Our People

Healthy North Coast complies with a range of regulatory and governance obligations. We take these responsibilities very seriously and are committed to best practice levels of transparency, accountability and governance.

Our Board of Directors and Executive Team have a diverse range of expertise and leadership experience in the health industry, both in Australia and overseas.


Our Board

Healthy North Coast (HNC) is a trading name of Healthy North Coast Ltd (HNCL). HNCL is a company limited by guarantee. We have been endorsed as a health promotion charity and are governed by a Board of Directors. The Board provides HNC with an extensive range of knowledge, skills and expertise in local health care provision, clinical expertise, Aboriginal health, academia, community development, business and corporation management, accounting and finance, law and local government. Having a stable Board to steer HNC has resulted in clear direction and strategy, solid accountability and controls, and transparency. Read about our Board advisory structures and sub-committees here.

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Dr Adrian Gilliland


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Dr Caroline Hong

Deputy Chair

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Warren Grimshaw AM

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Dr Joanna Sutherland

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Dr John Moran

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Dr Graeme Innes

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Kerry Stubbs

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Sam Hardjono

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Rebecca Bell

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Our Executive Team

The Executive Team is comprised of highly qualified managers with extensive experience in management roles, strong ties to the community, networks across industries and demonstrated abilities establishing genuine and effective partnerships.

Julie Sturgess

Chief Executive

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Monika Wheeler

Executive Director, Wellness

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Tony Hendry

Director, Corporate Services / Chief Financial Officer

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Claudine Tule

Director, Commissioning

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Luke Elias

Director, Operations & Engagement

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Samara Finlayson

Director, Digital and Communications

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Marni Tuala

Deputy Director, Aboriginal Health

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Sarah Ford

Director, Healthy Communities

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Hamza​ Vayani

Director, Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs

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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.