Thu Nguyen joined SEMPHN in August 2017 as a Community Council member. Thu had previously worked in the Victorian Department of Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She is currently working as a business manager at Monash Health.
Jan is a consumer advocate who represents health consumers nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Chronic Illness Alliance in Melbourne.
She has substantial governance experience as a board director of large, medium and small organisations. Currently she is a member of the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk committee. She also serves on a number of government committees.
Jan focuses on the health service needs of people with chronic illness particularly the need to support people who struggle with mental illness. She has a strong interest in maternal and child health and the health and social issues affecting all marginalised people.
Marlene is a Health Promotion Practitioner with a background in social planning and community development across local government and the primary health care sector. She has lived and worked in the Shire of Cardinia, on the rural urban fringe for over 25 years; she is passionate about her community, especially those who have poor access to infrastructure and services.
Marlene was a member of her local small rural health service Board of Management (Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service), for over 10 years, gaining considerable understanding of both aged care services and acute hospitals, in addition to her primary health care work.
Debra is a Care Coordinator for people with complex mental health needs at Mentis Assist, Frankston. She has worked in the mental health sector for over nine years. Debra has also worked extensively with young parents experiencing substance-use issues and involvement with Child Protection. Having also worked in the Family Violence sector as a Crisis Worker, Debra has a good knowledge of the complexities that families experience.
She is passionate about community work and advocacy and has supported people from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal communities to access health care and supports.
She joined the Community Council in July 2019.
South Eastern Melbourne PHN acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land our catchment covers, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people. We pay respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future, and uphold their relationship to this land.
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