Friends of Carers NSW

Friends of Carers NSW contribute their time, professional advice, and assistance in an honorary capacity. Friends of Carers NSW are drawn from a wide range of sectors, including the Arts, Financial Services, Health, Legal & Media.

Dr Tom Acheson

Dr Tom Acheson
Dr Tom Acheson

Dr Tom Acheson is actively involved in many primary health care activities, while still practising part-time as a general practitioner. In 1995 Tom was the recipient of the Australian Doctor GP Award as recognition of his forty years' work in medical, pharmacological education and his community activities. During the 70s and 80s Tom was a Director of the Police Citizens Youth Federation and Chairman for three years. At University, Tom was a member of the University Council and President of the Student Representative Council, which initiated moves for an Aboriginal Scholarship Scheme and invited the Duke of Edinburgh to bring his Award Scheme to Australia.

Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AO

Professor Peter Baume
Professor Peter Baume

Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AO was Professor of Community Medicine and Head of School, University of New South Wales from 1991-2000. He was a Senator for New South Wales between1974 and 1991; was successively Government Whip, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister Assisting the Minister for National Development and Energy, Minister for Health, Minister for Education, and a Minister in Cabinet. He was Chancellor of the Australian National University from 1994-2006, was Foundation Chair of the Australian Sports Drug Agency, a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Deputy-Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS, President of the Public Health Association (NSW Branch), Patron of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of NSW. He is the Chairman of the Alzheimer's Association in NSW and Chairman of the Kolling Institute for Medical Research, and is an Official Visitor to psychiatric hospitals and a member of the Official Visitors' Advisory Committee. He is a physician who holds a doctorate, two honorary doctorates, and several fellowships and is a Companion in the Order of Australia. He has chaired, or consulted on, a vast range of committees and is widely published.

Jennifer Bott

Jennifer Bott
Jennifer Bott

Jennifer Bott is Chief Executive of the University of New South Wales Foundation.  Prior to this, Jennifer was CEO of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Before joining the Australia Council, Jennifer spent seven years as General Manager of Musica Viva Australia. Previous to this she was National Director of AFS International Programs, an international student exchange program. She has also held senior management positions at The Australian Opera and the Arts Council of Australia. A member of the Foreign Minister's Australia International Cultural Council and the Commission for International Cultural Promotion, Jennifer is also a member of UNESCO's Australian National Commission, of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was also Australia's Cultural Commissioner for the 2004 Olympics. An English and History teacher by training, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney), a Diploma of Education (University of New England) and has trained extensively in organisational development and commercial mediation.

Professor G.A. (Tony) Broe AM

Professor G.A. (Tony) Broe
Professor G.A. (Tony) Broe

Professor Broe's current appointment are: Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of NSW/Prince of Wales Hospital; Senior Principal Research Fellow, Nueroscience Research Australia; and Scientific Director, Ageing Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital. In 1985 he was appointed Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Sydney/Concord Hospital, and set up and ran a community and hospital Geriatric Medicine Service and the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA). He was awarded an AM in 1987 for his services to Geriatric Medicine. He is internationally known for his research on the neuroepidemiology of ageing, normal ageing, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and vascular brain disorders. Tony has been instrumental in research, health care and policy for the elderly, being on multiple committees for Federal and State Health Departments and has consulted for the World Health Organisation.

Lucy Brogden

Lucy Brogden
Lucy Brogden

Lucy Brogden talks openly about living with and loving a person with depression: her husband. Together, they are proud to advocate and support initiatives to destigmatise mental illness. In August 2017, Lucy was appointed as the Chair of the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC). Previously Lucy has held the roles of patron for Partners in Depression, Director of the Sydney Community Foundation, Patron of Lifeline Northern Beaches and a lifesaver at Bilgola Beach. In addition, Lucy has a Masters in Psychology at Macquarie University. Lucy has two sons and a daughter.

Anne Deveson AO

Anne Deveson
Anne Deveson

Anne Deveson AO is a writer, broadcaster and documentary film-maker with a long involvement in social justice issues. When her son, Jonathan, developed schizophrenia, she helped establish the NSW Schizophrenia Fellowship and the national organisation, Sane Australia. She chaired two ministerial committees on mental health legislation and embarked on a massive public education program to help overcome the stigma of mental illness in Australia and overseas. Tell Me I'm Here, her poignant, award winning account of her son's illness and death, became a national and international best seller, and has helped change understanding and treatment of mental illness around the world. In a long and varied career, Anne has held numbers of key appointments in government commissions and enquiries. She was a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, the NSW Medical Board and the NSW Expert Advisory Group on Drugs. Her most recent book, Resilience, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2003.

