The Community and Consumer Advisory Group (CCAG) to provide strategic advice on health matters and on health and medical research matters from a consumer and community perspective.
CCAG plays an important role in providing a health community and consumer perspective on a diverse range of NHMRC business, including advice on community and consumer involvement in health and medical research.
The advice of the CCAG complements the advice and expertise of community and consumer representatives on the NHMRC Council and its Principal Committees.
CCAG is a Working Committee that was established under Section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 and is comprised of 11 consumer and community leaders in Australia. The committee members for the 2018-2021 triennium are below.
The Hon Judi Moylan was elected to the federal Seat of Pearce in 1993 and served as the Member for Pearce until her retirement in 2013. Portfolios included, Minister for Family Services and Minister for the Status of Women.
In 2013 she was appointed Independent President and Chair of the Board of Diabetes Australia and served in the capacity for five years retiring December 2019. From 2013-2015 Ms Moylan was co-chair of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group (NDSAG) for the Federal government and is currently co-chair of the Implementation Reference Group advising the Health Minister on the implementation of the recommended policies of the NDSAG.
Elected Global Coordinator of the International Diabetes Federation’s Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network (IDF-PDGN) Ms Moylan served in that position until the conclusion of the successful Global Forum in Vancouver CA in November 2015.
In January 2018 Ms Moylan was appointed to the Advisory Board of Access Care Network Australia (ACNA), a subsidiary company of the Silver Chain Group.
Ms Moylan is a current member of NHMRC Council (2018 – 2021 triennium).
For more than 12 years Ms Cahill led the health consumer organisation, Arthritis Australia, building its reach and increasing its products and services. She left this position in July 2018. Previous professional roles include Marketing & Business Development Manager, Arthritis Australia; Director of Marketing, TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute; and General Manager, Capricorn Publishing.
Currently, Ms Cahill is a Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Community Observers Working Committee and, formerly, was a member of Comcare Health Benefits of Work Advisory Group (2015-16); The Department of Health/Department of Industry Clinical Trials Advisory Committee (2014-15); The Department of Health’s Life Saving Drugs Program Review Reference Group (2014-15); Consumers Health Forum Board (2008-14); and TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Board (2001-03).
In 2011 Ms Cahill was bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) for her outstanding contribution to CHF and to her commitment to achieving improved health outcomes for all health consumers.
Ms Cahill is a current member of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee (2018 – 2021 triennium).
An experienced lawyer, Ms Rebecca Davies has been involved in health related organisations for over 22 years, since her now 24 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She is a long standing board member at JDRF Australia, chairs its research committee and sits on the International Board. She is President of the Heart Foundation (NSW) and sits on its national board along with other boards in the health and financial sectors.
Ms Davies is a previous member of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee, Research Committee and the Community and Consumer Advisory Group. Ms Davies has also been an observer for NHMRC grant reviews.
Ms Davies is a current member of the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Committee (2018 – 2021 triennium).
Ms Christine Gunson has over 30 years professional experience as a human resources (HR) adviser at senior levels across the mining, manufacturing and higher education sectors. Since 2000, Ms Gunson has been in the role of Manager of Strategic HR for Edith Cowan University with a focus on workforce planning, workforce metrics and performance measurement reporting and development.
Since 2009, Ms Gunson has worked on a select number of health sector strategic consultancy projects with Dr Norman Swan which has provided insight into the sector and its challenges as it responded to state and Commonwealth reform agendas. Subsequently she was approached to be involved in consumer representation related in particular to government initiatives around hospital performance measurement, reporting and accountability. This involved two years with the National Hospital Performance Authority (NHPA) on two consecutive advisory groups.
Ms Gunson is registered with Consumer Health Forum (CHF), and her interests relate to effective deployment of the health workforce in the interests of consumers, research workforce engagement with consumer voices in research processes, overall diversity and renewal of the research workforce which as recent published studies have shown lacks gender and other diversity. In 2016-17 Ms Gunson was the consumer representative on the NHMRC Structural Review Expert Advisory Committee.
Ms Gunson is a current member of the NHMRC Research Committee (2018 – 2021 triennium).
