Board member

Gillian Mason is a respected leader in consumer involvement in research, and in advocating for appropriate, accessible and equitable healthcare.

Jane Mears

Board member

Jane Mears has over 3 decades of experience, working, teaching and creating professional courses in community welfare and social work in Western Sydney. Her research is in the areas of caring, disability, ageing and violence against women.

Sharyn McGee, MA

Board member

Board member, Sharyn McGee, MA has varied academic experience in sociology, including mental health with several universities in NSW.

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.

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.

Treasurer

Neil has worked in the corporate world for over 15 years in product marketing and has volunteered in various roles around the HIV sector since 2014. As a Program and Peer Support Officer, with Positive Life NSW, one of our voting members, Neil is responsible for the administration of their programs. He brings a strong passion for building the quality of life for people living with HIV in NSW after his HIV diagnosis in 2013 and a wealth of networking and marketing knowledge with him. He has been a speaker for the Positive Speakers Bureau.

Nominated by the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH), Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ is the consumer organisation’s CEO. Lizzy has committed much of her personal and professional life over the past 30 years to improving healthcare. A key part of her role at AWCH is to advocate for the needs of children, young people and their families in the healthcare system.

Deputy Chair

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.

John Garbutt

Board Chair

Nominated by the Stroke Recovery Association NSW, John is a stroke survivor. He is also a Board member of the Stroke Recovery Association. John has held many senior management positions including NSW WorkCover Authority, Deputy Chairperson of the NSW Sporting Injuries Committee and as Principal Policy Officer – Strategic Policy and Reform Unit in the Premier’s Department. John is a volunteer patient for medical students at the University of Notre Dame and the School of Physiotherapy at Newcastle University. He is passionate about sailing and volunteers for Sailability. John’s vision for Health Consumers NSW is a united team effort to provide a voice for patients’ and their families’ and carers’ in the NSW health system.