Jane Marshall, Chairperson
Jane has many years working in health at all levels and across many care settings. Jane is passionate about health, wellbeing and ageing, and the vulnerable in the community. Jane represents Prison Health on the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Consumer Advocates Council, and is a member of Palliative Care SA.
Mark Diamond, Public Officer and Secretary
Mark holds a post-graduate degree in Social Work and has extensive experience in the management of public sector community services and health organisations in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia over a period in excess of 25 years. He has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance – the national peak advocacy body for rural and remote health.
Victoria Bedford, Treasurer
Victoria is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health at the University of Adelaide but also has a bachelor of Business Marketing from Cameron University in Oklahoma. She works part-time in project management for various organisations including Catherine House and SA Woman. As a consumer advocate, she splits her time between several organisations including Cancer Voices SA and Consumers Health Forum Australia. She is a mum to two primary aged children.
Danny has worked in a diverse range of positions over four decades in youthwork, disability services community health and primary health services and public health. He has occupied senior and executive leadership positions and has led several organisational change strategies. He has worked in nongovernment organisations as well as in state and local government. He has led advocacy for progressive health policy and health reform including taking leadership roles in the development of health legislation in this State. He holds qualifications in social work and health economics.
Over the past 25 years Barbara has worked in senior management roles mainly in the health medical device and pharmaceutical industries, both in Australia and Internationally. Through this work she has developed an in depth understanding of many diseases, their diagnoses and their recommended treatments. Barbara is passionate about public health, health protection and promotion and in particular health literacy. Barbara's experience working in the health sector has provided her with significant knowledge from which to inform policy to focus on the best health outcomes for all members of the community.
Paul Laris has over 40 years’ experience as a health care provider, health services manager, program evaluator, policy developer and citizen advocate. Since 2006 he has worked as a community member of the South Australian Medical Board and was a community member of the inaugural Australian Medical Board from 2010 to 2016.
Meg is a registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience across the health system including rural and remote, community services and acute hospitals. She is experienced in evidenced-based nursing, quality and safety, and systems improvement both within nursing and the broader health care context. Her career in healthcare includes operational roles and change management experience, including planning, implementing and leading innovation in complex healthcare environments.
Her portfolios have not only encompassed nursing but also chronic disease programs, homelessness, disability, care of the older person, and working with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.
Lynda is committed to ensuring HCASA remains a vibrant and viable organisation. She brings her experience as a consumer, a dedicated consumer advocate and her knowledge running her own business for 30 years to the HCASA Board. Lynda has experience in advertising as prior to starting her own business she worked in that field and was in that industry for 10 years. Lynda has been a long time supporter, member and vocal consumer advocate.