Community Advisory Council and Clinical Council Members
Find member information and brief biographies of each member
The Community Advisory and Clinical Councils are in place across each of the three major regions of the PHN catchment. The Councils have two functions; to advise and influence the PHN Board to ensure investments are locally relevant and clinically appropriate, and to use a collective impact framework to improve primary health care in their communities.
Dr Ewen McPhee – Chair, Central Queensland Clinical Council; GP, Emerald Medical Group
Dr Ewen McPhee is currently a member on the National Primary Health Care Advisory Group (NPHCAG), the treasurer for the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, RACGP Queensland Director of National Rural Faculty, Central Queensland Rural Health Board Director, University of Queensland Senior Lecturer for General Practice, Member of NEHTA Clinical Usability Steering Group for PCEHR, Chairman of Telehealth Governance Committee for Qld Health, Member of Qld Health Statewide Rural Clinical Networks, ACRRM PROMPT Steering Committee member and practice principal for Emerald Medical Group.
Dr Gaston Boulanger – GP, BITS Medical Centre
Dr Gaston Boulanger is the consulting doctor for Heron Island, owner of BITS Medical,as well as the facility doctor for Edenvale Nursing Home and Bindaree Lodge. He is a board member for the Rio Tinto Community Fund Board and a member of Here for Health Gladstone. He also acts as an examiner for RACGP, is a GP trainer for GPTQ and organises quarterly health network meetings for GPs, specialists and other medical professionals in the Central Queensland area.
Bradley Miers – Senior Operations Supervisor/Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Queensland Ambulance Service
Bradley has experience in metro, regional and remote practice as well as experience as a flight critical care paramedic. Bradley is also on the CQHHS Emergency Services Clinical Network, attending district disaster meetings, mental health tri-agency meetings and working closely with SMOs and the executive team from Rockhampton Hospital.
Jessica Burrey- Pharmacist, Director of Services, Emerald Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd.
Jessica is a registered pharmacist, practicing for over 10 years. Currently residing Emerald, Jessica is the Director of Emerald Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd, and managing partner of Direct Chemist Outlet Emerald. Jessica is passionate about health and the Central Queensland region. With a focus to build a stronger health practitioners network, Jess seeks to improve community health through a holistic approach and appropriate referral pathways between all health professionals.
Professor Lynne Parkinson – Professor, CQ University Australia
Professor Lynne Parkinson is an internationally prominent population health gerontologist; focused on chronic disease and the ageing population. She is the editor in chief of the Australasian Journal on Ageing and Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). She is a member of the Executive Committee of Queensland AAG Division, Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Association of Gerontology, Australian Epidemiology Association and JO&JR Wicking Trust Strategic Review Panel.
Dr Michael Donohue – GP, Yeppoon Family Practice
Dr Michael Donohue is a member of General Practice Queensland, board member of Central Qld Friendly Society as well as owning and managing three AFS Pharmacies. He is also the Chair of the Central Queensland Local Medical Association.
Sandra Corfield – CEO, Central Queensland Rural Health
Sandra has 30 years’ of rural health experience. She continues to support the development of excellence and sustainability for rural health.
Steve Williamson- Chief Executive, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Steve moved from the United Kingdom to start in the position on 9 January 2017. He has extensive background at the Executive level in the National Health Service, including roles as Chief Executive, Group Deputy Chief Executive, and Chief Operating Officer. He also worked for some time in the equivalent of local government, and as an Area Director in the UK’s legal court system. Previously, Steve was an officer in the UK’s Royal Navy, and spent much of this time as a Diver and Bomb Disposal Officer, including commanding a counter terrorism bomb disposal service. As HSCE, Mr Williamson led the development of CQ Health’s long term vision and strategy, Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders. This strategy will shape the future of healthcare across Central Queensland, supporting a digital transformation of healthcare, 10,000 fewer Central Queenslander lives lost to smoking and other lifestyle factors, closing the gap in Indigenous Health, and enabling 10,000 fewer Central Queenslander patient journeys each year as part of CQ Health’s ambition for more care close to home. Steve is married to Jacqueline and they have 2 children, Josh and Daisy, both at school in Rockhampton.
Thalep Ahmat – CEO, Bidgerdii Community Health Service
Formerly Deputy CEO of Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council, Thalep has extensive experience in business development with focus on assisting Indigenous people who wanted to run their own business to become ‘business ready’. Thalep is also a consortium partner for Partners in Recovery in CQ.
Greg Muller – Physiotherapist, CQ Physio
Greg studied at James Cook University in Townsville and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He joined CQ Physio Group in 2010 and became a Principal Physiotherapist in 2014. He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy and has a special interest in treating neck pain, headaches and low back pain. Greg’s work history within the group has been varied with roles in Private Hospital, Nursing Homes, Mining and Meatworks as well as in clinic private physiotherapy work. Through his role in the PHN clinical council Greg hopes to assist in improving overall health outcomes for all people living in Central Queensland.
