For more information on the Ballarat Goldfields Clinical Council, please contact Donna Fahie P: 5331 6303.
Pictured back row, left to right: Prof Mark Yates, Donna Fahie, Dr Danie De Villiers and Dr Ashley Hayes.
Front row: Dr Anne Stewart, Bronwen Haywood, Dr Samantha Culvenor, Dr Elizabeth Ellis and Mr Tristan Brumby-Rendall
Absent: Emma Leehane
Dr Daniel De Villiers - Chair and GP
After first qualifying as a teacher, Danie studied Medicine in South Africa. He served in the armed forces for 11 years, gaining considerable procedural skills before pursuing a career in general practice. He has completed a Master’s degree in general practice and became a Fellow of the Royal College in 2001 on moving to Australia. He served as the Chair of the West Vic Division of General Practice for 11 years, after which he became the inaugural Chair of Grampians Medicare Local. He is still providing procedural general practice care in Maryborough where he has been practicing since 2001.
Bronwen Haywood - Pharmacist
Bronwen together with her husband Peter, purchased their first pharmacy in Clunes in 1982 and then swapped Clunes for a pharmacy in Maryborough in 1987. That pharmacy became Priceline Pharmacy Maryborough in 2011 and in 2014 was a finalist in Pharmacy of the Year. Having grown up in a small rural community, being an active participant and giving back has always been a priority for Bronwen.
Dr Anne Stewart - Dentist
Anne qualified as a dentist from Glasgow University, Scotland and began her dental career in the UK, as a Worked House Officer at Dundee Dental Hospital, Perth Public Dentist and as an NHS general dentist in Dundee. Anne move to Australia and in 1980 worked as a private dentist in East Melbourne, moving to Ballarat in 1982 to work as a private, locum dentist. From 1984 - present Anne has been the practice owner of Ballarat Essential Dental located in Drummond St Sth and has had various business partners, including her husband Don. Anne became an Australian Citizen in 1989 and has raised her two sons in Ballarat. Anne is a member of local ADA group, serving twice as their Chair and has been a member of the State ADA Council from 2002-2013. She served as ADAVB President from 2010- 11, is a member of the Grampians Oral Health Network and of many dental societies. Anne has been exposed to many aspects and issues of health care delivery and has a keen interest in many aspects of her regional community.
Associate Professor Mark Yates
Mark Yates is a consultant physician in geriatric medicine and Director of Clinical Studies at the Grampians Clinical School, Deakin University. Mark is the clinical lead for the Grampians Region Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS) at Ballarat Health Services. Mark is a member of the team at Ballarat Health Services that developed the Dementia Care in Hospitals program, which is an all of hospital education program linked to a bedside cognitive impairment alert the Cognitive Impairment Identifier. With the support of the Victorian Department of Health this program has been introduced into 22 public hospitals across Victoria. In 2013, BUPA Foundation supported a re-evaluation and roll-out of the program at Cabrini Health and St John of God Bendigo. This program is now being rolled out nationally and its evaluation forms part of Mark’s PhD candidature at the University of NSW. Mark has been a member of various national advisory bodies for dementia, a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and a President of AMA Victoria.
Emma Leehane is a Yorta Yorta woman of mixed descent. Her career has been embedded in education and she has been teaching in various capacities for the past 16 years. Emma has taught around Australia as a classroom teacher and in two roles as an Indigenous Education Officer. She is currently working for Ballarat Health Services in the role of Aboriginal Care Coordinator. In her role, Emma is looking to improve the pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the health system and improve culturally safe and effective clinical care. Emma is a passionate advocate for her people and recognises the need for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to unite and stand strong to support each other across the nation.
Dr Ashley Hayes - GP
Ash initially arrived in Ballarat as a medical student. He subsequently moved around for a few years, before returning to the region to complete his GP training, attaining Fellowship in 2013. Ash has also obtained a Diploma in Child Health and a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He practices at Creswick and Clunes, with special interests including chronic disease, mental health, paediatrics and palliative care. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Ash is strongly committed to training the next generation of GPs. He supervises registrars within his own practice, and works as a Medical Educator with MCCC GP Training. Outside of work, Ash is busy with his young family. He is a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter, and is hopeful that their 2016 premiership is the start of a long lasting dynasty.
