Professor Denis King, OAM


Clinical Professor Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Associate Adjunct Professor, University of NSW

Colorectal surgeon - 40 years experience

  • Member of the Boards of St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Foundation
  • University of Wollongong Fellow
  • Former Chair of the NSW Health Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair of the ISLHD Board
  • Former Executive Clinical Director, SESIAHS and the Director of the Division of Surgery at St George Hospital
  • Former member of the Council of the University of Wollongong
  • Former member of the Advisory Board of the John Curtin School of Medical Research
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The Hon. Jillian Skinner

  • Member of NSW Parliament 23 years; 14 years Shadow Minister for Health; two years Shadow Minister for Education; six years Minister for Health and four years also Minister for Medical Research. During her time as Minister she:

  • Reformed the NSW public health system, increasing treatment, transparency and accountability through a devolved structure which involved establishing Local Health District and Specialty Network Boards.

  • Redeveloped hundreds of hospitals, boosting investment in IT, integrated community-based care, medical research and social policy programs including organ donation, pain management, improved palliative care and elimination of the transmission of HIV.

  • Since retiring in 2017 she continues her involvement in health care, through Jillian Skinner Consultants, including roles as:
    • Chair of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association
    • Director of the Board of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia;
    • Member of the Cancer Australia Advisory Council;
    • Member of the CSIRO Health & Biosecurity Advisory Group
    • Member of the Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network Board
    • Member of the Violet Strategic Advisory Committee
    • Member of DetectED-x Advisory Board
    • Member of the Australian British Health Catalyst Advisory Board
    • Patron Karitane
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Professor Penny Abbott


  • Professor, Department of General Practice, Western Sydney University
  • Visiting General Practitioner (GP) Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
  • Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Custodial Health Specific Interests Group
  • Member of Western Sydney Primary Health Network Clinical Council and GP Leaders group
  • Member of the General Practice Advisory Group, Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Ministry of Health
  • General Practitioner in Aboriginal community controlled health sector from 1991 - 2017


Mr Roger Downs

LLB, BCom, Dip.Mgt

  • Deputy Chair – Warrigal Care (not for profit aged care provider)
  • Board Member and former Chair– Illawarra Credit Union Ltd
  • 10 years on the Board of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ended 2021)
  • Retired lawyer – former law firm partner specialising in commercial and business law, former Chair and member of the NSW Law Society Business Law Committee
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Mr Paul Knight

  • Director of several private businesses in industries such as Property Development and Management, Information Technology (AR, VR and XR). Tourism and Hospitality
  • Board appointments with NSW Heritage Council, NSW NPWS Council, Coordinare Limited (PHN)
  • Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk committee for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Former position on the ISLHD Board for 10 years taking on roles such as Chair of Finance and Workforce Performance and Aboriginal Health
  • Board position with the Illawarra Academy of Sport
  • As a Dharawal and Yuin custodian he is recognised for his strong understanding of Aboriginal culture and has held many community leadership roles including a current position on the NSW Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee for NSW
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Dr Robyn Shields AM


  • Deputy Mental Health Commissioner for NSW
  • Member NSW Government’s seclusion, restraint and coercive practices review committee
  • Awarded a Centenary Medal - 2012
  • Awarded the member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her services to Aboriginal Mental Health - 2004
  • Former Member of NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Awarded in 2015 – Recognised by Westpac – 100 Women of Influence
  • Instrumental in setting up mainstream Aboriginal Mental Health Services; Development of specific Policies, both State and National in the past.

Dr Kath McFarlane

  • Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales
  • Former Chief of Staff across a range of portfolios in the NSW Government
  • Former Executive Officer of the NSW Sentencing Council and the NSW Children’s Court
  • PhD on ‘Care-criminalisation: the involvement of children in OOHC in the criminal justice system’
  • Director of Kath McFarlane Consulting, she provides independent research, policy and program services to government and community organisations, particularly in the areas of Out-Of-Home Care, criminal justice, social justice and welfare outcomes. 


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David McGrath


BSc (Psych), MBA, JD

  • Social policy consultant
  • Chief Executive of Ramsay Psychology
  • National Director, Mental Health Strategy for Ramsay Health care
  • Board Member Odyssey House NSW
  • Board Director Black Dog Institute.
  • Long-term advisor to the World Health Organisation
  • Former Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Special Commission of Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine and Other Amphetamine Type Stimulants
  • Former Director of Mental Health for NSW Health

Dr Annette Bemand


  • Sydney Child Health Program Education Undergraduate Medicine and GP fellowship, Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Senior GP with Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation with supervising registrars and medical students
  • Annette has also worked for Justice Health NSW as a GP for almost a decade and won GP Supervisor of the Year (GP Synergy 2022)
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Marisa Mastroianni 

Com, M. Com, GAICD, FCPA, AFMIL, Harvard (AMP191)

  • Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of UOW Global Enterprises
  • Subsidiary of the University of Wollongong
  • Board Member NRMA Ltd. 
  • Chair of NRMA’s Audit & Risk Management Committee
  • Member of the Venues NSW Illawarra Regional Advisory Committee
  • Former Director of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee
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