 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 Chair of Sports Taekwondo Queensland.

Darren A. Rivett

PhD, MAppSc (ManipPhty),  GradDipManipTher, BAppSc (Phty), MAICD

 Director (Newcastle)

Darren Rivett is the Professor of Physiotherapy at The University of Newcastle in NSW. Between 2008 and 2016, he held the position of Head of the School of Health Sciences, which involved managing many allied health professional teaching and research programs, including in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry.

Darren led the development and implementation of the new Discipline of Physiotherapy and the inaugural physiotherapy program at The University of Newcastle from 2001 to 2007. Prior to this, Darren was the principal of two private practices on the north shore of Sydney. He has also lectured and clinically tutored at entry and post-professional levels at both the University of Sydney and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Subsequent to serving as National Chair of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA, a national group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)) between 2007 and 2011, Darren was awarded Honoured Membership of MPA in 2015 in recognition of his contribution. Darren has been on the APA Board of Directors since 2013, and is presently National Vice President and Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He is also currently President of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW.

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