In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his young family.
Jennifer Brandon – Practice Manager and Practice Nurse, Gracemere Medical Centre
Jennifer is a Practice Manager, but has also worked as a practice nurse, having completed her nursing degree in 1996. She began working in nursing homes, rural hospital, regional private and public hospitals and school nursing. Working in general practice part time lead to a role as a practice nurse.
Jennifer enjoys working in General Practice nursing and practice management roles, getting to know patients and the community needs, and trying to meet some of the needs. Jennifer attends as many local, state and national events in nursing, general practice and practice management.
Kristy Glover, General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Kristy Glover is the General Practice Liaison Officer for the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service (CQHHS). For the past 5 years Kristy has worked as a Medical Education Officer enjoying working with Junior Doctors as they successfully complete their Medical Internship. Kristy has also thoroughly enjoyed her education, orientation and support role with the International Medical Graduate workforce. Prior to her work with the CQHHS Junior Doctor Cohort Kristy has worked within Primary and Public Health enjoying epidemiology and collaborating with local health and community stakeholders to improve health outcomes for the Central Queensland Community.
Kristy holds a Bachelor of Health Promotion/ Health Education, a Bachelor of Community Welfare and is completing a Bachelor of Social Work (honours). Kristy enjoys camping and the great outdoors.
Helen Bridge – Service Manager, Bluecare Yeppoon
Helen Bridge moved from England in August 2017 to take up a position as a Clinical Nurse in an Aged Care Facility and is now Service Manager. Previously, Helen worked as a Community Matron, Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Nurse Practitioner across a large rural community area in England.
Her particular interests are long term condition self-management in ageing people, prevention of unnecessary hospital admission and empowerment of nurses through education. In her spare time, Helen enjoys walking and exploring the local area with her family.
Helen Burgess – Nurse Unit Manager, North Rockhampton Nursing Centre Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Helen Emigrated in 1996 from Wales and is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Aged care both in the private and Public sector and has held many management roles. Is currently one of the Nurse Unit Managers at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre. Helen Enjoys working with the elderly and advocating for their rights and ensuring they receive the care they deserve.
In her spare time enjoys walks across the beach and spending time with her family.
Helen Cleary – Health and Wellness Manager, Benevolent Living Aged Care
Helen is the Health and Wellness Manager (formerly Director of Nursing) for Benevolent Living. Helen worked in Aged Care for 12 years in New Zealand, before moving to Rockhampton and joining Benevolent Living in 2012. In her time at Benevolent Living Helen has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse.
Helen enjoys the warm, friendly, family and community spirit that exists at Benevolent Living and within the wider Rockhampton community. Helen is passionate about wanting to change the attitudes and perceptions towards older adults living with dementia and physical health conditions and improve the quality of life for all older adults within the Rockhampton Community.
One of the biggest issues Helen believes that requires change is the assumption that with age you cannot make decisions regarding your living circumstances especially after significant health events. Helen participates in the Dementia Reference Group.
Dr Bhavesh Dhamsania – GP Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
Dr Bhavesh is a GP with the Gracemere Medical Centre as well as a Senior Emergency Registrar at the Rockhampton Hospital. He is also a Lead Clinical Editor involved with the Health Pathways project with the PHN. He graduated from university in India in 2003. After moving to Australia 10 years ago he completed a Fellowship in Australian Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Dr Julianne Graham – Executive Director, Medical Services, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Jenny Kerr – Clinical Practice Manager, Nhulundu Health Service
Dr Alan Sandford – Executive Director, Medical Services, Rockhampton Hospital and Health Service
Sharni Tippett – Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing,Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Sandy Paton – Deputy Chair, Central Queensland Community Advisory Council; President, Capricorn Community Development Association
Sandy participates in the Queensland Anti Poverty Week Committee, Central Queensland Regional Priority Jobs Committee and the Rockhampton Mental Health Interagency Community of Practice. She is the chair of Central Queensland Family Law Pathway Network, with her areas of expertise being social determinants of health, mental health and aging.
Lynette Anderson – CEO Helem Yumba
Ms Lynette Anderson, is a proud Gangaalu/Bitjarra woman. Lynette has been managing Helem Yumba Healing Centre since 2005 using a holistic approach to support the therapeutic needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Rockhampton, Woorabinda and Mount Morgan. Lynette previously worked in community engagement with the Fitzroy Basin Elders, taught business studies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture at the Central Queensland TAFE college and previous to that she worked in the tertiary education sector for 11 years at the Central Queensland University first in the area of Research and Academic Program development then as the Head of Department of Indigenous Education and Student Support, Nulloo Yumba. Lynette is committed to the ongoing healing and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Jaylene Bailey – True Relationships and Reproductive Health
Kay Hills – President, Theodore Community Link
Kay is a self employed grazier in the Central Queensland region, as well as the president of Theodore Community Link. She is also a member of the Theodore Local Ambulance Committee, and St Vincent de Paul. Her areas of expertise are allied health, youth and community engagement.
