Expert Advisory Groups

Our Expert Advisory Groups are an invaluable part of our governance structure. They provide subject matter expertise, insights and advice to support operational model and service design, focused on safety, quality and integration.

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network regularly consults with experts working in the primary health care sector. We thank all our Expert Advisory Group (EAG) members for their time and commitment to working with us to improve the health of our community.

Learn more about our EAGs and meet the current members below. Refer to this diagram (.pdf) for more information on our governance, operational and advisory structure.

About our EAGs

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

    Our Aboriginal Health Expert Advisory Group provides community voice, expertise and advice. This group helps NWMPHN align its structures, capacity and values to meet the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in our region. The group has a focus on informing commissioning intentions and operational activities including service design with a focus on safety, quality, and integration.

     Meet the group

  • AOD

    Our Alcohol and Other Drugs Expert Advisory Group includes members from a range of health providers and other stakeholder organisations. This group supports and advises North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) on service planning opportunities, and approaches to the commissioning of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services. It also supports community and practitioner engagement and advocacy.

     Meet the group

  • General Practice

    Our General Practice Expert Advisory Group is made up of local GPs, nurses and practice managers and plays a key role in guiding our support for primary care and our quality improvement initiatives. It gives direct practitioner input across the full breadth of our programs and activities.

     Meet the group

  • Mental Health

    Our Mental Health Expert Advisory Group includes members from a range of health providers and other stakeholder organisations. This group supports and advises North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) on service planning opportunities, and approaches to the commissioning of mental health services. It also supports community and practitioner engagement and advocacy.

     Meet the group

  • Older Adults

    Our Older Adults Expert Advisory Group aims to ensure NWMPHN’s operational and strategic decisions and actions improve health systems and outcomes for older people. This group ensures we are informed by community and clinical subject matter expertise, grounded in local real-world experience and with a systems view. They help us to better meet the population health needs of our growing region.

     Meet the group

Aboriginal Health Expert Advisory Group

Our AHEAG meets 4 times per year.


James Atkinson
James Atkinson (Chair)

CEO, Aboriginal Community Elders Services

Leanne Brooke

General Manager, The Long Walk & Indigenous Affairs Advisor, Essendon Football Club

Karen Bryant

Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Narrun Wilip-iin Aboriginal Support Unit, Northern Hospital

Jacara Egan

Indigenous Player Development Manager, Essendon Football Club

Matthew Lloyd

Deputy Chief Aboriginal Health Advisor, Victorian Department of Health

Sheree Lowe

Executive Director – Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Centre of Excellence, Victorian Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation

Alcohol and Other Drugs Expert Advisory Group

Our AODEAG meets 4 times per year.


A/Prof Yvonne Bonomo (Chair)

Director of Addiction Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

Dr Michael Aufgang

General Practitioner, Meadows Medical Centre Vic - Altona Meadows

Sam Biondo

Executive Officer, Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

Matthew Corbett

Manager – Lived Experience Workforce and Advocacy, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre/Association of Participating Service Users

Sione Crawford

CEO, Harm Reduction Victoria

Abdi Aziz Farah

Executive Director, Care First Support Services

Dr John Furler

General Practitioner, North Richmond Community Health

Professor Nicole Lee

CEO, 360Edge

Jarrod McMaugh

State Manager Victoria, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

General Practice Expert Advisory Group

Our GPEAG meets 5 times per year.


Dr Raymond Wen (Chair)

General Practitioner, East Brunswick Medical Centre

Portrait photograph of Dr Gursel Alpay
Dr Gursel Alpay

General Practitioner, Somerton Road Medical Centre

Portrait photograph of Dr Simon Benson
Dr Simon Benson

General Practitioner, Sunshine City Medical Centre

Sally Cordina

Practice Manager, North Richmond Community Health

Karen Hoffmann

Business Manager, North Coburg Medical Centre

Laura Paton

Operations Manager, Hoppers Lane General Practice

Portrait photograph of Danielle Siler
Danielle Siler

Nurse, IPC Health (Deer Park)

Natalie Simpson-Stewart

Nurse, Summit Medical Group

Matthew Stewart
Matthew Stewart

Registered Nurse, Hillcrest Health Centre

Mental Health Expert Advisory Group

Our MHEAG meets 4 times per year.


Kaye Frankcom (Chair)

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, Independent Psychologist Practitioner

A/Prof Genevieve Pepin

Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Australia

Lyn O'Grady

Child Psychologist, Centre for Emotion Focused Practice

Marie Piu

CEO, Tandem Carers

Jo Rasmussen

Mental Health Advocate and Lived Experience Consumer

A/Prof Gehan Roberts

Paediatrician, The Royal Children's Hospital

John Foley

A/CEO, Mental Health Victoria

Craig Wallace

CEO, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Older Adults Expert Advisory Group

Our OAEAG meets 4 times per year.


Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal (Chair)

General Practitioner, Aged Care GP

Dr Anthony Bartone

GP and Federal President of the Australian Medical Association

Dr Terence Ahern OAM

General Practitioner, Moreland General Practice

Josie Barbagallo

Manager, North West Aged Care Assessment Service

Dr Jenny Gowan

Consultant Pharmacist (independent practitioner), Gowan & Associates Pty Ltd

John Hall

Partnerships Manager, Thorne Harbour Health

Sharon Kehoe

General Manager – Operational Performance Bolton Clarke

Jiamin Liau

Consultant Pharmacist

Dr Peter MacIsaac

General Practitioner, Moreland West Medical Centre & Clinical Informatics Engagement Advisor, Victorian Agency for Health Information

Belinda Scott

Director – Mental Health, Northern Health

Louise Taresch

Nurse Manager General Practice and Dermatology, Glass Street Medical Clinic

Dr Saville Waid

General Practitioner, Q1 Medical

Sue Williams

Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute