The Advisory Board

The Australian Patients Association is governed by an experienced and passionate Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board is in place to help guide the strategic direction, governance and ongoing funding of the Australian Patients Association to ensure that patients have an independent and representative voice that campaigns on their behalf.

All board members volunteer their time and bring together a range of diverse skills and experience in overseeing the strategic direction and management of the Australian Patients Association.

Dr Maurice Fabiani PhD MBA GAICD

Dr Maurice Fabiani is a senior management executive with over 20 years’ experience in the biomedical field and related areas.

He has an extensive professional background, having held senior roles in academia, the not-for-profit sector and the biotechnology industry.

Dr. Fabiani is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a BSc(Hons), Grad Dip Drug Eval Pharm Sc, PhD (Medicine/Pharmacology) as well  as a MBA (Finance and Strategy).

He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr. Fabiani is currently CEO and Managing Director of Muranex Pty Ltd and serves as Chairman of the Australian Patients Association.

Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka BSc (Hons) PhD

Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka is an internationally recognized medical researcher and a leading biomedical expert with an impressive professional career and publication record in the field.

Professor Wilkinson-Berka completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne and has held senior academic and research appointments in the Department of Anatomy and the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne.

She was previously awarded the Sir Colin and Lady Mac Kenzie Fellowship and has been a Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Professor Wilkinson-Berka is currently Professor and Principal Research Fellow in Department of Immunology, Monash University, at the Alfred Hospital and is the Head of the Diabetes and Vascular Biology Laboratory.

Richard Peters BSc MSc (Hons) MBA

Richard Peters has held senior public relations roles in mining, finance, and building materials companies over 20 years. Richard’s is a director at reputation and issues management company Daymark.

Before founding Daymark, Richard led reputation building initiatives at the National Australia Bank (NAB) where he pioneered new approaches to community banking and finance and Indigenous affairs.

Prior to this Richard had 15 years in the mining and building materials industries where he oversaw complex community and government approvals for controversial mineral and manufacturing developments.

Liz Penfold GAICD

Liz Penfold is a former local member for the regional electorate of Flinders in South Australia. She was a member of the South Australian Parliament for 16 years before retiring in 2010.

Liz was Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Small Business and worked in her own computing business. Prior to this she spent ten years in accounting in Port Lincoln following a six-year stint in the public service in Papua New Guinea. She began her career as a school teacher.

With ten hospitals and numerous health services in her electorate she understands the difficulties faced by regional people in accessing adequate health services and therefore gives a regional perspective to the Board.

Liz is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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