Associate Professor Michael Fine

Associate Professor Michael Fine
Associate Professor Michael Fine

Associate Professor Michael Fine is a sociologist with a strong interest in, and history of research into, ageing, care and human services. In addition to being head of the department of sociology at Macquarie University, and deputy director of its Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Michael undertakes research into the sociology of care and human services, addressing theories of and international developments in care, globalisation, demography and carework, links between formal and informal support, individualisation and social isolation, and innovative patterns of service delivery.

He was a member of the state and national executive of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) for many years, and president of the NSW division from 1992-6. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Recognition Award in 2000 and made a fellow of the AAG in 2004. He was also vice-president (2002-6) of the research committee on the sociology of old age of the International Sociological Association. His book, A Caring Society? Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the Twenty-First Century, was published internationally by Palgrave MacMillan in 2007. He is married with three adult sons.

Dr Ian Fitzpatrick

Dr Ian Fitzpatrick
Dr Ian Fitzpatrick

Dr Ian Fitzpatrick practised medicine in Mosman from 1953-1995, during which he participated in student and post-graduate training. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Mosman since 1976 and was President from 1980-1981. He has directed youth community and vocational services. He cared for his late wife during recurrent illness over a number of years and has intermittent caring roles with other relatives. He is coordinator of the local Action Group of the Mental Health Awareness Committee, and has organised several mental health community forums since 2003. This was the prototype for over 200 such forums around Australia organised by Rotary Clubs under the guidance of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund and beyondblue.

Michael J Fitzpatrick

Michael J Fitzpatrick is the founder and principal of Clarendene Pty Ltd a boutique legal practice based in Sydney which specialises in Estate Planning. He holds qualifications in both law and financial planning and has wide practical experience spanning many years in each of these disciplines. Michael is a regular speaker at professional seminars in the area of estate planning, family trust and business structures, asset protection and self managed superannuation funds. Michael is a Member of the Law Society of NSW, a Member of the Financial Planning Association of NSW and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. His extensive experience has made him a popular and sought after speaker and estate planning consultant to lawyers, accountants, financial planners and other professionals involved in assisting clients access expert advice in the ever increasing complexities of estate and tax laws.

Patricia Harrison

Patricia Harrison
Patricia Harrison

Patricia Harrison has been involved in the securities industry for over 40 years, commencing as secretary to the senior partner of a privately owned stock broking firm. In 1984 she was the fifth woman to be elected to membership of the Australian Stock Exchange Limited. In 1995 Patricia joined Intersuisse Limited as a private client advisor, concentrating on assisting clients with their investments. Patricia was also the fifth woman to be invited to join The Rotary Club of Sydney Inc in 1990. She assumed the role of President for the year 2008-9, and is currently serving as a Director on the board.

Professor Ian Hickie

Professor Ian Hickie
Professor Ian Hickie

In October 2000 Professor Ian Hickie was appointed as the inaugural CEO of beyondblue: the national depression initiative and from 2003-06 served as its Clinical Advisor. In 2003, he was appointed as the inaugural executive director of the flagship Brain & Mind Research Institute at The University of Sydney. In 2006, Professor Hickie received the Australian Honours Award of Member (AM) in the General Division; for services to medicine in the development of key national mental health initiatives and general practice services in both the public and non-government sectors. From 2007 to 2011, he was appointed to the Prime Minister's Australian National Council on Drugs. From 2006 he was a founding member (and later Director of the independent company) Headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. In 2007, Professor Hickie was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. From 2007-12, Professor Hickie is one of the first round of NHMRC Australian Research Fellows, recognising excellence in Australian Medical Research. From 2008-2010, he was appointed to the Federal Health Minister's National Advisory Council on Mental Health and then in 2010 to 2011, the Federal Ministers Mental Health Expert Advisory Group. From 2012, Professor Hickie has been appointed as a Commissioner in the new National Mental Health Commission, to oversee enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia.

Robin Hughes AO

Robin Hughes
Robin Hughes

Robin Hughes AO is an independent film-maker, currently managing director of Chequerboard Productions. She has worked as a producer, writer and director in the film and broadcasting industry, for the BBC, the ABC, commercial television and freelance. Her work has been characterised by innovation and has won many awards. As CEO of Film Australia, she undertook a major successful restructuring of that organisation. She has served as Chair of the Council of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, a director of the Bangarra Dance Company and currently as Chair of Performing Lines. 

