BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

2021 meeting attendance 1 19 Feb 2 8 Apr 3 13 May 4 24 Jun 5 19 Aug 6 16 Sep 7 4 Nov AGM* 3 Dec 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Apol Int* Gloria Ryan (Deputy Chair to March 2021) Gloria was legally trained and 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. Elected as Deputy Chair in December 2014, Gloria served diligently in this role until her passing in April 2021. Yes Apol Carolyn Searle (Deputy Chair from June 2021) 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. Carolyn has been a passionate advocate for BUSHkids telehealth and was elected as Deputy Chair in June. 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. Apol Yes Apol Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 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 Apol Yes Yes Yes Apol Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Apol Yes Yes 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 Apol Yes Yes Yes Int* *Note: December AGM scheduled after the production deadline for this report; attendance notes are declared intentions based on prior advice received from Council members. BUSHkids Council A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 2

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