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Board Members

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.

Executive members

  • JOHANNA NEVILLE – CHAIR

    Jo is the Region 2 Manager, at Apunipima Cape York Health Council Maternal/Child Health portfolio strategy holder. She has worked with families for the last 20 years as both an Independent Midwife and Child Health Nurse. She has a Grad Dip, Midwifery; Grad Cert Family and Community Health and a Grad Cert Organisational Change and Clinical Leadership. She has a special interest in the role that strong healthy women play in keeping families health within Aboriginal communities. She is a mother of 2 boys, Max and Ronan. Jo has been a board member with Women’s Health since February 2016.

  • 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.

Ordinary members

  • ANNIE BACKHAUS

    Annie is a director of her own family business, full-time mum to 4 yo Jack and secretary and publicity officer for the local Qld Country Women’s Association. Annie lives in a remote aboriginal community, Doomadgee, which is in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 170kms east of the Northern Territory Border.

    Annie is passionate about the mental and physical health of rural and remote women. This became even more paramount when she had her first child, Jack, at age 40, she brought him home to Doomadgee in November 2013 only to be cut off by flood waters for around 8 weeks! The challenges of living remotely in themselves present a different set of issues for women however Annie believes that there is a need for support, generosity of heart and compassion to all women, whether they live in the country or suburbia.

    Annie was drawn to Women’s Health Qld Wide when she met Belinda Kippen, former Health Education Team Leader and started using the Midwife Check-In service. She was struck by the passion that Belinda and Kirsty had for the organization and the empathy that they showed her in a time when she most needed it. Annie hopes that she can use her life experiences to assist other women throughout Queensland and looks forward to bringing business, marketing and not for profit skills to the table along with her compassion and enthusiasm.

  • DR. UGENTHIRI (UGEN) NAIKER

    Ugen is a health service executive specializing in performance and governance. She is currently involved in the Aged Care Royal Commission response for UnitingCare Queensland. She has a Ph.D. in health services and information systems and has worked as a senior director in the Department of Health in health care purchasing and system performance with a passion for integrated care to drive patient outcomes. She is also a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers and holds an MBA in Finance. Her operational service knowledge, pursuit of social justice and passion for patient outcomes contributes to the advocacy for women’s health.

  • Corene Crossin

    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. 

  • Caroline Taunton

    Caroline is an Epidemiologist, Management Consultant and Business Analyst. She has spent 15 years working with primary and community healthcare organisations in the UK and Australia and has extensive experience in health informatics, project management, service modelling and population health analysis. She is passionate about public health, and in using technology and big data to reduce health inequities and improve population health outcomes. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is currently completing a Master of Applied Epidemiology. She is a single mother to Archie and is based in Cairns