Our Team

MPHN Leadership Team


Melissa Neal
Chief Executive Officer

Melissa is an experienced executive and has held a number of senior roles in the non-profit sector. Melissa has spent most of her life working and living in regional and rural areas where she has developed an understanding of the challenges faced by communities. She commenced working in primary healthcare in 2012 and joined the primary health network in 2015.


Julie Redway  
Chief Operations Officer

Julie is a health manager with 30 years’ experience in rural health. Commencing her career in medical science, Julie became interested in primary healthcare research in Bourke in the 1990s.
Julie has a Bachelor of Medical Science, Master of Health Services Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Narelle Mills  
Senior Manger Commissioning and Procurement

Narelle has more than 20 years’ experience in primary health program development and implementation with interests in quality improvement, chronic disease management, integrated care, aged and palliative care. Narelle has an Honours Degree in Applied Science and Graduate Certificate in Public
Sector Management.


Andrew Heap  
Senior Manager Primary Care Engagement

Andrew has spent the last nine years providing support to general practices and has particular interest in digital health and continuous quality improvement.
Andrew holds degrees in medical science (pathology) and music and also spent a couple of years as the practice manager of a large
general practice.


Alison Koschel  
Senior Planner
and Data Analyst

Ali Koschel has an extensive background in health research and population health planning with expertise and qualifications including epidemiology, biostatistics, nursing and health promotion. Ali is responsible for health needs assessment, data monitoring and service planning.


Anita McRae  
Senior Manager Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol

Anita joined MPHN in 2013 as manager of the Partners in Recovery program after working in mental health support worker and community development positions. A strong belief in lived experience informing and driving service design and delivery is the foundation of Anita’s working life.


Troy Sutherland  
Senior Manager Finance

Troy graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1997 and was advanced to the status of Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia 15 years ago. After having worked in public practice accounting firms in Wagga Wagga and Albury, Troy joined MPHN in 2013 when it was then known as Murrumbidgee Medicare Local.


MPHN Board

MPHN has a skills based Board of six elected and three appointed directors.