As an incorporated association, the organization is led by a Board elected annually from the general membership. Staff and the Board work together in partnership to ensure that Women’s Health Queensland functions as an effective and dynamic organization.
KARYN WALSH - CHAIR
Karyn is currently the CEO of Micah Projects, a not-for-profit providing services across the Brisbane Metropolitan Area. Karyn Walsh has over 40 years of experience in NGO sector and has been working in the community service sector since completing her training as a Registered Nurse in the late 70’s. She has worked in direct service delivery, management, governance, collective and collaborative work and has been on many Boards such as QCOSS.
For 25 years, Karyn has led Micah Projects growth as an organisation as well as participating in State and National Peak bodies, advocacy organisations, ministerial, government and non-governmental committees and processes.
Karyn is dedicated to creating systemic change to support the equality of women in access to healthcare, housing and economic patriation and for the end to violence against women in relationships, at home, the workplace and community.
KARIN WALDUCK – SECRETARY
Karin originally trained as a pharmacist in Victoria and undertook her Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Queensland before commencing work as a hospital pharmacist. From here she moved into IT management, initially within Qld Health and moving to the State Library of Queensland as ICT Services Manager in 2005.
Karin served two terms on the University of Queensland Senate from 1996-2001, has recently retired as President of Hockey Qld and is currently the President of Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association. Karin has maintained her registration as a non-practicing pharmacist, is a member of the Australian Computer Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
SUSANNE ALLCOCK – TREASURER
Susanne is a Chartered Tax Advisor and the principle of Susanne Allcock Chartered Accountant, a boutique accounting firm that offers taxation and business services to small businesses and private individuals. Over the past two decades Susanne has built a reputable business and strong client base which began in her hometown of Dayboro, Queensland, but now stretches interstate and overseas. Susanne speaks German fluently, has been a commercial primary producer, rides her horses at every opportunity and frequently contributes her views at local meetings and think-tanks.
In a bid to improve rural and regional access to contemporary meeting spaces and communal working environments, Susanne also began ShareDesk Pty Ltd in 2017. ShareDesk offers mobility solutions by providing a fully furnished co-working and meeting venue for business owners and professionals to better develop their businesses or keep in touch with more remote clients. Susanne is passionate about using new technologies to increase access to health services in rural and regional Queensland, to ensure that all women have the necessary access and support they require.
Cathie Schnitzerling is an Executive Producer at the ABC and has a long and distinguished career in Australian media as television and radio reporter, presenter and award-winning writer and producer, and has been recognised for her mentoring and leadership skills.
She’s worked as a senior director in Integrated Communications at Queensland Health and is the Queensland Convenor for Women in Media and co-ordinates the national mentoring committee.
Rebecca has experience working in both public and private sectors in Queensland. Rebecca is currently employed in a policy role in the Queensland Government and provides advice on a range of social policy matters, as well as leading implementation of significant policy reforms.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and, prior to joining the Queensland Government, she worked as a solicitor in private practice as well position in a Queensland statutory body. With 13 years’ experience in the public service, Rebecca is dedicated to social justice outcomes. Rebecca is a mother to two children and is based in Brisbane.
Corene Crossin has held senior management positions in the non-profit and private sectors, and brings extensive experience in leadership, risk management and organisational strategy. Early in her career Corene worked as human rights advocate and researcher, and later transitioned to the private sector where she and campaigner, worked alongside senior executives of major organisations in order to assist with strategic decision-making and the management of risks.
Corene currently works at the University of Queensland where she leads the development of innovative approaches to education and teaches management and strategy. Corene holds degrees in law, psychology and counselling as well as a Master’s degree in Philosophy.
Sophie has worked in the domestic and family violence and sexual assault space in various positions at both practitioner and leadership levels. THis has included women’s refuge settings, crisis response services and youth shelters in New Zealand, Cambodia and across various states in Australia. Sophie has previously worked as a practitioner in the disability and out of home care space, and as a practitioner and manager working with refugees and asylum seekers, supporting survivors of trauma.
Sophie is currently the Director of Practice at DVConnect, the state-wide crisis response service that provides a 24/7 Womensline, a Mensline and a Sexual Assault Line for all of Queensland as well as a group of specialist counsellors who make up the 1800 RESPECT national counselling team. Sophie is on a range of specialist DFV networks and holds the co-Secretary position for the Queensland Domestic Violence and Services Network.