Dr Samantha Culvenor - GP
Dr Culvenor graduated from the University of Melbourne, having grown up locally in Daylesford. She resides in the Creswick area and is very familiar with our region and health services available. Dr Culvenor has completed additional training, obtaining the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is passionate about general practice and areas of interest include paediatrics, women’s health and pregnancy care. She is also involved in medical education with the supervision of medical students and GP trainees. She is a busy mother of two daughters and enjoys running and assisting at school in her spare time.
Dr Elizabeth Ellis - GP
Liz has been Ballarat GP since 1999. After gaining her medical degree, She worked at the Ballarat Base Hospital and then moved to WA , completing general practice training. Liz spent two years working at Yura Yungi Aboriginal Medical Service in the Kimberley region of WA, and then worked in hospitals and general practice in the U.K. Since returning to Ballarat Liz has worked in general practice and become a practice owner in a large general practice. She has been involved in general practice training as a supervisor and medical educator, for medical students and GP registrars. She was a member of the Board of the Ballarat Division of General Practice prior to the commencement of Medicare Locals. Liz keeps busy involved in various community groups and family pursuits.
Tristan Brumby-Rendall - Psychologist
Tristan is a senior psychologist currently working with acute mental illness at Ballarat Base Hospital, and also with the National Centre for Farmer Health and the Ripple Effect aimed at reducing rural suicide. Tristan has worked in a variety of roles within regional and urban Australia, as well as, internationally, including juvenile justice, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, suicide prevention, and with survivors of trauma and torture. Tristan has also completed research into conceptions of mental illness, diagnosis and ethical considerations around treatment. These experiences has resulted in a deep appreciation for the need for strong health programs and community support, particularly in regional areas.
Donna Fahie (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Ballarat
For more information on the Ballarat Goldfields Community Council, please contact Donna Fahie P: 5331 6303.
Pictured back row, left to right: Jo-Anne Werda, Jacqui White, Alan Crouch, Katherine Gillespie, Trevor Adem and Libby Jewson
Front row: Cathy Bushell, Marita Ryan, Donna Fahie, Tracey Wilson
Marita Ryan - Chair
Starting her career as a palliative care nurse, Marita’s professional focus for the last decade has been assisting organisations within the health and not for profit sector as a HR Consultant. Marita is genuinely excited by the possibilities for system improvement that the Primary Health Network and the Community and Clinical Council offers and looks forward to contributing to making a real difference to service provision, coordination and ultimately patient experiences, across our region.
Jo has more than twenty five years' experience in practice management in a variety of settings including primary care and specialist practices in both metropolitan and rural locations, combined and enhanced by over 30 years nursing/management experience in private and public health systems. She has a passion for improving the coordination of efficient health care across all levels from primary to tertiary settings to facilitate equitable heath care services for the entire community, regardless of geographical boundaries. As an adjunct to breaking down the significance of a residential address in determining the quality and provision of health care services, Jo is a passionate advocate for digital health and the subsequent positive plethora of innovations in health care possible to improve accessibility for health care services for all. Jo is a committee member of the Australian Association of Practice Management and works collaboratively with AGPAL to drive quality improvement in health care provision in the primary care setting.
Tracey has more than thirty years' experience in the public health system. Commencing as a dental therapist, she has spent the last twenty years in a variety of senior management roles in health and community based services in rural Victoria. She has a passion for improving access and equity for the community and works collaboratively with a variety of partner organisations to improve services and access to health.
Elizabeth has over 30 years’ experience in a range of professional fields including education, small business, public health, community health, exercise rehabilitation, multi- organisational collaboration and most recently in the family violence sector. She has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation and a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management. Libby has published papers relating to Behaviour Change, Exercise and Chronic Disease and has presented nationally in relation to Behaviour Change and Service Coordination. She has worked more recently in the west of Melbourne at Health West Primary Care Partnership, working with multiple agencies to develop collaborative and partnership work and now in the Ballarat region as the Executive Officer of WRISC Family Violence Support. Elizabeth’s passion is working together with multi-sector agencies to enable the best possible service that is accessible and meets the needs of every client. She is also passionate about work with the vulnerable and the marginalised and understands that the only way forward to make a difference in any sector is using a collaborative partnership approach, which includes the voices of the whole community.
