Physiotherapy Board Members

Kim Gibson

Ms Kim Gibson

Chair and practitioner member from Western Australia

  • B.App. Sci. (Physio), MA Public Sector Leadership, GAICD, FACHSM

Kim has more than 35 years health industry experience spanning clinical practice, clinical education, clinical governance, health service management, governance and health reform.

A diverse work history has taken her from Perth to regional WA, Switzerland, Egypt and the UK practicing in a range of public, private, community and hospital settings.

She has held key leadership positions including Physiotherapy Head of Department and Director of Allied Health at Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial Hospitals, Deputy Chair, of the Governing Council of North Metropolitan Health Service and Chair of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia.

Kim is a member of the South Metropolitan Health Service Board where her focus is on safety and quality and culture and engagement.

She currently works as a consultant in the health, disability and social services sectors and is a tutor in physiotherapy leadership and management for Curtin University.

Appointed for her third term as the WA practitioner member, she has been involved in physiotherapy regulation since 2003, chairing the WA Board prior to commencement of the national scheme.

Sally Adamson

Sally Adamson

Appointed as a practitioner member from Northern Territory

  • B. App Sc (Ex & Sp Sc), B. Physio, MBA (eBusiness).

Sally is the Managing Director and Senior Clinician of a private physiotherapy clinic in the Northern Territory. She commenced her career as a physiotherapist 19 years ago in northern Queensland after completing Bachelor degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and Physiotherapy in Adelaide. Since this time Sally has worked across a wide range of sectors including Public and Private Hospitals, Community Health, Residential and Community Care and Private Practice in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Sally has resided in Darwin with her husband and two school aged children for 15 years. During this time she has worked predominantly in private physiotherapy practice and has played an important role in the development of physiotherapy services within the local community. Sally has been a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association since she graduated and has worked closely with colleagues and professional bodies during this time to improve access to professional development in the Top End.

Sally has a passion for quality in physiotherapy practice, ethics, governance and social responsibility. She demonstrates this commitment in her own practice through voluntarily completing and maintaining practice accreditation to the Australian Physiotherapy Associations 8th Standards, and implementing an online learning platform for clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure compliance with professional standards and professional development requirements. It is this passion that has driven Sally to undertake a Masters of Business Administration which she has recently completed and hopes to use to further influence the quality in healthcare landscape.

Janet Blake

Mrs Janet Blake

Appointed as a community member from Victoria

Jenny Blake is a farmer with over 35 years experience on Not-for-Profit and Government Boards. Serving in Local Government she completed four terms as Mayor. She is a strong advocate for people living with chronic illness and disability as well as those in rural and isolated communities. Jenny is an outreach worker with a Not for Profit organization.

David Cross

Mr David Cross

Appointed as a practitioner member from New South Wales

Although born and raised in Sydney David has worked in rural and remote towns in western NSW since his graduation 30 years ago. David also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy in Rural and Remote Studies through the University of South Australia in 1999.

David presently works as the sole physiotherapist in Gilgandra, a small rural community about 70km north of Dubbo. He is employed part time to treat public patients (acute, sub-acute and outpatients) and does a small amount of private work. David has a special passion for rural health, especially for small communities, and believes that the role of a physiotherapist can significantly help with improving the health of these communities. David has been member of the NSW Rural Health Executive for the Rural Health Network for the last six years and previously on the NSW Rural Health Taskforce representing Allied Health.

David also has a particular interest in undergraduate physiotherapy education and takes physiotherapy students from NSW, Queensland and ACT for most months of the year. He also gives lectures on rural health and rural physiotherapy to some undergraduate courses. David is also a casual teacher with TAFE teaching sections of the Certificate 4 in Allied Health Assistance. In 2013 David was presented with an Alumni award from the University of Sydney for his work in Clinical Education.

David has been involved in physiotherapy registration for over 25 years, both with the former NSW State Physiotherapy Board, the NSW Physiotherapy Council and also the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, initially being on the State Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and now on the his second term of being the NSW Practitioner member for the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. He has a particular interest in notification management.

Lyn Green

Mrs Lynette Green

Appointed as a community member from Queensland

  • B Ed, Dip T

Community Member of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia since August 2012. Member of the Physiotherapy Continuous Improvement Committee, Member of the cross boards’ Statutory Offences Working Group and Panels reference Group. Presented Community Perspectives in the Regulation of Physiotherapists at INPTRA (International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authority) Conference in 2017.

Educational professional with 31 years experience across a wide range of educational services.

  • Principal, Deputy Principal and Teaching.
  • Panel member for Education Queensland for Deputy Principal recruitment
  • Chair of panels for employment interviews for Graduate Teachers
  • Developed and delivered TAFE courses.
  • Experienced in rural and remote having delivered remote programs whilst living in Papua New Guinea.

Strong community links through networks.

  • Four year tenure of the Chair The Queensland Chapter of The Australian Primary Principals’ Association ( Cross-sectorial organisation including State, Catholic and Independent School Principals)
  • Six year tenure of the Brisbane North Deputy Principals’ Association
  • Current Secretary of a Body Coorporate Committee
  • Over time have been involved in numerous local community organisations – Parents and Citizens Associations and amateur sporting clubs
  • Current volunteer at local school.
Paula Harding

Paula Harding

Appointed as a practitioner member from Victoria

  • B. Physio., M. Manip., D.Clin. Physio.,
  • The Alfred, Melbourne.

