School of Population and Global Health

Consumer and Community Advisory Council

The Consumer and Community Advisory Council consists of a mix of consumers, community members and researchers.


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Sara Elliot

Sara is the current Chair of the Consumer and Community Advisory Council. Sara has a passion to advocate for consumers of mental health. Sara is actively involved in Children of Mentally Ill Consumers and Consumer of Mental Health Western Australia. She is also currently a part time student at the School of Population Health.

 

 

 
Andrew Markovs

Andrew Markovs

Andrew Markovs divides his time between homes in Albany and Perth. Since diagnosis with bipolar disorder in 2001 he has worked through the darkness of depression, alcohol and substance abuse and suicide ideation. Andrew is a Principal Master Mental Health First Aid instructor, One Life Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention instructor and a member of the WA Mental Health Commission’s ‘Lived Experience Advisory Group’ He is a winner in the Consumer Engagement and Involvement category of the WA Mental Health Good Outcomes 

 

 

 
Anna Kemp

Anna Kemp

Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Services at The University of Western Australia. Her primary research interest is the utilisation of publicly subsidised prescription medicines in Australia and the impact of national health policy of their use.  

 

 

 

Cecily Strange

Cecily Strange

Cecily Strange is a PhD candidate in the Centre for the Built Environment and Health, within the School of Population Health at UWA. Cecily has a background in nursing, education and health promotion, and has worked across community, hospital and university sectors. Cecily has a strong interest in families with young children, and how families can be supported and connected within their local communities. 

 

 

 
Colleen Fisher

Colleen Fisher

Colleen commenced on the Council in 2010. She is a teaching and research academic in the School of Population Health and is committed to including community members across the research process in research she undertakes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Geelhoed

Elizabeth Geelhoed

Professor in Health Economics and Head of School within the School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia and has worked as a health economist in education, research and policy development over the past 22 years.

 

 

 

 

Frank Sanfilippo

Frank Sanfilippo

Dr Sanfilippo holds academic and clinical positions: (i) as research assistant professor in the Cardiovascular Research Group at the School of Population Health, University of Western Australia; and (ii) as senior pharmacist at Royal Perth Hospital. He is a chief investigator in several research projects. His interests are cardiovascular disease, pharmacoepidemiology and linked data studies.

 

 

 

Mitch Messer

Mitch Messer

Mitch has been a consumer advocate for over 30 years. He is CEO of CLAN WA and is a member of the South Metropolitan Health Service governing council. Mitch is also involved with a number of other groups, he is President of Cystic Fibrosis Australia, a board member of Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide and Chair of the Genetic Support Council of WA. He is a past member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, NHMRC Research Committee and past Chairperson of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and the Health Consumers’ Council of WA Inc.

 

 

 
Rebecca Lubansky

Rebecca Lubansky

Rebecca Lubansky works as Research Development Officer for Cancer Council WA. Rebecca has been passionate about consumer involvement in research for many years through her roles as a research manager for charities in the UK and Australia and is currently working to improve the way Cancer Council WA involves consumers in their research grants program.  

 

 

 
Rosemary Saunders

Rosemary Saunders

Rosemary Saunders is a nursing academic in the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia and joined the council in June 2012.Rosemary is leading the Beyond the Teaching Nursing Home – A Community Partnership of Learning and Care project where older adults as consumers in residential aged care contribute to health professional students learning. Rosemary’s research interests include aged care practice and workforce development, inter-professional education and practice, health promotion; and engaging consumers in health professional education.

 

 

 

Ruth Sims

Ruth Sims

Ruth has been actively involved in community organizations including the Health Consumers’ Council; Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre; the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors; Western Australian Council of Social Services; the Ethnic Communities Council; African Communities in WA; Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre among many others.

 

 

 
Vivien Kemp

Vivien Kemp

Vivien Kemp, is an ex-consumer of mental health services now working as a Senior Research Officer at UWA. As a project worker in the HealthRight Project, she helped to establish and evaluate the first paid mental health peer support worker service in WA; She is committed to the values of consumer and community participation at all levels of health service research and delivery.

 

 
 

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