Tony Lawson - Chair
Tony has been a member of the CHF Board since 2010 and as Chair since 2014. He was reappointed as Chair at the November 2016 Board meeting.
Tony strives to operate at strategic levels in policy forums and meetings conducted by and with CHF, always promoting enhanced consumer participation and engagement in every encounter.
Tony continues to ensure the development and maintenance of sound, respectful and productive relationships with key stakeholders. Tony also seeks to make strong contributions to health consumer matters in other settings, including as a Board member of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Tony is also a member of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Tony has managed not for profit organisations and was Chair of the SA peak consumer health body for six years. He has undertaken many health consumer participation projects and produced many reports and published articles on health issues including two co-authored articles in Heart Lung Circulation relating to equitable standards for cardiovascular care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Tony has extensive experience in managing and implementing governance frameworks in a diverse range of organisations both as a leader and independent adviser. Overall, he has been involved at the highest levels in consumer health for over a decade and continues to strive to provide decisive and strategic leadership to CHF representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers.
Jo Watson - Deputy Chair
Jo Watson was appointed to the Board of CHF in 2012, and was elected as Deputy Chair in November 2014. The Board of CHF re-appointed her to these positions in December 2015 and November 2016 respectively.
Jo was the Executive Director for the National Association of People living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) from 1998 to 2014. Over the past several decades she has been a community advocate actively engaged in the areas of health policy, especially access to medicines, and optimal public health interventions.
She was the consumer nominee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority (PBPA) from 2002 to 2012, and has been a consumer nominee to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) since December 2012. Jo was appointed the first Deputy Chair of PBAC in 2017. She is also the CHF nominated Director on the Board of the Australian GP Accreditation Ltd group (AGPAL).
Jo was the consumer representative to the Independent Panel for the Commonwealth Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation which concluded its work in 2017.
Sue Andrews was elected to the CHF Board in 2016. She has worked in different roles in the health field over many years and is committed to consumer centred health care. Sue has worked as Medical Technologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, then in Papua New Guinea and later in Canberra. Sue has extensive experience in health research and health policy at the local and national levels as well as in the non-government sector, having worked for Family Planning Australia and ACT Shelter. She has served on the boards of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters in Canberra. Sue has a PhD in Women’s Studies and maintains a strong interest in the social determinants of health, including gender. She is currently the President of Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT and is also a consumer representative on The Canberra Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee and the ACT Clinical Council.
Rowan Cockerell has worked across healthcare and community services, aged care and service development projects for 38 years. Over this time she has held executive positions across the private, not-for-profit and public sector. As Chief Executive Officer of the Continence Foundation of Australia, Rowan is an advocate for the interests of Australians affected by, or at risk of, bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic floor dysfunction. Rowan has a Masters in Business and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jan Donovan was appointed to the Board of CHF in 2014 and reappointed in 2017.
Jan is an advocate for consumers nationally and internationally. She has substantial experience in governance matters at Board level through her nine years as a member of the Board of the National Prescribing Service (NPS Medicines Wise) and on other boards related to health.
She has an arts degree from the University of Western Australia and a graduate diploma in Public Policy from the University of Melbourne. Her relevant work experience has included undertaking for over six years the role of National Policy Officer with Council on the Ageing Australia.
Jan's recent appointments as a health consumer representative include to the Community Council of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network, the Health Technologies Assessment Consumer Consultative Committee, the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Primary Care Committee, the Evaluation Committee of Health Care Homes, and the Medicines Safety Committee for the Australian Digital Health Agency.
Jan is a passionate advocate for addressing the social determinants of health to improve the health status of all Australians including the most disadvantaged Australians. She also has recent experience in living and working as a secondary school teacher in a developing country, Timor Leste.
Melissa Fox is a Brisbane health consumer and mother of two daughters, aged 6 and 10. Having worked in documentary and reality television, Melissa now works to improve the safety, quality and consumer-centredness of health services through her position as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s peak health consumer organisation Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), and as a consumer representative on the Queensland Clinical Senate.
Bel Harper has been a member of the CHF Board since 2014. Bel brings more than 15 years’ experience in program development, managing not-for-profit organisations and community advocacy together with a long-standing commitment to social justice. Bel has devoted herself for many years to being a voice for people with chronic illness. Among her achievements in these endeavours was co-founding Aardvark, a music-focused not-for-profit organisation for adolescents with chronic illness, and working with a variety of organisations including the Chronic Illness Alliance and the Epilepsy Foundation. She counts among her significant contributions the development of various online training and peer support projects, and the management of the Peer Support Network and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Special Interest Group. Bel currently undertakes consulting work and is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Australian National University. Her academic work includes community development, social justice and environmental issues. She has undertaken fieldwork in Indonesia and has worked with a number of international NGOs. Bel continues her commitment to consumer advocacy as a consumer representative on the Implementation Advisory Group for Health Care Homes and on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
Paul Murdoch was elected to the Board in 2015. He has been the Vice President of the Australian Pain Management Association Inc. since its establishment in 2009 and has held a statutory appointment as a community representative on Queensland's Health Practitioners Tribunal and various AHPRA health professional conduct review panels for more than 12 years.
Paul has teaching/training qualifications and experience, has published and presented academically and had 15 years’ experience as a union official. He is employed in the Australian Public Service, responsible for managing the secretariat of an independent statutory authority. Paul has had extensive leadership and management experience in a range of roles and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His areas of interest include chronic disease, self-management, health technology assessment and preventative health initiatives.