Head, Consumer and Community Health Research Network
Deb is the new Head of the WA Consumer and Community Health Research Network as of February 2019, continuing the responsibility for implementing a state-wide consumer and community involvement program across the WA Health Translation Network’s partner organisations.
Deb has worked in the public health and prevention space at all levels of government – Federal, State and Local – and not for profit sectors to contribute to the health and well-being of communities. She has worked to capture the voices of all parts of community including access and inclusion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, children and young people, mental health, health and community services. Deb has been the Chair of Advisory Groups in both NSW and WA connecting community, government and well-being, and a member of the NSW Commission for Children and Young People’s work with the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on Children and the Built Environment. She was also a representative for WA Local Government on the recent WA Sustainable Health Review.
Deb is passionate about policy and advocacy, making a difference in communities and turning theory into practice. Bringing people together to partner and collaborate for great outcomes is what she loves to do and her capacity for strategic thinking and planning enables her to work at all levels of government, not for profit and community.
Mike Seward assists the Head in undertaking the internal managerial responsibilities. He provides support and leadership to the Development Team to support the aims of the Consumer and Community Health Research Network across the WA Health Translation Network’s partner organisations.
Mike brings a wealth of tertiary, primary and mental health knowledge gained from working at Royal Perth Hospital, for Commonwealth funded General Practice. More recently he worked in the mental health sector in managerial positions. Mike was on the Developmental Pathways Project at Telethon Kids Institute in excess of six years as a community representative. He has a son with developmental issues and is no stranger to consumer and community involvement in research.
Bex is the newly appointed communications officer, joining the Consumer and Community Health Network in January 2019. With experience in areas such as reality Tv, the mining, oil and gas sector, independent radio, and tertiary education Bex brings over 10 years of communications experience to the team. Her interests are in areas such as video, social media, content marketing, and more broadly digital communications.
Bex holds a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communications from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Radio and Television from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Other education highlights include a Certificate IV in Project Management, and a troop member of Annie Steiner’s School of Physical Theatre.
Bex also works with the WA Health Translation Network in a similar communications role.
Briony has responsibility for the administrative functions of the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. These include administration of the Consumer and Community Health Research Network’s database.
Ben is the Consumer Advocate at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch University and Curtin University. He works with the Consumer and Community Health Research Network to develop and expand consumer and community involvement initiatives across these organisations.
Ben brings over 15 years of advocacy experience to his role. He has worked with Arthritis Australia as a consumer advocate and for the past six years has worked in primary health networks supporting greater community involvement. Ben has been a strong consumer representative and a patient research partner for almost two decades in local, national and international research initiatives.
Briony is the Consumer Advocate at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. She works with the Consumer and Community Health Research Network to develop and expand consumer and community involvement initiatives across these organisations.
Briony has a background in exercise and health promotion, and has been working in health research since 2012. She has experience in working with researchers and community members to develop research ideas into successful funding grants, specifically within the cancer and primary care space.
Corinna is the newly appointed Consumer Advocate at Edith Cowan University and Notre Dame University. She works with the Consumer and Community Health Research Network to develop and expand consumer and community involvement initiatives across these organisations.
Corinna has a background in anthropology and has previously worked as a patient advocate in paediatric cancer support. She has been a lay member of the Peter Mac hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, and also for Ramsay Health. Currently Corinna sits on the steering committee for the Bariatric Surgery Registry.