Carmel Marshall – Planning and Development, CentaCareCQ
Carmel is the secretary for the Capricorn Community Development Association, as well as a member of LiveWELLCQ, and Queensland Community Services Industry Alliance. She is the chair of the CQUniversity Central Highlands Regional Engagement Committee, chair of the Emerald Pioneer Cottage and Historical Association, and a member of the Emerald Community Reference Group, CQ Rural Health, and Healthy Ageing Alliance. Her areas of expertise include community development and workforce planning.
Natalie Polkinghorne – Chair, Carers Queensland & Capricorn Community Development Association Inc
Natalie was on the board of Girls Time Out and Alzheimer’s Australia for a number of years, and is actively involved in planning National Carers Week events across the State and local Mental Health activities. Currently, Natalie works closely with The Black Dog Ball committee and local business/industry to achieve their goal of improving mental health outcomes for young people in Central Queensland. Her expertise lies within the area of unpaid carers of people with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness and aged care across Queensland with particular attention to young carers and young women’s health and wellbeing.
Linda Tighe – Roseberry Qld
Worked with families and children in a number of community roles in the Gladstone Region over the past 17 years. Currently employed at headspace Gladstone as a mental health clinician and involved in the CQ Suicide Prevention LGA meetings as well as assist in facilitating a local Carers Group for parents and carers of LGBTI youth with a passion for improving the health and well-being of young people, children and their families. Completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 2008 and currently working towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation. Proud ongoing, generation of happy rock family dwellers in the Gladstone region with children and grandchildren, enjoy 4WDriving, amateur photography, camping and family time.
Sharon Kinchela – Yoonthalla Services Woorabinda
Kieran Kinsella – Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Di Morris – Biloela Enterprise
Professor Anthony Schneiders PhD – Discipline Leader, Physiotherapy: School of Human, Health & Social Sciences, CQU
Anthony is Vice-President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy and Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also an academic board member of the Faculty Leads Group. He actively participates in the Simulated Learning in Paediatrics for Allied Health (SLIPAH) Program.
Debbie Carroll – Chief Operating Officer Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Debbie has worked in public health for over 35 years and has held leadership roles across a number of health facilities throughout Queensland. Debbie has undertaken significant postgraduate studies and received the Queensland Health Australia Day Award for exceptional leadership and restoring community confidence, and again in 2014 for her exceptional leadership during the 2013 floods. Debbie held the Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery position at
the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service for almost 10 years before accepting the Chief Operating Officer position that she currently fulfils. She aims to develop and implement new service initiatives through participation in the Clinical Councils, ultimately improving the health of the community and bridging the gap between primary and secondary health care.
Kees Nydam – Clinical Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Kees has a broad medical specialist, clinical management & leadership and medical education skill set having obtained a MBBS, medical specialist qualifications in Emergency Medicine, Addiction Medicine and medical management credentials. His wide ranging and eclectic clinical interests include complex substance dependence with persistent pain, suicidology and macro-level health systems. Kees would like to focus on improving the healthcare opportunities for the Wide Bay community by improving collaboration between the many elements that can contribute. As a member of the Clinical Council he would like to address age related conditions including dementia, chronic persistent pain and suicide in the elderly.
Lisa Baker – Team Leader, Rural Allied and Community Health, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Lisa is a qualified speech pathologist, and has worked within the Wide Bay since 2002. Lisa, based from Gayndah, has worked as the Rural Allied Health Team Leader since 2007 and now works as the Rural Allied and Community Health Team leader covering all rural regions within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. With representation across a number of committees, networks and rural allied health groups, Lisa brings substantial knowledge to the Clinical Council. Her goal as a member is to address chronic disease management through the provision of clinical pathways appropriate to clients in all regions.
Dr Sandra Rattenbury – Director of Medical Services, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
In her current role, Sandra also works as a staff specialist in the Bundaberg Emergency Department. Through participation in the Wide Bay Clinical Council, Sandra would like to see a focus on how to retain rural doctors in the Wide Bay area, including medical education pathways that are relevant and flexible to meet the needs of
doctors in the rural settling. She believes that provision of care to an aging population that are staying in the rural towns, particularly around dementia care and palliative services is a key priority.
Crystal Yim – Clinical Informaticist, UnitingCare Health, St Stephens Hospital Hervey Bay
Crystal Yim is the Clinical Informaticist, at UnitingCare Health St Stephen’s Hospital. Crystal has worked in both public and private hospitals as a clinical pharmacist for over ten years and has recently stepped into the speciality of eHealth. She moved to Hervey Bay in 2015 and through her participation in the Clinical Council, aims to help improve the transfer of healthcare from hospital to community health services.
