Advisory Councils

We work closely with clinical and community leaders and representatives to ensure that everyone’s efforts to strengthen primary health care and connect services across the system are effective.

Our standing Clinical and Community Councils play an essential role, helping to guide our work and ensure our activities are connected to and supported by the communities we serve.

Clinical Council

Established in September 2015, the Clinical Council consists of representatives from across primary and acute health services whose focus is to provide advice and support to North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) to better meet the needs of our communities.

The Council meets 4 times a year to respond to issues, provide clinical insight and direction, and discuss health practitioner engagement to support our objectives.

It also provides advice and support between meetings to ensure we are kept abreast of emerging priorities at the frontline and to ensure our activities are informed by the realities faced by clinicians and the community across the region throughout the year.

Ines Rio
A/Prof Ines Rio (Chair)

Chair, MPCN Board

Dr Elizabeth Barson

Principal Psychology Educator, Western Health

Portrait photograph of Dr Simon Benson
Dr Simon Benson

General Practitioner, Sunshine City Medical Centre; Chair, NWMPHN General Practice Expert Advisory Group

A/Prof Yvonne Bonomo

Director of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital; Medical Head, Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service, The Royal Women’s Hospital; Chair, NWMPHN Alcohol and Other Drugs Expert Advisory Group

Professor John Catford

Emeritus Professor, Chair in Health Development, Deakin University

Jon Cook

Head of Unit, Addiction Medicine, Western Health

Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal

General Practitioner; Chair, NWMPHN Older Adults Expert Advisory Group

Kaye Frankcom

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, Independent Psychologist Practitioner; Chair, NWMPHN Mental Health Expert Advisory Group

Tung Le

General Manager of Service Delivery, APMHA Healthcare; Chair, APMHA Healthcare Board

Angelo Pricolo

Community Pharmacist; Brunswick Advantage Pharmacy; Branch Member, Pharmacy Guild of Australia; Harm Minimisation Committee Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Mark Round

Physiotherapist and Managing Director, Symmetry Physiotherapy; Vice President, Australian Physiotherapy Association

Matthew Stewart

Registered Nurse, Ranges Medical, New Gisborne; NWMPHN General Practice Expert Advisory Group

Belinda Tominc

Registered Nurse, Royal Children’s Hospital

Community Council

Working with our community is a crucial part of our efforts to strengthen primary health care and connect services across the system. One of the most important ways we collaborate with community leaders is through our Community Council.

The Council’s members reflect different voices in our region and play an integral role in directing our work and promoting the role of community participation. The Council provides insight and direction on the unique needs of the region, and principles and mechanisms for engaging consumers, carers and local communities.

Its community members are appointed for their individual skills, particularly for guiding NWMPHN’s engagement, and experience of using health services.

Abiola Akinbiyi (Chair)

Director, MPCN Board

James Atkinson
James Atkinson

CEO, Aboriginal Community Elders Services

Alison Coughlan

Manager, Health Consumers Centre, Deakin University

Professor Helen Dickinson

Professor of Public Service Research, UNSW Canberra

Marc Florio
Marc Florio

Independent consumer

Harry Gelber

Community Advisor

Joanne Kenny
Joanne Kenny

Local resident; Operations Director, North Eastern Public Health Unit

Elyse Rider

Manager Community Planning, Melton City Council

Maryanne Tadic
Maryanne Tadic

CEO, Australian Multicultural Community Services

Emiliano Zucchi

CEO, LanguageLoop