2017 CoM

[L to R]: Paul Murdoch (Vice-President), David Winter, Karen Ryan (Secretary), Jackie Trad [Queensland Deputy Premier], Elizabeth Carrigan (CEO) and Janet Caffin (President) at the launch of APMA's 2017 National Pain Week Purple Patch tree planting event in Brisbane

[Absent]  Michael Bates, Georgie Ibbott, Lyn Long (Treasurer), David Masters & Phil Thompson.

President: Janet Caffin 

Janet Caffin has been APMA President since May 2016. Janet has completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in Science at Janet Caffinthe University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science at the University of New South Wales.  Beyond this she has extensive professional experience in different areas of the health system, including clinical research, policy innovation and service delivery in both university and non-government sectors. Janet also has experience in sales, product development, medical diagnostics marketing, health care startups, business development, IP management and licensing, and R&D project management.

She has contributed to a number of board and management committees with for profit and not for profit organisations. More recently, she participated in the Persistent Pain Project 2015 Steering Committee to review Queensland’s Persistent Pain Service. Following her involvement in this committee and others, Janet has solidified relationships with senior clinicians and members of Queensland Health multidisciplinary teams working in major public hospitals state wide.

In addition to her leadership role as APMA President since June 2016, Janet also volunteers as a Court Networker where she assists in providing non-legal support, information and services to court users.

Vice-President: Paul Murdoch 

Paul is a senior executive employed in the Australian Public Service, who is responsible for managing the secretariat of an independent statutory authority with aPaul Murdoch budget of several million dollars. In that role he is responsible for inter-agency liaison and relationships, and deals with Ministers, Parliament, the Ombudsman and a wide range of stakeholders. Paul has had extensive leadership and management experience in a range of roles. He is a Director on the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia Ltd., the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul was a consumer representative on the review of the Working Together Guide produced jointly by Medicines Australia and the Consumers Health Forum, and is currently a consumer representative on the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network and the Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries Policy Advisory Group.

He has teaching/training qualifications and experience, has published and presented academically and had 15 years experience as a union official. For more than 12 years he has held a statutory appointment as a community representative on Queensland's Health Practitioners Tribunal and various health professional conduct review panels, is an Alternate Member of the Professional Services Review Determing Authority and has served as APMA Vice-President since 2009.

Treasurer: Katie Whitehead  

Katie has over 20 years’ experience working for not-for-profit organisations and advocating and representing their value to members, government Katie Whiteheadand other stakeholders. She believes good governance, strong relationships and effective communication are key to guiding successful organisations. Katie has learnt valuable skills and brings these and her experience to the Australian Pain Management Association to assist its purpose to deliver and advocate for evidence-based services that empower people to manage their pain.

Throughout her career she has developed and fostered effective relationships with a range of health consumer advocacy groups. She is passionate and committed to good health policy and outcomes.

Coupled with her commitment to healthcare promotion, she has strong financial and corporate management experience. This includes executive responsibilities for finance and budgeting operations; and strategic and business planning. A qualified and experienced Company Secretary, she has been responsible and accountable for the comprehensive executive management of the governance functions within organisations.
Katie has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia (AGIA). She is based in Canberra, ACT.

Secretary: Karen Ryan

Karen has a strong background in government and the not-for-profit sector and has worked across multiple portfolios including Karen Ryanhealth, education, child safety and disability services. Karen brings significant experience in strategic policy, Karen Ryanstakeholder engagement, legislative review, intergovernmental relations and corporate governance.

Karen’s professional background is Psychology and Social Work and she is also a Certified Change Management Practitioner (APMG-International). Karen is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has experience as a Board Director of a national sporting organisation. Within the health sector specifically, Karen has held diverse roles within the public health sector including working for the two largest Hospital and Health Services and also within the Department of Health, including the Office of the Director-General and strategic policy, legislation and service planning portfolios.

Karen led the successful transition of a large metropolitan Health Service District to an independent statutory body in accordance with the national health reform agenda. This was a significant change agenda and involved working with health service executives, clinicians, non-government stakeholders and the broader community to create a change-ready culture, focus on the key benefits of autonomy and develop a vision and strategy for the future state. As the change agent, Karen led an organisation-wide capacity and capability assessment of future requirements for organisational performance across key domains encompassing governance and risk, financial, workforce and stakeholder relations and developed a detailed implementation framework.
More broadly across her professional life, Karen has extensive experience in negotiating and influencing at the local, state and federal levels across government agencies, elected representatives, and key stakeholder groups.


Michael Bates 

Michael is a Melbourne-based lawyer who operates his own law practice, specialising in superannuation and insurance claims. He has worked with various Michael Batescharities and not for profit organisations throughout his legal career. As a Plaintiff lawyer over several years he has acted for many people who have been unable to work due to disability and who have required guidance through a difficult time with their insurance company - including many people who have been unable to work because of a chronic pain condition. It is a condition that is often maligned by insurers when compared with other more mainstream disabilities like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Michael is keen to assist APMA and wants to further grow the organisation as well as educate people about chronic pain.

