Lynda Condon (Chair)

Lynda has been a consumer advisor with Monash Health since 2014. Her passion for consumer participation grows from her personal experiences as a patient, carer, and clinician. She has supported her patients through the maze of healthcare, from residential care, onsite services, private practice, or working with educational and not-for-profit organisations providing services for their students and clients respectively. Lynda is a consumer representative and co-chair of the Consumer Health Forum’s Safety and Quality Special Interest Group.  She is also completing her Masters of Public Health where her passion is in community participation to evolve health literacy, and improve safety and quality in healthcare for consumers, as individuals and as communities.

Betty Wilderman (Vice-Chair)

Betty has lived in Mulgrave (City of Monash) for forty years. Her commitment and passion for helping with community issues came about when she became a member of a local primary school in the early 1980s. This interest developed into a career move and she began working for the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau for over twenty years. During this time she was involved in many local, state and federal government networks in the welfare field.  Over the last ten years, she has developed a keen interest in health issues and is a strong advocate for preventative health.  She is currently a member of the Positive Aging Reference Group for the City of Monash; member of Governance Committee at Springvale Neighbourhood House (Secretary); and member of Spirit of Enterprise history project. She also participates in community consultations relating to the services that affect local communities especially when it relates to access and equity of health services.

Sharon Harris

Sharon lives in the City of Greater Dandenong and is actively involved in a disability group as an advocate for those in aged care facilities and for the Youth with Youth Referral and Independent Person program.  She is a community presentative with Dental Health Services Hospital (Victoria) CAC, and is a Justice of the Peace and Civil Marriage Celebrant.  As a counsellor; she understands the need to listen and reflect the individual views of her clients before her own.  She brings a broad community perspective to the Community Advisory Committee.

Pauline Hopkins

Pauline was previously the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). She has links to a wide range of community groups as a member of Monash University Alumni, University of Melbourne Alumni, Victorian Writers Centre, Monash Health Clinical Ethics Committee, Women’s Health in the South East and the Beaconsfield Progress Association. Her involvement with these groups provides Pauline with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the community’s views. She is always willing to share her information from her extensive range of networks and great and articulating and explaining the opinions of community groups.

Julie Noorman

Julie has a background in project management and business engagement from the banking and financial service industries. She is a Director and Board member of Cystic Fibrosis Community Care, Director and Board member of Monash Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Chair of the Monash Health Cystic Fibrosis Community Advisory Group and a Consumer Representative on the Safer Care Victoria Paediatric Clinical Network. Julie is able to draw on her own experience as well as those in her network to positively contribute to the work of the Community Advisor Committee.

Zuben Rustomjee

Zuben has a background in strategy consultancy specifically around technology transformation in the health, government and telecommunications sector. He advises a number of organisations in different capacities including as a member of the Oaktree’s Diversity Council; member of the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Board for the Victorian Government; and has previously held executive board positons within the Zoroastrian Association of Victoria.  Zuben brings a multicultural voice and youthful perspective to the Community Advisory Committee.

Emma Burt

Emma has over ten years of experience working in the corporate sector. She has experienced many Monash Health services first hand as a patient in many areas including oncology, emergency medicine, surgery, radiotherapy and clinical trials. She is involved in a number of organisations, including the Ovarian Cancer Network Australia, the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANCOG) and the Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Services (SMICS). She became a member of the Consumer Advisor Committee to give back to the community by helping to develop the best practise for all patients and carers.

Shabnam Safa

Shabnam arrived in Australia with her family as Afghan refugees. She has since been recognised for her tireless volunteer work, in particular, her work assisting other refugees and migrants settling in Australia. Shabnam works for a migration agency, the Centre for Multicultural Youth and has co-founded the Noor Foundation, a not-for-profit that assists new arrivals in the Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong areas. She has volunteered with many community organisations, including the Red Cross and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and is currently pursuing her studies in Neuroscience. She hopes her involvement in the Consumer Advisor Committee (CAC) for Monash Health will assist those from cultural and linguistic diverse communities in accessing and navigating the health care system.