Board Members

Dr Jane Truscott – Chairperson

PhD, MBA, MS, APRN-BC (USA), NP (Aust)


Dr Truscott is the Chairperson of the Rural LAP Board. Prior to working with the Rural LAP, Jane worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in Australia and the United States within acute and community health care delivery. She has a PhD in Nursing in which she examined outcomes of a nurse home visitation program model for first time, low-income mothers in the United States. Jane currently works as a nurse practitioner in an acute care hospital setting in regional Queensland and teaches and coordinates subjects for the Charles Darwin University (CDU) in their nurse practitioner program. She has been an advisor to the Queensland Government Health Quality and Complaints Commission and has led the development and implementation of multiple chronic disease management programs in Queensland. She has a special interest in acute care and chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion strategies in primary health care, and development and implementation of eLearning strategies for health practitioners.


Dr. Julia Coyle

Dr Julia Coyle is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in Higher Education and the Hospital and Health Care Industry. Julia brings over 30 years healthcare experience from her previous role as a physiotherapist and director for Albury Wodonga Health Boardand education. Julia is currently the Dean of Students at Charles Sturt University and brings considerable expertise in Health Workforce, E-Learning, Educational Technology and Instructional Design as well as leading large multi-institute research in health and education.  


Dr John Shephard 

In January 2013, Dr Shephard joined Aspen Medical as the Senior Medical Officer for Garrison Services, and in December 2013 became the Medical Director for Aspen Aged Healthcare, where has was integral in the design and implementation of innovative integrated primary care services, targeting the Aged Care market. In September 2014, John was appointed Group Medical Director for Aspen Medical, where he is responsible for providing the CEO and Board with assurance around clinical quality across Aspen Medical’s global operations.


Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is the Executive General Manager – Australia, Asia & Pacific for Aspen Medical. He is responsible for all operational, contractual and financial aspects of Aspen Medical’s large and diverse portfolio of projects across the region. Matt has many years of experience in delivering healthcare into regional and remote locations across Australia and was a Registered Nurse for over a decade. The combination of commercial, operational and clinical experience provides Matt with a unique insight into the many challenges in delivering quality healthcare.