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Expert Advisory Group

Roadmap for Reform Expert Advisory Group

An Expert Advisory Group has been established to advise on key issues and new initiatives in services for children and families. The Expert Advisory Group is chaired Jenny Mikakos, the Minister for Families and Children, and comprises experienced specialists with backgrounds in economics, children, families and early childhood services, clinical practice, academia, and commercial advisory.

The Group met for the first time on 11 September 2015 and is scheduled to meet again in October and November 2015.

Expert Advisory Group Members



Hon Jenny Mikakos

Minister for Families and Children (Chair)

Captain Jason Davies-Kildea

Manager, Social Programme and Policy Unit, Salvation Army Victoria

Ms Helen Silver AO

Chief General Manager of the Workers’ Compensation Division at Allianz Australia; and Formerly Secretary of Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria

Sandie de Wolf AM

Chief Executive Officer, Berry Street

Deb Tsorbaris

Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

Micaela Cronin

Chief Executive Officer of MacKillop Family Services, President of the Victorian Council of Social Services and Deputy President of the Australian Council of Social Service.

Dr Anne Kennedy

Early Childhood Education and Care Consultant, Chairperson Community Child Care VIC

Angela Forbes

Chairperson, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Services, and Chief Executive Officer, Connections UnitingCare.

Lisa Sturzenegger

Chief Executive Officer, OzChild

Dr Sylvia Rowlands

Senior Vice President, New York Foundling

Dr Patti Chamberlain

Oregon Social Learning Centre

Karen Heap

Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Children and Young People's Alliance and Chief Executive Officer, Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative.

Professor Muriel Bamblett

Co-chair with Minister Mikakos of the Aboriginal Children’s Summit (and Forums) and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Professor Maree Connolly

Current Chair and Head, Social Work, Melbourne School of Health Sciences

Lisa Darmanin

Branch Executive President, Australian Services Union

Professor Frank Oberklaid

Foundation Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital, Co-Research Group Leader (Policy, Equity and Translation) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Professor Louise Newman AM

Director, Centre for Women’s Mental Health, Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Steven Skala

Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG

Michaela Healey

Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, National Australia Bank

See the Roadmap For Reform website for further information.

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