Health Leaders Australia Ltd (HLA) is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. It is governed by a board of highly regarded directors.
HLA has been contracted by the Queensland Government to support the Medical Board of Australia under the accreditation standards of the Australian Medical Council, for service as the prevocational medical accreditation authority for the State of Queensland. HLA has registered ‘Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation’ as a business portfolio to provide these prevocational medical accreditation services for the State of Queensland.
Our prevocational medical accreditation process is governed by an Accreditation Committee supported by an Education Committee, and by QPMA and other HLA personnel. QPMA education and training programs are guided by an Education Committee. Both Committees are made up of a cross-section of relevant medical and education professionals with expertise for the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of these committees.
QPMA will establish and support a Junior Medical Officer (JMO) Forum; a Directors of Clinical Training & Medical Education Officers (DCT&MEO) Forum; a Workforce Managers Forum, and will provide support and training services for these groups and for accreditation surveyors.
Board of Directors
Dr Nicki Murdock (HLA Board Chair)
Dr Nicki Murdock, (FRACP, FRACMA, FRACGP, FAICD, EMBA) is Chair of the HLA Board of Directors.
She has specialist qualifications in general practice, paediatrics and medical administration. She is the Executive Director of Gladstone Hospital and President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Nicki has been a Director of not-for-profit companies in Australia for over ten years including service as Chair of the Capricornia Division of General Practice in 2008. For six years Nicki was a Board Director of CSQTC and served a stint as Company Secretary.
Nicki is on the Board of the RACP and chairs the Board Risk Management Committee and the Board International Strategy working group. Nicki has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2011.
Corporate governance in health care organisations is a particular interest of Nicki’s and she has been part of senior leadership teams in the Royal Children’s Hospital and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, concentrating on Quality and Risk Management.
Nicki is currently on the Accreditation Committee for the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland (PMCQ) and is a member of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Paediatric Indicator Group. Nicki is part of the Executive Committee associated with the design of the Supporting Physicians’ Professionalism and Performance (SPPP) program- a framework for professional standards which is being considered as part of a Revalidation Framework for paediatricians and physicians.
Dr Jim Finn
Dr James (Jim) Finn (Dip.Teaching, B.Ed , B.Medicine /B.Surgery, FRACGP, and FACRRM) is extensively involved in medical education and training. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of GPTQ (formerly CSQTC), the largest general practice training consortium in Queensland and, as an Addiction Medicine Specialist, is a regular presenter on topics related to alcohol and drug dependency.
Dr Finn is a Senior Medical Officer with the Melaleuca Clinic at the Prince Charles Hospital in Queensland Health’s Metro North Hospital and Health Service and has served as PHO/registrar and Acting Medical Superintendent at Roma District Hospital and Medical Superintendent for Dirranbandi Multipurpose Health Service, which also incorporated Hebel and Bollon.
He is a recognised specialist in general practice and rural and remote medicine and served as president of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland from 2008 to 2009 and Vice President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia in 2009 to 2010. He is also a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Clinician’s Performance Support Service of Queensland Health and an elected representative to the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation of Queensland.
Assoc. Prof. Michael Greco
Michael Greco is Director of Client-Focused Evaluations Program (CFEP), which has offices in Australia and the United Kingdom, Chief Executive of Patient Opinion Australia, and recently served seven years in the UK as Director of Patient Experience for the National NHS Primary Care Team.
In Australia, CFEP works closely with Regional Training Providers of General Practice Registrars, the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development Program, and the peak body in the accreditation of Australian general practices. In the United Kingdom, CFEP is a lead provider of patient surveys in the British General Practice contract, and is working closely with the General Medical Council on its revalidation instruments and the Health Foundation in the training of clinicians in patient self-care skills.
He holds honorary Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow posts with the School of Medicine Griffith University, Australia and the Peninsula Medical School, United Kingdom. His academic background focused on healthcare, evaluation and clinical pastoral education, and includes a PhD in medical education and a Bachelor of Theology.
Michael is a Director of the Health Leaders Australia Board, and Chair for the General Practice Training Queensland (formerly known as CSQTC) Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Training Advisory Committee. He is also a Director of the Check-Up (formally known as General Practice Queensland) Board, and is a former Director of the ACCORAS Board (formerly known as the Brisbane South Division of General Practice) and of the Central and Southern Qld Training Consortium Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Harrison, CEO
Mr Peter Harrison (B.A., B.Bus., Grad. Dip.Ed.) has executive level leadership experience in a variety of education, training and business settings.
For 14 years he has served as CEO of the largest GP regional training provider in Australia, General Practice Training Queensland (GPTQ), formerly known as Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium (CSQTC) and as the second CEO of General Practice Education and Training (GPET),and he has served as CEO of HLA since its inception in 2012.
He has also held positions as: state-wide Regional Health Information Officer for Queensland Divisions of General Practice; Principal of Toowong College ; Head of Study Program (Business and Commerce ) of the Queensland Department of Employment, Vocational Education and Training; and served 10 years in senior leadership and management roles of several Queensland TAFE Colleges, including serviceas Officer-in-Charge, Head of School or Senior Technical Teacher involving 5 TAFE colleges. Peter has spent three years as a TAFE teacher training senior teacher, and 15 years as a business studies teacher in the TAFE and secondary schooling sectors.