The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) proudly announces the appointment of Scott Willis as its National President and current Vice President Jenny Aiken, as Chair of the Board effective 1 January 2021, for a period of two years. 

Scott Willis, a proud Palawa man from North-West Tasmania, is also the first Indigenous Australian to be elected as National President of a health peak body in Australia. The APA recognises this as an important step in our journey towards Reconciliation.

Mr Willis has been a member of the APA for 27 years and has held numerous leadership positions including National Chair of its business group, member of the National Advisory Committee, Tasmanian branch councillor, Director of the APA and Chair of the Insurance and Safety subcommittee.

Jenny Aiken will lead the organisation’s governance and organisational strategy, as Chair of the Board. Ms Aiken  is a physiotherapist of more than 30 years’ experience, has been a board member for the past six years and Vice President for the past four years. She has extensive experience on the APA Audit & Risk Committee and has also been Chair of the Physiotherapy Research Foundation Committee and the COVID-19 Innovation Working Group. 

APA CEO Anja Nikolic said of the appointments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Scott and Jenny for a number of years. They both bring a passion for the profession, compelling vision for physiotherapy and a strong understanding of the needs of our members”.

“I look forward to working closely with Scott and Jenny as we transition to this new corporate governance structure and ensure our professional influence and ability to drive value for our members remains strong”.

Scott and Jenny will succeed National President Phil Calvert, who will have served his maximum four year term at the end of 2020.  


Scott Willis, Jenny Aiken and Anja Nikolic are available for further comment.


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