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Wentworth Healthcare Board

The Wentworth Healthcare Board is ultimately reponsible for the operation of Nepean Blue Mountains PHN. Wentworth Healthcare is governed by a skills based Board of nine Directors. Read our organisation's constitution (pdf, 468kb).


Dr Tony Rombola (Chair)

Director since 2013 | Appointed Chair June 2019

Dr Rombola has worked as a general practitioner in Windsor for 25 years. Dr Rombola provides services to ONE80TC, a men’s rehabilitation centre in Yarramundi, and to a number of Residential Aged Care Facilities in the Hawkesbury area. Dr Rombola is an Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Sydney Medical School and a GP Supervisor with GP Synergy. Dr Rombola is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a founding committee member of the Hawkesbury Doctor’s Network.


Ms Gabrielle Armstrong

Director since 2012

Ms Armstrong (GAICD) holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and postgraduate qualifications in business management and nursing administration. Ms Armstrong has many years of experience in both private and public hospitals, primary healthcare, community health and aged care. She has held broad based senior management positions in all sectors, including chief executive officer and board member positions. Ms Armstrong is a passionate advocate for healthy ageing strategies.


Mr Paul Brennan AM

Director since 2012

Mr Brennan (GAICD) has many years experience running local and international organisations. Mr Brennan has been Managing Director of ASP Group for 16 years, was CEO of Westbus and held General Management positions at both TNT and Toll Logistics. Mr Brennan was Regional President of the NSW Business Chamber for four years and served on their state council for several more, holding various committee Chair positions. As Chairman of the Penrith Business Alliance, he helped lead the development of the Penrith Health and Education Precinct Strategy for the NSW Government. Mr Brennan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Regional Advisory Councillor of TAFE, a director of several start-up businesses, and is a casual university lecturer. Mr Brennan was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014.


Ms Jillian Harrington

Director since 2012

Ms Harrington (GAICD) is a clinical psychologist, who has worked in government and private practice across the Nepean Blue Mountains region. Ms Harrington takes a keen interest in the current national health reform agenda, with appointment to the Medicare Review Taskforce Mental Health Reference Group, as well as the Professional Practice Advisory Group of the Australian Psychological Society. As an active member of the NBMPHN Allied Health, Mental Health Advisory, Commissioned Services, and Clinical Governance Committees,
Ms Harrington is an advocate for both the needs of patients and practitioners, especially in the areas of chronic disease, diseaseprevention and mental health.


Dr Andrew Knight 

Director since 2012

Dr Knight (MBBS, MMedSci, FRACGP, FAICD) is a staff specialist and Conjoint Senior Lecturer in general practice at the Fairfield Academic GP Unit. Dr Knight was Director of Training at WentWest and is a national leader in quality improvement through his role in the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program. Dr Knight is a director of NPS Medicinewise and holds academic appointments at the University of NSW, the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. Dr Knight practiced in Katoomba in the Nepean Blue Mountains region for 17 years. He served as Chair of the Board from 2014 to June 2019.


Dr Shiva Prakash OAM

Director since 2012

Dr Prakash completed his medical studies in 1963 and after immigrating to Australia in 1971, held the positions of Resident Medical Officer, Deputy Medical Superintendent and Acting Medical Superintendent, before going into solo practice for 23 years. Dr Prakash worked for the RAAF for 18 years and in 1999 gained RACGP Fellowship. He served the Nepean Division of General Practice for 10 years, holding the position of Chair on two occasions. Dr Prakash is one of our founding Directors and has served as Chair of the Board. He was a founding member of Nepean Valley Rotary Club, and was President and District Chairman of Rotary Health Research Health Fund. Dr Prakash was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2015.


Mr Gary Smith

Director since 2018

Mr Smith has extensive experience in the management of healthcare facilities and the provision of health services, predominately in the general practice arena. He has been involved in the management of general practice since 1985 and has taken a keen interest in the operation of general practice and the major organisations which influence and shape general practice in Australia. Mr Smith is currently a Director with the Australian General Practice Accreditation Ltd (AGPAL), Chair of Quality Innovation Performance (QIP), Quality in Practice Consulting and QIP-International and Deputy Chair, General Practice Workforce Tasmania. Mr Smith has extensive representation on relevant Commonwealth and State Government Advisory Boards, Working Parties and task groups and relevant healthcare industry committees both here and internationally, which allows him to contribute to the shape and delivery of healthcare in Australia.

Mr Bruce Turner AM

Director since 2017

Mr Turner (MAICD, FFIN, FIPA, FFA, FIML, PFIIA, CGAP, CRMA, CISA, CFE) has diverse experience that spans commercial, merchant and central banking, manufacturing, transport, energy, health and public administration. Mr Turner has worked throughout the Nepean Blue Mountains region, Australia and internationally. He retired as ATO Chief Internal Auditor in 2012 where he was Penrith’s Senior Executive. Mr Turner is a Board Member of Western Sydney Local Health District and Institute of Internal Auditors Australia, and sits on six audit and risk committees. Mr Turner was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2015.


Mr John Yealland

Director since 2018

Mr Yealland has had a diverse career across many different sectors. Mr Yealland is currently General Manager of Thorndale Foundation, a registered charity, supporting people with intellectual disability in the Nepean region. He has worked tirelessly in the readiness of Thorndale to meet the needs of supporting people with disability with the rollout of the NDIS in the Nepean region and has seen the organisation grow in size and range of services provided since the rollout. Mr Yealland is of Wiradjuri heritage and has a good understanding of the issues that confront Aboriginal people and has a keen interest in the enhancement of health outcomes and economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.