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Governance

Firsthealth Limited, trading as Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN), is an independent membership organisation established under the Corporations Act as a Company Limited by guarantee. Membership of MPHN consists of practices and other incorporated organisations with the prime  purpose of delivering and/or supporting recognised primary healthcare services within the Murrumbidgee area.

Member’s rights include to:

  • Receive notices of, have a delegate attend, speak and vote at general meetings of the company
  • Participate in a call for poll
  • Elect up to seven (7) directors to the Board
  • Propose amendments to the constitution
  • Vote on amendments to the constitution

MPHN has a skills based Board of six (6) elected and three (3) appointed directors.

Board of Directors

Susan McAlpin  (Chair)

Sue’s background is in allied health, as a dietitian, and management. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Management. Sue has been involved on the boards of professional bodies and peak state and national organisations, and was a chair of the National Rural Health Alliance from 2004 to 2006. Sue is committed to the enhancement of health outcomes for rural communities.

David Friedlieb  (Treasurer)

Raised in Albury, a chartered accountant since 1980, in Wagga Wagga since 1989. David has specialised in family businesses and the stakeholders involved, together with individuals and community organisations. He has a strong interest in social equity and the effective delivery of targeted health services.

Dr Ken Mackey

As a GP in Lockhart, Ken has a thorough understanding of communities and general practice from the small town perspective through to state and national levels. He considers communities and patients central to health care. Quality improvements in health care is a specific focus.

Donna McLean

Donna is a practice nurse, working in primary health care, with a Masters in Gerontology. Donna has 30 years nursing experience and is proud to be a nurse leader facilitating preventive health programs to improve health outcomes for all age groups.

Catherine Maloney

Catherine is a qualified physiotherapist and experienced health professional based in Young. Having spent most of her professional life in rural communities, Catherine has a thorough understanding of the health needs of rural communities in the region.

Carl Cooper

Carl is an experienced community pharmacist and until recently pharmacy owner. As an accredited pharmacist he has been a review pharmacist for various aged care providers in the Riverina. Currently on leave from CSU as a Pharmacy Practice Lecturer he has been involved in the education of pharmacists in their education and preregistration.

Dr Jodi Culbert

Jodi was a physiotherapist before becoming a GP in 2011. Her interests include musculoskeletal medicine, preventative health and medical student education. Jodi is a strong advocate for the role of general practice in primary care and is a member of the GP Advisory Council for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Dr Faye McMillan

A proud Wiradjuri woman, Faye is Australia’s first registered Aboriginal pharmacist. She holds academic posts at Charles Sturt University and has a strong health research background. She has sound governance skills, developed in a number of Aboriginal organisations and is an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity for the Asia-Pacific region.


MPHN Members

A full list of MPHN members can be found by clicking on the link below.

MPHN Members


Our Councils and Committees

MPHN has established four Clinical Councils and a Community Advisory Committee to assist in the identification of opportunities to improve primary healthcare across the Murrumbidgee. These committees are an important part of the MPHN governance infrastructure and play a significant role in supporting the delivery of best practice healthcare. They also provide advice about population health planning and the commissioning of services.

The clinicians and community representatives engaged on these committees bring varied experiences and insights to assist in improved understanding of health needs and to inform service planning and delivery.

Councils and Committees      Governance Structure