Katherine has been employed in senior management roles throughout her career which have included local and state government, community health, aged and disability services and primary health care. Her current role focuses on the development of joint projects and partnerships across health and community care agencies. Katherine believes her passion for bringing people together to develop local solutions to local problems can bring about improvements and positive changes in all sorts of settings. She is optimistic about the system improvements and the positive changes that the Primary Health Network’s Community Councils can lead and support. Katherine is motivated to make a difference that will lead to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals within our community.
Dr Alan Crouch
Alan is a population health practitioner and academic with more than thirty years global experience. He has worked in a range of roles and disciplines with a diverse group of organisations, including Senior Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and as Team Leader (Health Promotion) within the Tropical Population Health Unit in Cairns, Far North Queensland. In this context, he has had extensive experience working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in rural and remote Queensland and in rural Victoria. He has also undertaken major consultancies with the Queensland Government, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, The World Bank and the World Health Organisation.
Cathy has recently moved to Ballarat after relocating from Canberra with her young family for a tree change in late 2014. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Tasmania and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.
Cathy has worked within the health sector for over 15 years. She joined the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing as part of their graduate program. In her 13 years within the Department, she worked across a number of policy and program areas including primary care, rural workforce, indigenous health, aged care and most recently in health emergency management. Cathy currently works in the Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership (CHPCP) as Agency Liaison Officer responsible for service integration. Cathy is a community minded person and enjoys giving back to the community. With a young family, Cathy is a fairly regular consumer of health and other community services in the region.
Trevor is Chief Executive at Beaufort and Skipton Health Service, and formerly at Omeo District Health. He previously held various positions as a senior allied health clinician with a degree in Physiotherapy. He is an advocate for systems development in Victorian healthcare, a strong supporter of equity of access to healthcare and has a hobby in contemporary service design and innovation.
Donna Fahie (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Ballarat
For more information on the Geelong Otway Clinical Council, please contact Charisse Spence P: 5222 0800.
Pictured back row, left to right: Dr Nicholas Brayshaw, Sian Pritchard, Dr Deb Harley (Chair), Dr Cameron Loy and Charisse Spence.
Front row: Paul Fargher, Nader Mitri, Tiffany Boots, Kay Widddicombe, Dr Ian Mackay
Absent: Inger Neylon
Dr Deb Harley - Chair and GP
Deb commenced her medical career as intern/ resident/ registrar at Geelong Hospital before entering general practice where she has worked in the Geelong region for over 25 years. She has been involved in GP projects and programs since the inception of the GP Association of Geelong in the 1990's, co-managing the Shared Care in Oncology program and assisting in after-hours community palliative care cover, before specialist palliative care services existed. She chairs the Palliative Care Special Interest Group, which meets monthly, and chaired Barwon Medicare Local's GP Advisory Committee. Deb continues to remain connected to Barwon Health through her role in the Lymphoedema Clinic where she has worked one day a week for the past 13 years.
Paul Fargher - Physiotherapist
A physiotherapist with 33 years experience, Paul is Director of the Geelong Physiotherapy Clinic. Paul is particularly motivated to promote multidisciplinary practice to improve primary health outcomes. He was Chair of the Clinician Advisory Committee for Barwon Medicare Local. Paul lists the key health care issues for the Geelong Otway region as obesity, improving chronic disease management and improving access to quality health services for vulnerable groups.
Tiffany Boots - Nursing student
Tiffany is completing her second year towards a Bachelor of Nursing at the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University, together with a cadetship at Barwon Health in Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery. She also works part-time in the hospitality industry to support her studies. Tiffany brings a strong youth perspective together with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspective to the Council and is keen to share her views on preventative health.
Nader Mitri - Pharmacist
Sian Pritchard - Nurse Practitioner
Sian is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in private practice with a breadth of skill in primary health care that spans 32 years of experience as a general nurse, later becoming specialised in mental illness and substance abuse disorders. As the first Nurse Practitioner in mental health in the Geelong Otway region she has worked diligently over a number of years to increase the awareness of how mental health nurses and nurse practitioners can improve access to affordable expert care for people living with severe mental illness in the community. A member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), Sian has opportunities to lobby governments for improved services and funding for people with mental illness. Sian tutors at Deakin University for the School of Nursing and Midwifery and sees opportunities to foster research partnerships between the tertiary education sector and the primary healthcare sector. She is active on twitter and can be found at Sian_NP her website is www.nursepractitioner.org.au.
