When the Health Consumers’ Council adopted its new Rules to conform with the updated Incorporations Act 2015, our Board became a Management Committee. The New Act provides some differentiation between larger organisations who have Boards as opposed to smaller organisations who have Management Committees.
2022 Management Committee
Mallika Macleod – Chair
Mallika is current a Director at Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (DADAA. She brings many years of not for profit Board experiencer at state and national level as a ‘young’ professional. She believes in the importance of good governance to support an Executive Director to uphold the vision and mission. Mallika is passionate about the importance of upholding citizens’ rights, and the key role of peak advocacy bodies in this. She believes human rights, and contemporary practice must be part of the dialogue at all levels, and we must have a body that can call out those institutions that are stuck in the dark ages and do not respect the rights of health customers and patients.
Mallika has been HCC’s Chair for three years and is seeking re-nomination at the 2021 AGM for a further three years.
Richard Brightwell – Deputy Chair
Formerly Coordinator of Postgraduate Medicine at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Richard has a wide experience of health and health education and this has given me insights into the effective
use of health resources. His extensive writing and committee work has given him the ability to use representative roles to further the cause of the consumer in health environments. Since his retirement from full time work in 2015 he has become interested in consumer representation and how his previous academic experience equips him to deal with the challenges offered to a representative.
Richard has been on HCC’s Management Committee for four years, and was re-nominated at the 2020 AGM for a further three years.
Rebecca Carbone – Secretary
In November 2014, Rebecca underwent surgery to partially resect a tumour located in her Cerebellum/Brain Stem. This was followed by a massive brain haemorrhage and she was left with Locked in Syndrome. Her prognosis was dire – she was assessed as unable to be rehabilitated. She had three further inoperable tumours in 2015 and focused on intensive rehabilitation. She has learned to walk, see, speak, read, and write again. In 2018, she passed a driving assessment through the Independent Living Centre and has returned to study. Prior to the surgery Rebecca worked her way from what was essentially a personal assistant role to a Quality and Welding Inspector trained to International ASME Standard. A traditionally masculine occupation, it took hard work and determination to achieve this. Rebecca is extremely passionate about all aspects of health and wellbeing. She believes that health should approached with a vision towards wellness as opposed to illness. Each consumer should be empowered to research and investigate methods of scientifically proven medical intervention and/or treatment so as to make an informed decision as to what will work best for their needs. She brings a very unique perspective to HCC’s Management Committee as a consumer, a woman with a disability that lives with chronic illnesses, a younger adult with an acquired brain injury that is commonly associated with the elderly, the cultural experience of as a child of Southern European migrants, and a volunteer in the health sector.
Rebecca has been on HCC’s Management Committee for three years and is seeking re-nomination for a further three years at the 2021 AGM
Ian Ludlow – Treasurer
Ian is a Chartered Accountant Fellow and following 8 years employed in public accounting practice has over 25 years of experience working at senior levels in not for profit organisations serving the community in education, youth and adult accommodation, conference centre operations, large scale property management, insurance and risk management, and mental health services. He is currently the Executive Corporate Services with HelpingMinds Limited. He is involved in the community including volunteering with the Anglican Church for more than 30 years with experience ranging from local parish, Central Diocese, National Church, governance, large scale youth work, and service delivery, to company directorships of large and very large ($100M+) church entities. In recent years volunteering with Scouts WA as an adult member particularly supporting Cub, Scout and leading Venturers sections in his area.
Ian was appointed in 2021 to fill a casual vacancy when our former Treasurer Steve Walker resigned due to new work commitments. Ian is eligible to serve two more years.
Rebecca was recently appointed as Executive Director of Centre for Women’s Safety. Prior to this Rebecca worked at Sexual Health Quarters leading strategic media and digital communications. Rebecca believes this can often be a challenging, under-utilised area for many not for profit organisations, and sbe offers high-level support to increase public awareness of the HCC and its strategic goals. At SHQ Rebecca developed and implemented consumer engagement frameworks to guide and inform service delivery. She also managed the SHQ advocacy portfolio, including the development of advocacy-based position statement for public use, government liaison, and designated media spokesperson. She has completed the AICD course and combined with her time as CEO she has a sound understanding of what constitutes good governance for non profit organisations.
