Our team is dedicated to representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers, and making your voices and needs heard at the national policy level.

Dr Elizabeth Deveny
Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth is an experienced, well-respected senior executive with a strong commitment to improving health outcomes for all Australians. Working primarily in the health and education sectors she’s had responsibility for significant P&L ($250M) and capital projects ($70M). Her roles have required her to lead regional, state, national and international collaborations where she has successfully engaged a broad church of stakeholders in order to meet strategic objectives.

She was Chief Executive Officer of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network from 2015 – 2021. Working with thousands of health professionals, the national network of PHNs, peak bodies and state and federal jurisdictions, Elizabeth led the largest PHN in Australia. With a team of one hundred staff Elizabeth was responsible for the oversight of the commissioning of 30+ primary health care programs, primary care capacity building, and outcome and impact evaluation. Elizabeth took up the role of interim Chief Executive Officer from Monday 22 August 2022


Jo Root
Policy Director

Jo manages the policy team to help CHF develop policy positions and advocate for reform to a consumer-centred health system. Jo has been involved in health policy since 1990, working for the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and then moving to the non-government sector; community-controlled aboriginal health, and Council on the Ageing. She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in economics and has been with CHF since November 2014.


Kate Lyttle
Executive Officer

Kate has held management roles in not-for-profits, associations and ACT government disability services for much of her career. She has a tertiary qualification in science and a post-graduate qualification in Business Management. Kate has a keen interest in governance and business administration.

 


Jenna Gray
Communications Manager

Jenna Gray is a Communications professional with advanced digital, programming and design skills. Her career has been predominantly in not for profits in New Zealand and Australia, she has also worked in commercial web production and owned a business in adventure tourism for seven years. Jenna brings in experience from the refugee and migrant sector, disability, mental health, education and professional associations. She has worked on landmark and award-winning Community Access Radio and TV in NZ. She is a qualified web developer and designer and studies communications at the University of Canberra.


Rebecca Edwards
Consumer Engagement Expert Adviser

Rebecca Edwards has over 25 years’ experience in working across research, policy, health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health, Family Violence prevention, workforce development and training and the social services sector. Rebecca brings the importance of the consumer voice to the fore and the inclusion of the aspirations, experiences and needs of the community in all that we do and has been a consumer advisor with the Consumers Health Forum for over 10 years. Rebecca has an undergraduate qualification in Applied Sciences (Health Sciences) and Health Promotion and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Family Violence.


Tammy Wolffs
Senior Policy Officer

Tammy's professional skills are in policy, research, program delivery, communications, engagement and public law, She has worked in a range of roles across the public and community sectors. Her social policy experience has spanned aged care, disability and social security, and she has experience working with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She has a commitment to equity and social justice, and is enthusiastic about working with consumers to improve health outcomes.


Julia Nesbitt
Digital Health Policy Advisor

Julia has worked extensively in e-health and digital health for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (ANU) and a Master of International Law (ANU). She has held positions in management with the Australian Medical Association in General Practice and E-Health, Strategic Policy Officer with the National Electronic Health Transition Authority, and a Director in eHealth for the Dept of Health and Ageing (DOHA), predominantly working on development of GP incentive measures (Practice Incentive Program) aimed at driving uptake of digital health. Julia was head of the International Section in the Office of Status of Women in Prime Minister and Cabinet (1997 - 1999), and has extensive international experience, including representing Australia as a member of the United Nations and the World Health Association.


Dr Penelope Bergen
Quality Use of Medicines Lead

Penelope has a background in social research and nearly two decades’ experience in media and communications. She has a PhD in applied sociology, researching the intersection of government policies, governance structures, geographical isolation and the personality and values of non-Indigenous workers in remote Aboriginal communities. A longstanding interest in community development enhances her research interests.


James Ansell
Research and Data Policy Officer

James is a PhD candidate at the ANU who joined CHF in Oct 2018 as the Research & Data Policy Officer. He is a science communicator with a background in the intersection of science and public interests. James is involved with CHF’s research activities including Australia’s Health Panel and he works with the TGA.

 


Luke Catania
National Coordinator, Youth Health Forum

Luke's professional skills are in communication, youth engagement and advocacy. In this role, Luke coordinates the activities of the Youth Health Forum, focusing on health and social issues that impact young people, and facilitates members of the forum and the Youth Health Leaders group to engage in current health policy discussions. He joined CHF in early 2021.

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