BUSHkids Annual Report 2019-20

ANNUAL REPORT 2019–2020 PROFILES AND MEETING ATTENDANCES COUNCIL MEMBERS 2 Council member Meeting attendance 1 13 Feb 2 19 Mar 3 30 Apr 4 11 Jun 5 23 Jul 6 3 Sep 7 22 Oct AGM* 27 Nov Dr Neil Bartels oam (Chair) A medical practitioner with a keen interest in children’s health issues, Neil holds a Master’s degree in Law with a great interest in the equity of access to health services for more remote or disadvantaged children, particularly those with behavioural, learning or social disadvantage. He provides valuable medical and legal experience and intense support in the direction of the organisation, and was recognised in the Australia Day 2018 honours for his lengthy service. Yes Apol Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Int* Gloria Ryan (Deputy Chair) Gloria is legally trained and is a very enthusiastic contributor to all aspects of our contracting matters and supporting BUSHkids with legal advice as well as comprehensively advising on our Policies and Procedures. Through the changes to the organisation’s branding she assisted greatly with the registration of the BUSHkids trademark. Since being elected as Deputy Chair in December 2014, Gloria has brought her skills to support a number of key strategic areas. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Int* Allison McLean (Honorary Treasurer) Allison brings her vast accounting knowledge with many years in the areas of business advice, accounting and taxation to support the BUSHkids finance team. Growing up on a farm which was worked by generations of her family she feels an affinity with families in rural and remote areas. Allison was originally involved with the Redcliffe Centre through community groups, organising games nights, activities, and outings for children brought in for treatment. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Int* Julian Martin After growing up in the Bush, Julian has a high regard for what BUSHkids is contributing to the children of rural and regional Queensland. He has had more than 25 years of experience in the information systems industry and a background of providing business-enabling solutions to organisations. Julian supports us greatly in all areas of our ICT needs and has been a valued adviser for the transformation of our ICT systems across the organisation. Yes Apol Yes Yes Yes Yes Apol Int* Gail Huggins A Council member since 2012, with a degree in Speech Pathology from The University of Queensland, Gail has a wealth of experience gained from roles in government and non-government health and education organisations around Australia, including as Queensland Health’s Gold Coast Director of Speech Pathology, Paediatric Services before her retirement. Still committed to the Speech Pathology profession and cognisant of current research guiding paediatric practice and service delivery models, Gail’s expert clinical knowledge provides invaluable advice to BUSHkids’ service provision. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Int* Carolyn Searle Having grown up in Regional Queensland, Carolyn understands the importance of an organisation like BUSHkids for children and families in regional and remote areas. Carolyn worked in accounting and law before founding a Queensland-based recruitment agency. It is through her experience in these fields that she is able to provide diversified advice for our organisation. Most recently, Carolyn has been a passionate advocate for the utilisation of telehealth to bring BUSHkids services to children and families most in need. Yes Apol Yes Yes Yes Apol Apol Int* Judy Peters Judy’s background in local government, business and community sectors adds to her regional and rural knowledge. As a Friend of BUSHkids she embraces the ethos of understanding, quality support and service to all families and knows first-hand the impact that BUSHkids services have. Providing community connectiveness is an important part of the BUSHkids story and Judy is an advocate for access to quality services so that circumstance or distance should not be a disadvantage. Yes Apol Apol Yes Apol Yes Apol Int* Deborah Theodoros Deborah is a Speech Pathologist with 45 years of clinical and research experience. She grew up in Mackay before completing her Bachelor’s degree and PhD at The University of Queensland. Deborah was Head of Speech Pathology for 11 years at UQ and is now an Emeritus Professor at the University. She has previously chaired the Board of Speech Pathology Australia and brings a wealth of experience in the Allied Health sector. Deborah has a special interest in new models of service delivery. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Int* *Note: November and December meetings scheduled after the production deadline for this report; attendance notes are declared intentions based on prior advice received from Council members.

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