Board Community Advisory Committee2022-05-05T08:36:56+10:00

Board Community Advisory Committee

The Board Community Advisory Committee is responsible for guiding Metro North strategies to improve consumer empowerment, experiences and outcomes through collaboration across sectors. The Committee formed in September 2019 and has representation from eight community organisations, Metro North Board and Executive.

Committee Terms of Reference

During 2021 the Committee:

  1. Presented a formal paper to the Board to address issues arising from the 2020 Board Community Engagement Forum on Mental Wellbeing.
  2. Provided advice into the following:
    • Health Service Strategy 2021-26
    • Local Area Needs Assessment framework (LANA)
    • Safety and quality indicators for monitoring
    • Better Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2019-2022
    • Multicultural Action Plan (MAP)
    • Collaborating in Health Strategy 2022-24
    • Health Equity Strategy – Co-designing health equity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Received and exchanged information on:
    • Issues arising from COVID-19
    • Health and Well Being Queensland strategic direction and activities

Board members

Chair, Community Advisory Committee

Professor Mary-Louise Fleming is the former Head, Corporate Education and the former Head, School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology. She has experience in teaching and research in higher education, public health and health promotion for over 30 years. Her research activity focuses on evaluation research and translational research for the World Health Organization, both Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, as well as consultancy projects for Queensland Health and the not-for-profit sector.

Professor Fleming has co-authored four editions of two text books on health promotion and public health, and contributed to several other books. Professor Fleming is a Board member of Wesley Medical Research Institute and Chairs the Research Committee. Her appointments have included Health Promotion Queensland, Board of the Wesley Research Institute, Board of Governors St Andrew’s Hospital, National Heart Foundation, the Queensland Cancer Fund and Chair of the Quality Management Committee for BreastScreen Queensland. She was also a member of the Queensland Government Ministerial Oversight Committee, Advancing Health 2026.

She has an active consultancy practice involving reports on policy and practice for single health issues, policy development and implementation, and reviews and evaluation of numerous projects and programs.

Appointed: 1 April 2022
Current term: 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2026

Dr Melissa (Meg) Cairns has been a Specialist General Practitioner in Ashgrove for over 25 years. Prior to that, she worked in Queensland Health Hospitals in Brisbane and Maryborough and in General Practice in Brisbane and Toowoomba.

She is currently a GP Liaison Officer with Metro North Health, Chair of the Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) Clinicians’ Advisory Group and a Member of Brisbane North PHN Clinical Council.

Meg is a member of a number of Metro North Health and Queensland Health committees including Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council, Queensland Paediatric Quality Council and Queensland Health Planned Care Reform Group.

Meg is passionate about improving patient care through collaboration across health sectors and through effective communication and education.

Co-Founder, World Wellness Group

Ms Nera Komaric has worked in the community and health sectors nationally and internationally for 25 years. Ms Komaric is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the School of Clinical Medicine – Primary Care Clinical Unit, at The University of Queensland. Her former roles have included Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) Chronic Disease statewide program manager during which she has been instrumental in developing new and innovative strategies in chronic disease management for CALD population.

Recently she was a Croatian Government Focal Point in the European Migration Network. Before that Ms Komaric was researching and consulting with international and national authorities on combating trafficking in human beings especially for sexual exploitation for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She also spent many years working with newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Ms Komaric has a background in law and public health research. In her 25 year career she has been involved in the design and delivery of research and evaluation projects in areas covering CALD health, integrated CALD models of health care, chronic disease prevention and management, and health services research.

Her main interests are in translating evidence into practice with a special focus on vulnerable populations.

Community partner representatives

CEO, Cancer Council Queensland

Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Cancer Council Queensland, Chris McMillan is one of Australia’s most experienced not-for-profit executives as evidenced in achieving finalist recognition in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2019 (For Purpose and Social Enterprise).

Ms McMillan has been the figurehead of the charity since 2017 and has been recognised as a leading voice on cancer across Australia, with her passion and leadership capturing the attention of the country.

Chris McMillan’s career path has led her through diverse industries, including two decades in the not-for-profit sector. Her wealth of knowledge in the field of health (specifically cancer) is complemented by her decades-long of understanding of business and organisational development.

CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Queensland

Petrina brings to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland over 25 years’ experience leading and shaping education and community services organisations globally. She has a passion for the sector and understands the value of building robust communities. With a background in Marketing and Public Relations she has led and transformed businesses in both the public and private sector.

As the Chief Executive Officer, she advocates for the entire cystic fibrosis community to raise much needed awareness of this condition. 90% of the charity’s income relies on fundraising and works collaboratively with stakeholders to build a sustainable business model, providing value for members.