Manjinder Signh – Pharmacist, Senior Managing Partner, Infinity Group
Graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with honours in 2010 from the Queensland University of Technology, Manjinda Singh is a senior managing partner of the Infinity Group of Pharmacies, founded in 2010.
Manjinda has relocated to Hervey Bay and his current role to date as pharmacist involves managing a team of 150 + staff and growing a developing internal systems and processes, managing projects with budgets, propagating and strengthening business and community alliances, and developing new products and services to benefit the local community.
His most favourable role as business owner has been his duties in serving the local community to provide better health care solutions through nursing homes, GPs, retirement homes and in-store.
He is aware of the traditional supply of medications in Australia and recognise that there are many financial aspects of the Medicare and PBS system that can be improved to save every day Australian’s health care expenditure, whilst positively gearing the government. He endeavours to help lower the health care expenditure whether it be by working with the community or hospitals.
May is a Generally Registered Psychologist who has completed coursework for a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is working towards her PhD Candidature. She is a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). May has worked in a number of educational and employment settings, helping clients clarify what they want in life and moving them in that valued direction. She is involved in a research project aimed to improve the lives of women post primary breast cancer intervention, with a focus on ‘right therapy, right dose, right patient, right time’. May hopes to assist in developing and maintaining the social capital of the Wide Bay community and improving the effectiveness and coordination of health care. She especially passionate about mental health, the health workforce, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health. She would like to support the implementation of the Stepped Care Model with existing services in the Wide Bay to provide seamless and navigable service delivery. When she is not a psychologist, May enjoys writing fictional stories, playing D&D with her friends, and listening to Russell Torrance on ABC Classic FM.
Catherine Hackney – Director of Nursing, Mater Hospital Bundaberg
Catherine is the current Director of Nursing & Clinical Services at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg. She has extensive experience in healthcare in rural and regional communities. Catherine has a passion to improve health outcomes in the community by contributing to the development and implementation of effective partnerships between primary and acute care services.
Dr Zaffar Abbas – General Practitioner, Gin Gin Hospital, Gin Gin Family Medical
Dr. Zafar Abbas is currently practicing GP/SMO at Gin Gin Hospital and Gin Gin Family Medical in Queensland. He is pursuing fellowship training in Rural Remote Medicine with the Emergency Medicine Sub speciality. Dr Abbas has an interest in treating a wide range of Chronic diseases ( Diabetes and Hypertension).
Amanda Bird – Occupational Therapist, About Health
Amanda Bird has worked as an Occupational Therapist in senior clinical and management roles for over 25yrs. She has worked exclusively in rural and regional areas and is passionate about health access and equality regardless of geographical location. Amanda has been living and working in the Wide Bay area since 2002 and has developed a special interest in managing chronic diseases and community based aged care and re-ablement. She is looking forward to being able to contribute to the broader health of the community through her involvement with the Clinical Council.
Dr James Chanaka – General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
Dr Fiona Hadden – General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
Kylie Cooke – Manager, Clinical Education, Ambulance Service
Sue Day – Director of Clinical Services (Nurse), Friendlies Society Private Hospital
David Larsen – Practice Manager, Practice Nurse, Galangoor Dewalami Primary Health Care Service
In late 2017 David Larsen relocated to the Fraser City Coast (Hervey Bay). He has extensive experience primarily focused on managing and implementing a range of Health, Not For Profit and Humanitarian projects and programs. David has extensive capability and insight into the clinical, operational and strategic management of quality orientated medical services including patient care, project design, planning, implementation and evaluation, ideas generation and delivery of innovative service delivery models, public health programming, staff development and supervision, and financial management.
David has worked in a range of challenging and extraordinary situations, gaining strong analytical, organisational development, team building and leadership skills. He also has a keen interest in program development, being an innovator, addressing health inequities, social justice and social inclusion.
Dr Hamid Norouzi – General Practitioner, Hervey Bay and Maryborough Hospital and Health Service
Dr Hamid Norouzi started his medical career in Australia in 2012, working in a rural hospital in North Queensland’s Atherton, then moved to Hervey Bay in 2014. Dr Norouzi spent two years in both Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals working in different specialities, such as emergency, general medicine, general surgery and geriatric medicine.
He started his rural general practice in 2016 in Maryborough and from 2017 has been working in Childers, enjoying the variety of presentations in the highly rewarding field of medicine. Dr Norouzi is currently pursuing to further extend his experience by improving the well-being of his community in different dimensions and participating regularly in clinical council advisory team.
