A word with… Maryam Zahid

Maryam Zahid is the Founder and Managing Director of Afghan Women on the Move, a charity that works to provide advocacy, social connectivity through social media platforms, settlement and mental health support to the Afghan community, and especially Afghan women, in the greater Sydney area. She is also a Domestic Violence Prevention Officer with SydWest Multicultural Services.
We talked to Maryam about her personal experience during the ‘Summer 2021/22’ Covid outbreak in Sydney and how her community experienced the situation.

A word with… Tricia Parker

Tricia is an experienced health consumer representative who can look back on an almost 30-year career of representing patients, their families, carers and the community in South Western Sydney. We talked about the early days, the changes she has witnessed in health consumer engagement and why she’s decided to step back in her commitments in the future. 

A word with… Kris Tucker

Kris is a health consumer representative with lived experience of stroke and a near-death experience. Nine years after his stroke, he is involved in several health consumer representative roles. They include sitting on the Western Sydney Local Health District Consumer Council, being the consumer Co-Chair of the NSW Health ‘Elevating the human experience- Culture and staff experience’ enabler group and sitting on the ‘Emergency department patient experience program’. We’ve talked to him about his experience and his journey to becoming a health consumer representative.

A word with… Kelly Foran

Setchen Brimson is Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s (LHD’s) Marketing & Community Engagement Manager, based in Wagga Wagga. Here, she tells us about the work Murrumbidgee LHD does with health consumer representatives and the challenges and rewards of health consumer engagement in this rural setting.

John Stubbs – goodbye for now

In January 2020, one of our long-standing Board members, John Stubbs, resigned from our Board. We are sad to see John go and hope to see him back and involved with our organisation in the future. We fully support and understand the reasons for his resignation and wish him all the best in 2020.

Health consumers everywhere have lost a true champion with the passing of Diana Aspinall, at age 80. A leading figure in the development of the health consumer movement in the Blue Mountains, Diana was also one of our (Health Consumers NSW’s) founding members.

A word with… Setchen Brimson

Setchen Brimson is Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s (LHD’s) Marketing & Community Engagement Manager, based in Wagga Wagga. Here, she tells us about the work Murrumbidgee LHD does with health consumer representatives and the challenges and rewards of health consumer engagement in this rural setting.

A word with… Fay Rhodes and Paul Wildin

Fay Rhodes is NSW Ambulance’s first frequent user program health consumer representative and Paul Wildin – NSW Ambulance Frequent User Program Manager – is the person she works with. Paul recruited Fay from Ambulance’s frequent user program to assist in the development and review of its processes. The pair was looking for a way to upskill Fay in her new role when they found out about our training. After Fay attended our May 2019 Health Consumer Representative Training, we sat down with her and Paul.