Kay Widdicombe - Psychologist
Kay is a Psychologist and Social Worker by background and has worked in a variety of community and education based settings in clinical and leadership roles and more recently has been working in health, managing allied health services at Colac Area Health. Kay is Director Community Services at Colac Area Health and is committed to providing innovative ways to provide quality accessible care and support for rural communities that improve health and wellbeing.
Inger Neylon - Dietitian
Trained in the United States, Inger is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), with an extensive background in various leadership and governance roles. She runs a successful nutrition practice in Newtown, Victoria called Foundations Family Nutrition, which welcomes everyone and specialises in children and families. She is also working towards a Master of Clinical leadership at Deakin University. Inger is passionate about team work and fostering collaboration to improve primary health care through innovative multidisciplinary focused solutions.
Dr Ian Mackay - GP
Ian graduated from Melbourne University and after residency at RMH and Geelong, commenced pathology training in haematology and forensic pathology. Preferring the living to the dead (..... mostly), he transferred to GP training. On completion and after obtaining his DRANZCOG in Perth and DA in the UK he settled with his pregnant wife in Colac where he has remained. Ian subsequently obtained his FRACGP and FACRRM and has remained an active procedural GP since, with a side interest in medical education and training. In his dotage, he is winding back some of the procedural work and intends to increase his involvement in training, GP, and community health issues. Ian is currently a state committee member for RDAV and RACGP.
Dr Cameron Loy - GP
Cameron Loy is a Lara GP and Chair of RACGP Victoria. He works in Victoria's public prisons and has previously worked with the Victoria Police and Institute of Forensic Medicine. He has also worked in Timor Leste. Cameron’s past professional roles include Chair of the General Practice Registrars’ Association (now Australia) in 2002, Director of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) 2006-2010 and Chair in 2011, Director of Greater Green Triangle General Practice Education and Training 2001-2003. Cameron has been part of RACGP Rural and RACGP Victoria for more than a decade, as well as being involved in Assessment and Standards. He has been involved in clinical advisory groups for the state based opioid substitution programs and the Hepatitis C antiviral therapy training programs for GPs for six years. Cameron is a Trustee on the Shepherd Foundation, providing grants for research into primary prevention in primary care and occupational health settings. He remains a committed supervisor and mentor for GP registrars and when opportunities arise for residents and medical students. Cameron is also a keen amateur astronomer.
Dr Nicholas Brayshaw - GP
Nic has worked as a GP for 35 years, including some time in Papua New Guinea in the late 1980s. He is passionate about improving healthcare systems, particularly through a population health focus, primary prevention and improving access and equity for marginalised groups. He has extensive experience in mental health and has worked as a locum in Aboriginal Health services in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, and with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He currently sits on three advisory groups: Barwon South West Pharmacotherapy Advisory Group, the Trans and Gender Diverse Working Group for the Victorian Government and the Geelong GP Palliative Care Group. He is a member of the Quality Assurance and Clinical Governance Committee at Kardinia Health.
Charisse Spence (ex officio) Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Geelong
For more information on the Geelong Otway Community Council, please contact Charisse Spence P: 5222 0800.
Daryl Starkey - Chair
A well qualified and experienced chief executive with expertise in health and community service general management in the private and community sectors in South Australia and Victoria. Daryl’s CEO roles over 25 years included private hospitals, ambulance service, disability, employment, aged care, mental health and registered training organisations. Daryl has tertiary qualifications in both accounting and business, majoring in health administration and also completed a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. Board Director roles include Chair of Disability Professionals Victoria, a community Telco, Rotary (including President) and he has been a member of a wide range of committees and task forces. Daryl has overseen amalgamations of three separate community service organisations and as former CEO of Karingal from 2000 - 2015, led substantial revenue growth (ten fold) and trebling of employee numbers. Currently Daryl is a member of an advisory committee for a private equity company, a leadership coach/mentor, a judge for the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and Rotary Club of Geelong Board member.