Dr Sue Page – District Director, Medical Services
Suzanne Wilmhurst – Facility Manager, Anglicare Kirami, Point Vernon Hervey Bay
Suzanne Wilmshurst’s career spans 33 years and is based in nursing. Of the 33 years, 18 years has been in managerial roles with the last eight years of Suzanne’s career specifically dedicated to the over 50 year’s sector.
She holds current AHPRA registration and has worked in roles that have required current and proficient clinical knowledge.
Suzanne has experience in General Management, Integrated Service Management and has always ensured standards and legislative requirements are met with successful Aged Care Agency Reviews achieved in all areas she was managing.
Suzanne was utilised to trouble shoot and problem solve within the organisation and was very successful in those roles. On more than one occasion she retrieved residential and community services from a negative culture and financial result, turning them into profitable and positive environments.
Peter Wood – General Manager, Division of Medicine, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Crystal Yim – Clinical Informaticist, UnitingCare Health, St Stephens Hospital Hervey Bay
Crystal Yim is the Clinical Informaticist, at Uniting Care Health, St Stephen’s Hospital. Crystal has worked in both public and private hospitals as a clinical pharmacist for over ten years and has recently stepped into the speciality of eHealth. She moved to Hervey Bay in 2015 and through her participation in the Clinical Council, aims to help improve the transfer of healthcare from hospital to community health services.
Cheryl Barrett – Chair, Wide Bay Community Advisory Council, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Cross Support Services
Cheryl has expertise in population health, aged care, community health, allied health, disaster management, recovery and governance.
Steve Beer – General Manager Operations, IMPACT Community Services
Steve is an active participant in the Partners in Recovery Consortium Management Committee, Bundaberg Regional Youth Hub and Richmond RPA Peer Service Advisory Committee. He has twenty-five years of not for profit and delivery of government contracts including mental health, training, employment, disability and youth.
Consuela Morrice – Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Consuela is a member Aboriginal Corporation for Women, Bundaberg Aboriginal Housing Corporation, Bundaberg North Primary School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Group, Port Coral Curtis Claim Group, Bundaberg Softball Association, and North Bundaberg Eels Softball Club. Her areas of expertise include maternity, child and youth health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Ken Parker – Employment Consultant – STEPS Employment Solutions
Ken is the Chair of the Central Queensland Regional Disability Council as well as member of the following – Queensland Disability Advisory Council, National Project Reference Group – CALD, Bundaberg Disability Sector Network and Bundaberg Region Mental Wellbeing Alliance. His areas of expertise include: mental health, disability, aged care and veterans’ health.
Katherine Potter – Practice Manager, Main Street Medical Centre
Katherine is a member of the Association of Australian Practice Managers and the Queensland Rural Medical Education Association. Her areas of expertise are general practice, chronic disease management, aged care, health, safety and environment.
Coral Walker – Advanced Indigenous Health Worker, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Coral is a member of the Red Cross, South Sea Islander Action Group, WYLD Youth at Risk, and Bundaberg Christian Fellowship. She has expertise in Aboriginal and South Sea Islander health and community engagement.
Ann Woolcock – Practice Manager, Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Service
Ann is a registered nurse and member of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwife Association and the Royal Collage of Nursing Australia. She has affiliations with Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, the National Stroke Foundation and the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School. Her areas of expertise are chronic disease, immunisation, preventative health initiatives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Faye Whelan – Deputy Mayor North Burnett Regional Council
Faye has been a local government representative since 2004. She has been the North Burnett Corporate and Communities Portfolio Councillor for over 8 years, encompassing health and wellbeing, aged care, childcare, public transport as well as sport and recreation. She chaired the Human Social Disaster Recovery Committee for North Burnett Region across four disasters. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the North Burnett Disaster Management Committee and chair of the Mundubbera Sub-Group. She presently chairs the North Burnett Community Services Advisory Committee, as well as being a member of the Mundubbera Local Ambulance Committee and Mundubbera Multi Purpose Health Centre Committee. She has a long association with local sporting clubs and is a member of the Wide Bay Regional Organisation of Councils Sport and Recreation Committee. Fay is a holder of an Australian Sports Medal for Service to Sport.
Kirstin Harrison – Branch Manager Community Services, Bundaberg Regional Council
Kirstin has worked in the Community Services area for more than 25 years. She’s a passionate advocate for the community across aged care and seniors, children and families , mental health, disabilities, community housing and homelessness. Kirstin’s role is to manage various State and Commonwealth funded programs operated by Bundaberg Regional Council.
These programs include:
- Community Care Services, Commonwealth Home Support Program
- Queensland Community Care, Neighbourhood Centres, Seniors Community Housing
- Childcare Services, Child and Family Support Services
- Emergency Relief Program, Community Wellbeing and Recovery
- Community and Youth Development
- Venues and Facilities.
