Debra is a consumer, carer and consumer representative. She originally trained as a teacher and has undertaken health curriculum development, policy and research. She has worked with The Smith Family and was CEO of Asthma Australia. Debra is currently a Research Fellow in the Faculty of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI); has several government committee appointments including Chair of the MBS (Medicare) Review Consumer Panel and Member of the South Australian Government Health Performance Council; is an NPS: Medicinewise Director; Chairs the Board of HCA; and undertakes pro bono roles with a wide range of community organisations.
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.
Christine (Tina) Wakelin brings a wealth of experience working in rural and remote South Australia.
Tina worked as a Rural / Remote / Registered Nurse for 47 years and completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree externally in 1991. She served on the Eastern Eyre Health Advisory Council from 2009 - 2015; was a Member of the Advisory Committee on the role of Health Advisory Councils (HACs) for the Health Performance Council from 2010 - 2011; and was a previous Board Member of the Kimba Community Hotel / Motel.
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.
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.
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.
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.