Executive Member


Jennifer Doggett is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, a moderator of the health blog Croakey and a consultant working in the health sector for a number of professional, industry and consumer groups. She has previously worked within the Federal Department of Health and as a political advisor on health and social policy issues.

Jennifer is the author of “A New Approach to Primary Care for Australia” and “Out-of-pocket: rethinking co-payments in the health system.” She is a contributing author of the books “More than luck: ideas Australia needs now”, “Pushing our luck: ideas for Australian progress” and “Creating and Implementing Public Policy”.



Tim Woodruff is President of the Doctors Reform Society and has been involved in AHCRA since its first summit, and has been on the Executive since its formation. The Doctors Reform Society is a collection of doctors and medical students whose prime purpose is to support health care reforms which ‘ensure justice, equity and quality care for all regardless of social or economic status’. It formed to advocate for universal health care when the introduction of Medibank, the forerunner of Medicare, was being vigorously opposed by the Australian branch of the British Medical Society, now the AMA.

Dr Woodruff is a Tasmanian born and bred specialist physician working in private practice in the field of rheumatology in Melbourne. He is the father of two girls and husband of one, a bushwalker, bird watcher, and novice kayaker.



Tessa Boyd-CaineTessa joined ACOSS in 2009 with policy responsibility for community services, health and the not-for-profit sector. She has participated extensively in policy processes with government, the community sector and the business community. She was appointed by the Minister for Health to the National Advisory Council on Dental Health in 2011; and in 2013 she was awarded the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, to work with American nonprofit and philanthropic organisations.
Prior to joining ACOSS, Tessa worked in the areas of human rights, mental health law and criminal justice, both domestically and internationally. In 2007 she coordinated the biennial human rights report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Uganda, 2007) where she was based in New Delhi working across the Commonwealth of Nations.

Tessa’s PhD from the London School of Economics examined executive discretion and the public protection agenda in decisions about the release of mentally disordered offenders. Her book, Protecting the public? Detention and release of mentally disordered offenders was published by Routledge in 2010.



Bruce Simmons has recently retired as a dentist manager with the Northern Territory Oral Health Service in Alice Springs. He enjoyed a career focussed on public health dentistry and Indigenous health care combined with a strong interest in public policy and advocacy. 

Current Appointed positions:

  • Member of AHCRA Executive Committee nominated by the National Rural Health Alliance
  • National Convenor of Oral Health Special Interest Group of PHAA
  • Member of the National Oral Health Alliance committee
  • Member of the Oral Health Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations
  • Member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Australian Dental Council
  • Convenor of Alice Springs Community Garden



Marg lives on a property in the SA Mallee producing fat lambs and grain.
Lameroo, the nearest town, has a hospital, but does not have procedural or obstetric services. The hospital has an aged care section, which is always in high demand. and a hostel close by. Three visiting GPs cover the General Practice weekly.

Her background is entirely as a community representative and not in an employed position. She has a very strong passion in respect to consumer participation and representing rural and remote consumers, whenever and wherever possible.

Marg received an Order of Australia in 2006,” For services to the community through advocacy roles representing the interests of health consumers in rural and remote areas and for contributions to policy development.”

Some current memberships and committees are:
National Advisory Committee for the Centre of Research Excellence in Rural & Remote Primary Health Care, PCEHR Independent Advisory Council, Chair Health Consumers of Rural & Remote Australia, Deputy Chair Health Consumers Alliance SA, Community & Student Liaison Flinders University Rural Clinical School PRCCs, Director NT General Practice Education & Training Ltd. Board, Breast Screen SA, SA Dental and AHMAC National Oral Health Plan Monitoring Group.



Vanessa Lee, an Indigenous woman from the Torres Strait, has qualifications in education and public health and is Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Health, at the University of Sydney. Vanessa has been involved in both national and international research within the public health arena for a number of years, including researching overseas trained doctors in rural and remote Australia.

In 2008 she became a member of the National Indigenous Curriculum Network and was involved with discussions and implementation of the Indigenous health curriculum content for the masters of public health degree and continues to implement this work Australia wide. Vanessa is also a member of the Project Steering Committee of the Indigenous Public Health Capacity Building Project 2009-2013, and the International Network of Indigenous Health Professionals (INIHPP).
Vanessa is also the co-chair of the Public Health Association Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group. Vanessa is due to submit her PhD in Aboriginal community controlled health services in 2012.

All of the teaching, research, networking, and program development Ms Lee is involved in are directed toward the overarching goal of improving the efficacy and linkage of health services for Indigenous Australians. On the ground, this means empowering Indigenous Australians for improved health outcomes.



I was a public servant for 16 years, working in health in both state and federal governments. I was then Deputy CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia from 2005-2009, assisting in the publication of the seminal Not for Service report (2005) as well as other reports. I am Senior Lecturer at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney. I also work as a consultant and am on the board of Social Firms Australia.

From 2009-2012 I was a member of the NHMRC’s Prevention and Community Health Committee. I am also a member of the Sydney University’s Health Policy Network and the Health and Work Research Network.



Ray Bange is a widely experienced policy consultant, corporate strategist and communicator with an abiding interest in healthcare policy and community engagement. Ray’s career has encompassed senior executive roles in academia and in the public and private sectors in Australia and Hong Kong. A former Vice President of the Council of Professions, Queensland, he has had a long association with educational and professional activities at local, state and national levels.

Ray’s policy views and powerful advocacy have been shaped by his in-depth research of healthcare issues, broad operational experience and the input provided by his close relationship with individual consumers, health practitioners and their professional societies. Ray currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor within the School of Medical and Applied Sciences at the Central Queensland University.



Annette Panzera is the Director of Policy at Catholic Health Australia. She has previously worked in north Queensland both for Queensland Health (based at Cairns Hospital) and for the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening at James Cook University.

During that time her research focus has been on health workforce innovation, in particular with regard to regional and rural Australian workforce shortages and how teaching and training programscan be adapted to deliver flexible solutions for present and future health professionals. Prior to her return to Australia in 2010, Annette worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris for ten years concentrating on international health, education and social policy development.



General Manager at Australian & New Zealand College of Paramedicine
John Bruning is an experienced senior manager in the not for profit sector with a focus on strong leadership, effective management and sound governance. Outcome orientated with key skills in strategy, governance, policy, change management and organisational performance. 

His is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Certificated Member of the Governance Institute of Australia



David Malone is CEO at Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association. David has more than 18 years of senior management experience through CEO or equivalent roles held across the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors. He was previously chief executive of the West Australian Health Promotion Foundation, Healthway, and the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Prior to these roles he was the managing director of a business that managed a large network of physiotherapy practices. David has also worked as an Advisor for the World Health Organisation. 

David holds an MBA and degrees in Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and Physical Education. In 2001 David was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to medicine and society.



Christine Walker is Executive Officer of the Chronic Illness Alliance Inc., an Australian peak body representing more than 50 consumer and advocacy organisations for people with chronic illness.

The aim of the Alliance is to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illness. The Alliance achieves this through research and educational activities, often in cooperation with universities. Dr Walker has researched and published extensively on self-management in chronic diseases as well as consumer participation in health services. She is a member of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care Primary Care Subcommittee, a member of the Community Consultative Committee of Medicare Australia and a board member of NPS MedicineWise.