Paula leads the musculoskeletal physiotherapy team at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Paula has over 25 years+ of experience working as a physiotherapist in both private and public settings. In 2000, she completed a post graduate Masters of Manipulative Physiotherapy at La Trobe University and a Doctorate of Clinical Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne in 2013. In recent years Paula has also taken on various project manager roles for state-wide and national projects aimed at implementing and evaluating advanced practice physiotherapy services into public hospitals. Paula currently works in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy services in the Emergency Department and Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinics. Her professional interest include exploring how optimising scope of practice of health professionals can improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.

Cherie Hearn

Ms Cherie Hearn

Appointed as a practitioner member from Queensland

  • Director, Physiotherapy Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital, a large tertiary teaching hospital in Brisbane.
  • Over 30 years’ experience as physiotherapist both in the Australia and the United Kingdom, predominantly in the public sector.
  • Extensive senior management experience with a master’s in health science (Health Management)
  • Long standing member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and have held key state and national roles within the association
  • Fellow Member of the Australasian College of Health Services Management
  • Have led National Workforce and Information Management Project.
  • Have special interest in Physiotherapy Management, Workforce and workforce development, Clinical Education, Information Management, Regulation and Accreditation.
Peter Kerr

Mr Peter Kerr AM

Appointed as a community member from New South Wales

'Peter Kerr has been a Community Member of PhysioBA since 2012.

He holds legal and financial qualifications and is an experienced non-executive director particularly in the charity and not for profit sector.

He represented Australia in the National Men's Water Polo team and went on to officiate and administer the sport.

He made the Judge's Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was recently appointed the Oceania Member of the newly formed Ethics Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

He is a board member of PAN-Tribal Asset Management and Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation Inc.
He is a Member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001.'

Shiela Lennon

Professor Sheila Lennon

Appointed as a practitioner member South Australia

Professor Sheila Lennon works privately as a physiotherapy consultant. As Foundation Chair of Physiotherapy at Flinders University, she holds full academic status and continues to supervise postgraduate research students. She qualified as a physiotherapist from McGill University (Canada) in 1979, and has worked internationally for almost 40 years on a full time basis in Canada, Switzerland, the UK and Australia. She has been involved in accreditation of both new and established physiotherapy degree courses and registration since 1992. She relocated to Adelaide in 2012 to develop the new Master of Physiotherapy degree at Flinders University, retiring from this role in December 2016. Under her leadership, physiotherapy programs have gained accreditation in the United Kingdom, America and Australia. Relevant previous appointments have included: Head of Physiotherapy at Flinders University, membership of the Council of Deans of Physiotherapy (Australia and New Zealand) contributing to accreditation and minimum threshold standards for physiotherapy practice, and Health Professions Council Visitor (UK) for the accreditation of allied health courses. Professor Lennon is an international expert in the field of neurological rehabilitation, a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK. She is the author/editor of over 190 public outputs including 60 peer reviewed papers, and two textbooks on neurological rehabilitation.

Noel McRoberts

Noel McRoberts

Noel graduated from Curtin University in WA and has extensive experience across both private practice and public sector health management. He has post-graduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy and Acupuncture.

For 25 years he owned and operated a number of private practice clinics across regional WA and in Perth, working predominantly in the Sports Physiotherapy arena with elite athletes and state and national teams.

He has worked at multiple national and international sporting events and has been to two Olympic Games as part of the Australian Medical team.

Previously a member of the Executive Committe of the WA Olympic Council; past President of WA Sports Physiotherapy and past President of Sports Medicine Association WA.

Noel moved to the south of WA, having ceased private practice and commenced working in the public sector managing Community Health and District Hospitals before moving to Tasmania in 2011.

He has held leadership positions as Regional Physiotherapy Manager NW Tasmania as well as Physiotherapy Head of Department Royal Hobart Hospital and Manager Physiotherapy Services Southern Tasmania.

Currently semi-retired working occasional hours clinically at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Libby Trickett

Ms Elizabeth Trickett

Appointed as a practitioner member from the ACT


  • BSc, Grad Dip Physio, BA LLB, Graduate Aust. Institute of Company Directors (AICD)


  • Experience in clinical practice, management of physiotherapy services and clinical governance - safety and quality management and governance
  • Experience as a lawyer providing advice to health services on the management of particular clinical issues, managing health complaints and medicolegal claims.
  • Currently a member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal mediating disputes and resolving occupational discipline cases.
  • Has a special interest in governance, ethics, culture and ensuring work systems and programs are cohesive and as simple/clear as possible.
  • Appointed for a second term, has been interested and involved in physiotherapy regulation since 2002.
Kate Waterford

Kate Waterford

Appointed as community member from the ACT

Kate Waterford is Special Counsel at a Canberra law firm. She has represented claimants in hundreds of Supreme Court cases, working with families coming to terms with injury and disability, as they access a range of health services. In pursuit of Kate's interest in human rights law, she is currently undertaking a PhD in constitutional and human rights law at the ANU School of Law. Kate also holds Master’s Degrees in Law (ANU) and Commerce (UNSW), and Bachelor’s Degrees in Arts and Laws (both from University of Sydney); and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Kate has also been a non-executive director of Amnesty International Australia since 2014.

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