Kirstin has actively worked within the Community Services area across a broad range of services of community not-for-profits and Local Government. Through the provision of these services Council facilitates and/or participates in a broad range of networks some of which include Interagency Networks, Family and Baby Network, Building Safer Communities Action Team, Senior Network, Mental Health Network, Inclusive Communities Network, Bundaberg Regional Youth Network, Community Wellbeing and Recovery.
Dr Mason Stevenson – Chair, Sunshine Coast Clinical Council; GP, Suncoast Medical Centre
Dr Mason Stevenson has been a GP on the Sunshine Coast for 29 years. He was an inaugural member of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Board and continues to serve his 8th year in this role. He was the President of AMA Queensland in 2009/10 and was the President of the Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association for 4 years. Dr Stevenson is also a Fellow of the Federal AMA, with over 10 years of service.
Dr Geoffrey Byrne – Deputy Chair, Sunshine Coast Clinical Council; GP, Golden Beach Surgery
Dr Byrne is a member of SCLMA, with over thirty years’ experience in general practice. He is on the Medical Advisory Committee for Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH) and Caloundra Private Clinic, and regularly trains medical students from Griffith University. He is a vocationally registered GP with his fellowship, AGPAL assessor and Quality Assurance examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Byrne is a JP (Qualified).
Associate Professor Florin Oprescu – Deputy Chair, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Health Promotion, USC (Academic Member)
Ass. Prof. Oprescu is a health promotion and communication specialist. His formal qualifications include medicine (MD), public health (MPH, PhD), business management (MBA) and education (Grad Cert). He works on initiatives including health promotion education, health communication, injury prevention, and translation of scientific findings into practical and accessible public health content.
Dianne Rigby – Senior Operations Supervisor, Queensland Ambulance Service
Dianne has extensive experience in both nursing and as a paramedic. In her role, she networks with other LASN Supervisory, particularly in the Brisbane Metro North and Wide Bay regions. Working at present on the ‘SPOT-ON’ project diverting non-urgent QAS patients back to general practice as their medical home.
Dr Jon Harper – GP Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, general practitioner
Dr Jon Harper did his medical training in the UK, graduating from Nottingham University Medical School and then training in General Practice in London. He migrated to Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast in 2008. He currently works part-time as a GP in Buderim and part-time as the GP Liaison Officer for the Sunshine Coast area of the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN. He has been the Senior Clinical Editor for Sunshine Coast HealthPathways since its launch in 2016. He is a clinical adviser for the design and implementation of GP Smart Referrals. Over the last 10 years, Dr Harper has been actively involved with improving patients’ access to quality healthcare in the region. He has been part of various health integration initiatives; believing that creating robust cross-sector clinical leadership is vital to guide health system reform.
Kaye Coates – Nurse Practitioner, Sundale Ltd
Kaye is a Nurse Practitioner for Aged Care and is working towards developing a sustainable model of care through her involvement with the CEDRiC research working group. Professional affiliations include Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) member.
Professor Kim Greaves – Cardiologist, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Professor Greaves is a Professor of Cardiology, University of the Sunshine Coast and Director of Cardiac Research at the Sunshine Coast. He is a member of the SCHHS Clinical Council, GP Council, Research Governance Committee, and Hospital ICT Committee.
Owen Mellon – Pharmacist
Owen P Mellon is a Community Pharmacist Owner based on the Sunshine Coast since 2014. He has extensive community, hospital, prison, army and psychiatric clinic experience in Australia, UK and Ireland. Owen is the only owner within the multiple award winning Capital Chemist Group who has a business in QLD. The group has won the prestigious Pharmacy of the Year on a National Level twice in 4 years.
Dr Sam Manger – GP, Ochre Health Medical Centre
Dr Sam Manger completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Queensland. He is a General Practitioner and Fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), where he received an award for the highest score obtained in the fellowship examinations. He is the President and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), which focusses on managing conditions with lifestyle measures including nutrition, movement, mind states, social connection, connection to nature, online & advanced technology, health coaching techniques and public policy evolution.
He is a GP in private practice, Clinical Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, Senior Lecturer and Medical Educator with James Cook University (JCU) College of Medicine and Dentistry, Vocational Medical Officer in psychiatry with Queensland Health and host of The GP Show podcast. He has a clinical research focus on lifestyle and social determinants in those with mental illness.
James Buckley – Pharmacist
James has worked as a community pharmacist for 5 years, as a trained expert in the quality use of medications. He has specific interests in inter-professional collaboration, given the opportunity for an open platform for communication between many healthcare providers in their respective fields. James hopes that by sharing strengths and knowledge about healthcare, it will achieve a smooth transition for the patient from each health professional necessary without difficulty. James aims to discuss pain management issues so that pharmacists can be well equipped for changes in demand for various medications logistically.
Dr Julee Birch – Dental Practitioner
Dr Julee Birch is a suburban general dental practitioner. She has lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast since 1990, returning to Queensland after 10 years living and working interstate and overseas. Since commencing her own practice at Mountain Creek in 1996 she has continued to serve her local community’s dental health.
