The Board of Directors is dedicated to supporting the work that Rural Health West undertakes to improve health outcomes across Western Australia.
Rural Health West is governed by a nine member Board, made up of elected and appointed Directors. Members of the Board have a wide range of experience in the health sector, politics, Government relations, agriculture, tertiary education and financial services.
Hon. Terry 'Tuck' Waldron
Raised in the agricultural town of Jingalup, Tuck is a former Nationals WA Minister, representing the electorate of Wagin from 2001 until his retirement in 2017.
Tuck was an avid footballer and cricketer, playing in both the Western Australian National Football League, and the South Australian National Football League. He worked in real estate and as the general manager of the West Australian Country Football League prior to entering politics.
He is currently Chair of Western Australian Cricket Association, Regional Development Australian - Wheatbelt, and the Central East Aged Care Alliance.
Mrs Liane Papaelias
B.Bus, FCPA, GAICD
Liane is a qualified accountant, a Fellow of CPA Australia and has many years of experience in senior executive roles and as a non-executive company director in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently the CFO at Wanslea Family Services and non-executive director for four not-for-profit organisations in health and education, including Rural Health Workforce Australia and Rural Health West.
Previous appointments in Senior Executive roles include twelve years as CFO at the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations), Management Accountant at Murdoch University and Director of Finance and Administration at Perth College.
Liane first worked in Government and as a consultant with two of the large Chartered Accounting firms, before taking on her first management role in the not-for-profit sector where she has now gained over 25 years of rich and rewarding experience.
Dr Andrew Kirke
MBBS, FACRRM, FRACGP, DRANNZCOG, DTMH
Andrew is the Head of Division of The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia. Andrew has a background as a procedural GP with an interest in obstetrics. He holds a Diploma in Obstetrics from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Andrew is president of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Western Australia and on the Board of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia. He is also involved in several research projects in rural health.
Ms Cathy Bolt
Cathy’s background is in media, communications and stakeholder engagement, holding senior corporate affairs roles at two of Western Australia’s largest companies, CBH Group and more recently Wesfarmers Limited, where she is currently Media and External Affairs Manager. These roles have included responsibility for the provision of strategic communications advice, issues management, media relations, industry relations and community engagement activities.
Prior to that, the majority of Cathy’s career has been in journalism, including 14 years with the Australian Financial Review in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and four years at The West Australian as a senior business writer. She began her journalism career as a cadet on rural weekly Western Farmer & Grazier after completing an Associate Diploma in Farm Management at Muresk Agricultural College in Northam.
Adjunct Associate Professor Karen Bradley
RN B (Nursing) ML MACN FACHSM GAICD
Karen is a Registered Nurse and the Health Operations Lead, State Health Incident Coordination Centre at the Department of Health, with 30 years experience in both public and private health sectors in Western Australia. Her previous appointments include Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Area Director Nursing and Midwifery - South Metropolitan Health Service, A/Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery - WA Country Health Service and Executive Director Clinical Leadership and Reform, WA Department of Health.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Leadership (Social Justice) from The University of Notre Dame Australia. Karen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Branch Councillor with the WA Chapter, a member of the Australian College of Nursing and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Sally Edmonds
MBBS, FRACGP, DA, DRCOGSally works for Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Western Operations, currently working in Broome, with a 20 year association with RFDS working in various roles. She has previously spent time working as a rural doctor in Port Hedland and Broome, and has gained a deep understanding of the clinical and logistic challenges faced by health services throughout rural and remote WA, through her own experiences, as well as through regular contact with a far-reaching network of colleagues across the state.
Sally has participated in several committees representing RFDS and private general practice. These include WA State Trauma Committee, Aeromedical Society of Australasia, Kimberley Division of General Practice, WA Divisions of General Practice, and Pilbara Aboriginal Health Planning Forum.
Cr Liz Guidera
Liz has long been a champion of rural communities. She has served on the Shire of Katanning council for 14 years, becoming Shire President in 2015.
Liz was also an inaugural reference group member and former Chair of the Rural Remote and Regional Women’s Network of WA (RRR Network).
Mr David Rigby
BExSc MPhtyAs Owner and Principal Physiotherapist of Pilbara Physiotherapy, David Rigby oversees one of the most successful privately-owned allied health service providers in the greater Pilbara region.
After completing his Masters of Physiotherapy, David promptly returned to Bunbury to complete his graduate period. Thereafter in 2014, David relocated to Wickham to establish a private physiotherapy practice of which he was the sole employee.
Under David’s leadership, Pilbara Physiotherapy has become a multidisciplinary business servicing many areas of the Pilbara through funded programs focusing on prevention and self-management of chronic diseases, indigenous health, NDIS services and Occupational Therapy services across the lifespan in addition to private services encompassing pain and disease management.
David also represents the allied health division on the Pilbara Chronic Conditions Operations Group (PCCOG) working group.
Dr Stephanie Trust
Stephanie is a Kidja woman, born and raised in the East Kimberley. She initially trained as an enrolled nurse, before converting this to an Aboriginal Health Worker qualification and working in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions for around 12 years. In 2000, Stephanie travelled to Perth to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
Stephanie is a Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is a Board member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation. She is a Cultural Mentor and Advisor for Western Australian General Practice Education and Training Ltd, and was formerly the Medical Director at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council in Broome.