Marilyn retired totally and permanently disabled from a long teaching career in 2001 after her own cancer journey with other co-morbidities, followed by a cancer diagnosis of her husband, father and sister and need to care for her elderly mother and mother in-law. In 2004, she was invited to become the inaugural Consumer Representative at Barwon Health, becoming involved in their CAG and Cancer Services Governance Committee. And a volunteer with Leukaemia Foundation. Her back ground in education, administration, policy and curriculum development has been a valuable asset in her work with advocacy, training and consultancy. Marilyn has used her own complex health journey and that of her family to develop a deep desire to support others and gain optimal health care for all, bringing a patient and carer perspective to her work in partnership with clinicians and government departments. She is currently a member of of their Centred Care Committee and has been a judge for many years for Barwon Health Quality of Care Award. She is currently chair of Cancer Action Victoria and Barwon South West Regional Integrated Cancer Services Consumer Advisory Group actively involved in pastoral care, supportive/ palliative and end of life/ bereavement care. Currently she is involved with Deakin University and Barwon Health planning updating Education in Consumer Centred care for staff and students. Marilyn's story as a hospital patient is featured in a DVD “Older People in Hospital” that is currently in use on the DHHS “Toolkit” website as a training tool. She was the inaugural Barwon Health Lifetime Volunteer Award winner, and a finalist in the Care and Compassion Pride of Australia Awards and a finalist in the Minster of Health Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Sandy is a currently the CEO of Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF), the Barwon region’s pre-eminent community services organisation. Sandy is a committed family and community person as well as a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of health and community services throughout Victoria. He holds qualifications at both the Bachelor and Master levels. Prior to his appointment as the CEO of BCYF (and formerly Glastonbury) in 2012, Sandy held a number of senior Executive Director positions with Barwon Health, one of Australia’s largest regional health services. He has also held several senior executive positions at other public and private health care services across Victoria leading the successful delivery of health services at the acute, sub-acute, aged care, and community services.
Lyn Russell (nee Cawood) was born and raised in Apollo Bay the second of six daughters. Lyn trained as a Registered Nurse at Colac and Geelong before training as a Midwife. Lyn returned to Colac in 1974 and married a local farmer in 1975 and settled in Elliminyt. She nursed in all areas of nursing in Colac 1974 until 1996 when she commenced nursing in Cobden as their Community Health Nurse and continued there until 2012. Lyn graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Community Health) in 2000 from the University of New England. She was elected as a Councillor to Colac Otway Shire in 2008 and 2012. She served as Deputy Mayor in 2008 and Mayor in 2009, 2012 and 2013. Lyn did not seek re election in 2016. Lyn skills include liaising, advocating to and representing to all levels of government, non-government, community groups and the private sector, policy and decision making within a process, identification of community needs and establishing priorities, representing the interests of community members, setting standards of good conduct and working within a code of behaviour and good governance practices.
Jake is passionate about health, and being an advocate and empowering young people in the community and minority groups such as LGBTI and people who don’t feel confident having their say. Jake is involved in the Engaged Project with BCYF/Gforce/Give Where You Live, which is developing a process for tackling youth homelessness. Jake is a member of the 3216 VIBE Action group, which organises quarterly youth events to raise money for varied charitable organisations, most recently organising a Halloween event to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Jake is also a member of the Green Effect Movement (GEM) which is focused on sustainability and the environment. Jake is currently completing high school and has aspirations for pursuing a career in the UN, NGO or some form of global health. Big congratulations to Jake on his 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Award win for his numerous volunteer projects with the CFA.
Together with her established school teaching and social work background in education and mental health, Fae brings lived consumer experience as a cancer survivor to the Geelong Otway Community Council. She has been an active and ongoing contributor to a wide range of community groups and initiatives including; Barwon South West Regional Integrated Cancer Service, HealthDirect, Brecan, Geelong Hospital Emergency Department and GRACE support group. She is also an Executive Committee member for ARMS, in Melbourne. Fae brings specific insight into the experience of regional and rural patients accessing specialist services outside of their home region, and the need for greater integration between primary and secondary health services.