Michael was involved in drawing up the Constitution of COPE - the Centre of Perinatal Excellence - and was responsible for obtaining its charity status. Michael is happily married with a young family, is a member (and keen supporter) of the Hawthorn Football Club as well as a follower of a wide range of sports.

Georgie Ibbott

Georgie Ibbott joined APMA in mid-2017 and she is a highly qualified and experienced executive with strong leadership skills and extensive networks in Tasmania and nationally. Georgie is motivated to apply her Georgie Ibbottleadership, governance and commercial skills to the APMA to ensure the organisation continues to be relevant and sustainable.

Georgie operates a niche consulting business in Tasmania called Marketing Solutions. Via Marketing Solutions, Georgie collaborates with time-poor leaders and executives to improve their ability to meet organisational goals and objectives.
Georgie has positively influenced many organisations in key leadership roles:
• Leading a not-for-profit organisation in the health sector and successfully transforming this organisation with the support of staff and building a sustainable and aligned business (Family Planning Tasmania)
• Board member experience on a national board leading the reproductive and sexual health sector and realigning the governance and strategic priorities (Family Planning Alliance Australia)
• Deputy president of a not-for-profit for many years and successfully led the merger of two organisations into one statewide organisation (Lifeline Tasmania)
• Various executive roles in a large utility leading the marketing and customer services groups and experience leading large teams and budgets in a complex and ever-changing environment (Aurora Energy)
• Hands-on experience as Brand Manager in the fast-moving consumer goods industry with proven ability to grow sales, develop new brands and lead and manage all elements of the marketing mix (J. Boag & Son)

Georgie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. Her qualifications include Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce and the AICD Company Directors Course.

David Masters 

David Masters joined the APMA Committee of Management in late-2017. David is a corporate strategist with over 15 years’ David Mastersexperience overseeing various disciplines including Engineering, Finance, Human Resource Strategy and Property Strategy. With a strong background in large scale project management, David specialised in the Strategic Planning and Financial Governance.

David originally started his career as a robotics engineer and holds a Masters degree in Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management while currently studying a Masters of Law. David’s Board experience consists of several small unlisted companies that operate in niche markets spaning, property development, online education, building services and telecommunications. He has also recently completed tenures as a trustee director on two medium sized superannuation funds and a philanthropic corporate sponsored not for profit community foundation. David is highly motivated and passionate about Corporate Responsibility, Cultural Change, Governance and Strategic Planning.

Phil Thompson

Phillip Thompson joined APMA in mid-2017. Phillip is a part of the senior leadership of a large community mental health organisation, Phil Thompsonwhere he is responsible for managing all projects throughout Queensland. Phillip has had extensive leadership and management experience in a variety of roles. He is a Director of the Royal Australian Regiment Corporation, the national body representing the interests of members and former members of the Regiment and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers.

Due to Phillip's experiences he has become a trusted advisor to senior government and non-government executives. Phillip is a former serving soldier and in 2009 at 20 years old he deployed to Afghanistan where he was Wounded In Action whilst on a dismounted patrol when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated within 1m of him. The blast resulted in his medical evacuation back to Australia with severe injuries. Phillip subsequently developed and was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since improving from his injuries Phillip has been instrumental in advocating for veterans health and employment and has been appointed to various steering in these areas.

Phillip is passionate in helping the community is all aspects of health and wellbeing and brings a wide range of skillsets with him. 

David Winter

David Winter joined APMA in mid-2017. David is a decorated and serving Detective Inspector with David Winterthe Queensland Police Service with over 30 years experience, specialising in ethics, integrity, workplace and criminal investigations. He is highly trained in dignitary protection and has performed high risk protection duties and provided world class comprehensive protection packages for numerous Prime Ministers, Premiers, and Presidents from Australia and overseas. He is a highly trained interviewer and conducts lectures to government investigators concerning the skills required to effectively interview witnesses and suspects.

David is a Director of his own company, Chairperson for an inner city high rise commercial and apartment complex and previous  Chairperson of a Board of Directors. This experience combined with a university qualification and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors provides David with a comprehensive skill set in management, strategy, risk, conflict resolution, negotiation and governance within both private and government organisations.

David has been an active Surf Live Saver and volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland and participated in community groups and charitable organisations both within Australia and overseas.

Chief Executive Officer: Elizabeth Carrigan 

Elizabeth Carrigan co-founded the Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) in 2009 as a national consumer health promotion charity for Lil Carriganindividuals with persistent pain and their families. Elizabeth is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Equal Opportunity Administration, and is a trained Leader of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. She was until recently a Director on the Board of Painaustralia Ltd, the national coordinating body working to prevent and manage pain and is a member of the Management Committee of Self Help Queensland.

She is the Australian representative on the International Patient Panel for he International Association for the Study of Pain's Education Special Interest Group to which she brings her extensive experience in the education field.

She played a major role in ensuring the success of the Australian pain and palliative care conference, 50 Shades of Pain held from 3-5 December 2014, using her project management skills and experience.

Elizabeth is passionate about bringing about active patient engagement in pain health care as well as embedding adult learning principles and practice into pain management programs so that patients are able to exit the programs with the skills needed to best manage their ongoing chronic pain.




The Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with chronic (persistent) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with pain. APMA is your voice.


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