Ms Philippa Kirkpatrick is the Deputy Director of Future Capability at ACT Health. Philippa has 10 years’ experience in senior roles in the health sector, with her career history spanning laboratory science, clinical research, non-government organisations, state and Commonwealth government.
She was a founding director of the Immune Deficiency Foundation of Australia and was a representative on the Close the Gap Steering Committee. Ms Kirkpatrick established the National Blood Sector Research and Development Program and was a member of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Research Advisory Committee.
Ms Kirkpatrick is passionate about improving care at the end of life and was integral in the development of the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter, for which she was awarded the Marion Seal award in 2016.
Ms Kirkpatrick is a current member of the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee (2018 – 2021 triennium).
Associate Professor McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He is a registered nurse with a research focus on maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.
Associate Professor McAullay currently works as Director of the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (ISAC). He also runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and is a Director with the majority Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed communication consulting company, Mode Black.
Associate Professor McAullay is a current member of the NHMRC Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (2018 – 2021).
For three decades, Mr Harper has been dedicated to public health as a leader within Cancer Council Victoria, Quit Victoria, VicHealth and the Tasmanian AIDS Council. Since 2011, as Cancer Council Victoria’s CEO, Mr Harper has steered the organisation’s important work in cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy. During this time, the Council has led research initiatives in tobacco plain packaging, epidemiological studies, biomedical research to improve treatment for low survival cancers, and developing economic evidence on cancer prevention.
During his time as CEO of VicHealth, the organisation developed programs to address violence against women, alcohol harms, sedentary environments, promoted workplace health and expanded economic evidence of primary prevention programs.
Mr Harper has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Postgraduate diploma in Health Promotion, and a Master Degree in Health Economics. In 2018 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Deakin University for ‘outstanding contributions and commitment to public health and for willingness to be innovative and brave in advocating for public health’.
Mr Krouskos is the Chief Executive Officer, North Richmond Community Health and Director, of the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health.
With professional interests in the areas of health and cultural diversity, improving the health of socially and economically disadvantaged communities, and the development of ethical healthcare practice and improving the consumer experience of healthcare, Mr Krouskos was appointed to the Healthcare Committee, a Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 2009. He was reappointed for a second triennium term in 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as a member of the Consumer and Community Advisory Group of NHMRC and reappointed in 2019 for a third term.
Ms McKenzie has worked as a consumer advocate in research organisations since 2004. In 2016 she led the establishment of the WA Health Translation Network’s, Consumer and Community Health Research Network. Ms Mckenzie is now the Community Engagement Manager at the Telethon Kids Institute.
Ms Mckenzie is a Senior Consumer Representative for Consumers Health Forum of Australia and former Chair of Health Consumers Council WA. She serves on key state and national health and research committees for the following agencies: the Department of Health, the National Prescribing Service and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
In 2015 Ms Mckenzie was appointed to the Order of Australia for her work in health service and research.
Mr Rees has worked at senior levels in both British and Australian Public Services. In Britain he worked as Private Secretary to senior Ministers, in the Cabinet Office and in Economic Departments. In Australia, since 1976 Mr Rees has worked in diverse program and policy areas including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment and Training, Aged Care, Disabilities, Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He was Chair of the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review in 1986, and was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms.
Mr Rees was CEO of Alzheimer's Australia from 2000 to 2014. During his time, the Dementia Initiative was implemented (2005) and important commitments were made to tackle dementia in the Aged Care reforms (2012). Mr Rees has been Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) since 2015. Mr Rees is an independent Member of the Board of Parkinson’s Australia.
Mr Stubbs holds federal and state government positions at both board and committee levels. He is a survivor of leukaemia and an active representative and advocate for people affected by cancer.
He is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, School of Medicine. Mr Stubbs is the Australian Consumer representative on the International Colon Cancer Familial Register funded through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US.
As an editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology Mr Stubbs edited consumer booklets for Cancer Australia and the Cancer Council and is an active contributor to Government policy on cancer, cancer services, chronic Illness and the value of consumer involvement.