Reference group

We established the JRC Reference group in 2007. The group currently meets twice a year. Members of the group are also invited to JRC 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 our centre and key stakeholders. Functions include:

  • contributing to the development of the research agenda
  • informing the Centre about workforce development issues, including those relating to research, education and training
  • disseminating information about the research undertaken by the Centre and providing a conduit in the wider community.
John Richards Centre Reference Group
Mr John Richards OAMFounder
Maria BerryOlder Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
Professor Irene BlackberryDirector and Chair, John Richards Centre, La Trobe University
Mr Stephen CarrollSenior Advisor Population and Population Health and Community Wellbeing, Department of Health & Human Services
Adjunct Associate Professor Janet ChapmanExecutive Director Regional Partnerships and Planning, Albury Wodonga Health
Professor Susan DoddsDeputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice President (Research and Industry Engagement), La Trobe University
Nicole DoranManaging Older People Policy, Care for Older People, Seniors, Ageing and Carers,
Department of Health & Human Services
Tony DunnRegional Manager Riverina Murray Region UPA
Dr Jane FyfieldAged Care Sector Advisor
Professor Ngaire KerseChair in Ageing Well, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mr Peter de KoeyerChief Executive Officer, Westmont Aged Care Services Ltd (Chair, Reference Group)
Professor Jane MillsDean and Head of Rural Health School, La Trobe University
Catherine MorleyCEO and Board Member, Wimmera Health Care Group
David NoonanCEO Albury-Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS)
Amanda TonksDirector of Nursing - Illoura RAC Northeast Health Wangaratta

Past members

Past members
NamePositionMembership years
Mr David KiddDirector Community Health, Partnerships and Well Ageing, Northeast Health Wangaratta2018-2021
Dr Peter GreenbergBoard Member, Wimmera Health Care Group2018-2020
Professor Teresa IaconoActing Head of Rural Health School, La Trobe University2019
Professor Rachel HuxleyAssociate Pro Vice Chancellor Research, La Trobe University2019
Mary Fraser OAMCommunity member2018 - 2019
Mr Lyndon SeysChief Executive Officer, Albury Health2018 - 2019
Mr Chris PuckeyPrincipal Policy Adviser, Older People Policy, Department of Health & Human Services2008 - 2019
Professor Pam SnowHead of Rural Health School, La Trobe University2018 - 2019
Professor Keith NugentDeputy Vice Chancellor Research, La Trobe University2018
Ms Joan Simms OAMCommunity member, Beechworth2010 - 2017
Ms Lucie WallisAgeing, Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council2017
Professor Jeni WarburtonChair John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University2008 - 2017
Ms Ruth HarrisManager, Support Options, Upper Murray Family Care2009 - 2017
Mr Trevor MarshallPrimary Care Manager, Alpine Health2009 - 2017
Mr Richard McClellandNorth East Regional Manager, Murray Primary Health Network2016 - 2017
Ms Margaret BennettChief Executive Officer, Northeast Health Wangaratta2016 - 2017
Ms Mayssa PowellDeputy Chair, Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council2016 - 2017
Ms Sandra DavidsonManager, Older People Mental Health Service2008 - 2016
Professor Mandy KennyLa Trobe Rural Health School2008 - 2015
Professor Jane FarmerScience, Health & Engineering College Pro Vic Chancellor, La Trobe University2013 - 2015
Ms Alison KoschelAlbury Wodonga Regional GP Network2013 - 2014
Professor Karen DoddDean, Faculty of Health Sciences2012
Ms Wendy RossCEO, Moira Healthcare Alliance2011 - 2012
Professor Rhonda NayDirector, AIPCA, La Trobe University and Institute for Social Participation2008 - 2012
Professor Hal SwerissenPro Vice Chancellor Regional, La Trobe University2008 - 2012
Dr Guinever ThrelkeldAssociate Director, La Trobe Rural Health School2008 - 2012
Mr Terry WelchCEO, Yarrawonga Health Service2008 - 2012
Professor Evan WillisAssociate Dean (Regions) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University2008 - 2012
Associate Professor Annette StreetLa Trobe University2009 - 2011