Our Consumer Advisory Group is a panel of community members with a background in health consumer affairs, and representing a wide variety of patient and consumer groups across Australia and New Zealand.
Led by one of our Fellows, they advise us on how to improve consumer engagement and patient centred care across our professional standards and education approaches, as well as policy and advocacy activities.
Associate Professor Nick Buckmaster | Chair
Nick is a general and respiratory physician with the Gold Coast Health Service. He has a special interest in developing strategies for reducing the fragmentation of healthcare for complex and frail patients and improving the efficiency of health service provision. He has many years of experience serving on peak College committees including the RACP Board, College Policy and Advocacy Council and Adult Medicine Division Council.
Melissa is passionate about health consumers being actively involved in decisions at the board table. Serving on South Australian and national entities, she has broad interests in the areas of consumer-centred care and meaningfully partnering with consumers, as well as special interests in digital health and children’s health. Service includes the ABC Advisory Council, My Health Record Operations Management Committee, the Women’s and Children’s Health Network Governing Council and AHPRA’s Community Reference Group. She has also been involved in the My Health Record Expansion Programme Steering Committee for the Australian Digital Health Agency and Choosing Wisely’s Consumer Engagement and Activation Project Expert Working Group.
Henry has participated on various healthcare sector committees for Consumers Health Forum since 2008. He is currently a member of the Department of Health’s TGA Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines and Consumer Consultative Committee on Health Technology Assessment. He is also a member of the College of Intensive Care Medicine’s Community Advisory Committee and the CALD Advisory Committee for Northern Sydney Local Health District.
Debra is passionate about reducing health disparities, especially for vulnerable people living with disabilities, their carers and support workers. She is a member of several clinical safety & quality committees for Metro South Health Service in Western Australia and a member of the Choosing Wisely Implementation Group at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She is the consumer representative on The Executive Committee, Clinical Governance Committee and Education & Training Committee at Rockingham Peel Health Campus and the current Chair of the Consumer Advisory Council at Rockingham General Hospital. Debra was a finalist in the 2018 Health Consumer’s Council Consumer Excellence Awards.
Ezekiel Robson is a recognised leader in the disability community bringing specific expertise as a vision impaired person, and strong advisory skills on accessibility and inclusion. Ezekiel is a current member of several reference groups in the health sector including the Accessibility Reference Group of the Auckland District Health Board and he is also a national consumer network member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission in New Zealand.
Te Rina Ruru
(Ngāti Kahu Ki Whaingaroa, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki)
Te Rina’s involvement in the care of an older sibling has given her a strong insight into healthcare systems and challenges. She is a consumer representative under the Health Quality and Safety Commission in New Zealand, a member of Te Roopu Māori (Māori Advisory Group) and a member of the Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group in New Zealand. Te Rina is also a co-founder of the NZ Brain Injury Support Network and Camp Unity.
Hamza has been strongly involved in community engagement with a focus on social inclusion, health access for people from multicultural backgrounds and people living with physical and mental health challenges. He is a member of ACSQHC Clinical Communications Advisory Group, Healthcare Consumers Queensland Collaborative and the Queensland Mental Health Commission Advisory Council.
Terry is an Aboriginal Community Elder, connected with the Goreng Goreng, Yiman and Gangalu tribes in Central Queensland Australia, for the past 16 years. He has previously worked at Queensland Health and is currently an Indigenous Outreach Worker with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.
He is a member of the Consumer Advocacy Group at Caboolture Hospital and is a member of the Heart Foundation Lighthouse Project as a consumer, at The Prince Charles Hospital Brisbane. Having worked with community groups in the past, Terry has an understanding of the grassroots and marginalised peoples, their lifestyles and family issues.