Reference group

The JRI Reference group was established soon after the launch in 2007, when key local stakeholders were identified. The group currently meets twice a year. Members of the group are also invited to JRI events and seminars, and are a very useful conduit into local and regional community issues.

The objective of the Reference Group is to facilitate links between the Richards Initiative and key stakeholders to provide advice to the Initiative. Functions include:

  • contributing to the development of the research agenda
  • informing the initiative about workforce development issues, including those relating to research, education and training
  • disseminating information about the research undertaken by the Initiative and providing a conduit in the wider community.
John Richards Initiative Reference Group 2016-2017
Mr John Richards, OAMFounder
Mr Peter de KoeyerChief Executive Officer, Westmont Aged Care Services Ltd (Chair, Reference Group)
Assoc Prof Irene BlackberryChair of rural ageing and aged care research, Director JRI
Emeritus Professor Jeni WarburtonJRI - La Trobe University
Mr Chris PuckeyDirector, Policy and Analysis, Ageing and Aged Care, Department of Health
Sandra DavidsonManager, Older People Mental Health Service
Ms Ruth HarrisManager, Support Options, Upper Murray Family Care
Mr Trevor MarshallPrimary Care Manager, Alpine Health
Ms Joan SimsCommunity member, Beechworth
Mr Richard McClellandNorth East Regional Manager, Murray Primary Health Network
Ms Margaret BennettChief Executive Officer, Northeast Health Wangaratta
Ms Mayssa PowellDeputy Chair, Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council
Mr Stephen CarrollHealth and Aged Care, Hume Region, Department of Health