Executive Committee

Members of the Executive Committee at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

 

 

President: Sue Andrews

 

Vice President: Michelle Banfield

 

Treasurer: Fiona Tito Wheatland

 

Members: Bill Heins, John Didlick, Marcus Bogie, Marion Reilly, Indra Gajanayake and Louise Bannister 

 

 

Executive Committee Profile

 

 Sue Andrews

 President

Sue Andrews

 

Sue joined the HCCA Executive Committee in April 2012 and was re-elected President at the AGM in 2014. Sue has worked in different roles in the health field over many years and is committed to consumer centred health care. She began her working life as a Medical Technologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, then in Papua New Guinea and later in Canberra. After completing an honours degree in Science at the ANU in the 1980s, Sue joined ACT Health initially as a researcher for the Cervical Screening Pilot Program, then later in the 1990s as Women’s Health Advisor and also in other health and social policy areas. She has experience in the non-government sector, having worked for Family Planning Australia and ACT Shelter and has served on the boards of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters of which she is a Life Member. Sue has a PhD in Women’s Studies from the ANU and maintains a strong interest in issues of gender and health.

 

Michelle Banfield

Vice President

Michelle Banfield

 

Michelle has been a member of HCCA since 2011 and joined the Executive Committee at the AGM in November 2012 and was elected Vice President at the 2014 AGM. Michelle is a consumer researcher in mental health and primary health care at the Australian National University. Originally a biological anthropologist exploring the behaviour and social systems of primates, Michelle moved into mental health research after serious mental illness derailed her grand plans and gave her a new focus. She has a PhD in epidemiology and population health, using participatory research methods to explore mental health consumers’ priorities for research on depression and bipolar disorder in Australia. Her current work is focused on increasing the involvement of health consumers and carers in the research process and conducting research relevant to their needs.

As part of her commitment to breaking down the barriers between consumers and researchers, Michelle enjoys sharing her work and her experiences with the community and has spoken at numerous events for AFFIRM: The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research and for Australian Rotary Health. In 2012 Michelle was appointed to the Consumer Reference Group for the National Mental Health Consumer Organisation Establishment Project, setting up a new peak body for mental health consumers around Australia.

 

Fiona Tito Wheatland

Treasurer

 Fiona Tito Wheatland

 

Fiona joined the committee as Treasurer in 2015, having served in the 1990s in a number of positions, including as President of HCCA.   She has had extensive experience as a consumer advocate and consumer representative in various parts of health care.  She has worked on patient safety issues in particular for more than 20 years – first as Chair of the Professional Indemnity Review, and then later on committees at the local hospital, Territory and National level.  She has served as a consumer representative on the Policy Review Committee of Mental Health ACT, as Principal Health Advisor to ACOSS, as inaugural chair of Health Policy in the ACT Council of Social Services and as Chair of the ACT Community Health Rights Advisory Council.

She is completing her PhD looking at the Doctor Identity and its impact on patient safety. She is currently a community representative on the Canberra Regional Medical Education Council, a HCCA representative on the Australian Council of Health Care Standards, and on the Obesity Management Service, and undertakes Accreditation surveys and other consumer representation with the Australian Medical Council.

 

 Bill Heins

Member

Bill Heins

 

Bill joined HCCA in 2011 and he has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2013. Since completing training as a Consumer Representative he has served on several committees including the University of Canberra Public Hospital Support Services User Group. He currently sits on the Community Health Centres Executive Reference Group. Bill spent 28 years in the Royal Australian Air Force starting as an apprentice on aircraft maintenance then working in technical administration and management. He spent the next 20 years self-employed in the ACT region followed by 10 years in semi-retirement with as active interest in ACT local government issues. Bill’s valuable contribution to the Executive Committee stems from his ethics and broad based work experience.

