Health Consumer Engagement Manager, Health and Medical Research

Carrie has over 30 years of experience working alongside older people, people with disability, and health consumers to improve their involvement in research and the design of services. Before joining Health Consumers NSW, she worked with a diverse range of consumer organisations, and not-for-profit and government organisations across health, aged care and disability services in Australia

Health Consumer Engagement Manager, Health Services

Tara became a health advocate after her own experience in the health system with a desire to partner with staff to bring about positive change. She developed a passion for consumer engagement, patient stories, lived experience and co-design.

Board member

. Murray is a Deputy Chair of Cancer Voices NSW and has worked on a voluntary basis for the Cancer Council of NSW on the NSW Central Coast, focusing on policy and advocacy and on representation of health consumers in the NSW health system.

Jenn Kidd

Administration and Memberships Coordinator

Jenn is our Administration and Memberships Coordinator and came to HCNSW in March 2013. She has 20 years experience in office administration from a variety of roles in large multi-national and FMCG companies. Jenn is passionate about equity, respect and health education. She is proud to work for HCNSW as an organisation which is committed to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for health consumers in all communities across NSW. If you have any questions in regards to HCNSW and our services ask Jenn – she will be the one to know the answer. Jenn works four days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays to Fridays.

Communication Officer

Julia is a communications and media professional with over 10 years experience spanning the TV, corporate and public sectors and a Master of International Communication. Julia has worked for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services as well as universities and communication agencies. She is passionate about helping consumers, patients and carers to have a voice. Julia is responsible for all communication and media projects and brings you The Wrap and Update!, our e-newsletters. Please contact her for any communication or media inquiries. Julia works three days a week: Wednesday to Friday.

Training Manager

Emma is a passionate, creative and experienced educator who has worked in both the education and mental health sectors in NSW. Prior to joining HCNSW, Emma worked in the NSW Public Mental Health Sector, empowering consumers with a lived experience of mental illness to achieve their personal recovery goals and to be actively involved in individual and systemic advocacy. As Deputy Chair of the NSW Consumer Peer Workforce Committee, Emma has advocated within NSW Health to improve the mental health system through trauma-informed, strengths-based and recovery-oriented practice.

Dr Anthony Brown

Executive Director

Anthony has been working as our full-time Executive Director since April 2014. He is passionate about consumer and carer engagement and was a member of the Steering Committee which helped establish HCNSW in 2012. He has worked for the Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre at the University of Western Sydney and the Council for the Ageing before joining us. His vision for HCNSW is to make sure that health providers really listen to and show respect to health consumers, their families and carers.

Board member

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.


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.

Board member

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.