Francis (Frank) Kelloway
A graduate of the Royal Military College, the University of New South Wales and the University Southern Queensland, Frank has extensive strategy, governance, planning and negotiation experience. His career in the Army included operational service in Lebanon with the United Nations, and in Timor, where in 1999 he commanded an independent cavalry squadron. His final appointment was as a Lieutenant Colonel on the faculty staff of the Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, the Army’s Masters level management program, leading the strategic planning program. On leaving the Army in 2000, Frank spent time in a variety of consulting roles in Melbourne and in March 2003, Frank started his own specialist consultancy, Kelloway Lonsdale, which focused on advisory of strategy, governance and organisational enhancement assignments for clients including NEC Australia, Transfield, and the Australian Sports Commission. In 2010, Kelloway Lonsdale merged with two other businesses to form The Lonsdale Group. He led The Lonsdale Group team that has worked with more than 10 Medicare Locals since 2010 and continues to provide advisory as they transition to meet the new Federal Government Primary Health arrangements. Since joining Deloitte in February 2015, as a Partner in Deloitte Private Advisory, Frank as led work to optimise a large medical imaging business as well as strategy, performance improvement and technology advisory assignments in agribusiness, primary health and with Melbourne Polytechnic. Frank is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His tertiary qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Frank is a Board member of Samaritan House Geelong and the immediate past chair of the Queenscliff Point Lonsdale Community Enterprise.
Janice is the Director, Health and Wellbeing for G21 and across the G21 region. Formerly, Janice held various management positions at Surf Coast Shire, City of Darebin and VicHealth. She is a highly accomplished, professional and enthusiastic leader with proven experience in the community development, well-being and leisure areas. Janice has a Masters Business Administration from Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Health Education from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Arts (Recreation Management) from the Footscray Institute of Technology.
Jessica has worked in the Norlane/Corio community for five years in the area of well-being and engagement. She is currently Campus Principal of Northern Bay College (Tallis) and is keen to embed key components of health promotion into education. A core element of her work involves engaging and facilitating community conversations around health and well-being and what supports can be integrated into current educational services. Jessica’s experience provides insight into the Norlane/Corio community and an opportunity for leverage within the education sector to improve primary health and well-being.
Jenny has lived with chronic asthma and related respiratory disease and has been a long term client of service providers in the Barwon region. A Golden Plains Shire Councillor and Mayor serving some twenty years she was appointed to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in 2015.
Charisse Spence (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Geelong
For more information on the Great South Coast Clinical Council, please contact Sue Fleming P: 5564 5888.
Dr Dale Ford - Chair and GP
Dr Rodger Brough - GP and Medical Specialist - Alcohol and Other Drugs
Dr Anton Forsyth - Public Health Registrar
Dr Phil Hall - GP
Rebecca Van Wollingen - Registered Nurse
Nicholas Place - Social Worker
John Parkinson - St John of God Warrnambool
Ann Morris - Diabetes Nurse Educator
Dr Eldon Lyon - GP
Dr Margaret Garde - GP
Ashley Couzens - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Sue Fleming (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Warrnambool
We are currently seeking Great South Coast Community Council members.
For more information on the Great South Coast Community Council, please contact Sue Fleming P: 5564 5888.
Adele Keneally - Chair
Adele has had extensive experience as a leader and manager in South West Victoria over the past 20 years. She spent nine years as the Group Manager for Community and Culture for the Glenelg Shire Council with various stints as Acting CEO, and prior to that, nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Glenelg Regional Library Corporation. She established her own business, ASK Consulting Victoria in 2014, and holds various qualifications, including a PhD and a MEd (research). She is also a Board Member of Western District Health Service and Barwon South West Women’s Health and Wellbeing. She is currently engaged to coordinate the Great South Coast Beyond the Bell Initiative and lives with her partner in Hamilton.
Sue Fleming (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Warrnambool
For more information on the Wimmera Grampians Clinical Council, please contact Krista Fischer P: 5381 1756.
Rowena Clift - Acting Chair, Western Victoria PHN Director Service and System Integration
Dr Khaled El-Sheikh - GP
Khaled identified a need for additional medical services in Warracknabeal in 2003 and decided to create his own general practice. He then proceeded to open or acquire clinics in under doctored regions in NSW and Victoria and is now the owner and operator of 53 rural and metropolitan medical centres, known as Tristar Medical Group.
Khaled is passionate about providing cost effective specialist medical services to regions most in need of these services. Khaled continues to live in Regional Victoria and travels frequently to provide training and mentorship for the 200 plus GP’s based at his clinics.
