Working Group

Driving the direction of the Partnership is a Working Group that brings together clinical education, peak standard setting and representation bodies for health professionals, community, and relevant government agencies. Dedicated Sub-Working Groups are established to address specific issues and projects of the Partnership.



Dr Kym Jenkins, Chair

Dr Kym Jenkins represents The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). More

Dr Jenkins is also a member of the Partnership’s Sub-Working Group on Refugee Women’s Health. After moving from the United Kingdom to Australia in 1986 Dr Jenkins worked in General Practice before commencing psychiatry training and completed her Fellowship with RANZCP in 1998. Dr Jenkins has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Medical Director/Senior Clinician of the Victorian Doctors Health Program, runs a small private practice and is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Dr Jenkins was a member of the RANZCP General Council from 2005 2010. She was elected to the College’s inaugural Board in 2013 for a three-year term, during which period she was the inaugural Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee. Her term as RANZCP President commences in May 2017.


Carla Wilshire, Deputy Chair

Carla Wilshire is the CEO of the Migration Council Australia—Australia’s national research and policy institution on migration, settlement and social cohesion. More

Carla has a background in policy development, corporate governance and tertiary research. She has worked as a public servant and advisor to Government, principally in the area of migration and resettlement, including as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Carla is a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity, which provides policy advice to the Council of Chief Justices of Australia on improving access to justice for culturally and linguistically diverse Australians. Carla is also a member of the National Anti-Racism Partnership and co-founded the Friendly Nation Initiative, which aims to link corporate Australia with the settlement community to improve employment outcomes for refugees.


Kate Munnings

Kate Munnings is the Chief Operating Officer at Ramsay Health Care, with responsibility for Ramsay’s extensive hospital operations across Australia. More

Kate has also served as a Board Member for South East Sydney Local Health District. Qualifying as a registered nurse in the 1980’s, Kate then completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2003, she was appointed as a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Kate then joined the partnership at international firm Baker McKenzie where she held a number of leadership positions. In 2006, Kate moved to the international company Transfield Services Limited and was accountable for Legal & Corporate Governance, Risk & Commercial Management, and Procurement & Corporate Communication. Kate was later appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Operations where she had operational responsibility for the Logistics, Construction & Consulting businesses that provided services, largely for State and Commonwealth Governments.


Leanne Laidler

Leanne Laidler is the National Deputy Clinical Governance Manager at Ramsay Health Care.



Associate Professor Christine Phillips, Chair

Christine Phillips is Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Medicine at the ANU Medical School, Medical Director of Companion House Medical Service, the ACT’s refugee health service, a member of the Institute for Communication in Healthcare, and Chair of the Refugee Health Network of Australia. More

She is a general practitioner with qualifications in anthropology, public health and teaching. For over a decade, Christine has advocated through policy, research and education for better use of interpreters in medical settings, and improved cross-cultural communication in health.


Dr Cathy Hutton

Dr Cathy Hutton represents the Australian Medical Association (AMA). More

Dr Hutton is a GP in a large general practice in Essendon, offering antenatal, family planning and women’s health care as well as management of acute and chronic disease. Dr Hutton is also a Director at the North West Melbourne Primary Health Network and a Director at Western Health. She has previously worked on the Board of the Royal Women’s hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Service. With a broad knowledge of the health system, Dr Hutton has a strong interest in improving patient outcomes, particularly by promoting patient centred care and developing evidence based systems to improve the patient journey and the facilitation of communication.


Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle

Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle represents The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. More

Associate Professor Boyle also chairs the Partnership’s Sub-Working Group on Refugee Women’s Health. Associate Professor Boyle is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and heads the Indigenous and Refugee Women’s Health Program at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. Associate Professor Boyle works clinically in refugee women’s health in Victoria and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health in outreach services in the Northern Territory, as well as in research, translation and education nationally. She also holds an honorary appointment at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Her research interests are in women’s health across the life-course with a focus on a healthy start to life—pre-pregnancy through to early childhood.


Dr Susan Sdrinis

Dr Susan Sdrinis represents The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. More

Dr Sdrinis is a specialist Medical Administrator currently working part-time as Director Medical Services, Governance at Alfred Health in Melbourne. She also works as a health care consultant, undertaking a range of projects within hospitals and other health care related organisations. She has previously worked as a Senior Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Human Services (now Department of Health) and as Executive Director Medical Services, Quality and Clinical Governance at Peninsula Health. She is a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria, and the Australian Medical Council. Her areas of interest are clinical governance, credentialing and professional management of medical staff, and health policy.



Dr Georgia Karabatsos

Dr Georgia Karabatsos represents The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. More

Dr Karabatsos is the National Medical Director—Telephone, Online and Population Health Services at Medibank Health Solutions. Dr Karabatsos has over 20 years of experience in General Practice and has also worked in non-clinical environments, including hospital liaison, undergraduate and postgraduate education, clinical research, evaluation and policy development as chair of the After Hours Primary Medical Care Evaluation and Policy Advisory Group. She was previously the National Medical Director for Telephone Triage Services, providing clinical oversight to the telephonic services, including Nurse Triage, After Hours GP Helpline, and counselling and mental health services. Dr Karabatsos’s skills include General Practice, medical education research and program evaluation. Dr Karabatsos has postgraduate training in Family Planning, and a Certificate of Health Program Evaluation.


