Our Board

Primary Health Tasmania is governed by a skills-based Board of up to nine directors, six of which are elected by our members and three of which are appointed by the Board to address any skills gaps or strategic skill requirements.

The Primary Health Tasmania Board provides leadership and corporate governance oversight for the organisation.

Our Board committees

The Board delegates to and seeks advice from an advisory structure including:

  • Clinical Advisory Council
  • Community Advisory Council
  • Audit and Risk Advisory Committee
  • Finance Advisory Committee
  • Governance Advisory Committee.

Our Board directors

Mr Graeme Lynch AM, Chair

LLB (Hons), BCom, FCPA, GradDip Leg St, FAICD, PIA (Hon Fellow)
Director since 2012, appointed third term to 2023

Graeme has a background in business with professional legal, accountancy, company director and commerce experience as well as interest in Tasmania’s economic development and tourism. He is the chair of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council, Chair of The Hobart Clinic, President of the Tasmanian Governing Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as a member of a number of health-related networks and expert advisory groups. He is committed to influencing social and health policy that promotes healthy lifestyles, addresses the social determinants of health, and minimises chronic disease risk factors such as smoking, lack of physical activity and overweight and obesity.

Mr Scott Adams

Director since 2021, elected first term to 2024

Scott has over 20 years of management experience in a range of corporate services including finance, human resources, risk management, ICT, project delivery and asset management. This includes senior roles with Aurora Energy, the Tasmanian Health Service and now in the education and training sector. Scott brings extensive skills in managing relationships with both state and federal governments, as both a recipient of funding and a service provider, as well as a broad range of community stakeholders. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Scott’s governance roles include Chairman, Treasurer and Director across five not-for-profit organisations in diverse areas including child care, micro-credit schemes and cancer support services. With an interest in improving the patient experience of health, Scott held a non-executive director role with the newly formed Health Consumers Tasmania in order to continue to contribute to positive health outcomes. As part of his work he travels the state extensively and is aware of the different challenges facing our regions, particularly regarding access to services. He is a passionate believer in patient-centred care and ensuring all areas of our health system, both primary and acute sectors, are working collaboratively to benefit the community.

Ms Melissa Hughes

BPharm, MMedSci(ClinEpid), GAICD
Director since 2021, elected first term to 2024

Melissa is a highly motivated and experienced director with a strong person-centred approach to governance. Melissa is active in the community sector, locally in the north and statewide, and has excellent skills in stakeholder engagement, from patient to political. Melissa’s broad primary healthcare experience in pharmacy, medical writing and editing, epidemiology and biostatistics, clinical trial design, systematic literature review, health service design and delivery, and health economics underpins her skills as a director in health care. Her current professional role at TasCOSS as Smoking Cessation Project Officer reflects Melissa’s passion for efficient and effective integrated services in the primary health sector to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. Melissa is currently Chairperson of Karinya Young Women’s Service and President of Triathlon Tasmania. Melissa’s best practice corporate governance is based on proven leadership, strategic thinking and communications, critical analysis, and agility with integrity. Helping people to achieve health and wellbeing is the tenet of her professional and director career.

Dr Ruth Kearon

Director since 2019, elected first term to 2022

Ruth graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1997 and has worked in a broad range of roles in health since that time. Starting in clinical practice as a GP and moving into roles involving health service design and delivery, health workforce planning, specialist medical leadership and clinical governance, Ruth brings a diverse experience to the board. Throughout Ruth’s career she has had a passion for primary health, recognising its importance in improving health outcomes and health experiences for the community. Through her various roles in the health system she has retained a passion for promoting primary care as a cornerstone for developing strong and sustainable health care systems. Ruth is currently working for the Tasmanian Department of Health as the Director for Health Workforce Planning. Previous roles include working as a project director in the Tasmanian Health Service, as a specialist advisor for Health Workforce Australia, an advisor to federal and state health ministers, and as a GP in Tasmania and rural Western Australia.

Dr David Knowles

Director since 2018, elected second term to 2024

David is a practising Hobart-based GP and medical educator who, having grown up in Tasmania’s north west, is passionate about the vital role primary healthcare plays in communities across the state. David has extensive experience in corporate governance within the health sector, having held Board roles at a Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), General Practice Training Tasmania, General Practice Education and Training and RACGP’s Oxygen Pty Ltd. His expertise was also sought out by the Tasmanian Government in 2015 when he was asked to join the inaugural Tasmanian Health Council as a medical representative in 2015. David champions collaboration between general practice and the wider primary healthcare system, and strongly believes in evidence-based decision making to secure the best possible outcomes for all.

Dr Ginita Oberoi

Director since 2022, appointed first term to 2024

Distinguished Prof Greg Peterson

Director since 2018, elected second term to 2024

Greg has worked in the primary healthcare sector for over 30 years, and continues to split his time between the University of Tasmania, where he is distinguished professor of pharmacy, and a suburban pharmacy he co-owns. He brings to the Board extensive management, governance, health systems improvement and entrepreneurial expertise. Over many years, he has taught within medical, nursing, paramedicine and pharmacy courses, along with clinical redesign and health service improvement. Greg has 600 papers published in refereed international and national journals, plus research funding of over $42M as Chief Investigator. Greg is Chair of the Cancer Council Tasmania and the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council. He is a member of the Australian Government committee responsible for deciding which medicines should be listed on the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Ms Allyson Warrington

Director since 2016, appointed second term to 2022

Allyson brings to the Board a diverse set of skills in primary health care as well as an extensive professional skill set in corporate governance, financial management, change management, strategy and policy development. She is CEO of Community Based Support, a not-for-profit Tasmanian based provider of aged care and disability services. Her previous roles have included CEO of General Practice Training Tasmania, General Manager Tasmania and Global Manager, Tertiary Development at CPA Australia, and General Manager City Heart Business Association. Allyson has been a Chair of the national network of nine General Practice Regional Training Organisations. She is a member of the Government’s 26TEN Coalition, the National Disability Services State Council and Aged and Community Services Australia State Council. Her former non-executive director roles include Director and President of Cancer Council Tasmania, Board Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, Director of the Tasmanian Polytechnic, President of the Australian Marketing Institute (Tas) and Public Relations Institute of Australia (Tas). She holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and International Business) and Company Directors Course Diploma.