Learn about APNA’s Nursing in Primary Health Care Program, a three year Commonwealth funded program designed to increase recruitment, retention and employment opportunities for primary health care nurses.
APNA Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Darren Carr commenced his career in primary health care as the CEO of Hawkesbury-Hills Division of General Practice (HHDGP) in North-Western Sydney. After 10 years at HHDGP, he moved to Tasmania where he was CEO of Cancer Council Tasmania, before moving on to become CEO of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania.
In 2015 Darren returned to primary health care, taking on the role of CEO of Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation (RivMed) in Wagga Wagga. Darren has a wealth of experience in the primary health care sector including the use of nurse first models of care that make him a great fit for APNA.
Darren has had an active involvement in primary health care research including auspicing major research projects and is a published author in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Darren holds post-graduate qualifications in health education and public health, and has lectured at both undergraduate and post-graduate level in health promotion. He has held a number of board positions in not-for-profit organisations in the health and education sectors including as Chairman and chairing a number of board sub-committees. Darren is also an accreditation surveyor for Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and RACGP Standards.
General Manager Member Services
Matthew Hall has worked in marketing and advertising for much of his career, focusing in health policy and management in the past 13 years. Matthew studied and worked in England until emigrating to Australia in 1997. After some years at The Age and Herald Sun newspapers he moved into health with a marketing and partnership role at the Australian Physiotherapy Association (2002-2009). Since 2009 Matthew has worked at APNA.
As General Manger of Member Services, Matthew's team at APNA handles all member services and education for nurses. This includes supporting members and providing information and resources that assist them in their work, providing relevant education including face to face, online learning and a national conference.
Program Director - Nursing in Primary Health Care Program
Alison is an experienced program manager with over 10 years leading national and state health programs across primary and tertiary health settings. Alison’s key areas of expertise include quality improvement and change management within health, clinical engagement, commissioning, and patient flow in tertiary and primary care settings.
Alison is experienced in managing technology enabled projects within health including the development of national web-based reporting and clinical alert systems. Alison holds a Master of eCommerce and undergraduate degrees in Multimedia and Graphic Design, and is accredited in Prince 2 (Project Management).
Communications and Policy Manager (currently on leave)
Stephanie Hille is a proficient and precise communications professional with eight years' experience in the health sector, during which time she has become an advocate for the primary health care nursing profession. Stephanie has built a strong working knowledge in communications and policy backed by qualifications in public relations, project management, editing, criminology and psychology.
Stephanie leads the development and delivery of creative and effective communication strategies, policy and advocacy, member and stakeholder engagement such that APNA is seen as the voice of the Australian primary health care nursing sector.
Dinusha Nanayakkara is responsible for overall financial management of the Association, its financial reporting to external stakeholders as well as executive team and board of directors, monitoring of cash flow, fund management and preparation of annual budgets and projects budgets, and oversees human resources and office administration. Dinusha joined APNA in 2008 and is the organisation’s longest serving employee.
Dinusha completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics in Sri Lanka and worked as a management accountant for a leading vehicle distributing company before emigrating to Australia in 2005, when she completed a Master of Practice Accounting at Monash University. Dinusha has more than 12 years’ experience in the accounting field and is a member of CPA Australia and CIMA UK.