Community Council

The Community Council advises the Board on:

  • how to ensure decisions, investments, and innovations are person-centred, cost effective,locally relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations
  • service gaps
  • the integration of consumer, carer and community views into levels of primary health service
  • operations, planning and policy development
  • advocacy on behalf of the community, consumers and carers
  • how to increase consumer, carer and community participation in the Central and EasternSydney PHN region.

The Community Council comprises consumers, community representatives, and others with strong experience in the intersection of primary care and the community.


Sharlene McKenzie 

Director of Aboriginal Services, 3Bridges 

Deputy Chair:

Liz Yeo 

CEO, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre 


Anton Mayne 

Consumer advocate 

Ben Steele 

Community member 

Christian Mcnally 

Senior Support Advisor, Home and Community Care, Uniting NSW/ ACT 

Emma Dickins 

Integrated Care Lead, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network 

Janet Green 

General Manager, The Junction Neighbourhood Centre 

Jenny Smith 

Mental health consumer 

Joseph Lonn 

Training Services Development Manager, ACON 

Julie McCarthy 

Community member 

Julie Millard 

Credentialed mental health nurse 

Kate Melhopt 

CEO, South Eastern Community Connect 

Lexi Buckfield 

Community member 

Lucy Klippan 

Consumer and Community Participation Coordinator, St Vincent’s Health Network 

Peter Valpiani 

CEO, Haymarket Foundation 

Shane Jakupek 

Regional Manager, Neami National