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Our Board

Our Board consists of a group of delegates who are nominated by our voting member organisations. Board members represent us at high-level state committees and working groups and help set our agenda. They bring a lot of experience in a wide variety of different health issues and help to provide a balanced consumer perspective.

Current Board members

 

John Garbutt

John Garbutt

Chair

Nominated by the Stroke Recovery Association NSW, John is a stroke survivor. He is also a Board member of the Stroke Recovery Association. John has held many senior management positions including NSW WorkCover Authority, Deputy Chairperson of the NSW Sporting Injuries Committee and as Principal Policy Officer – Strategic Policy and Reform Unit in the Premier’s Department. John is a volunteer patient for medical students at the University of Notre Dame and the School of Physiotherapy at Newcastle University. He is passionate about sailing and volunteers for Sailability. John's vision for Health Consumers NSW is a united team effort to provide a voice for patients' and their families' and carers' in the NSW health system.

 

Marry Potter

Mary Potter

Deputy Chair

As an experienced consumer representative at state, national and local levels, Mary Potter was co-opted onto the HCNSW board as an individual member in 2012 and later nominated by Arthritis NSW in 2014. Mary brings her current and previous board memberships to add to the already rich experience and expertise on the Board. She draws on her experience both as a consumer and carer, as well as her professional background as a microbiologist and previous roles working at a Division of General Practice in Sydney. She sits on several national committees and her interests span all areas of health, although she has a particular interest in continuity of care, consumer involvement in health research and on the future of eHealth systems in Australia.

 

John Leyden

Dr John Leyden AM

Treasurer

Nominated by The Unicorn Foundation, an organisation he founded and chairs, John is active in providing support and advocacy for consumers suffering from rare tumours and their carers. He is the Quality and Safety Officer of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is on the NSW Law Society Medico-Legal Advisory Committee. John is the founding chair of the world Neuroendocrine Tumour Alliance and he is a consumer representative on a range of committees and networks at both national and state level. His interests in health policy and planning are associated with equitable access to treatments and pharmaceuticals; improved resource allocation in delivery of medical care; and improved access to Australian trials and research. He is interested in working on any issues that impact on health consumers and in building unity through a strong organisation where people feel they belong. As a health consumer and carer himself, his personal interests lie in rare cancers and rare diseases.

 

Neil Fraser

Neil Fraser

Neil has worked in the corporate world for over 15 years in product marketing and has volunteered in various roles around the HIV sector since 2014. As a Program and Peer Support Officer, with Positive Life NSW, one of our voting members, Neil is responsible for the administration of their programs. He brings a strong passion for building the quality of life for people living with HIV in NSW after his HIV diagnosis in 2013 and a wealth of networking and marketing knowledge with him. He has been a speaker for the Positive Speakers Bureau.

 

Lucille Bloch

Lucille Bloch

Lucille was nominated by Dementia Australia and has a keen interest in palliative care. Lucille cared for her mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease and her husband with frontotemporal dementia. Lucille has many years’ experience with supporting people with dementia and as a consumer representative and volunteer. She is a facilitator for an Alzheimer’s Consumer Support Group in NSW and is passionate about palliative care and end of life services and particularly interested in the issues surrounding Advanced Care Planning.

 

George Houssos

George Houssos

As the President of the Thalassaemia Society NSW, George has been nominated to serve on the Health Consumers NSW Board. George believes that the end users and consumers of the NSW Health System need to be at the centre of government policy to ensure that health care policy meets the needs of patients. He has a particular focus on people who have a chronic and/or long-term reliance on the NSW Health system. The Thalassaemia Society deals with many sufferers from a vast mix of multicultural and socio-economic backgrounds and all age groups. As such, George fundamentally believes that the NSW Health System needs to cater to the different consumers of health treatments and services. George has extensive experience in community campaigns and advocacy and has broad experience in public policy and the private sector. George welcomes your feedback and ideas on how the Health Consumers NSW Board could help improve the NSW Health System. 

 

Annette Bray

Annette Bray

Annette was nominated by the Older Women’s Network. She is a trained nurse who spent most of her working life in the community as a district nurse as well as some years in the country. She has also worked in aged care. Since her retirement, she has been involved in pastoral care in a number of aged care facilities. Annette is a member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Community Participation Committee Lower North Shore and believes that she will be able to contribute by using her experience in health. 

 

 James Bartlett

James Bartlett

James is a passionate mental health advocate who has been involved in different health projects and activities for the last five years. As a young carer, who has cared for his mum since a young age, James has become a volunteer with the Schizophrenia Fellowship. He regularly speaks at parliamentary and private events regarding mental health and health policy. James currently is a Carer Consultant for Hunter New England Health. He is passionate about consumer involvement in healthcare and is our youngest board member.

 

John Stubbs

John Stubbs

Fifteen years ago, John was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. Since then, he has been a committed and passionate advocate. He holds degrees in Accounting and Arts and is a regular speaker at medical conferences and seminars on cancer policy, advocacy and clinical trials. He is voluntary CEO of CanSpeak. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney for his work in the promotion of Clinical Trials and in 2011 he received a Recognition Award from the Department of Health for – "longstanding commitment to advancing the quality of radiation oncology services in this country".

 

Kay Duffy

Kaye Duffy OAM

Kaye was nominated by the Hunter Brain Tumour Support Network, which she has facilitated for more than a decade. Her own diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2000 has led her to advocate for those facing this disease. She was National Chair of Brain Tumour Australia and is the consumer member of the NSW Neuro-Oncology Group, and assists in the planning of patient forums and education of cancer care nurses with a specific interest in brain tumours. A journalist by profession, she has always specialised in community health and has been appointed to various health boards and advisory groups at national. state and local levels. She was chair of the After Hours Advisory Group of the Hunter Medicare Local and currently chairs the Community Advisory Group to the Primary Health Network for the Hunter Manning region. She worked as a palliative care volunteer within the Mercy Hospice and its Outreach and Outpatient services for almost 20 years.