Sydney Health Community Network


Vision - Healthy people, vibrant communities

The Sydney Health Community Network (SHCN) is one of the seven member organisations of Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN).

The Sydney Health Community Network was established to ensure a strong and independent community perspective and to advocate for local health community issues.

Sydney Health Community Network will play an important role in monitoring the activities of the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN and ensuring that its programs meet the needs of the community.

Communications with members


SHCN Constitution

SHCN Annual Report 2015


Membership of SHCN is open to community organisations who:

  • advocate for better health for the Central and Eastern Sydney PHN region
  • are incorporated
  • have members from the community they serve
Membership of SHCN is free.

Benefits of SHCN membership

SHCN provides your organisation with the opportunity to be more actively involved in the decision making through:

  • nominating for SHCN and CESPHN Board and Committee positions
  • voting rights at the AGM and General Meetings
  • providing input into local health care needs and working alongside GPs, other health care practitioners and other community organisations to develop and deliver programs to meet those needs.
  • regular newsletters and bulletins


  • Ordinary Member - an Ordinary Member of the Company is a community organisation who advocates for better health for the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network community, is incorporated, has members from the community it serves and is accepted by the Board as a Member of the Company.
  • Associate Member - an Associate Member of the Company is a health community organisation, which represents the interests of actual or potential recipients of health care activities and their carers but not within the Region; or any company, association or individual whom the Directors in their discretion consider suitable for associate membership of the Company.
  • Associate Member Individual - Any individual with an interest in health care for the PHN region can apply to be an Associate Member.

To join SHCN complete the online application form or download and complete an application form

To join SHCN complete the online application form


The SHCN Board consists of up to six directors elected by Ordinary Members of SHCN and up to four persons appointed by the elected directors.

The current Board Directors are:

Rosemary Bishop (Chair)

M.B.A., G.A.I.C.D., B.A. (Hons.) Dip. Ed

Rosemary was appointed to the Sydney Health Community Network in 2015 and took up the role of Chair following the 2016 Annual General Meeting. She is the CEO of 3Bridges, a community organisation in south eastern Sydney supporting people as they transition through the major changes in life. Rosemary leads the 3Points Connection Series which brings business and community together to focus on "wicked problems". This has increased the focus on mental health, early years support and wellness at 3Bridges. Before taking up her current role, previous positions included being the CEO of Mamre House which had a disability enterprise and supported refugees. Rosemary has spent a number of years as a Board member focusing on social and affordable housing and was previously Chair of Evolve Housing. She has personal experience as a carer and advocate for complex health needs. Prior to working in the NFP sector Rosemary led a management consultancy service specialising in organisational and personal change, following a career within both the public and private sector.

Julie Millard

CMHN, BN (Uni Syd), OV, JP

Julie Millard works as a Consultant and is a credentialed mental health nurse, underpinned by 30 years experience of working in the mental health and disability sectors in community and hospital settings, for local and state government and with community managed organisations. As a consultant in community development and education Julie advocates for, develops and implements local, state and federal projects, the majority with a focus on improving physical, and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for population groups.

Julie aims to empower people with knowledge to make informed choices that improve their own health and wellbeing and that of others in the community with whom they live and work. Julie has supported the development of local and state mental health policies and plans, and has experience working with individuals and families and organisations to enhance service and workforce capacity, comply with legislation, mental health and disability service standards, and accreditation processes. Julie is an Official Visitor under the Mental Health Act, sits on advisory panels and is an experienced educator, developing and delivering education workshops for people with lived experience, carers and families, organisations, departments, community groups and workplaces to increase awareness and knowledge and to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Robyn Maurice

BEd (Adult) UTS, MEd (Adult) UTS

Robyn Maurice is a consumer advocate with a lived experience of mental health and chronic pain. Robyn is an active member of the CESPHN Community Council, was a founding Director for Sydney Health Community Network, and is currently a SHCN board director. Robyn has a Masters degree in Adult Education (UTS) and has worked in community based and peer advocacy organisations. She is the immediate past Vice President of NUAA (NSW Users and AIDS Association) and a member of the BEING Board of Trustees (Mental Health & Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group), as well as a member of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, Consumer Health Forum, Health Consumers NSW and the Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW. Robyn brings experience and knowledge of the consumer health journey, and extensive experience in working with diverse partners including community based organisations, LGBTIQA groups, GPs, allied health, LHDs, peers and government to develop networks and health strategy.

Stephen Tait

BComm / LLb. Barrister, MAICD

Stephen is responsible for Strategy & Development at Randwick Waverley Community Transport Group. This covers a wide range of operational and governance responsibilities. The mission is to provide expert and caring transport, as well as community access for people experiencing transport disadvantage, low mobility, or social isolation. The current priority is to align the organisation with the roll out of the NDIS. Transport is the key enabler for the successful provision of Client Directed Care models in Primary Health, Aged Care, Disability and Respite in the eastern suburbs.

Stephen brings 30 years investment banking, senior management and governance experience to the SHCN. He is an experienced non-executive director of the Business Advisory Council, and Investment Committee of the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and ZimSEF.

Dr Rosy Walia


Rosy has over 19 years' experience in the health and community care sectors in Australia and India. Currently, she is CEO for Multicultural Aged Care Inc. and non-executive director of Community Options Australia. Her previous role was State Manager – NSW & ACT with Quality Management Services (QMS). Her experience encompasses working with a range of services in executive roles including organisational management, strategic planning, project management, financial management, learning and development, business development, standards development, policy analysis and advice, revenue growth and staff management. Rosy was awarded the prestigious Cultural Diversity Scholarship funded by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Government Department for Women in 2015 for the Company Directors course which she has completed successfully. She is passionate about the not for profit sector and has been on varied Board and advisory panels within this sector. She has been a proactive member of the Community Care Advisory Committee of ACS for the last six years. Over her career, Rosy has gained experience in liaising with a diverse range of individuals, community groups, service providers and government departments. It is her belief that effective public relations skills are essential in achieving appropriate outcomes.

Rosy is a Graduate member of AICD with a Doctorate in Social Science and a Certificate IV in Training and Workplace Assessment.

Nikki Kelso

BA (Psych) USyd, CertIV Business (Governance), Postgrad Cert Mgt of NFPs ACU, JP

Nikki Kelso was appointed to the Board of Sydney Health Community Network in 2016. She has worked in non-profit organisational development for over ten years and is currently General Manager at Suicide Prevention Australia, the peak suicide prevention body in Australia, which is leading the sector to halve suicides in ten years. Her background includes community consultation, working with older people, people on low incomes, people from CALD backgrounds (both in Australia and overseas) and other people experiencing disadvantage. Nikki spent several years as a Board member of L'Arche Sydney, providing community living for people with and without intellectual disability, working together toward a more human society.

She has personal experience as a carer and advocate for disability needs and understands the challenges involved in navigating the Australian health care system, especially during times of change.

Sydney Health Community Network acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land that we work on. And strongly support practices that provide culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Sydney Health Community Network
Level 1, 158 Liverpool Road
Ashfield, NSW 2131
02 9799 0933