Paul Livingston

Paul Livingston
Paul Livingston

From 1990 Paul performed and wrote for various television programs including The Big Gig, two Sandman & Flacco Specials for the Ten Network; The Fat and The Sideshow; and was a regular on the Triple J Breakfast program from 1994-97. Paul, a former art student and animator, has been a regular celebrity speaker at the Art Gallery of NSW Art After Hours from 2005-2011. Paul has written eight radio plays to date, all produced and premiered on ABC Radio National's Airplay program from 2005-2011 and he is the author of five books. From 2008-2011, Paul joined the writing team for Channel Ten's Good News Week, for which he received three AWGIE awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. From 2007-2009, Paul was a co-writer on the animated feature film Happy Feet Two, released in cinemas November 2011. In October 2011, Penguin books released Paul's novelisation of the screenplay Happy Feet Two: The Novel. In 1996 Paul was the joint winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts in Australia. In 2010 Paul was a finalist for the AWG/Kit Denton Fellowship Award. Paul is represented exclusively by HLA Management Pty Ltd.

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes is a well-known British actress who has a very strong commitment to carers and the issues they face, having previously cared for both her elderly parents and as patron of the UK carers' charity Crossroads. She has strong links with Australia and has been coming here for many years.

Miriam is a character actress who is best known for her film appearances in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (in which she played Professor Sprout), Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (in which she played the nurse), Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (winning the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for her performance) and Little Dorrit (winning the L.A. Critics' Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress). She was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2002 for her services to drama.

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin
Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin gets people talking and she is renowned for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice.

After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural focus. Julie was also a team leader on the media quiz show "Good News Week" for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV.

Currently Julie presents a travel program for Qantas and facilitates conferences and seminars nationally. Julie offers a range of interactive formats that stimulate audience discussion while keeping people on topic and on time. Julie is especially known for her capacity to guide forums on sensitive topics, such as suicide prevention, mental health, child protection and family law.
Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law and she is an Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation, CAN (Mental Health) Inc and FRANS Inc (Making Things Happen for People with Disabilities). www.juliemccrossin.com

Ross McLuckie

Ross McLuckie
Ross McLuckie

Ross McLuckie retired as a solicitor in August 2003 and spent the last two years of his professional life working for Trustee Companies in the area of will-making, powers of attorney and enduring guardianships. He also worked for the Royal Blind Society from 1986-1994 as its Estates Manager in the area of raising funds. He has trained with and acted as a counsellor at the St James Ethics Centre dealing with people troubled with complex ethical dilemmas. While employed at the Anglican Retirement Villages, he undertook some training in bereavement counselling with the Bereavement Care Centre.

Charles G. Mendel

Charles G. Mendel
Charles G. Mendel

Charles G. Mendel is recognised in Australian Legal Who's Who as being among the top 15 mergers and acquisition lawyers in Australia (as voted by clients and partners of major competing law firms). He specialises in corporate and commercial law across a broad range of industries. Charles is quoted regularly in the media as a commentator on issues of corporate interest including the M&A landscape and activity, directors' remuneration, venture capital, corporate governance and directors' obligations. His views on corporate governance were quoted in the HIH Royal Commission by the Australian Risk and Insurance Managers Association and he regularly speaks at conferences on M&A techniques and trends. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a regular attendee at meetings of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Mergers & Acquisitions Liaison Committee. Charles was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1993 and commenced practice as a solicitor in 1995 after obtaining his masters in law degree from King's College London.

Mary Moody

Mary Moody
Mary Moody

Mary Moody is a journalist, best-selling author and television presenter who also writes and produces documentaries. She leads botanical treks to the Himalayas and conducts walking tours in rural France, in between living on a farm near Bathurst, NSW. Mary has four children and nine grandchildren. She has been a part time carer, travelling to Canada three times a year to help look after her sister Margaret who has Alzheimer's Disease. She also has a disabled granddaughter, Isabella, and she is therefore well aware of the complex issues that confront all carers.

Associate Professor Melanie Oppenheimer

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer
Professor Melanie Oppenheimer

Associate Professor Melanie Oppenheimer is an academic and author with extensive experience researching the subject of volunteering. Melanie created Vita Activa, a series on volunteering as part of ABC Radio National's Life Matters program. She has also written extensively on 20th century Australian history, especially on women, volunteering and war. Her book All work, no pay: Australian civilian volunteers in war (2002), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards. Melanie lives in rural NSW with her family and is based at the University of New England, Armidale.

Richard Ottley

Richard Ottley
Richard Ottley

Richard Ottley has been practising as a Solicitor in Australia since 1983, having qualified in the United Kingdom. He has practised widely in the Health Law field, advising individuals and institutional clients on numerous areas of law affecting the medical profession. He joined Swaab Attorneys in 1997 and since then has been practising principally in health related areas, Employment Law, Commercial Law, Trade Practices, Intellectual Property and Franchising. He also has an interest in defamation law and, amongst other things, acted for a client in a successful defamation action against a newspaper and national broadcaster. He has written a number of articles on legal issues in the past and has contributed chapters to legal texts: Law for the Medical Profession in Australia and Halsbury's Laws of Australia. He is trained as a mediator and is also a Notary Public.

