Clinical council

Expressions of Interest for our Clinical Council are now open. Click here to apply. 

The Clinical Council advises the Board on:

  • clinical issues that are unique to the needs of the region
  • opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medical and health care services
  • population health planning
  • commissioning of programs and services that support local and national priorities.

The Clinical Council comprises health professionals, including a combination of those working within primary care (GPs, practice nurses, practice managers, allied health professionals) and others with strong experience in primary care.

Click here to read the March 2021 version of our Primary Health Quarterly magazine. Visit page 20 to get to know our new Clinical Council members.


Dr Allison Bielawski 

GP, Glebe Family Medical Practice 

Deputy Chair:

Dr Nadia Clifton 

GP, Ultimo Medical Practice 


Ms Adele Tahan

Pharmacist, Adore Pharmacy, Rozelle

Dr Alessandra Doolan

Principal (Advocacy and Policy), Health and Technology Advisory Group, Sydney CBD

Ms Andrea Ness

General Ambulatory Medicine and Subacute Services Manager, St Vincent’s Health Network

Dr Annabel Kain

GP, Erskineville Doctors

Ms Annette Ruhotas

Founder and Principal Consultant, Be The Change Consulting Group, Oatley

Dr Ann-Marie Crozier

Medical Director, Hospital in the Home, RPA

Ms Barbara Kallinosis

Physiotherapist, Lifestyle Enhancers Physiotherapy, Sans Souci

A/Prof Francis Merritt

Associate Professor, Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, University of Notre Dame

Ms Jacky Peile

Occupational Therapist, Early Links, Caringbah

Ms Jenny Hughes

Practice Nurse, Your Doctors Leichhardt

Dr Joanna Bruce

GP, GP Maroubra

Mr John Petrozzi

Chiropractor, Body Mind Central, Leichhardt

Prof Kathryn Refshauge

Professor of Allied Health (Strategic Partnerships), University of Sydney

Ms Lou-Anne Blunden

Executive Director, Clinical Services Integration, Sydney Local Health District

Dr Mona Singh

GP, Bondi Doctors

Dr Nathan Lum

GP, Abbotsford Family Medical Practice

Ms Penny Mills

Operations and Practice Manager, Leichhardt General Practice

A/Prof Peter Gonski

Director of Southcare Aged and Extended Care at Sutherland Hospital and Community Services

Prof Raghu Lingam

Professor of Paediatric Population Health, UNSW and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Ms Rebecca VanLierop

Clinical Services Manager, Civic Disability Services, Caringbah

Mr Trent Carruthers

Exercise Physiologist, Activ8 Health Club, Caringbah

Terms of Reference: 

The CESPHN Clinical Council Terms of Reference can be found here.