Meet the Committee

MSc (PHC); Grad. Dip. Occ. Health; Grad. Cert. Ed.; BSc (Hons)

Gwyn has represented SACHRU and Flinders University at Healthy Cities Onkaparinga for a number of years and was elected Chair in October 2008

She has contributed to academic papers and conference presentations on Healthy Cities including: Jolley.G. and Baum F. Challenges and new approaches to evaluation for Healthy Cities, 3rd Global Assembly of the Alliance for Healthy Cities, Ichikawa, Japan 23rd – 26th October 2008.
Baum, F. Jolley, G. Hicks, R. Saint, K & Parker, S. Healthy Cities Approach: a case study from November after 20 years. International Forum for the Alliance for Healthy Cities, Gold Coast, 26 – 28th September 2007 Baum, F Jolley, G Hicks, R. Saint, K & Parker,S (2006) What makes for sustainable Healthy Cities initiatives? A review of the evidence from Noarlunga after 18 years, Health Promotion International. 21 4: 259 – 265

Research Interests
Equity and social determinants research
Community health, health promotion and primary health care research
Community-based evaluations
Healthy Cities and settings
Food and healthy eating research
Health service research

Professional Interest
Member: Public Health Association of Australia
Executive Member: Public Health Association of Australia (SA)
Member: Australasian Evaluation Society
Past President: SA Community Health Association (2005/06)

Juli has represented the community at Healthy Cities Onkaparinga for a number of years.
She is passionate about the value of true partnerships between community members and the health system and has been a committed community representative since 1987.

“I come from a primary health care/community development focus and believe in the power of community. I believe that it is everyone’s right to make decisions about their own health and to choose their own level of involvement. I believe that consumer participation, engagement & involvement is the essential main element in patient centered care within our health system thus forming strong, open honest partnerships for better health outcomes for all. “To Encourage, Enable, Empower”


Vanessa has held the position of Secretary, Healthy Cities Onkaparinga (HCO), since it was established in 1987 as one of the Australian pilot cities to test the European Healthy Cities model in Australia.

Healthy Cities Onkaparinga is currently sponsored and supported by Southern Adelaide Health Service (SAHS). Vanessa works full-time for SAHS as an Executive Assistant for Aboriginal Health and Population & Primary Health Care and her position as Secretary, Healthy Cities, is fully supported by SAHS.

Being involved with HCO is about maximizing each other’s strengths to achieve more for the community. HCO is an incredibly resourceful group, always on the lookout for any opportunity to expand their work, to reach new audiences and to deliver great results. HCO is about skill-sharing and exchange of knowledge or learning opportunities, thereby empowering the group and increasing its capacity and that of its community.

Helen has represented the community at Healthy Cities Onkaparinga for a number of years and currently treasurer

She has vast areas of special interests: disability, aged and transport and is a Healthy Cities Onkaparinga representative to SA Water Stakeholder Committee on the upgrading of the Christies Beach sewage plant and redevelopment of the sewage ponds due for closure in November 2009.

Professional Interest
Chair: Seniors Advisory Group, city of Onkaparinga (advisory group to council on matters of interest to seniors)
Chair: DDA Community Reference Group, City of Onkaparinga (Feedback and information regarding disability issues for council)
Chair and Co-ordinator: Celebrate Seniors City of Onkaparinga Committee Inc. (Seniors art & craft Exhibition, October, annually.
Joint Coordinator: Noarlunga Diabetes Support Group. (Peer support group for persons with diabetes)
Chair: Christies Beach High School Adult Student Government Committee. (Social and welfare issues for adults attending the school)
Community member: Every Generation Onkaparinga, city of Onkaparinga (planning seniors events in October annually)
Member: Regional Disability Forum, City of Onkaparinga. (Feedback and information on disability services in the City)
Member: Trans Adelaide Customer Panel (Feedback and input into rail services in Adelaide)
Former chair: Health Connect SA Reference Group. ( E-Health Care Planning development)

“I provide information and feedback on health issues at forums held by HCA, Diabetes SA and I advocate for better health outcomes for consumers”

Supporting my interest in Healthy Cities and public health, I have a professional background from the early 70s as a Technical Officer involved in medical research. Dedicated to discovering more about physiology and our internal systems. This mostly at a cellular level. Initially with Dr Bill Adam in the Renal Unit at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals in Melbourne where the focus was on hormonal influence on active transport in glomeruli.

Moving to Adelaide in 1982, I worked with Dr John Minors in Clinical Pharmacology at the Flinders Medical Centre, picking up familiarity with different analyses. From there I progressed to the Gastroenterology unit at the QEH, working with influences on cell turnover in the large bowel, and later with aspects of cellular change in the small intestine. I accepted a termination package from Health in 2009.

In 1985 my wife and I moved onto a couple acres at Kuitpo to pick up an interest in food production. As a function of imposed development change, we now live in the suburbs. However exposure to intolerable noise introduced me to existing environmental regulation and consideration of public health.