Board Community Advisory Committee2021-06-14T11:19:40+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 2019-2020 the Committee had input into:

  • Metro North Strategic Plan 2020-2024
  • revision of MN32 #NEXTCARE: The future of health. (MN32 provides a 15-year outlook and roadmap for advancing four domains – clinical models; research, innovations and knowledge translation; workforce; and infrastructure)
  • Strategic intent to advance community partnerships for Metro North Health Literacy Approach – Conversations in Health.

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.

Member and Deputy Chair, Community Advisory Committee

Dr Paula Conroy has over 10 years’ experience working within the primary care, hospital and corporate health sectors. Dr Conroy is a General Practitioner with a particular interest in preventative health and integrated care. During her time working in the hospital setting, Dr Conroy spent a number of years in both emergency medicine and general surgery. In the corporate sector Dr Conroy worked for two of the largest health insurance companies in Australia, Bupa and Medibank Private.

Dr Conroy is passionate about medical training and she has served as both a clinical supervisor for The University of Queensland School of Medicine and a clinical teacher with General Practice Training Queensland. She has held positions on the Queensland Faculty Council of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and with Brisbane North PHN. Dr Conroy is currently the Medical Director for COORDINARE, South Eastern New South Wales PHN.

Dr Conroy brings her experience as both a GP and hospital trained clinician to the board. She is committed to continuous improvement particularly around the integration between primary healthcare and the hospital system and the role this plays in maintaining Australia’s world class health and hospital system.

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.

Co-Founder, World Wellness Group

Nera has worked in the community and health sectors nationally and internationally for 25 years. Nera 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 European Migration Network. Before that she was researching and consulting with international and national authorities on combating trafficking in human beings especially for sexual exploitation for OECD. She also spent many years working with newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Nera 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.

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

Metro North Executive

Dr Elizabeth Whiting

Executive Director, Clinical Services

Dr Elizabeth Whiting is a pre-eminent specialist geriatric and general medicine physician at The Prince Charles Hospital. Liz’s extensive career includes working at The Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Cairns, the PA Hospital, and in Ireland. She has been a senior lecturer for the University of Queensland, the recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Service Delivery and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand.

She is currently a member of the Senior Examining Panel and is the Chair of the Clinical Examinations Committee.

Colleen Jen

Executive Director, Strategy and Planning

Colleen Jen is an experienced nurse and health service planner. Colleen has over 20 years’ clinical experience including 15 years of nursing management. She has more than 10 years’ experience in health service planning at a facility, health service and state level. Her previous health portfolios have included asset management and property services, infrastructure planning, strategic policy and indigenous health. Colleen holds a Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and a Masters in Critical Care Nursing.

Contact us

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