Dr Elizabeth Hessian

Dr Liz Hessian represents The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. More

Dr Hessian is a consultant anaesthetist and Deputy Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Western Health Victoria. She obtained her undergraduate medical degree from University of Sydney (1999), Masters of Public Health through Monash University (2014) and completed her specialty anaesthesia training in 2008. She is a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Melbourne. Since completing speciality training, Dr Hessian has practiced at Western Health, where she leads the obstetric anaesthesia special interest group. She is also the Head of Anaesthesia Research, and her research interests include the implications of obesity in obstetric anaesthesia, simulation and its role in testing non-clinical skills in junior medical staff, and access of culturally and linguistically diverse patients to participation in clinical research trials.


Dr Kim Hansen

Dr Kim Hansen represents The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).More

Dr Hansen is an Emergency Physician at The Prince Charles Hospital, a large, suburban hospital with Quaternary Heart and Lung services in Brisbane. Dr Hansen is a member of ACEM’s Council for Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships, Vice-Chair of ACEM’s Quality Sub-Committee and leads Quality, Safety and Patient Flow within her department in Brisbane. In 2016, Dr Hansen became the inaugural Chair of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine’s Quality and Safety Special Interest Group, which aims to promote quality and safety in Emergency Medicine across the globe. She has also been integral in establishing EMER—the Emergency Medicine Events Register—a speciality specific system to report, analyse and improve on incidents that occur in Emergency Departments.


Dr Margaret Kay

Dr Margaret Kay represents The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). More

Dr kay is also a member of the Partnership’s Sub-Working Group on Refugee Women’s Health. Dr Kay is a part-time general practitioner and a Fellow of RACGP, has a Diploma of Obstetrics and holds an academic title as Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, UQ. Dr Kay was awarded her PhD on Physician Health in 2013. In 2015, she completed her Certificate with the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme. She was the inaugural Chair of the Refugee Health Network of Australia, is a member of the RACGP Refugee Health Special Interest Group and is the Refugee Health Fellow, working with the team at Mater UQ Centre for Integrated Care and Innovation. Dr Kay has extensive research experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and continues to work as a clinician and educator in the field of refugee health.



Dr Jason Schreiber

Dr Jason Schreiber represents The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). More

Dr Schreiber is also a member of the Partnership’s Sub-Working Group on Effective Communication and Interpreting Standards. Dr Schreiber is a Forensic Physician at the Clinical Forensic Department of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He is a Founding Fellow of the RCPA Faculty of Clinical Forensic Medicine; Member by examination of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom; a member of the German Society for Legal Medicine (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin) and a member of the French Society of Legal Medicine (Société Française de Médecine Légale). He also worked as an accredited interpreter in England, and held accreditation for translating English into German with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.


Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward represents the Australian College of Nursing. More

Adjunct Professor Ward has more than two decades of experience as a celebrated Nurse Leader and respected Health and Aged Care Executive. Intimately aware of the significant contribution nurse leaders make to health and aged care, community outcomes, individualised care and patient experiences, she also brings an innate passion for people, professionalism, service and leadership to the Australian College of Nursing. Her distinguished career – including nursing with a clinical background in intensive care and aged care, Monash University Lecturer and more recently, as an expert in transformational leadership, culture and change management – has honed Adjunct Professor Ward’s exceptional skills in organisational design, culture shaping and strategy development. She is inspired by the power of leadership to engage and excite people, and ultimately drive business success.


Caroline Humphreys



Nasrin Javid

Nasrin Javid represents the Australian College of Midwives. More

Nasrin is a senior midwife who has provided midwifery care to women with both low risk and high-risk pregnancies for more than 15 years in Australia. She holds a Masters of Science in Medicine (Reproductive Health) from the University of Sydney and has served as research coordinator of three national population-based studies of ‘gestational breast cancer’, ‘vasa praevia’, and ‘massive obstetric haemorrhage’. Nasrin has Iranian heritage and did her midwifery education in Iran before migrating to Australia. She has received several awards, including Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) New Investigator Award (Midwifery) in 2014 and a PSANZ Early Research Career Travel Award in 2015. Currently a PhD candidate, Nasrin is teaching in Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, as well as working clinically in the Mater Hospital Sydney.



Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu represents The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. More

Dr Kanhutu is also a member of the Partnership’s Sub-Working Group on Effective Communication and Interpreting Standards. Dr Kanhutu is an Infectious Diseases physician with a background in immunology and French language studies. As the current refugee health fellow based at Royal Melbourne Hospital, her role involves clinical care provision, advocacy and health care professional education. Through her clinical activities and National board membership with Health Informatics Society Australia, Dr Kanhutu is engaged in research to increase the use of digital health technologies to support refugees and underserved communities.


