Clinical council


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.


Allison Bielawski 

GP, Glebe Family Medical Practice 

Deputy Chair:

Nadia Clifton 

GP, Ultimo Medical Practice 



Adele Tahan

Pharmacist, Adore Pharmacy, Rozelle

Alessandra Doolan

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

Alisa Pollack

GP, Marie Stopes Australia

Andrea Ness

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

Annabel Kain

GP, Erskineville Doctors

Annette Ruhotas

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

Barbara Kallinosis

Physiotherapist, Lifestyle Enhancers Physiotherapy, Sans Souci

Francis Merritt

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

Jacky Peile

Occupational Therapist, Early Links, Caringbah

Jenny Hughes

Practice Nurse, Your Doctors Leichhardt

Joanna Bruce

GP, GP Maroubra

John Petrozzi

Chiropractor, Body Mind Central, Leichhardt

Kathryn Refshauge

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Mona Singh

GP, Bondi Doctors

Nathan Lum

GP, Abbotsford Family Medical Practice

Penny Mills

Operations and Practice Manager, Leichhardt General Practice

Raghu Lingam

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

Rebecca VanLierop

Clinical Services Manager, Civic Disability Services, Caringbah

Trent Carruthers

Exercise Physiologist, Activ8 Health Club, Caringbah