Julee has served as the Sunshine Coast Councillor for the Australian Dental Association Queensland, becoming the second woman President of ADAQ in 2016. She has held various positions within ADA both at State and National level. Julee has also acted in a voluntary capacity as the Qld Chair for the National Dental Foundation charity and is a current Board member for the Australian Dental Health Foundation charity.
Kerri Howell – Director, Best In Care
Kerri developed an aged care community organisation based on principles researched over a number of years, including attending overseas training on CDC in Community. With over 25 years of health and medical management experience, Kerri hold qualifications in Psychology, Nursing, Business Management and Aged Care.
Kerri’s specific interests are in care planning in community with aged, ensuring that sound collaboration is developed with Primary, Sub Acute and Acute care, thus reducing unnecessary hospital bed admissions.
Kerri’s passion and expertise are keeping aged with chronic disease/terminal illness in their home as much as possible, rather than being admitted to EMD for sub-acute care needs, or to pass away. The majority of Kerri’s aged clients wish to stay at home rather than being admitted to hospital, and Kerri has highlighted the opportunity to provide true CDC and reduce EMD admissions by de-fragmenting care planning in community.
Dr Deborah Bailey, Acting Executive Director, Medical Services SCHHS
Dr Deborah Bailey graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 1982 and completed surgical training in Brisbane, Melbourne and Bristol. She is a paediatric surgeon with generalist practice covering congenital surgical and neonatal surgical conditions, burns and Paediatric Urology and is also an Adjunct Professor at Bond and Griffith medical schools. Dr Bailey has a strong interest in paediatric surgical training.
Other roles include Chair – Clinical Services Capability Framework (CSCF) Childrens Surgical Advisory Group Qld Health, Member – Safety Culture Measurement Expert Advisory Group ACSQHC, Chair of the RACS Queensland State Committee 2019, 2014-2019 Clinical Professional head for Gold Coast Health Service providing tertiary surgical, anaesthetic, procedural, Women’s and Paediatric services to one million people in northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast including 600,000 people in Gold Coast City and three public hospital facilities (Gold Coast University Hospital, Robina Hospital and Varsity Day Surgery).
Other interests include: regional provision of surgical services, credentialling and safety for children’s surgical services, education in professional skills – instructor for Training in Professional Skills for Surgeons, Operating with Respect, and Foundations Skills in Surgical Education.
Josey Criss, Residence Manager, Arcare Peregian Springs.
Josey is a registered nurse, having completed her training on the Sunshine Coast and has been in the aged care sector for 8 years in various roles. She is passionate about providing person-centred care to our aging population, and is excited to be a member of the PHN’s Sunshine Coast Clinical Council to be an advocate for the elderly community that she has the privilege of caring for.
Michelle Johnston, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service GP Liaison Officer
Dr Michelle Johnston is a GP who has worked in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for the past 20 years. She is GP Liaison officer and clinical lead for the GP with Special Interests program, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Her passion is improving communication and collaboration within healthcare.
Lee-Ann Monks, Consumer Health Representative, Monks Communication; SCUH
Lee-Ann Monks and her husband have lived on the Sunshine Coast for more than 10 years, using the local health system for themselves, their children and parents. They’ve used public and private services for aged care, palliative care, paediatrics, emergency, in patients, rehabilitation post surgery and allied health. They currently support/care for their 21 year old daughter who has complex, chronic health conditions and lives at home.
Lee-Ann is an agricultural scientist, operating a consultancy business specialising in communication of research to rural communities (www.monkscom.com.au). She has always held an interest in health, health promotion and farmer health. While her children were at school she volunteered with a variety of community initiatives such as nippers and reading support. When they completed school, Lee-Ann took the opportunity to volunteer in areas of personal interest such as health. Her current health consumer roles include the SCUH Choose Wisely program and Nambour General Hospital.
Dr Sandra Peters, Clinical Director Minor Illness and Injury Clinic, Caloundra Hospital
Sandra Peters has been a GP since dinosaurs were walking the land (her description!) and is currently the clinical director of the Minor Injury and Illness Clinic at Caloundra Hospital. She is an enthusiastic advocate for patients receiving care in the right setting without delay. Over recent years she has participated in many collaborative activities with the PHN, most recently the implementation of the SmartReferral program in the Sunshine Coast.
Howard Riach, Adjunct Professor, Nursing CQU; Facility Manager, St Vincent’s Care Services, Maroochydore
Howard is a highly qualified and experienced registered nurse and senior manager who has managed a variety of healthcare services over the years both public and private.
He brings to the clinical council a vast amount of practical knowledge. He is an active member of the Sunshine Coast Community and has strong views on community, aged and acute care health issues which will auger well for informed comment and add value to discussions.