Stuart Hall – Pharmacist
In 2010 Stuart created Flagship Pharmacies and is now the proprietor of three pharmacies located in Horsham and Warrnambool. One of Stuart’s Horsham pharmacies, Horsham’s Priceline Pharmacy, won a national award in 2015 and was named the best Priceline pharmacy out of the 260 around Australia.
Stuart is a current member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and in 2015, he completed his Masters in Business Administration. He is passionate about building a community spirit and is looking forward to increasing collaboration between local healthcare providers to improve the health outcomes of the community.
Dr Kate Graham – GP
Kate, originally from country North Queensland, has lived in the Wimmera for 10 years. She has practiced as a GP in Horsham, Natimuk and Dimboola. During this time Kate has also been a Director of Education for Registrars and a Medical Educator for Beyond Medical Education and MCCC, a member of the National Standing Committee for General Practice Education and received a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2011.
Kate is very keen to be able to contribute to the equity of healthcare within rural regions. She currently lives in Horsham and is a mum to two young boys.
Sue Fontana – Registered Nurse
Sue has extensive experience as a Registered Nurse, having worked at Stawell Regional Health for the past 30 years and she recently received recognition as a Life Governor. Sue is also employed part time at Grampians Community Health as a Diabetes Educator and as a Practice Nurse in her home town of Stawell.
Sue’s area of expertise is in Diabetes Management. As a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, she is passionate about helping people to self-manage their diabetes, and improve their quality of life. Sue is very keen for improved care coordination between Hospitals and Primary Health Services.
Debbie Schulz – Local Hospital Representative
Debbie has had more than 30 years experience in rural health having worked in Ballarat, Horsham, Geelong and Ararat in clinical and senior management positions. She is currently the Director of Community Services at East Grampians Health Services. Debbie is an active member at regional state and national levels which has included being a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Allied Health and the Deputy Chair of the Barwon-South Western Clinical Placement Network.
Debbie is keen to improve health outcomes in the region and build workforce capability.
Rhys relocated from Sydney to the Grampians three years ago and has worked as a Dietitian, Project Manager and Acting Manager of Allied Health. Rhys has worked as a Dietitian in a range of metropolitan and rural settings including Hobart, Sydney, Ararat, and Stawell. Currently Rhys is working for Stawell Regional Health as a Project Manager of an electronic medical record project.
Rhys is very keen to be involved in improving access to health services to reduce the disparity in health behaviors and health outcomes experienced by rural and regional communities. He believes this can be achieved through better collaboration, information sharing and access to initiatives including regional clinics and telehealth.
Rhys enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and is a connoisseur of fine coffee.
Krista Fischer (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Regional Manager Horsham
For more information on the Wimmera Grampians Community Council, please contact Krista Fischer P: 5381 1756.
Pictured left to right: Joanne Richie, Rosalind Byass, Kevin Mills, Marianne Hendron, John Aitken, Robyn Lardner, Emily Anderson, Julie Pettett and Rabindraj Bangaar.
Absent: Justin Van Rossen, David Berry and Aunty Nancy Harrison
Robyn Lardner - Chair
Based in the Wimmera, Robyn’s expertise covers rural health issues, social justice and retail. With a nursing background including midwifery, neonatal intensive care and a Masters of Health Administration, she has worked as the Administrator/Director of Nursing for an acute, aged care and community health facility as well as Manager Corporate Support for GWMWater. Business involvements include pharmacy and a natural health practice. Robyn Lardner GAICD also has a long history of community service, and is a past winner of Horsham Citizen of the Year and a member of the Royal Flying Doctor Board (Vic).
Jo has extensive experience in project and evaluation roles in the Health sector, having worked for many organisations in the Grampians, Pyrennes, Wimmera and Southern Mallee regions. She originally practiced as an Occupational Therapist in Warrnambool and Ararat.
Jo is currently a director at Grampians Community Health and a board member of Pinnacle, a disability support organisation in Ararat and Stawell. She is also part of the Grampians Pyreenes Primary Care Partnerships Consumer Engagement Working Group.
John is currently undertaking a PhD at La Trobe Rural Health School. His project is entitled ‘Improving rural health with community engagement’. John has researched community engagement in rural communities and has developed interventions to improve health literacy for all age groups. His work has had an emphasis on developing strategies to promote healthy ageing in rural communities.
