Lawrence is a generalist Health Service Commissioner with extensive experience in a range of healthcare sectors including Acute Tertiary Hospitals, General Practice and Primary Care. During his career he has worked in four Australian states in a variety of positions including Hospital Business Manager, Rural Health Policy Adviser for peak bodies, Workforce Analyst and Service Commissioner.
Latterly he has held a series of executive and senior management positions with a Medicare Local in Melbourne, and currently holds the position of General Manager- Townsville Region with Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN).
In this and other positions he has undertaken service commissioning in a range of portfolio areas viz. Mental Health, Complex Chronic Care, Health System Integration, Digital Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and Aged Care.
Lawrence maintains a longstanding interest in healthcare reform emanating from his work in Tasmania attempting to improve the sustainability of at-risk rural communities. He holds qualifications in Workplace Relations, Health Administration and Informatics and has presented at a number of Rural Health conferences.
Lawrence believes that systemic change is needed to ensure that all Australians continue to have access to a universally accessible healthcare system, and that this is best achieved through the purposeful strengthening of General Practice / Primary Care to meet the needs of an ageing population enjoying a longer life expectancy, but increasingly bearing the burden of complex chronic illness.
A major focus of his work at the moment is undertaking a readiness program to assist General Practices in Northern Queensland prepare for the Commonwealth’s Health Care Homes reforms.