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National Board

National Board


The AAPM is governed by a national board of directors consisting of representatives from State Branches and the immediate Past President.

The office-bearers of the company shall consist of the National President, National Vice President, National Secretary and National Treasurer.

The National President shall be a Fellow or have been accepted into the Fellowship Program at the board meeting at which he or she is elected to office.

The National President may hold office for two consecutive terms, unless re-elected to a third term by the resolution of the board carried by no less than 75% of the directors present at the meeting at which the vote is taken and entitled to vote on that resolution.

A person may hold office as National President for no more than three consecutive terms.

Please find below the current National Board of Directors for 2015-2016.



Danny Haydon Ba App SC (OT), MHlthServMgt

National President

Danny is the National President of the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) having been elected to this position in October 2014.  Prior to this appointment Danny was the President of AAPM SA/NT as well as serving as a National Director and Treasurer of AAPM. 

Danny completed a Masters in Health Service Management in 2002 and has worked in the medical industry since that time.  Prior to that, he had 10 years experience in the community health sector. 

Danny works for Brentnalls SA, a highly respected accounting and business advisory firm based in South Australia.  In his position as Manager, Practice Management Services, Danny primarily works with the Medical and Allied Health section of Brentnalls SA.  He provides a range of practice management consulting services including practice assessments and business planning.  Assisting practices to plan for the future and implement strategies for improved financial performance, new models of service delivery, effective management of human resources and expanded infrastructure.

Danny is also a Director of the Northern Health Network in Adelaide.  



Cathy Baynie   RN Dip Pract Mgt CPM FAAPM

National Vice President

Cathy has career long experience in the Health Industry, in the Public, Private and Aged Care sectors. This includes working in Primary Health Care and General Practice for the last 16 years. 

Cathy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Practice Manager, having managed both semi-rural and urban practices. Whilst continuing to manage a Multi-Disciplinary Practice and a Specialist Practice in Sydney’s north, Cathy is the Practice Management Advisor to the NSW Australian Medical Association, an Accreditation Surveyor, a Trainer and Assessor with the University of New England Partnerships and consultants with Practices nationally on Governance and Practice Management issues. 

Cathy is the immediate past NSW/ACT State President of the Australian Association of Practice Management and a Fellow of the Association. Cathy is a firm believer that Practice Managers are key in the development and delivery of strong systems of leadership, management and quality care in Australian Primary Health Care. 



Fiona Wong   Dip Pract Mgt, MAAPM

National Secretary

Fiona Wong has been on the WA Branch committee for the past 6 years and completed her Diploma of Practice Management in 2011.

Originally from Tasmania, Fiona started out in the Credit Union industry before moving to Perth where she commenced her health industry career in 1996 with a combined Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Massage practice that amongst other clients treated the Perth Wildcats NBL basketball team and the Australian Hockey teams.

She then worked for varied specialist practices as well as for an accounting firm before settling in her current role as Practice Manager of a busy multi location, multi doctor Ophthalmology and Neurology practice .

The practice was already an AAPM member which gave Fiona her initial opportunities to attend the many local seminars for the first time. Quickly realising the rewards and benefits of being a member Fiona then joined the AAPM WA Branch Committee to be able to contribute professionally to the association.

Fiona is Western Australia’s representative on the Board and is currently serving her second term on the board for her State.



Jackie Beer

National Treasurer

Jackie Beer was a career banker for twenty years involved in Regional Manager, Senior Business Banking and Credit Manager Roles and served on National Taskforces. 

Since starting her career in Practice Management Jackie has been instrumental in the establishment of two rural General Practices, which have had a significant focus on indigenous health while engaging a full range of General Practice services to the local community. 

Jackie is currently a Practice Manager on the outskirts of Bundaberg at an accredited General Practice and Aboriginal Health Service. 

Jackie has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Management and the Leadership Journey Program through the Australian Graduate School of Management. She then completed a Diploma of Practice Management. 

Jackie was the recipient of the Qld AAPM Practice Manager of the Year 2014 and following this joined the AAPM Qld Branch Committee including serving as the 2015 / 2016 Qld Branch President and joins the AAPM National Board this year.

Jackie holds professional memberships being a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the AAPM.



Cecily Igglesden  Dip Pract Mgt, MAAPM

Non Executive Director

Cecily is the Practice Manager of Prospect Medical Centre, a large multi-disciplinary practice in Northern Tasmania, where she has worked since 2001.

Prospect Medical was awarded the 2012 Tasmanian and Australian Practice of the Year and has been the recipient of The Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award for Exceptional Workplace in 2013.  The Practice has undertaken three National Improvement foundation waves, most recently in 2015, providing an opportunity for further growth and development in chronic disease management. 

Welfare and Disability, Cecily has significant management experience in both the disability and child care sectors. 

She became an active and interested member of AAPM Tasmanian branch in 2008 and is passionate about continuous quality improvement and raising the profile of practice management.



Gary Smith JP,CPM,FAAPM,MAICD,SFCDA

Non Executive Director

Gary has been a Practice Manager for over 29 years of a large multi-disciplinary practice in western Sydney. His career has been extensive in the management of health care facilities and the provision of health services, predominately in the general practice arena. Gary is a past National and NSW State President of the Australian Association of Practice Management LTD (AAPM). He is considered the 'guru' of practice management in Australia by his peers.

Gary takes a keen interest and involvement in health reform in Australia. He provides advice to the Commonwealth Government on the management of health reform and is a member of various advisory groups on behalf of AAPM.

He also holds Board positions with;

  • Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL - the provision of accreditation to general practice in Australia)
  • Chair of Quality Innovation Performance P/l (QIP - the provision of quality accreditation programs consistent with international standards to all sectors of business both in Australia and internationally)
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (LHD - appointed by the NSW Government with the role of a strategic oversight of and monitor of the LHD financial and operational performance under the State-wide performance framework against the identified performance measures)
  • General Practice Workforce Tasmania (GPW - facilitates the recruitment and retention of General Practitioners and Allied Health in rural and remote in the state of Tasmania)

Gary is a Surveyor with AGPAL and is an International Surveyor with the International Society of Quality Health (ISQUa) based in Ireland, which accredits health facilities, standards and training programs around the world.

He has a passion for practice management and has the philosophy "the knowledge he has gained is not for him to keep"



Richard Evans Dip.Bus, BA (IR), MWtng, FAICD, FAIM

Non Executive Director

Richard Evans has over 30 years experience in business leadership, industry advocacy, policy advocacy and government relations, achieving strategic outcomes and revenue growth results. He is the former Executive Director of significant national member associations: Australian Retailers Associations, Franchise Council of Australia, and the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries. He has also served as Executive Director of 6 state headquartered member associations in highly regulated sectors

Richard served as federal politician in the Australian Parliament including chairing and providing evidence to Parliamentary Inquiries and influencing policy and legislative changes. Richard has also established Recognised Training Organisations and acted as a mediator and industry complaints officer. He has served on various industry business policy groups, government think tanks and forums, regulatory code boards and has led business trade delegations.

Richard consults to Boards, senior executives, business owners and member based associations building their reputation, relevance and revenues. His specialities are leadership, strategy, communications, advocacy and policy, and revenue.

Richard is a published author and has written articles, columns and blogs on industry policy and he published and edited industry magazines. He has been invited to speak at conferences, conventions and expos, internationally and nationally.

Richard lives and is based in the bayside village of Williamstown, just outside and overlooking across Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, Australia.