Committee members are comprised of health service users, consumers, carers, and community members, and act as a critical friend to NQPHN by bringing community perspective to advise the planning of activities and priorities. The committees’ advice is aligned with NQPHN’s Health Needs Assessment and local and Commonwealth priorities.
The aim of the Committees is to enable health system improvement and reform in local regions and for identified community groups. They ensure that community ideas drive improvements in person-centred care to deliver better health outcomes that are locally-relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations.
The Committees also guide and advise NQPHN to improve its social impact, cultural security, and patient safety of programs it commissions throughout the region.
As champions of change, members maximise and leverage their own community networks to improve health outcomes through coordinated care.
The Community Advisory Committees play a key role in helping to guide NQPHN in ensuring activities are connected to and supported by the communities it serves.
The Committees are chaired by the executive directors of NQPHN’s regional offices.
|Loretta Rigby||Interim Cairns, Cape and Torres Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair)|
|Kylie Young||Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good|
|Deborah Gillespie||Tablelands Regional Council|
|Stephen Bell||Department of Education|
|Stephen Ung||Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships|
|Marcella Ketchell||Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships|
|Ned David||Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Council|
|Eddie Newman||Northern Peninsula Regional Council Mayor|
|Oriel Murray||Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation|
|Karin Barron||Mackay Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair)|
|Bridgett Mather||Mackay Regional Council|
|St Nigel Dalton||Queensland Police|
|Shanelle Dumma||Carers Queensland|
|Vivi Starrett||Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association|
|Jeff Stewart- Harris||Isaac Regional Council|
|Dorne Wallace||Regional Social Development Coalition|
|Dr Anne Butcher||Mackay Women’s Centre and Domestic Violence Resource Centre|
|Bianca Fewquandie||Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships|
|Georgine Crawford||George St Neighbourhood Centre|
|Trudi Sebasio||Mackay Hospital and Health Service|
|Melissa Freestun||Townsville Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair)|
|Meg Davis||Townsville Multicultural Support Group|
|Gabe Cairns||Townsville Multicultural Support Group|
|Matt Lyons||Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group|
|Lynore Geia||James Cook University|
|Wendy Lang||Queensland Youth Services|
|Jeremy Audas||Richmond Fellowship Queensland|
|Kim Neilsen||The Good Shepherd Home|
|Chandell Derham||Defence Families of Australia|
|Linda Robinson||Department of Communities|
|Kirsty Ahern||Carers Queensland Ltd|
|Pauline Woodbridge||NQ Domestic Violence Resource Service|
|Sally Butler||Townsville City Council|