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.

A word with… Brad Rossiter

Brad is one of our individual members and an outstanding patient advocate and health consumer representative who is happy to tell his story, as well as listen to others to help tell theirs.
At the age of five, Brad was diagnosed with on-set Type 1 Diabetes. He managed – played sports, moved to Batemans Bay, became a butcher, married, and had a child. But in 1996, his health took a turn for the worse. Kidney disease and eye troubles started catching up with him.

A word with… Karen Filocamo

Karen has played many roles in the NSW health consumer movement. In between others, she was also our interim Executive Manager for a while and she has led our health consumer representative training programs for five years. Retiring in late 2017 to spend more time with her grandkids doesn’t seem to have slowed her down. She was recently appointed to the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Board.

Dianne Nyoni

A word with… Dianne Nyoni

Dianne is one of our treasured individual members and an experienced health consumer representative. She has been a member of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Consumer & Community Council for over a year and speaks to the local community as an officer of the LHD’s HIV Outreach Team.

Heather Topp

A word with… Heather Topp

Coordinating Chaplain at Canterbury Hospital, Sydney Australia NSW Accredited Disaster Recovery Chaplain and Team Leader (2017) Ordained Interfaith Minister TNS 2009 New York Interfaith Coordinator for Buddhist Council of New South Wales Member of Interfaith Reference Group for Canterbury and Bankstown City Council Member of Religious Forum Leaders – Multiculture New South Wales