Board Members

As an incorporated association, the organisation is led by a Board elected annually from the general membership. Staff and the Board work together in partnership to ensure that Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc functions as an effective and dynamic organisation.


Johanna Neville - Chair

Jo is the Region 2 Manager, at Apunipima Cape York Health Council Maternal/Child Health portfolio strategy holder. She has worked with families for the last 20 years as both an Independent Midwife and Child Health Nurse. She has a Grad Dip, Midwifery; Grad Cert Family and Community Health and a Grad Cert Organisational Change and Clinical Leadership. She has a special interest in the role that strong healthy women play in keeping families health within Aboriginal communities. She is a mother of 2 boys, Max 15 and Ronan 12 years. Jo has been a board member with Women’s Health since February 2016

Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch - Treasurer

Sanmarié is a medical practitioner specialized in microbiology and the Director of Microbiology at Mater Misericordiae Ltd Brisbane. She has worked in frontline medicine in hospitals, community based healthcare as a GP and as a medical specialist. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a postgraduate qualification in business. Her medical knowledge; broad range of other experience and ongoing professional development contributes to the advocacy for women’s health

Janette Clonan

Janette Clonan - Ordinary Member 

Janette is the Director of Write & Win Pty Ltd, a global business providing tender, grant and award writing services, and workshops and coaching to boost writing skills. Janette works as a social entrepreneur working in the area of capacity building and business development in developing countries. She is both a facilitator and project manager of international projects. Her passion is empowering women through business development, creative thinking and strategic questioning, both regionally and internationally. Janette has worked at a senior level in government departments including Education and State Development and has successfully bid and delivered Queensland government projects. 

Faileen James

Faileen James - Secretary

Faileen is the Director of James & Button Services Pty Ltd, a management consulting and legal firm offering organisational support in the areas of strategic and operational, legal advice,  planning and improvement, operational  and governance evaluation and monitoring, services and system assessment and improvement, change management, human resources advice, team facilitation, and conflict resolution. Faileen has held CEO and senior executive positions in State and local government, including Queensland Health, and small and large Not-for-Profit organisations. Having held governance and employed positions in Qld women’s health organisations, Faileen is passionate about expanding the reach of health services to those experiencing social and other disadvantage, and empowering individuals to take control of their social service provision.  

Shevaun Stewart - Ordinary Member

Shevaun is the Executive Manager – Strategic Accounts, ACT Logistics. With more than 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing, she is highly driven and focused on delivering innovative solutions in a rapidly changing marketplace and to continually improve corporate processes and outcomes. She is passionate about giving back to the broader community, equality across all demographics and ensuring there is not only greater awareness of the needs of women but to ensure there is a solid support infrastructure in place to proactively address their needs.

Karin Walduck

Karin Walduck  - Ordinary member

Karin originally trained as a pharmacist in Victoria and undertook her Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Queensland before commencing work as a hospital pharmacist. From here she moved into IT management, initially within Qld Health and moving to the State Library of Queensland as ICT Services Manager in 2005. 

Karin served two terms on the University of Queensland Senate from 1996-2001, has recently retired as President of Hockey Qld and is currently the President of Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association. 

Karin has maintained her registration as a non-practising pharmacist, is a member of the Australian Computer Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.            

Annie Backhaus

Annie Backhaus - Ordinary member

Annie is a director of her own family business, full time mum to 4 yo Jack and secretary and publicity officer for the local Qld Country Women’s Association.  Annie lives in a remote aboriginal community, Doomadgee, which is in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 170kms east of the Northern Territory Border.

Annie is passionate about the mental and physical health of rural and remote women.  This became even more paramount when she had her first child, Jack, at age 40, she brought him home to Doomadgee in November 2013 only to be cut off by flood waters for around 8 weeks!  The challenges of living remotely in themselves present a different set of issues for women however Annie believes that there is a need for support, generosity of heart and compassion to all women, whether they live in the country or suburbia.

Annie was drawn to Women’s Health Qld Wide when she met Belinda Kippen, former Health Education Team Leader and started using the Midwife Check-In service.  She was struck by the passion that Belinda and Kirsty had for the organisation and the empathy that they showed her in a time when she most needed it.  Annie hopes that she can use her life experiences to assist other women throughout Queensland and looks forward to bringing business, marketing and not for profit skills to the table along with her compassion and enthusiasm.

Faiza El Higzi

Faiza El Higzi - Ordinary member

Faiza is a leader in the Arab, African and Islamic communities. She has extensive public policy experience having worked at both State and Federal Governments. As the Director of the Romero Centre Faiza worked to provide support and welcome to refugees and asylum seekers. Faiza is the founder of Create Global a business entity that provides advice and training on diversity. She is also a member of the Queensland Domestic and family Violence Implementation Team. Faiza holds a number of post-graduate degrees and is currently doing her PhD on gender studies.

Photos: Little Footsteps - Photography by Anna

Last updated: March 2018