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Management Committee 2019 – 22

Parkinson’s Management Committee


Prof. George Mellick

President

George is the current President of the Management Committee, elected to the current role in 2015. George has served PQI for many years and has been a member since 1999.

George is a Professor of Neuroscience and the Head of the School of Environment and Science, at Griffith University in Queensland and an interdisciplinary scientist who is a Research Leader in the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD).

George performs research into all aspects of neurodegenerative disease with an emphasis on Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He has also  authored a vast number of research publications and is a regularly sought-after reviewer for International Granting Agencies, Advisory Groups and Research Journals.

In addition, George has for many years, been an advocate for people affected by neurological disease and is currently the Vice-President of Parkinson’s Australia.

Mrs. Paulette Montaigne

Vice – President

Paulette was the Coordinator of the Ipswich Support Group of Parkinson’s for a number of years.

From June 2014 to May 2016, she was a member of the Ipswich Community Reference Group of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Care Services; a valuable forum for Parkinson’s.

She is also on the Management Committee of U3A Ipswich & West Moreton Inc.

Paulette brings to her role as Vice-President her extensive experience of project management and public relations.

Over a period of 15 years, Paulette worked as a locally-engaged staff member of the Canadian High Commission in Canberra as Academic & Public Affairs Officer and followed by 6 years as Official Travel Coordinator for the Canadian Embassy in Paris.

Since moving to Ipswich 2014, Paulette has involved herself with community groups and has become a strong advocate for support groups.

Mr. Daniel Sullivan

Treasurer

Daniel is an insurance lawyer at Holman Webb Lawyers in Brisbane.

His work involves personal injury claims and requires him to liaise with doctors of various specialties including the neurological area.

Earlier in his career Daniel had postings as a researcher/drafter for the Federal Court judges in Brisbane and the Lord Chancellor in the United Kingdom.

His wife works for the Department of Disability Services and he is the father of two young children.

Daniel looks forward to the opportunity to help people affected by Parkinson’s and believes he can make a contribution towards providing assistance to those who need it in a way that is effective and meaningful.

In short, Daniel has prior experience as a Management Committee Member over the past three years including two years as Treasurer with a demonstrated commitment to Parkinson’s Queensland.

Daniel is passionate contributor to an organisation with the capability to help all those affected by Parkinson’s disease. Daniel was also a strong contributor to the Constitutional Review project.

Mrs. Ruth Coleman

Member

Ruth became a Member of PQI in 2010 and has served on the Management Committee since October 2012.

Ruth has also been a passionate Support Group Coordinator since 2013, and a person with Parkinson’s, and feels she can contribute to the Parkinson’s Queensland team in many diverse ways. 

Ruth committed to the 2020 term saying that she would like to ‘complete the tasks I have undertaken to guide Support Groups and their Coordinators to an improved pathway, as we continue to strive towards our Strategic Plan. My understanding of the governance function and experience at Management Committee level has been gained from being a Committee Member of PQI since 2012.’

Ruth’s unwavering commitment to PQI stems from not only being a person living with Parkinson’s, but from connecting with like-minded people at our support groups.

Ruth says, ‘To be told you have Parkinson’s is life changing and finding a Support Group was my lifesaver. My mission now is to promote these groups and to reach out to support people living with Parkinson’s.’

Dr John Edgar
M.B.B.S, H.H.P, FRANZCP

Member

John joined the board of Parkinson’s Queensland because he was interested in broadening our impact.

John currently works clinically as a doctor mostly based in rural and remote centres of Queensland. Throughout John’s working life in NT and Qld, he has been involved in providing services to under-serviced regions of Australia.

He is interested in raising awareness of PD, and improving support services by using other health professionals already working in these areas. 

I am most impressed by the general attitude of many people who live with PD who wish to take an active role in managing their illness. There is still a long way to go in addressing the stigma attached to the diagnosis. 

As a hospital administrator for over 20 years prior to my training as a psychiatrist, I have served on a number of management boards, both as chairperson, and as a member.

My wife has been diagnosed with PD for several years and co-ordinates the support group in Rockhampton. I support her in this role. I do not consider myself as a carer because my wife is very well managed with medications at present. 

As a clinician (psychiatrist) I am particularly interested in the non-motor symptoms of PD, and the delay in diagnosis which often results. I expect that this adverse experience is exacerbated by lack of services in rural and remote areas.

Mrs. Judy Learmonth

Member

Judy sees the role of Support Groups as important to PWP, Carers and Family members.

Judy’s experience as a Support Group Coordinator strengthens this claim as many, given the devastating news, know little about Parkinson’s or what to do next.

Judy has followed many Support Group members as they endure the impact of Parkinson’s, not only on their life, but the lives of family members and friends.

Judy’s husband had Parkinson’s and this has given her a greater understanding of their trials and tribulations. Judy works closely with PQI as a Support Group Coordinator and she supports PQI’s Strategic Plan and identifies strongly with the key characteristics enabling PQI to one day reach out to all Persons with Parkinson’s to offer the required support.

Judy has extensive work experience with private business enterprises and with Local Government and holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Marketing.

For over 7 years she has been Support Group Coordinator of the Elanora Support Group (Gold Coast) and routinely travelled to Elanora from Bargara (Bundaberg) to chair their meetings. Why? As the group was unable to find a replacement coordinator, Judy’s unwavering commitment to people with Parkinson’s on the Gold Coast, meant that Judy continued to run the group she helped to found.  

As a wife and carer of many years (Judy’s husband deceased 2015), Judy has travelled the Parkinson’s journey and can offer members the understanding, sympathy and hopefully guidance during difficult times.

Mrs. Rachael White
RN

Member

Rachael White RN has worked in neurology for 15 years.

Before moving to Australia in 2012. She worked a stroke specialist in a large UK stroke centre.

She has now changed her focus to delivery of Parkinson’s nursing in a region with a vast geographic challenge, through the development of a nurse led Parkinson’s clinic including support for device assisted therapies, and is developing an innovative hybrid Visiting Nurse/Telehealth service for Parkinson’s patients in remote regional areas.

Rachael provides nurse specialist clinics in Mackay and Cairns.

Prior to joining the Parkinson’s Queensland Board, Rachael’s commitment to Parkinson’s disease was recognised by Parkinson’s Queensland when she was awarded two educational grants by Parkinson’s Queensland in 2018.

Rachael has completed her Diploma in Dementia in 2019.


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