Healthy North Coast

NCAHA Directors

Jacqui-YoxallJacqui Yoxall (Chair) – Tweed and Gold Coast
BAppSc(USQ), GDipAppSc(USQ), PhD(Bond)

  • Southern Cross University – Senior Lecturer Allied Health
  • Group Lead for Allied Health and Midwifery
  • Psychologist

Jacqui Yoxall has practiced as a psychologist for 23 years. For 20 years Jacqui managed a successful private practice consulting to industry. She has been an academic for 12 years and is currently in a leadership role in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. Jacqui is responsible for SCU’s Allied Health and Midwifery programs, a total of six disciplines delivering seven courses. She has substantial clinical experience working within multidisciplinary teams in public health and the private sector.

Jacqui says: “My vision for the future of allied health on the North Coast includes greater promotion of allied health to the public and a greater voice to allied health practitioners. I would like to see greater education and training for allied health practitioners in the region and better support for multidisciplinary practice and development. As the need for allied health practitioners grows, I would like to see an increase in highly competent and work-ready allied health graduates who are able to quickly secure employment in the region. I would like to see a closer working relationship and collaboration between the university and allied health in the region, and removal of boundaries between teaching, research and practice.”

susanProfessor Susan Nancarrow (Deputy) – Ocean Shores
BAppSc (Pod)(QUT), MAppSc(QUT), PhD(ANU)

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research Southern Cross University
  • Director Northern NSW Local Health District Board
  • Podiatrist

Susan Nancarrow is Professor of Health Sciences and Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. She originally trained as a podiatrist, but has been working across disciplines as a health services researcher for nearly 15 years. She has a particular interest in health workforce research and reform, service delivery and organisation. Her research is underpinned by the principles of capacity building and user-focussed engagement to ensure that the findings are relevant and meaningful to the end users; and contribute to organisational capacity and skill development where it fits the objectives of the project.

Susan says: “I bring strengths in allied health research, particularly around health workforce, strong regional connections in allied health and beyond, connections with the Northern NSW Local Health District and education and training relevance for allied health. My vision is for the provision of the best quality, and best access to allied health services for any people in Australia. I strive to prepare the workforce to be resilient and future proofed and that systems are aligned so that they work efficiently to provide the best services possible.”

Sarah MilesSarah Miles (Company Secretary) – Lismore

  • Clinical Educator, Occupational Therapy – University Centre for Rural Health
  • Occupational Therapist

Sarah Miles has practiced as an occupational therapist since 2005. As the Clinical Educator of Occupational Therapy at UCRH, Sarah supervises occupational therapy students in placements across pre-schools/schools and aged care facilities.

Sarah says: “My vision is for residents to be able to access Allied Health services in a timely manner to have awareness of how Allied Health can help with preventative measures to assist with some of the health needs of the region. I would love to see some graduate pathways for Allied Health students that both meet need but also provide new graduates the support they require.”

robRobert Curry Port Macquarie
BSc – Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute, Vic, 1980), Grad Dip Aboriginal Studies (SACAE, 1990), MSc Primary Health Care (Flinders University, 2000)

  • Operations Manager- Mid North Coast Aboriginal Health Authority, Mid North Coast Local Health District
  • President SARRAH
  • Physiotherapist

Rob Curry has been a health professional and programs manager in the context of remote Aboriginal health care in the north of Australia. His particular skills and experience lie in the areas of cross-cultural primary care planning, program management, and remote workforce planning. Rob has undertaken Australian Institute of Board Directors governance training, is a recent past member of the board of the National Rural Health Alliance, and is currently vice Chair of Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).  He moved with his wife to Ellenborough near Port Macquarie in July 2013, and is enjoying life as a part-time health services consultant and a pretend farmer.

Rob says: “My vision is that Allied Health Professionals on the North Coast will provide high quality, evidence based and accessible services to the residents of the North Coast based on equity and service need. Their services will be patient-centred and evaluated and they will be champions of multi-disciplinary team based approaches for achieving the best possible health outcomes via the most efficient models.”

Anne Norman – Macksville

  • Child Protection and Wellbeing Coordinator, Mid North Coast Local Health District
  • Psychologist

Anne Norman has been a director on a variety of boards for the past twenty four years and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Graduate Diploma Course. She has a clear vision of how the government and non-government sectors need to work together in an integrated manner to provide quality allied health services to the residents of the north coast.

Anne says: “I would like to see all allied health clinicians working from a trauma informed practise base which will increase the efficacy of their interventions.”

alira-bayndrianAlira Bayndrian – Coffs Harbour
Bachelor of Psychology (Honors) Master of Psychology (Clinical)

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Australian Psychological Society, Mid North Coast Branch, Acting Chair
  • Clinical Council Member, North Coast Primary Health Network

Alira is a Clinical Psychologist who spent the first five years of her career managing a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She has experience working with children, adolescents and families experiencing mental health issues including emotional and behavioral disorders, trauma work and working with young people in foster care or alternative care placements. Alira has been working in private practice in Coffs Harbour for the past three years.

Alira says: “Allied Health professionals have a significant role to play in health and wellbeing across all levels of care for people living on the North Coast. As smaller groups individually than GPs or nurses, Allied Health Professionals are in a unique position to be able to join together to advocate for the provision of Best Practice services to clients in the North Coast region. Allied Health Professionals should be represented at all levels of the stepped health care system and across private and public health care providing services to those in most need. We also have an opportunity as a united group to advocate not just for our local region but at a State and Federal level for Allied Health.”

michael woodsMichael Woods – Lismore

  • Director, The Lismore Health Hub
  • Exercise Physiologist

Michael Woods has been involved in clinical practice for over 30 years, most of those in his Lismore clinic. For 15 years he has been consulting in multidisciplinary physiotherapy clinics at Robina, and the Queensland Academy of Sport. He covers the spectrum of exercise physiology from chronic pain management to pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, and sports injury recovery.

Michael says: “With 35 years practice working across allied health professions, I have experience in developing collaborative health approaches and environments across various invested parties to produce positive outcomes for those working with and dealing with chronic conditions. I have a desire and commitment to develop processes that can address the basic health needs of the 20% having difficulty accessing the right services. My focus is to genuinely address, adapt and develop a process for what is in front of us now. I strive for a process that can adapt to the consistent changes of the health and political landscape whilst remaining true to the ideal of person-led care. I believe there is a need to keep learning, to be part of the process that gives health control back to the individual and the community.”