Secretary | Brisbane
BA/LLB (Hons), GDLP
“I grew up in a rural community in a medical family. I have seen the challenges faced by rural doctors – acting as GP, specialist, counsellor and confidant for their patients.”
Rohan McPhee was born in Emerald in Central Queensland and grew up in a rural medical family. Rohan’s father is a local GP in Emerald. His mother manages the practice. As a non-medico director who has a long association with the rural health industry, Rohan brings a unique point of view and skillset. Rohan spent 11 years in Emerald as Managing Director of an IT company. During this time, he developed an affinity with rural and remote Queensland. Rohan is currently a practicing Solicitor primarily in the field of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He also has extensive experience in politics. Importantly, he is incredibly motivated to help improve health outcomes in regional communities.
Rohan was appointed to the Board of Rural Doctors Foundation in 2021 and was appointed as Secretary in 2023.
In 2008 Rohan started an IT consulting business. This was in response to the high demand for quality IT services in the Central Queensland region. McPhee IT provided support for small to medium business clients throughout Queensland in a range of industries. Including the health care sector. A key focus of the business was to develop innovative solutions. Those solutions helped businesses overcome the technical challenges associated with being in rural and remote areas. Particularly where reliable internet was previously unavailable. During that time, Rohan built strong relationships with several GP clinics throughout central and western Queensland.
Looking for a career change, he restructured the business around a small number of key clients. In 2014 he relocated to Brisbane. Since then, Rohan has held roles with several law firms and with the Federal Government. This includes serving as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management.
Rohan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) from UQ in 2019. He has been practising as a solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons since 2020. Primarily in dispute resolution and litigation.
Like many kids growing up in rural areas, Rohan has always played a sport (and still does). He’s a self-confessed cricket tragic and so, he still plays as often as he can. He also likes to get up in the air when he has time. Rohan has held his pilot’s license since 2007.