Danielle Mackenzie, CEO, Sundale Pty Ltd
As the CEO at Sundale, Danielle supports the needs of the community by overseeing outstanding care and assistance services, and has a passion for aged care and ensuring older and vulnerable Australians have access to exceptional services. Danielle is an improvement specialist who facilitates service development and enhancement, quality leadership, strategic and business acumen, supported by innovation, stakeholder management, evidenced based outcomes, advocacy and connecting with communities.
Morne Terblanche, Medical lead, Safety Quality and Innovation, SCUH
Kate Burns, Director of Clinical Services, Buderim Private Hospital
Tendai Dawkins – Chair, Manager of Health and Wellbeing Solutions at Community Solutions/Endeavour Foundation
Tendai is a member of the Queensland Government Safe Night Out Public Safety Consultative Committee (Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton), Lendlease Community Liaison Group Sunshine Coast University Hospital, active in headspace Maroochydore and Mackay as well as Partners in Recovery Central Queensland and Wide Bay consortiums. Her areas of expertise are mental health, disability, children and youth, drug and alcohol and community safety.
Kerry Staines – Deputy Chair, Director Community Services, Lutheran Community Care
Kerry is a member of the Community Health Council, Community Council Sunshine Coast University Hospital and previously the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health. She has experience sitting on not-for-profit boards. Her areas of expertise are domestic and family violence, youth, disability, mental health, and accommodation.
Tanya Bell BAppSc (Biol)(Hons) GCEd (HE) PhD (PHE) – United Synergies
As a Population Health Epidemiologist, Tanya is passionate about improving the health and well-being of communities. Across almost two decades in the primary health care sector, Tanya has worked for research and academic institutes, state government departments, as well as non-government agencies including Medical Locals and Primary Health Networks. More recently Tanya has been engaged in a strategic leadership capacity assisting organisations to define and establish direction and priorities consistent with vision, values and strategy.
Bronwyn Bidstrup – Council on the Ageing (COTA)
Bronwyn Bidstrup is the Coordinator for the Aged Care Reforms in the Community program with COTA Queensland. Bronwyn has a background in community development, health promotion and project management. She has completed a post-graduate diploma in Health Research Methodologies and worked on projects relating to advance care planning, the palliative approach to care, and cultural diversity.
Jane Connolly – Consumer
Jane is an IT Project Manager working in eHealth and currently works for the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. She is secretary of the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge. She has experience in eHealth/telehealth, primary and secondary care, pharmacy and eprescribing, rural/remote health, clinical terminology and health informatics.
Sharelle Eggmolesse – North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
Sharelle is the Acting General Manager for North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH). Sharelle has 16 years’ experience within the community services space, with 14 of these years working at NCACCH, and nine years’ experience working within the government sector. As a proud Indigenous woman, Sharelle is committed to improving the health inequalities between Indigenous and mainstream Australians; with a focus on not only improving integrated services and partnerships with mainstream providers but expanding on current relationships with other Indigenous organisations. Sharelle’s in-depth community connections, knowledge and experience provides valuable input to this committee.
Naomi Ford – Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Naomi has worked in various roles within the Queensland public health system for more than 12 years. She is a strong advocate for improving the health literacy of our community and ensuring consumers are engaged in their care. She has a special interest in chronic disease and consumer involvement in complex care management.
Gillian Hall – Student, University of the Sunshine Coast, Community Development (Honours), Health Advocate
Gillian participates in the Executive Golden Key International Honours Society and is a member of the Dulong Community and History Group. She has experience in mental health, disability, social inclusion and community development.
Felicity Hogan – Practice Manager, Cooloola Coast Clinic
Felicity is the secretary of the Queensland Committee for the Australian Association of Practice Management, she also manages two general practices in Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. Her areas of expertise are general practice, skin cancer business management and chronic disease management.
Dr Jane Taylor – Public Health Academic, Program Leader Health Promotion and Discipline Leader Public Health
Dr Taylor is an author and member of the Public Health Association Australian, Health Promotion Association, Heathy Towns Project, and Sunshine Coast Immunisation Advocacy Group. Her areas of expertise are health promotion and public health, workforce development, social determinants of health, curriculum development, research and evaluation.
Thana Roysmith – Diversicare
Thana has professional qualifications in Education and Psychology. She has a passion for training and working within the Mental Health and Multicultural sectors. She currently works as a Multicultural Advisor with the Multicultural Advisory Service at Diversicare providing cross cultural training to Community Care service providers and working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Thana is originally from Singapore and has been living in Australia for 19 years.
Anna Sterken-Leslie – Integrated Services Manager, Blue Care
Anna is a registered nurse and member of the Healthy Aging Partnership, and Community Care Support Network. She has experience in aged care, palliative care, and chronic disease management.