 

 

John Didlick

Member

 John Didlick

 

 

John Didlick is the Executive Officer at Hepatitis ACT – an organisational member of HCCA responsible for delivering services for and advocating on behalf of some of our community’s most stigmatised and marginalised people. John has tertiary qualifications in Community Development and Community Education and has experience in health policy (in Alcohol and Other Drug Policy, and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Policy) with the ACT and Australian Governments. John’s commitment to evidence based practice, consumer participation, community representation and health equity underpins his work with Hepatitis ACT and ongoing commitment to groups including the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases; the ACT Alcohol Tobacco and other Drug Strategy Evaluation Group; the AMC Health Policies and Services Advisory Group; and ACT Medicare Local Consumer Engagement and Empowerment Advisory Panel.

 

 

Marcus Bogie

Member

 Marcus Bogie

 

Marcus Bogie is the Senior Client Services Coordinator at the AIDS Action Council of the ACT. Marcus has worked for the Council for the past 14 years in various roles and has a thorough understanding of the needs of people accessing health services. Having lived with HIV for over 20 years, Marcus has first-hand experience in navigating the health system and is conscious of the needs of people receiving timely and accurate information. He is the coordinator of the Blood Bourne Virus Counsellors Network and represents the Council on various committees in advancing its cause . Marcus is passionate about equal access and believes stigma and discrimination around any issue is intolerable. He strongly believes in assisting people to be empowered to advocate for themselves and if not, have someone skilled to advocate on their behalf. 

 

Indra Gajanayake

Member

 Indra Gajanayake   compressed

 

Indra joined HCCA in 2009 and was elected as a member of the Executive Committee in October 2015. Currently, she is the Consumer Lead in ACT Health’s Falls Standard Group, and a consumer representative on the Electronic Medication Management Steering Committee, the Community Care Clinical Governance Committee, and the Division of Medicine Quality and Safety Governance Committee. Indra has gained extensive experience in health policy, health system performance monitoring, and health information development and reporting, in the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This added to her previous experience in population health research in the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Australian National University. A past President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) ACT Branch, Indra is a continuing member of the PHAA and the Australasian Epidemiological Association. Her interest in biostatistics and health led her to earn a Master’s Degree in Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) following a PhD in Demography. She has a strong interest in consumer access to safe and high quality health care in and out of hospitals.

 

 

Marion Reilly

Member

Marion Reilly

 

Marion joined the HCCA in 1997 and was a member of Executive Committee from 1998 to 2012. As well as working with the Executive Committee Marion has worked on the Consumer Representative Program and she chaired the Consumer Representatives Committee until 2011. Marion also participated in various committees with the Department of Health. This has included the ACT Medical and Dentist Advisory Committee, ACT Redevelopment Committee and she currently sits on the ACT Equipment Scheme Advisory Committee. Marion also was a member in the first Ministerial Advisory Committee for Ageing from 2009 until 2011. She is a Life Member of the YWCA where she was a member of the Board until 2009. She is a member of the COTA and ACT Shelter. Her main interest in health is where the 'patient' is the central decision maker. Also she is interested in people living with disabilities.

 

Louise Bannister

Member

Lou Bannister

 

Lou is passionate about women’s health and wellbeing, disability rights and advocacy. Lou joined HCCA in 1999 and started her consumer representative role in 2001 as a member of a disability Task Group for ACT Health’s Breast Screen and Cervical Screening Programs. This experience led to her being appointed to the ACT Cervical Screening Advisory Program, where she served for 10 years, including 5 years as the Committee’s Chair. Lou has worked on many Community Health committees over the years, including the Clinical Review Committee, and was also a rep on the HIP Project Control Group. She is currently on the Quality and Safety Committee for Rehabilitation and Community Care (RACC).

Lou served for 7 years on the ACT Board of the Physiotherapist Board of Australia, to help oversee the Board’s transition to a National body. She has previously served on HCCA’s Executive Committee from 2003-2006 and was part of the Consumer Representative Training Team from 2008-2012. As well as being involved with HCCA, Lou is also an active member of Women With Disabilities ACT. In 2012, she was awarded the Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award, for Inclusion by an Individual, in recognition of her work in the disability community.