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Our Team

The work of Adelaide PHN is achieved with the support of a dedicated staff team and Board. 

The Adelaide PHN Board is a skills-based Board comprised of three Member elected Directors and up to six Board appointed Directors, each Director serves a three-year term via a staggered, rotational system.

Our Board

Mr Tom Symonds

Chair - Board Appointed Chair/Second Member Elected Board Director

Currently Project Manager, Lot Fourteen Innovation District Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA Government. Tom has been an Adelaide Primary Health Network (Adelaide PHN) Board Director since 2016 and prior to that was an inaugural member of the Adelaide PHN’s Central Community Advisory Council. Worked in health services management in the UK and South Australia for 20+ years. Extensive experience and knowledge of the complexities and challenges of delivering today’s healthcare. Strong interest in innovative service development such as maximising the benefits of digital health. Passionate about strong public involvement in the planning and delivery of health services, as an integral part of good clinical governance to ensure the highest quality care possible. Other leadership roles include responsibilities for supporting the delivery of high quality health and medical teaching and research programs within the University sector. With a passion and keen interest in health workforce development and regulation, serves as a Community Member of the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia, the South Australian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Australian Medical Council. Currently working in technology innovation district business development.

Mr Rick Albertini

Finance Chair – Managing Partner at Brentnalls SA Chartered Accountants & Advisors

Extensive and sound Financial Accounting, Strategic and Business Management Experience. Previous Board Member of Northern Adelaide Medicare Local (NAML) and has strong links and associations with the Health Sector on many levels. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants; Member of the Institute of Company Directors; extensive Board experience.       

Ms Fiona Raschella

Qualified Solicitor (Third Member Elected Board Director)

Qualified Solicitor with 13 years' experience in the private legal sector in the health, employment and insurance law arenas Most recently, worked as a self-employed Solicitor and part time as TalentCode HR Senior Employment Relations Advisor. Previous corporate governance experience and financial account management through Basketball SA Finance Sub Committee. Member of the Law Society of Australia and previous member of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) Consumer and Community Reference Group, TQEH Redevelopment Groups, and former consumer rep on the CALHN Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC). Current Consumer rep on a number of CALHN Priority Care Committees and TQEH Redevelopment Leadership Committee. Previous APHN Disability Health Priority Group (HPG) member, establishing member of the Central Adelaide Community Advisory Council (CACAC) and CACAC Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative.

Mr Scott Williams

Chief Executive Officer, Police Health Group

CEO at Police Health Group, operating both the Police Health private health fund. Actively involved in representing the business in industry forums, public events and interactions with critical strategic partners. Previous role as CEO of over 4 years at the North Eastern Community Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital acute care and aged care organisation. Has worked for 30 years in health in both community and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom holding a variety of senior executive roles including at the tertiary provider of health services for children, young people and women in South Australia. Successfully led and delivered several large scale capital and service redesign projects through cultural reform.

Dr Melanie Smith

General Practitioner, Southern Adelaide

Associate contractor GP at Chandlers Hill Surgery, with a particular interest in palliative care, paediatrics, mental health, diagnostic reasoning and evidence-based practice. Extensive experience in the GP training sector both as a participant and as an advocate. Previous Board Member and President of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), a not-for-profit member-based advocacy organisation. Previous Public Health Program Manager in Seattle, USA. GP Liaison at Department of Health and Wellbeing involved in COVID response and Community and Primary Care Partnerships. Certified Health Information Australasia qualification, incorporating the key elements of IT strategy/governance and change management in health care settings. Former software engineer who successfully transitioned into medicine.

Dr Lane Hinchcliffe

General Practitioner in Glenelg (casual Board Director)

Graduated from Medicine at the University of Adelaide, becoming a Paediatric registrar and developing a strong interest in adolescent health. His career change to a GP led to work in both city and regional communities, including Elcho Island, a remote community in the Northern Territory. Opened his own Family Medical practice, ‘The Health Hub,’ in 2014 offering accessible healthcare with a holistic focus. Has established outreach clinics at the Aboriginal Family Clinic in Noarlunga and a local retirement village. Also runs offsite clinics at local schools along with a support group for teenagers.

Dr Michaela Baulderstone

General Practitioner Oakden Medical Centre (Casual Board Director)

Special interest in mental health, developmental disability, child health and medical education. Has undertaken targeted training in child development and behaviour and parenting counselling. Provides special clinics at Oakden for child emotional and behavioural concerns, paediatric sleep and continence issues, and developmental disability. Also provides a psychological medicine service and is an FPS Provider (Interpersonal Therapy). Has worked with Emerging Minds developing RACGP accredited training modules in child mental health since 2018.

Ms Michelle McKay

Secretary - CEO, Adelaide PHN

Clinical background in emergency nursing, for over 20 years. Has held a range of executive roles in the health sector across Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA) and the Northern Territory (NT), in both public and not-for-profit sectors and in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Most recently was Chief Operating Officer of the Top End Health Service within NT Health. Previously held executive roles in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK, Uniting Care QLD and Executive Director of Planning and Performance at SA Health, in addition to roles at QLD Health.  

Our Executive Management Team

Meet the rest of the team; download our organisation chart

  • Chief Executive Officer 
    Michelle McKay
  • Executive Assistant
    Andrea Powley
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Executive Manager Strategy & Engagement 
    Sarah Murray
  • Executive Manager Mental Health & AOD 
    Tamira Pascoe
  • Executive Manager Integration 
    Wendy Dolejs 
  • Executive Manager Commissioning & Compliance 
    Malcolm Ellis
  • Executive Manager Corporate Services
    Debbi Edwards
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