Current Board

Dr Michael Burke - President
MBBS, PhD, MA, MSc (Clin Epi), MPH&TM, FRACGP, FACTM, DRANZCOG, DCH, Dip Biblical Studies.
Michael completed his PhD at the UNSW in gender and HIV issues based on his commitment to Tanzania and Tanzanians, where he worked for twelve years and continues to visit regularly. Michael has recently completed work as the executive officer of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia. He lectures at both Sydney University and the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Owen Lewis - Vice President and Executive Officer
Owen is a general practitioner with experience in rural South Australia and Nepal where he spent 13 years as a CMS missionary. His missionary experience included a role as foundation professor of family medicine in the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Eastern Nepal. On Owen’s return, he worked for a time in the Nossal Institute for Global Health in Melbourne, and is currently a general practitioner / senior lecturer based in Roxby Downs in outback South Australia. Owen co‐ordinates PRIME Australia, a project of HSA that promotes whole person medicine and sends teams to developing countries as short‐term medical education teachers. He has an interest in disability and continues to advise and support a disabled person’s project in Nepal.

Trevor Horskins - Treasurer
Trevor lives in Adelaide and has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Adelaide) and comes to HealthServe Australia with a range of financial management and administration experiences and responsibilities that he has gained by working for various government and not for profit sectors.lives in Adelaide and has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Adelaide) and comes to HealthServe Australia with a range of experiences and responsibilities in financial management and administration. Trevor has gained his expertise by working for various government and not for profit sectors.

Dr Les White - Projects Officer and Chair, Overseas Projects Commitee
Les is a consultant health system strategist and accredited Master coach. He recently retired having worked mainly in developing country health systems, education, chaplaincy and mission. Les has spent the past eight years coaching professionals across Australia in making a workplace/ industry impact, on life balance/ effectiveness and on how to leave a lasting legacy. Les has written and delivered more than a dozen accredited on-line Resilience modules and run on-line support groups in collaboration with chaplains for rural and regional Australia. He recently led a team to evaluate Fred Hollows Foundation's blindness prevention work in Vietnam. He has consulted on health system development in Asia Pacific including in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. Les has a passion for excellence in empowering health workers to better design, manage, monitor and deliver best-practice health outcomes. He and his wife Darralyn live in Melbourne, have four adult children, four grandchildren, and enjoy travel and adventure.

Barbara Lucas - Secretary
BSc(Phty), MEd, MPH, FACP, PhD Candidate, Dip Biblical Studies.
Barbara is Deputy Manager of Physiotherapy Services at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). She is a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist with the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has more than 18 years clinical experience including work in Tanzania and Fiji. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney; investigating the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on gross motor performance. This research is part of the Lililwan Project – Australia’s first population-based study to investigate the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the remote Aboriginal communities of the Kimberley, WA. Her work is being funded by a scholarship from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Sydney; and undertaken in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health. She is the Paediatric representative for the Board of Censors, Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her interests are management strategy, Public Health and improving Indigenous Health outcomes.

Dr Rhys Bollen - Public Officer
PhD, MBA, LLM, M Bus Law, BBus LLB, Senior Fellow (commenced August 2012).
Rhys is currently Director, Policy with NSW Fair Trading. Previously he was Senior Manager, Consumer Policy with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Rhys teaches Company Law and Banking Law at Sydney and Monash Law Schools. He has a PhD in financial services regulation, and Masters degrees in law and business. Rhys has been practising in the area of consumer protection, corporate and financial services law for 15 years, both in private practice and with the government. He has written widely in the field, focusing in recent years in consumer protection regulation (particularly in the financial services industry).

Dr Elliot Coates - Public Officer
Elliot currently is the Research Fellow at the University of Sydney working on clinical aspects of melanoma. He has trained as a General Practitioner having graduated in London. His experience includes working in the NT and Queensland in rural settings. Elliot has visited and volunteered in a variety of resource poor settings around the world. He is a PRIME tutor, HealthServe web editor and serves on the Business Development Committee.

Dr Parisa Glass - Public Officer
Parisa is medical researcher and an administrator with extensive experience in government and non-government sectors. She is a Deputy Director of the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute for Global Health and the Business Manager for the Australian arm of The George Institute. Parisa’s post graduate education includes a PhD in Biomedical Science and a Master Degree in Business Administration. She holds an Honorary Associate position with the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Parisa’s major interest is management in medical and research environment. Her expertise is in business growth, finance and personnel management, contract and business negotiation.

Dr Nathan Grills – Public Officer
Nathan is an NHMRC research fellow and public health physician (FAPHM) at Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Under a Rhodes scholarship he completed his MPH and DPhil at Oxford University focussing on partnerships between faith based groups, government and international actors. He also worked with Center for Disease Control and World Health Organisation on HIV and FBO partnerships. Nathan’s international experience includes work in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fiji, East Timor, PNG, Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal. He currently leads 5 international research projects on topics related to non-communicable diseases, disability, public health leadership and social network analysis. Nathan researches how networks of non-state actors can influence health policy and assist with integration into the public health system. He currently facilitates a Network of 50 NGOs who work together to train Community Health Workers and undertake research on disability and NCDs. Nathan also works with the Emmanuel Health Association, a network of 20 hospitals and 35 community health programs. In these roles he is involved in teaching, curriculum development and research.

Dr John Hagidimitriou
John is an experienced director, business consultant and marketing strategist. He has served as a non executive director since 2007 on various non profit boards, and over that time has developed expertise in Governance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning and other board duties. John has provided advice in the areas of Business Growth and Marketing Strategy since 2009, which has helped various businesses increase revenues while reducing costs. He has also worked since 2002 as an Assistant Surgeon across various private hospitals in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich.

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