Petrina is current PhD candidature research is exploring the impact of digitalization on donor motivation in a growing cashless society.

Clinical Lead for Innovation, Micah Projects Inc.

Kim Rayner is a senior healthcare manager, company director and clinical leader with over 25 years’ experience in the community, government and not-for-profit sectors within Victoria and Queensland.

Kim has held senior leadership positions across health and social portfolios leading large and complex cross sectorial programs of work. Kim currently holds the position of Clinical Lead (Innovation) and Nurse Practitioner at Micah Projects. Kim was a founding board member of the Inclusive Health and Wellbeing Hub in Brisbane and is a current Commissioner on Anglicare South East Queensland’s Board and subsequent board member of Anglicare’s Clinical and Care Governance committee.

Kim is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her qualifications include nursing, Masters of Science (Primary Healthcare) and Masters of Nurse Practitioner. Kim holds post graduate qualifications in tertiary education; research, community development, community nursing and AOD

Kim is committed to the delivery of evidence based, person centred healthcare that is responsive to community needs and focussed on addressing health inequality.

Executive Manager, Health Systems Improvement, Brisbane North PHN

Rachelle is a highly motivated and experienced executive with a passion for improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. She has worked in health and social services for over 20 years in the ‘for purpose’ and public sectors.

Rachelle is an allied health professional with a Masters of Philosophy (Research) in population health and a clinical Masters of Scientific Studies from The University of Queensland. She is an experienced board director with a focus on good corporate governance and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women on Boards.

As Executive Manager, Health Systems Improvement at Brisbane North Primary Health Network, she works with a great team to develop strategic and collaborative approaches to support a more integrated system of care, with a particular focus on primary care, allied health and the hospital interface. She is extremely passionate about the consumer voice being front and centre in developing models and systems of healthcare and is a board director of Health Consumers Queensland.

CEO, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland

Mark Tucker-Evans is the Chief Executive, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, and Chair of the Institute of Health Communities Australia. Mark chairs the Health Care Plan for Older People who live in Brisbane North Implementation Steering Committee and the Vision for Brighton Project Coordination Committee. He is a former Assistant Commissioner – Consumers, Health Quality and Complaints Commission; and a former Chair of Health Consumers Queensland; Queensland Health Consumers Collaborative; and QCOSS.

CEO, Hear and Say Queensland

Chris is a highly experienced and proven leader in the not-for-profit sector with a strong background in facilitating change in the community sector, leading successful social enterprises and ongoing strategic capability development. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia – Duntroon, Chris served for 12 years as a logistics officer in the Australian Army before commencing his career as a Management and Leadership consultant in the corporate sector. In 2007, Chris joined Hear and Say and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Chris is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an experienced director and chair of organisations involved in the health and social services sectors delivering services to a diverse stakeholder groups with complex needs.

General Manager, Moreton Bay Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (MATSICHS)

Paul has worked in numerous management and leadership roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health, oral health and public works.

As the General Manager of MATSICHS, he leads the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health including delivery of Community Controlled Health Clinics in the Moreton Bay region. He has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the delivery of primary and allied health care and outreach services. 

Paul is experienced in strategic engagement, particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, government agencies, the private sector and non-government sector on issues of health and social determinants. Paul’s focus is on sustainable solutions to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary issues.

Metro North Executive

Acting Executive Director Clinical Services: A/Prof Glen Kennedy

A/Prof Glen Kennedy is a Haematologist who specialises in the treatment of malignant haematological disorders including bone marrow / stem cell transplantation.

A/Prof Kennedy began his specialty training in combined clinical haematology and haematology pathology in 1999, and was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in late 2002 and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in early 2003.

In 2003 A/Prof Kennedy undertook a Clinical Fellowship at the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Victoria, in areas of malignant and transplant haematology. To date, A/Prof Kennedy has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications, over 100 abstracts at national and international meetings, and developed and managed several local investigator initiated studies in haematology and bone marrow transplantation.

Kate Copeland

Executive Director, Strategy, Planning, Assets and Infrastructure

Kate has more than 25 years’ experience in the health infrastructure sector, including statewide health services planning and leading major projects in high profile and complex health infrastructure projects within the public sector. With an oversight of $3B capital assets and $2B capital projects, her portfolio includes Strategy and Planning, Consumer and Community Engagement, Building Engineering and Maintenance Services (BEMS), Property Services, Asset management, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Projects (IPCP), across six hospitals and multiple community facilities.
Kate was recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday awards as a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) ‘for significant services to the health infrastructure planning and management.

Contact us

Metro North Board
Located: Level 14, Block 7
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Phone: (07) 3647 9702
Email:  MNBFeedback

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