Professor Denis King, OAM


  • Clinical Professor Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, University of NSW
  • Professor Denis King holds an Honorary Medical Officer colorectal surgery appointment at St George Hospital.
  • He has held the position of Chair of the NSW Health Ministerial Advisory Committee and previously held the positions of Executive Clinical Director, SESIAHS and the Director of the Division of Surgery at St George Hospital.
  • He has been a member of the Council of the University of Wollongong and is a Fellow of that University, and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and a member of the Boards of St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Foundation.
  • Professor King has over 40 years of experience in colorectal surgical practice and as Chair of the ISLHD Board for the last ten years continues his strong commitment to health system management.
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Mr Ken Barker, PSM


  • Deputy Chair, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Board
  • Director, Ken Barker Consulting Pty Ltd
  • 42 years of experience in public sector management, finance and risk management across four large NSW Government agencies
  • Former Chief Financial Officer for NSW Health (1987-2009), managing the large NSW Health budget and providing expert financial advice and strategy on State and Commonwealth health initiatives and policy
  • Currently a Chair/member of a number of NSW/Commonwealth Audit and Risk Committees.

Dr Penny Abbott


  • Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University Western Sydney
  • Visiting General Practitioner (GP) Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
  • Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Custodial Health Network
  • Member of Western Sydney Primary Health Network Clinical Council and GP Leaders group
  • Previous practice in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector for over 20 years.

Ms Alison Churchill

BA (Hons) Social Policy & Administration and Certificate Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)

  • Chief Executive Officer, Community Restorative Centre
  • Member of Sydney Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors - Politics of Social Change Foundation
  • Member of the Women's Advisory Council - Corrective Services NSW
  • Qualified Social Worker and Counsellor in England and Australia, working in the fields of Probation and Parole, women’s services, child protection, child sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs, and the treatment of child sex offenders
  • Recipient of the 2013 Justice Medal, sponsored by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.

Mr Peter Dwyer

M.Sc.Soc, Dip Law, MPS Ph.C. 

  • Barrister. Admitted to the Bar in 1978.
  • Practice has included Law/Litigation relevant to Health professions, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and drug regulation; Coronial Inquests, including appearances as Counsel Assisting the Coroner
  • Mediator – Nationally Accredited (NMAS)
  • Former Principal Member – NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), Occupational Division (Health Professions); Chairperson, (former) NSW Pharmacy Tribunal; former Deputy Chairperson of other NSW Health Professional disciplinary tribunals
  • Former President, Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and continuing Member
  • Honorary Fellow, Australasian College of Legal Medicine
  • Honorary Life Member, NSW Medico-Legal Society
  • Prior qualifications and practice in Pharmacy.

Ms Michelle Eason

BSc (Nursing), MN (Mental Health)

  • Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector in NSW, VIC and the UK
  • Started her career as a Registered Nurse specialising in Mental Health
  • Holds a Masters in Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Former Clinical Nurse Consultant in Forensic Mental Health, before becoming a Director of Nursing.
  • Conjoint Lecturer, School of Psychiatry, University of NSW
  • Currently the Director of Organisational Development for Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
  • Has an interest in building the capacity of staff so they can achieve individual success, contribute to effective workplace culture that lead to positive patient outcomes.


Mr Ian Gillespie


  • Extensive background in senior financial and administrative management positions across public and private sector
  • Holds the senior status of Fellow with CPA Australia
  • Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Former Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Education and Training (now known as Department of Education and Communities)
  • Former General Manager, Finance for the NSW TAFE Commission
  • Currently Chair/member of a number of NSW Audit and Risk Management Committees.

Mr Stuart Loveday

B Com

  • Chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Quality Council
  • Chief Executive Officer, Hepatitis NSW
  • Board member and former President of NSW Community Restorative Centre’s (CRC) Board of Directors
  • Former President and founding executive member of Hepatitis Australia’s Board of Governance
  • Community representative, NSW Ministry of Health Hepatitis B and C Strategies 2014 – 2020
  • Implementation Committee  
  • Chair of the SToP-C (Surveillance and Treatment of Prisoners with HCV) Protocol Steering Committee at the Kirby Institute, UNSW
  • Serves on a range of other viral hepatitis research, clinical governance and advisory committees in NSW’s Local Health Districts, nationally and in national research centres
  • Contributes extensively to advocacy and education for evidence-based harm reduction policy and practice in drug use and other public health settings, for better access to improved testing, management and treatment for all people living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C, elimination of hepatitis C and reduced stigma and discrimination impacting on the lives of people with viral hepatitis.

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.

Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio


  • Associate Professor Quadrio is a practising Forensic Psychiatrist, specialising in forensic/child/family psychiatry, with particular specialisation in the areas of sexual and family violence.
  • She is a former Chair of the Binational Committee for Advanced Training in Psychotherapy for the RANZCP and was Director of Mental Health Services with (then) Corrections Health Service in NSW.
  • Some of her current work focuses on the prevention of child abuse and the role of trauma in relationship to psychiatric disturbance.

Dr Jonathan Phillips AM


  • Dr Jonathan Phillips AM is a highly qualified psychiatrist working as an independent mental health consultant.
  • He holds academic appointments at the Universities of New South Wales, Adelaide and James Cook.
  • He is a past Director of Mental Health in South Australia.
  • He has an active involvement in all aspects of medical education especially in the design and delivery of the Masters Programme in Forensic Mental Health at UNSW and was a member of the Law Reform Commission’s Expert Panel for their inquiry into people with cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system.

Dr Kath McFarlane

  • Dr Kath McFarlane is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales, and Board member of the NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network.
  • She served as a Chief of Staff across a range of portfolios in the NSW Government, was Executive Officer of the NSW Sentencing Council and the NSW Children’s Court, and undertook her PhD on ‘Care-criminalisation: the involvement of children in OOHC in the criminal justice system’.
  • The 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.