Expressions of Interest Open Now:

Aboriginal Health Council Ex-Officio Membership

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is currently seeking expressions of interest for Aboriginal Health Council (AHC) Ex-Officio Members (two positions).

Expressions of interest for the Ex-Officio positions for the AHC are sought from members of the community with experience in Aboriginal Health, Human Services, or community development and an understanding of the health of Aboriginal people in the Western NSW Primary Health Network footprint.

Your involvement in the AHC will assist to develop local strategies to improve primary health care for Aboriginal people in the WNSW PHN region.

This position is open to all members of the communities in the West & Far West Regions of NSW as covered by the WNSW PHN and is a non-voting advisory position. Ex-Officio members may be Aboriginal people or Non-Aboriginal people. There are two Ex-Officio positions on the AHC.

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Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has established five Advisory Councils which each report through to the Board. The Councils assist the organisation set strategic direction, evaluate outcomes of services and support the design of new services to meet the needs of local communities. 

Clinical Councils provide support and advice to the Board on opportunities to further develop clinical services to meet community needs.

Community Councils support WNSW PHN to understand and address health needs within local communities, including access to services and service gaps. 

The Aboriginal Health Council supports WNSW PHN to understand locally relevant Aboriginal Community perspectives in relation to their unique health needs, access to services and service gaps.  

Far West Community Advisory Council Membership

  1. Sorna Nachiappan – Chair

  2. Lynnette (Lyn) Flanagan
  3. Joan Sanderson
  4. Kerry Wall
  5. Wendy Chynoweth
  6. Karen Behsmann
  7. Rynette Gentle
  8. Emma Moore
  9. Richard (Dick) Wagner
  10. Glenis Beaumont

Board Liaison Director: Greg Sam

Far West Clinical Advisory Council Membership

  1. Dr Melanie Mateo - Chair
  2. Dr Mary Beth MacIsaac
  3. Dr Andrew Olesnicky
  4. Georgina Drewery
  5. Kathryn Mitchell
  6. Katherine Bissett
  7. David Lee Doyle
  8. Barbara Turner
  9. Chelsea Anderson

Board Liaison Director: Yvonne Rowling

Western Community Advisory Council Membership

  1. Louise Johnson - Chair

  2. Georgina Luscombe
  3. Gordon Hill
  4. Vivian Slack-Smith
  5. Sally Torr
  6. Ricky Puata
  7. Rhonda Gleeson
  8. Michelle Steele
  9. Marilyn Osborne
  10. Terese Scheepers

Board Liaison Director: Saranne Cooke

Western Clinical Advisory Council Membership

  1. Dr Ai-Vee Chua - Chair
  2. Dr Neil McCarthy
  3. Dr Anna Windsor
  4. Lisa Gibson
  5. Peter Crothers
  6. Lynne Lambell
  7. Cheryl YS Goh
  8. Laurinne (Reenie) Montgomery
  9. Alison Amor

Board Liaison Director: Cathy Baynie

Aboriginal Health Advisory Council Membership

  1. Des Jones - Chair
  2. Patricia Bates-Canty
  3. Christine Corby
  4. Brendon Cutmore
  5. Donna Cruickshank
  6. Katrina Ward
  7. Julie Blackhall
  8. Alan Bennett
  9. Christine Peckham
  10. Max Saxby
  11. Robert Salt
  12. Paul Carr

   Board Liaison Directors:  Melina Saunders and Donna Bliss

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