Board Members

As an incorporated association, the organization 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 organization.

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

 

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

 

Janette Clonan

Janette Clonan - Deputy Chair 

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. 

 

Karin Walduck  - Secretary

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-practicing 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.      

 

Susanne Allcock - Treasurer 

Susanne is a Chartered Tax Advisor and the principle of Susanne Allcock Chartered Accountant, a boutique accounting firm that offers taxation and business services to small businesses and private individuals. Over the past two decades Susanne has built a reputable business and strong client base which began in her hometown of Dayboro, Queensland, but now stretches interstate and overseas. Susanne speaks German fluently, has been a commercial primary producer, rides her horses at every opportunity and frequently contributes her views at local meetings and think-tanks. In a bid to improve rural and regional access to contemporary meeting spaces and communal working environments, Susanne also began ShareDesk Pty Ltd in 2017. ShareDesk offers mobility solutions by providing a fully furnished co-working and meeting venue for business owners and professionals to better develop their businesses or keep in touch with more remote clients. Susanne is passionate about using new technologies to increase access to health services in rural and regional Queensland, to ensure that all women have the necessary access and support they require. 

ORDINARY MEMBERS

 

Annie Backhaus

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 organization 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.

 

Dr. Ugenthiri (Ugen) Naiker 

Ugen is a health service executive specializing in performance and governance. She is currently involved in the Aged Care Royal Commission response for UnitingCare Queensland. She has a Ph.D. in health services and information systems and has worked as a senior director in the Department of Health in health care purchasing and system performance with a passion for integrated care to drive patient outcomes. She is also a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers and holds an MBA in Finance. Her operational service knowledge, pursuit of social justice and passion for patient outcomes contributes to the advocacy for women’s health.

 

Dr. Sanmarié Schlebusch 

Sanmarié is a medical practitioner specialized in microbiology and the Staff Specialist Microbiology / Clinical Microbiologist for Forensic and Scientific Services, Health Support Queensland. She was Director of Microbiology at Mater Pathology for 7 years and has worked in frontline medicine in hospitals, community-based healthcare as a GP and as a medical specialist. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, an Associate Fellow of the College of Health Services Management, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a postgraduate qualification in business. Her medical knowledge; a broad range of other experience and ongoing professional development contributes to the advocacy for women’s health.

 

Philipa Thomas 

Pip is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Business Administrators Limited, the Peak Body for Business Managers/Bursars of Independent Schools throughout Australia and New Zealand, a role she has been enjoying for four years. She is an accountant with 30 years’ experience in various areas of accounting, including working for Ford, in Primary Production, owning her own Tax Practice and most recently as Business Manager of a large private girls’ boarding school. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. Pip comes from a medical family and is passionate about women’s health and giving back to the community.

OBSERVER

 

Dr. Eva-Marie Seeto

Eva-Marie, (DipPsych, MSocSc(Health), DSocSc, DipDisability, JP), has extensive governance and leadership experience in health and disability services, and has held management positions in the public and private sectors. Currently, Eva-Marie is the Director of the Office of Engagement at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has served as a student affairs practitioner and higher education leader since 2005. Eva-Marie is a review board member for the Review of Disability Studies international journal, University of Hawaii. She is a former Queensland President of the board of Relationships Australia, and was a foundation management committee member of the Australian Health Informatics Association (Qld). Her research interests are in health promotion and student mental health.