Rebecca was appointed in 2018 to fill a casual vacancy and is seeking re-nomination for a further three years at the 2021 AGM
Tina is a Maori and Pacific Island Community Engagement Officer whose involvement within the Aboriginal community has increased substantially because of her grassroots educational programs around Perth and the southern corridor. In the not for profit sector her community education around Suicide Awareness has proven to engage with people experiencing thoughts of suicide or their support person/s. Her community work includes creating fitness programs for Obese Youth, educating members about healthy eating plans and exercise, on the water programs for Youth, education around Mental Health and what that looks like. She meets with the Office of Multicultural Interests on the Pacific Communities forum, also collaborates with the William Langford Community Centre, Richmond Wellbeing and United in Diversity WA in running multicultural educational programs. It is her belief that not for profit organisations work at the grassroots level, see what people need and work toward making the changes happen. Tina won a Consumer Excellence Award in 2018.
Tina joined the Management Committee in 2019 and is eligible to serve a further year
Christine is an experienced senior manager with a demonstrated history of working across a range of industries delivering effective Aboriginal engagement practices and processes. She is skilled in Opportunity Identification, Economic Development, Management, Community Engagement, Culturally Appropriate Service Development/Delivery, and Policy Analysis. She is a strong multi-awarded professional with an innate ability to elevate and identify successful engagement outcomes. After owning and operating Waangara Marra Consulting for just over 6 years and providing Aboriginal engagement advice to a range of clients including, corporates, small businesses, not for profits, state and local governments and Aboriginal businesses, nationally, she decided it’s time for a change. That change came in the form taking up the position at Rio Tinto as Manager, Economic Development and Participation commencing in mid-July 2021, based in Perth.
Christine joined the Management Committee in 2019 and has elected to become a Subsidiary Officer, focusing on supporting HCC’s development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
Michael is an experienced legal practitioner and law academic in both Western Australia and New South Wales. He has over ten years experience teaching law at Edith Cowan University whilst maintaining a right of private practice as a barrister. As an academic he taught and co-ordinated a range of law units including criminal law, advanced criminal law, terrorism and the law, security and the law, public international law, coronial law and mortuary practice and the law of evidence. Other roles included mooting co-ordinator and course co-ordinator roles in law and forensic investigation and membership of ECU’s Security Research Institute. Research interests focused on international humanitarian law and terrorism. During this period as an academic he had extensive involvement in key international mooting competitions as moot problem writer, finals judge, arbitrator, moot executive committee member and coach. Previously in New South Wales his experience was as defence counsel in criminal law jury trials and conducting appellate work. For some ten years he was a lecturer in criminal law and procedure with the Law Extension Committee within the University of Sydney and a revising examiner for the Legal Practice Board of New South Wales. Before moving from New South Wales to Western Australia he was appointed visiting lecturer in law at Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China.
Michael joined the Management Committee to fill a casual vacancy in 2020 and is eligible to serve for a further two years
Meredith lives in Esperance and identifies as a carer for a family member, and an enthusiastic consumer representative for people living in rural and regional Australia. She is a member of a District Health Advisory Council and is a Board Member on the WA Country Health Service. She also runs a local radio program. Meredith has been a board member with WACHS for the past 5 years as a consumer representative, and has seen first hand how much more there is to be done in the area of effective consumer representation. She is particularly interested in health in regional and rural Australia.
Gloria lives in Port Hedland and is on the East Pilbara District Health Advisory Committee. She is a passionate advocate for consumer consultation and engagement in policy and decision making within the health sector. She has lived in the Pilbara Region for over 38 years and operated business in Port Hedland for 30 years. She has been an active member on Boards and committees and volunteered across many sectors in the region over this period. Her experience includes 30 years’ operating a business, former Deputy Mayor and Councillor of Town of Port Hedland, currently Chair of the EPDHAC and Rose Nowers Early Learning Centre.
Nadia lives in Perth, and is a support worker involved at a grassroots level by supporting clients in their healthcare journeys. She has experience volunteering in rural communities at schools, has worked as an Education Assistant at an Education support school. She has volunteered for Rotary’s Camp Opportunity for 3 years, as well as being on committee for the coming camp. She is one year away from completing a Bachelor’s degree in primary and inclusive education. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of people who are sick, or to help to advocate for people with disabilities, to ensure that the general public get the best out of the public health care system. She is also passionate about ensuring that adequate healthcare is accessible to rural and remote communities, particularly for Indigenous Australian people.