Dr Sushena Krishnaswamy

Dr Sushena Krishnaswamy MBBS (Hons) (Monash) FRACP Dip Trop Med Hyg (Gorgas, Peru) represents The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. More

Dr Krishnaswamy is an infectious diseases physician at Monash Health with special interests in the health of Indigenous peoples and also infections in pregnancy. She is also completing a PhD on implementation of antenatal vaccination with an interest in the experience of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Associate Professor Deborah Colville

Associate Professor Deborah Colville represents The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). More

Associate Professor Colville is a Melbourne ophthalmologist who graduated from Monash in 1975 and is a Fellow of RANZCO and RACS. She has a small private practice in Ivanhoe, NSW. Associate Professor Colville was a Director of Ophthalmology at Austin Repatriation Medical Centre and Chair of the RACS Women in Surgery Committee. Since 2000, she has been Director of Curriculum Development at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Associate Professor Colville’s Master of Public Health degree focused on educational program evaluation in health care and she now researches curriculum and public health themes, including ophthalmic public health, gender and curriculum, and women in leadership in vocational education and training.


Dr Kelly O’Donovan

Dr Kelly O’Donovan is a junior doctor working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia. More

She graduated from the University of WA in 2013 and has completed a specialisation diploma in Indigenous health as well as a basic DRANZCOG. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Since medical school she has had a consistent interest in health of refugee and migrant populations. This has included coordinating a global health project called Crossing Borders for Health, which organised direct volunteer assistance to families and events to raise awareness on issues pertaining to refugee health. She was also involved in creating an online refugee health resource for medical students through the Rural Clinical School of WA, which forms part of the UWA curriculum. She is currently involved in research with the Refugee Health Service at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.



Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright represents the Medical Board of Australia. More

Michelle is a professional independent company director with a background in corporate advisory law. For more than a decade, Michelle has served the interests of health consumers in many aspects of Australia’s health system including health professional regulation (Medical Board of Australia; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Community Reference Group), public health service provision (Eastern Health), quasi-judicial decision-making about patient access to particular health treatments (Patient Review Panel), health insurance (Medibank Private), human research ethics (Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee) and patient education and support and medical research (Cancer Council Victoria). Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fulbright Scholar.


Mary Patetsos

Mary Patetsos has a blend of academic qualifications and employment experiences covering economic, infrastructure and social policy areas. More

She has experience and skills in auditing and financial modeling, and particularly Health, Aged Care and Housing. Mary is Chair of the South Australian Housing Trust, member of the Aged Care Financing Authority, Chair of the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission and previous Member of the South Australian Social Inclusion Board. As Chair of the Audit Committee of the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion, Mary is required to apply rigorous scrutiny to sensitive and critical areas of government spending. Mary holds a number of non-executive board positions including Deputy Chair, Aged Care Housing Group, Chair, Power Community Limited Board, Deputy Chair, Health Performance Council, Executive member, Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia and is a member of the National Aged Care Alliance.


Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho is the Acting Co-Executive Manager of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health, Stream Leader Multicultural Health Improvement and Manger of the Multicultural Health and Support Services. More

Alison has a background in Sociology and Community Development. Alison is a sitting member of the Victorian Ministerial Blood Borne Viruses Advisory Committee, a member of the Victorian Hepatitis B Alliance and former Board member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). She is the founding member and Chair of the new Australian Multicultural BBV/STI Alliance and the Co-Chair of AFAO’s African Reference Group. Alison has significant Local Government experience, coordinating population based health planning, and developing and implementing the first prevention based Health Plan in the State. She has also managed the development of Diversity Strategies, Reconciliation Policies and a Women’s Health Initiative for local Government. Having worked around the world, Alison is committed to addressing the social determinants of health at a systemic level and is an advocate for human rights and health equality.


Mr Alan Philp

Alan Philp is currently the National Director of the Preventive Policy Section in the Population Health and Sport Division, Commonwealth Department of Health. More

His responsibilities include Women’s and Men’s Health policy, Management of the Public Health & Chronic Disease Program, National Breastfeeding Strategy, Family Planning Program, Child and Youth Health policy, Men’s Sheds, Population health data and analysis, and Injury Prevention. Having trained as a Nurse and Midwife, his academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and a Master of Public Health (Medicine, UWA).


The Council drives the direction of the Partnership and brings together representatives from peak professional and standard setting bodies for clinicians, the community sector, and relevant government agencies.

Dedicated working groups may be established to progress specific projects of the Partnership.

Member information coming soon

Executive Officer



Gulnara Abbasova

Gulnara Abbasova is an experienced executive with a significant track record in civil society leadership, strategy and advocacy across social policy, gender equality and human rights nationally and internationally. More

Previously, Gulnara was Executive Director of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, where she led national initiatives focused on the empowerment of migrant and refugee communities. Gulnara’s international experience includes leading programs at two United Nations agencies on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and issues, as well as in the area of civil society capacity building and participation. She also worked extensively in international advocacy with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and ethnic minorities, and facilitated local community development initiatives. Gulnara serves on a number of boards and committees focusing on professional regulation, access and equity, women’s empowerment and public health.