Vivienne Pusey

Vivienne Pusey
Vivienne Pusey

Vivienne Pusey was a teacher and mental health worker in Tasmania and then the coordinator of a voluntary community organisation in Canberra for five years. In New South Wales she was first a community based social worker, then coordinator of an Aged Care Assessment Team and finally manager of Aged Services, Community health, for the Eastern Sydney area Health Service. More recently she has managed aged care services for a multiculturally based non-government organisation. She is a member of the Board of Inner Sydney Regional Council and, until recently, was an executive member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, NSW. She is a former carer, with her husband, of her very elderly parents-in-law.

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor holds a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting as well as Diplomas in Financial Planning, Business (Real Estate Management) and Teaching (Mathematics Major). He is one of the earliest recipients of the Certified Financial Planner status from the Financial Planning Association of Australia. He is a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a fellow of the Financial Planning Association of Australia, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a member of the National Institute of Accountants and a Justice of the Peace. Christopher has been the recipient of a number of Financial Planning awards and has presented professionally on many occasions to his peers in the Financial Planning industry. At Sydney radio station 2KY, Christopher was the main participant in a radio talkback program on Financial Planning for over a year.

Emeritus Professor Ian W Webster

Professor Ian W Webster
Professor Ian W Webster

Professor Webster is a physician and Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine of the University of New South Wales and Patron of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia. He has held senior appointments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales and appointments at Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities. He is Chair of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, immediate past President of the Governing Council of the Ted Noffs Foundation and chair of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales. He retired recently as Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and was appointed a Commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission in January 2012. He practises as a physician in the Shoalhaven Area of NSW and in a clinic for the homeless at the Exodus Foundation, Ashfield, Sydney. His research and publications have been in medicine, community health, alcohol and other drug problems, mental health, homelessness and social issues. In 2009 he received the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding work in the field of drugs and alcohol.

Andrew McKinnon

Andrew McKinnon

Since 1986, Andrew McKinnon has produced and presented hundreds of performances throughout Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

Highlights have included tours by Marcel Marceau, the Abbey Theatre from Dublin, a fully imported American production of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Scotland the Brave, David Helfgott, in both concert and solo recital, Shakespeare's Villains performed by Steven Berkoff, and the phenomenally successful Australian and New Zealand tour of Dickens Women starring Miriam Margolyes.

Other presentations include Bea Arthur and Oscar nominee Susannah York in one-woman shows; the Australian premiere of Carmen Jones; the smash hit season of Zarzuela! at the Sydney Opera House; a concert version of Cole PorterĂ¢ Kiss Me, Kate, with Yvonne Kenny and Thomas Allen in the lead roles and a concert version of Porgy and Bess, with the first primarily Australian cast, which remains the only occasion that an Aboriginal soprano has appeared in a principal role in a mainstream opera at the Sydney Opera House.

Andrew McKinnon has toured many of the world's greatest opera stars including Victoria de los Angeles, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Teresa Berganza, Nicolai Gedda, Luigi Alva, Sir Thomas Allen, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Inessa Galante, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yvonne Kenny and Joan Carden.

John Berryman AM

John Berryman

John worked for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children from 1978 until 2011, the last 26 years as Chief Executive.

During his term as Chief Executive, RIDBC established a broad range of new services and facilities to meet the growing and changing needs and demands of clients and prospective clients. To meet the costs of these programs, fundraising programs were expanded, added to, and intensified.

John has done a range of volunteering activities over the past 30 years and has been on a number of not-for-profit and government boards.

He is currently a part-time ESL teacher, and a member of the consulting team at Good Foundations, a consultancy serving the not-for-profit sector.

In 2001, John was awarded the Alumni Medal of the University of Newcastle, and in 2013 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to people with disability and to the community.

Christina Aggar

Christina Aggar
Christina Aggar

Christina Aggar is a former carer with a nursing background spanning 26 years. During the past six years Christina has pursued her interest in carers through research. She has a special interest in aged care and those family members and friends who support older people to remain independent in the community. Currently, Christina is a lecturer at the Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney.

David Carter

David Carter
David Carter

David Carter joined the Board of Carers NSW in November 2011. David has an intellectually disabled brother and has worked as a disability support worker. David works as a solicitor, formerly at Allens Arthur Robinson and currently at Carters Law Firm. He has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts and is on the Carers NSW Editorial and Risk Committees.

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