Current Board Members

Professor Brendan Crotty is current Chair of the GGT UDRH Board and Deakin University Faculty Dean representative.

Professor Crotty was appointed Foundation Head of the Deakin School of Medicine in October 2006 and is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) at Deakin University. Professor Crotty has extensive experience in postgraduate medical education. He is a member of the Board of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, and has recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils. As leader of one of Australia's premier multidisciplinary health faculties, he is committed to delivery of integrated health courses and collaborative research programs that address the challenges facing the Australian healthcare system.

Current Board members include

Dr Peter Chapman
South Australian Department of Health representative

Dr Chapman is the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Country Health South Australia Local Health Network. The CHSALHN is part of SA Health and oversees the rural public health system in South Australia. The CHSALHN works with the Country Health SA Local Health Network Health Advisory Council and the 39 country Health Advisory Councils to provide industry leadership and administer the rural public health system in South Australia.

Clinical Associate Professor Tim Baker
Clinical Health Professional representative

Clinical Associate Professor Tim Baker is a specialist emergency physician and Director of Deakin University's Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine. He works clinically at Southwest Healthcare, Portland District Health and Western District Health Service, where he also teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students. Tim participates in several committees at the Department of Health Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.

Ms Karen Glover
Indigenous Health representative

Ms Glover is the Chief Executive Officer of Pangula Mannamurna Inc, Mount Gambier. The name ‘Pangula Mannamurna’ reflects the native Buandik language of the region. Pangula means ‘Medicine Man’ and Mannamurna means ‘Joining in Hands’. Pangula Mannamurna Inc is an Aboriginal community-controlled health service committed to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the lower South East region of South Australia.

Ms Britt Haller
Deakin University student representative

Britt Haller is a third year medical student at Deakin University. Britt grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, but moved to Melbourne to study Biomedical Science at Monash University. After completing her undergraduate studies Britt travelled overseas to pursue interests in global health, before being accepted into Deakin Medical School. Britt chose to complete her clinical years in Warrnambool to gain a greater understanding of the challenges of rural health and hopes to continue to incorporate public health into her medical education and career in the future.

Mr Bruce Anson

Mr Anson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Warrnambool City Council. He has a local government career spanning 40 years, with 34 years at senior management. Bruce commenced in local government in the City of Portland before moving to CEO Shire of Euroa and then Director, Corporate Services in the Warrnambool City Council before taking the position of CEO in 2008. He has many professional affiliations including Chairman, Barwon South West Regional Development Australia Committee, Member of Regional Management Forum Barwon South West, Member of Deakin University Leadership Group, Fellow of Local Government Professionals, Member Regional Policy Advisory Committee and Member of South West Sustainability Partnership.

Ms Maree Roberts
Victorian Department of Health representative

Ms Roberts is the Director, Health and Aged Care, Barwon South Western Region, Department of Health. The Barwon South Western region covers south western Victoria and is bounded by Lara to the east and the border of South Australia to the west. It is geographically diverse including the larger regional centres of Geelong and Warrnambool as well as coastal and inland towns and rural communities.

Professor Michael Kidd AM, MBBS (Melb), MD (Monash), DCCH (Flinders), DipRACOG, FRACGP, FACHI, FAFPM (Hon), FHKCFP (Hon), FRNZCGP (Hon),
Flinders University Faculty Dean representative

Professor Kidd is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia. He also works as a general practitioner with a special interest in the care of people with HIV. Professor Kidd is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He is an Honorary Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Poche Centre in Indigenous Health. He is the Chair of the Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections and an an elected board member and the treasurer of the World Organization of Family Doctors. He is also the chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia and is a member of the board of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, the Arts and Health Foundation, Flinders Reproductive Medicine, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation and Improvement Foundation Australia.

Ms Jessica Pollard
Flinders University student representative

Jessica Pollard is a third year medical student at Flinders University. Jessica grew up in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (NZ) and studied undergraduate Science, majoring in Neuroscience, at Otago University in Dunedin. Jessica applied for Medicine in Australia due to the lack of post-graduate medical programs in NZ. She has a keen interest in public health and is drawn to living and practicing in rural areas.

Professor Peter Harvey
Director, GGT UDRH

Professor Peter Harvey has led a number of research projects, including the rural component of the South Australian Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Coordinated Care Trial, and the Sharing Health Care SA chronic disease self management demonstration project run through the University of South Australia and the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School. Between 2003 and 2008, he was a chief investigator with the first NHMRC funded Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia; a collaborative project established by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and Flinders University. Before being appointed as Director GGT UDRH, Professor Harvey was the Director of the Flinders Centre for Gambling Research, and Manager of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service.