John has been a Community Pharmacist for 30 years based in Warracknabeal, Birchip and Horsham and now operates as a locum.
Rosalind has twenty years’ experience as a Maternal & Child Health Nurse in the Stawell region. Her past experience includes teaching at TAFE, specialising in child care. Being a parent herself the challenges and advantages of rural life for families has determined her interest in community development.
In retirement Rosalind is a mentor with the GRAMPS (MATES) programme at Stawell Secondary College, a member of Stawell Gold Mines Environment review committee, a board member of Pinnacle (a disability support organisation located in Ararat and Stawell), and a volunteer with Stawell Riding Develops Abilities.
Rosalind is committed to minimising the gap between First Australians and the general community which has led to her membership of the ALP Victorian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander policy committee. As a senior citizen she has a keen interest in the independence and needs of older people.
Justin Van Rossenn
Justin has lived and worked in the Wimmera region for the past 7 years. He has worked in roles with a strong community focus, particularly around mental health needs. He worked at the Horsham College for three years as the Chaplain and is presently working at Wimmera Uniting Care as the Professional Practice Specialist.
Justin has previously been a member of a collaborative care planning network of practitioners from clinical service and community health service providers and is a current member of the clinical sub group for the Horsham Headspace initiative. He is very keen to advocate the needs of individuals and families suffering from mental health conditions.
Aunty Nancy Harrison
Aunty Nancy is a Senior Elder of the Wotjobaluk community and is one of the few local Elders to be inducted onto the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll through the office of Aboriginal Affairs. She is a former Director of the Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative and a former Chairperson of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council.
Aunty Nancy has been involved in many committees and organisations over time, with the purpose of contributing to the improvement of Aboriginal Health and culture in the Wimmera region. She believes it is very important to pass on knowledge and support as an Elder as this is an important link to improving the health and confidence of an Aboriginal community member.
Emily is the Executive Officer of the Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership where she has been involved in implementing and driving a number of key health and community initiatives across the region. Emily’s previous positions have been as a Director at the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and various community development and sustainability positions with local government and environmental organisations.
Emily is passionate about rural communities, engaging meaningfully with people and the potential to enhance health system design, delivery and evaluation from those that are living the health system experience.
Rabindraj has senior Health industry experience with a strategic focus on service delivery to the community. He previously worked for Stawell Regional Health as the Finance Manager, and has held a similar position at Rural Northwest Health.
Rabindraj is very active in the community, volunteering on the audit and risk committee of Northern Grampians Shire and teaching weekly yoga and meditation classes. He is also involved in the breakfast program for disadvantaged children and families in the Stawell region.
Marianne has a background in social work and has gained extensive senior management experience in community health and primary care in the Grampians and Wimmera regions. She is currently the CEO of Women’s Health Grampians. Originally from Ireland, she spent twenty years in the Wimmera working in generalist social work, housing, drug and alcohol, housing, family violence and mental health, as well as teaching social welfare and mentoring students. She has a particular interest in partnership work and collective impact and is a strong advocate for primary prevention - addressing the root causes and social determinants of health issues and poor outcomes, especially in a rural context.
Marianne is very committed to improving health outcomes, especially for disadvantaged groups in our region. Marianne holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Social Work and has completed post graduate studies in Mental Health Science and Business Governance. She is a Board member of Sports Central and Food is Free Ballarat and is member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.
Kevin has a background in the community services and health sectors in both commercial and not for profit organisations. He is currently the CEO of Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital and was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Wimmera Uniting Care. Kevin is a current board member of Wimmera HUB and Horsham and District Kinder Association.
Kevin has a long history of community involvement having volunteered on various sporting and community related committees over many years.
Julie is currently the CEO of Volunteering Western Victoria where she is responsible for leading a volunteer support organization. She has extensive government and management experience in not for profit organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
Julie has a genuine interest in advancing the health and wellbeing of her community.
David is currently the Executive Officer of the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly. He has previously been a Sports Journalist at Ace Radio and the General Manager of Wimmera Football League.
David is passionate about keeping the community active and well through sports participation.
Krista Fischer (ex officio) - Western Victoria PHN Interim Regional Manager Horsham