The Sydney Health Community Network (SHCN) 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.
Membership of SHCN is open to community organisations who:
SHCN provides your organisation with the opportunity to be more actively involved in the decision making through:
To join SHCN complete the online application form at the following website (CESPHN):
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:
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 health outcomes for population groups. Julie works with community and government organisations and 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 community managed 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 and an experienced educator, developing and delivering education workshops for consumers, carers and families, community managed organisations, government departments, community groups and workplaces to increase awareness and knowledge and reduce discrimination.
Rosemary was appointed to the Community Health Network in Central and SE Sydney in 2015. She is the CEO of 3Bridges, a Community organisation in SE 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.
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 Vice President of NUAA (NSW Users and AIDS Association) and a member of the Being Board of Trustees (formerly NSW CAG – mental health), as well as a member of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, Consumer Health Forum, Health Consumers NSW and 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 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 proved 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 in of the Business Advisory Council and Investment Committee of the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and ZimSEF.
Margaret has been involved with the Police and Citizens Youth Club PCYC for more than 25 years and was honoured to become Life Governor of both Belmore PCYC and PCYC (NSW) Ltd. Margaret was awarded the Centenary of Australia Medal in 2002. Margaret was also in the NZ Armed forces namely the RNZN in the Transport Section. Margaret has volunteered for both the Olympic Games and Paralympic. Margaret has been involved in volunteering in different areas and organisations and is now a member of four Boards of Governance including SHCN, holding various positions including President and Treasurer. Margaret is on ten other committees of various festivals and Organisations holding positions but not limited to: Chairman of the Seniors Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC) of Canterbury City Council, Trustee and ex – President of the New Zealand Sub Branch RSL (NSW) Ltd, Management Committee of the Childrens Festival Organisation (CFO) Inc, vice Chair of Canterbury Hospital Community Participation committee, Criteria Led Discharge (CLD) Committee operating at RPA and twelve years on the Canterbury Community Drug Action Committee and now ex – Board Director NSW Users and Aids Association (NUAA). Margaret has found it advantageous belonging to many and varied organisations allowing to see the divers, unique sides of communities and most especially the multi-cultural aspects of life and living in Australia.