Danny Vadasz Chief Executive Officer
Danny was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Health Issues Centre in November 2014. Prior to this he spent five years with Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia’s foremost environmental agency, as Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer/Director of Marketing.
With experience in business leadership, management, communications and marketing Danny has a long history in the health, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked extensively in health, environmental and social issues promotion, and in developing successful social enterprise initiatives.
Danny has a long and powerful background in community advocacy and is passionate about driving sustainable, positive change. Throughout his career he has demonstrated strong commitment to the consumer voice and to social justice.
He brings energy, knowledge and commitment to achieving better consumer health outcomes with and for consumers.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9051
- Email: Danny Vadasz
Tere Dawson Manager Training and Development
Tere has over a decade of experience in consumer engagement and participation practice and research. She has an extensive research and academic background, a Masters of Public Health, a Masters and PhD in sociology and anthropology and has published widely.
Using her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she was instrumental in the development of our nationally accredited courses in consumer leadership and engagement. The courses aim to develop the capacity of consumers and the health sector to implement best practice consumer engagement.
Tere manages consultancy, research and tailored training for the health sector and community groups across Australia.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9057
- Email: Tere Dawson
Nicky Barry Senior Project and Consumer Support Coordinator
As the go-to person on Community Advisory Committees, Nicky provides support, resources, advice and at times humor to Victoria’s publicly funded health services. She is often called upon for her in-depth knowledge of relevant policies. She also coordinates the Rural Health Consumer Participation Project which aims to foster consumer participation across rural Victorian health services.
Nicky comes to us from the community development sector with extensive experience working with her local community. She has worked with volunteers, cultural and linguistically diverse communities, adult learners, parents, carers and children to develop services they need.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9059
- Email: Nicky Barry
Esther Lim Project Coordinator, Consumer Participation Projects
Esther has a passion for encouraging people to play an active role in their own health. For the last three years, she has lead HIC’s Empowering Participation Project which aims to strengthen the important work of consumer peer leaders in Victoria and establish peer support as a vital part of chronic disease care. She continues to do so as Chair of the Chronic Illness Alliance Peer Supporters Network and has a background in public health and health promotion.
Amongst the many hats Esther wears, she manages consultancy projects and partnerships including our Practice Partners Program and Consumers Step Up, very much through a diversity lens.
Esther grew up in sunny Singapore. Prior to Melbourne, she was developing health education programs and resources for children and adolescents with Health Promotion Board, Singapore.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9056
- Email: Esther Lim
Mary Macheras-Magias Coordinator, Consumer Representation and Training
Mary initially came to us as a trainer for our accredited courses but more recently she has taken responsibility within our Consumers Step-Up program, one-day forums and the development of new training approaches.
Mary is happy to roll her sleeves up and get busy. She is involved in a number of committees both locally & nationally as a consumer representative and is Chairperson of Cancer Action Victoria. She has also co-written, directed and performed in a play highlighting the issues pertaining to younger women with breast cancer.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9058
- Email: Mary Macheras-Magias
Souzi Markos Office Administrator
Souzi is the engine that keeps all of us running. She has been with us for over 24 years and has a deep knowledge and understanding of the organisation and its history. She is responsible for all administrative functions and provides vital support to the CEO and broader team.
Souzi is the person that makes sure your enquiries find their way to the relevant staff member. So, if you have a question, why not give her a call?
- Phone: (03) 8676 9050
- Email: Souzi Markos
Kate Mohay Finance and Operations Manager
Kate oversees the daily operations of our organisation. Kate is a qualified accountant and member of CPA Australia with a strong commercial background.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9052
- Email: Kate Mohay
Luke Minton Communications Assistant
Luke is a recent graduate of the Masters of Communications program at RMIT University. He is interested in strategic, integrated marketing communications and is passionate about human and social rights. In 2016, he completed his thesis on framing human rights in political communication.
He started at Health Issues Centre in 2017.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9055
- Email: Luke Minton
Lise Saugeres Trainer
Dr Lise Saugeres has a PhD in the Social Sciences (Human Geography) from Manchester (UK) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She worked for close to 20 years as a Social Researcher primarily in the areas of mental health, chronic illness, disability and social disadvantage in both the UK and Australia. Lise has had extensive experience in lecturing, teaching and training a wide range of subjects and designing courses and workshops.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9057
- Email: Lise Saugeres
Jenny Carmuciano Trainer
With a background in learning and development, organisational development and coaching, Jenny has held a wide variety roles within local government, financial services, not-for-profit, manufacturing, professional services and the health care sector. Jenny has a Certificate IV in Training and assessment and has extensive experience in developing and delivering training across a variety of sectors.
- Phone: (03) 8676 9057
- Email: Jenny Carmuciano
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