Rural Health West works hard behind the scenes to ensure people living in country communities have good access to healthcare.

Rural Health West’s day to day activities are managed by a small team, each of whom have strong and extensive backgrounds in the local health sector.

Members of the Executive Management team are available to speak to media or groups on a range of matters including:

  • Strategic direction of Rural Health West
  • Rural and remote medical training pathways
  • Upskilling the rural health workforce
  • Innovative workforce models for rural health
  • Impact and effectiveness on rural medical incentive programs
  • The delivery of outreach medical and health services in rural Western Australia

If you would like to speak to a member of the Executive Management team, please contact the Communications and Marketing Manager.

Rural Health West - SHACKLETON Tim
Tim Shackleton
Chief Executive Officer

Tim has extensive experience in the rural and regional health sector in Western Australia, previously working for rural health counterparts, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the WA Country Health Service.

His current focus for Rural Health West is developing stronger links with partner organisations in the rural health sector and securing long-term funding for the company’s recruitment, retention and outreach initiatives. 

Tim is experienced in strategy development, health service planning, stakeholder engagement and project management. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement) and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Services Administration. 

Rural Health West - PORTER Kelli
Kelli Porter
General Manager Workforce

Kelli’s portfolio covers Rural Health West’s recruitment, future workforce, continuing professional development, and workforce services programs. These program areas have an overarching goal to build the current and future medical workforce, promote rural practice, support practitioners already working in rural areas through ongoing upskilling and development, and providing guidance and advice to ensure rural general practices are viable and sustainable.

Kelli has an extensive knowledge of Australian health issues and reform, with experience spanning the not-for-profit, government and private health sectors, with particular expertise in rural and remote medical training pathways, and rural health services and workforce needs.

Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Rural Health West - DUGGIN Viv
Vivienne Duggin
General Manager Regional Services

Vivienne is primarily responsible for guiding Rural Health West’s outreach programs, which deliver valuable medical and health services in rural and remote communities across Western Australia on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health. These programs bring specialist and primary health care to more than 130 rural communities. 

Vivienne also oversees Rural Health West’s data management activities, including our annual surveys and reports that show the status of the rural medical workforce.

Vivienne has extensive senior management experience in the medical sector, having established the first rural Division of General Practice for Western Australia in Kalgoorlie.

She holds a Masters degree in Health Services Management, and has also attended an intensive study camp at Harvard University.

Rural Health West - SMITH Paul
Paul Smith
Chief Operating Officer

Paul oversees the strong financial management and governance of Rural Health West, ensuring the organisation maximises the value it provides to rural health professionals and communities. He is passionate about working in the non-profit sector, providing strategic and financial leadership to a range of not-for-profit organisations over the past 13 years. 

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems. He is currently undertaking the CHIA Certification for Health Management Professional and was previously awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship where he travelled to research non-profit organisations in Norway, United Kingdom and the United States of America.