Community Reference Group Members

The Community Reference Group consists of members from the community who are not registered health practitioners. 

Mark Bodycoat

Chair, Community Reference Group

Mr Bodycoat studied arts and law at the University of Western Australia, and has worked as a solicitor in private and government practice. From 1996 to 1998 he was Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Western Australia. From 2000 to 2007 he was South Australia’s Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, and was Public Trustee in South Australia from 2007 until 2010.

He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Jurisprudence (B. Juris), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) and is also a trained mediator. Mark is a current community member of the Medical Board of Australia and the South Australian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. He is also a former community member of the Podiatry Board of Australia and the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia.

Annette Chivers

Ms Chivers is a manager in the youth mental health sector. She has extensive management experience working in the areas of mental health, family and domestic violence within a refugee context and social justice in a hospital environment. Her board experience includes chairing a women’s health centre for seven years, and representation on the Minister for Child Protection’s Women’s Advisory Board (WA) for three years. Ms Chivers has also held various board roles in the homelessness, family and domestic violence and housing sectors, and is a strong advocate for the mental health wellbeing of our community. 

Kate Griggs

Mrs Griggs is passionate about advocating for social justice for vulnerable people, and has expertise in mental health and suicide prevention policy. She has worked in public service, political offices and the community sector. Alongside parenting duties, she is an active advocate in Tasmania’s health networks. 

Patricia Hall

Ms Hall is a strong advocate for clear, inclusive communication strategies that engage disadvantaged people in appropriate health care. Ms Hall is a social worker by training and has experience in the areas of personal injury, human resource management and administrative law. She has been a community member on the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal since 2002 and on the Social Security Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal since 2004. During this time Ms Hall also served as an Official Visitor for the then Queensland Department of Corrections, as a community member on the Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital District Health Council and as an Independent Merits Reviewer of off-shore refugee cases for protection.

Elli McGavin

Dr McGavin has more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable groups in the community sector. These include out-of-home-care, youth programs, alcohol and other drug rehabilitation for women, community engagement programs, family violence, social policy and research. She is currently the National Head of Policy and Research for The Salvation Army. Dr McGavin is committed to the development of more effective access for, and understanding of, the complex needs of vulnerable health consumer cohorts. She has participated in several boards and committees, given evidence to senate inquiries, held memberships of federal ministerial roundtables and advisory groups.

Dr McGavin has also worked at Swinburne and Monash Universities, in teaching and management roles. She has a longstanding research interest in family violence, and more recently for her PhD, risk and compliance.  

John McGurk

Mr McGurk’s expertise lies in governance, organisational effectiveness, operational efficiency and change management. He has a career in banking, finance and technology that has spanned 50 years. He has been a Chairman, Executive Director and Non-Executive Director on 14 boards since 1989, including listed and non-listed companies, and not-for-profit organisations. These roles included Chairman of the Western Australian Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for 14 years and serving as an HBF Councilor for four years. Mr McGurk’s experience includes leading major organisational change, customer service programs and extensive experience with customer complaints management systems.

Colleen Papadopoulos

Ms Papadopoulos brings experience in governance and public administration, where she has spent time addressing and understanding complex social and organisational issues in the health and community services sector. She has a passion for assisting community boards to build governance capacity and improved performance, and has a record of successfully leading companies through audit and compliance improvement, incorporation, transition, restructuring and culture change. Her professional qualifications include a Master of Public Health, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is a mediator and facilitator, with experience teaching independent living skills and in supporting people with disability and disadvantage. Ms Papadolous is a practicing Chartered (Corporate) Secretary and Independent Director with board/committee experience in a number of capacities, including Chair, Deputy Chair, Executive Director and Independent/Non-executive Director.

Hamza Vayani

Mr Vayani is not afraid of asking the difficult questions when it comes to maintaining confidence in delivery of accessible and clinically safe delivery of healthcare for the broader community. He believes public policy should be informed by the lived experience of healthcare services across the communities we serve in a way that is inclusive, evidence based and without fear or favour.

Mr Vayani has held several appointments in a range of senior management roles, advisory committees at state and national level. He has a demonstrated track record of being a strong advocate for culturally responsive, clinically safe and accessible healthcare services with a particular focus on people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Examples of key pieces of work he has led and facilitated include establishing a national network of consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and publication of a spotlight report at the request of the Australian government National Mental Health Commission that unequivocally exposed the lack of data collection and analysis about access, experience and outcomes to mental health and suicide prevention programmes being inclusive of people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. He holds an MBA Business (Health Services Management).

Lisa Whop

Dr Whop is from the Wagadagam tribe and Panai Clan of Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait, and is a Senior Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. She is Australia’s leading authority on cervical cancer control in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She brings years of research experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the health sector, is skilled in community engagement and frequently speaks at state, national and international meetings and conferences on the topic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. As an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and improved health outcomes she skillfully translates research into policy and health practice which centres the voices and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc), Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAppEpid) and Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology). Dr Whop is a committee member of the Cancer Australia Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control and the Quality Committee of the National Cancer Screening Register Telstra Health, and a member of the Australian Epidemiological Association and Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. Dr Whop is a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship.

 
 
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