John Spink – Chief Executive Officer
John has been in the Chief Executive Officer position since 1998. Prior to his role with NCACCH, he
spent 14 years in Alice Springs as the Manager of the Drug & Alcohol Services Association (DASA). During his time with DASA, the Northern Territory Sobering-Up Shelter Program for Public Intoxication was highlighted in Chapter 5 of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody by Commissioners Johnson and Muirhead. John is a NSW state trained psychiatric nurse with 16 years’ experience prior to moving to Central Australia.
Kim Helmore – General Manager
Kim is of Torres Strait Islander descent, her mother’s family is a Williams from Stephens (Ugar) Island in the Torres Strait. Kim has a Bachelor in Psychology and says, “I am enjoying building & strengthening partnerships with an aim to providing the best possible health service for our Indigenous community.”
Lorraine Reilly – Data & Marketing Manager
Lorraine is a proud Pitta Pitta woman from Boulia, North West Qld and has lived on the Sunshine Coast since 1989. Joining a team of three back in 2004, Lorraine has seen the organisation evolve into the status of being an innovative leader in the delivery of Indigenous health. In her role as Data & Marketing Manager, Lorraine strives to improve the health outcomes of our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members.
Sharelle Eggmolesse – Program Manager
Sharelle has been employed by NCACCH since 2005 and has developed many of our current projects. During this time her roles have included Project Officer, Smoking Cessation Support Worker and most recently Program Manager. Sharelle has been a resident and worked on the Sunshine Coast all of her life, where she has established great relationships and rapport with the community. Sharelle is passionate in encouraging our people to become more pro-active in living a healthy lifestyle.
Lyndelle Beezley – Smoking Cessation Quit Coach
Lyndelle moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1999, commenced with NCACCH in an Admin role in 2005 and has seen the organisation grow from 4 to 12 employees. Lyndelle has been trained in Smoking Cessation and in 2010 took on a new role with the Smoking Cessation Pilot Program “No Durri for this Murri™”. Lyndelle has experience in working with community organisations and is proud to be part of a team doing great work for our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community to improve all aspects of health.
Randal Wruck – Chartered Accountant
Randal has been employed as the NCACCH Accountant since July 2009 and has a Diploma for Chartered Accounts and has recently been issued with a Tax Agent Registration. I have seen NCACCH evolve over the years and I am proud to be part of an organisation that helps so many in the community with the services we provide.
Lerissa Rolls – Project Officer
Lerissa, born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, is a proud descendant of the Quandamooka People of North Stradbroke Island. She commenced her employment with NCACCH as an Administration Officer in 2012 and was promoted to Project Officer in March 2016. Lerissa is embracing her new role and enjoys interacting with our community and assisting in anyway possible to benefit the overall health and wellbeing of our community.
Nicole McDermott – Chronic Disease Support Facilitator
Nicole’s family orginate from the Darug people of Sydney NSW. Nicole and her family are enjoying the transition to the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Nicole joined the NCACCH team in May 2015 to assist with our Chronic Disease Management Program where she is enjoying and embracing the opportunity to work with our community to improve health outcomes.
Di Bennett – Chronic Disease Health Advocate
We welcomed Di to our team in September 2015 in the role of Health Advocate (Nurse) for the Chronic Disease Management Program. Di is a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator. Prior to relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2002 from hometown Broken Hill, Di worked in the local AMS and the regional Diabetes Centre where she provided Diabetes education and Chronic Disease Management to the Wilyakali and Paakantji people. Di has actively worked within our community for many years ie Well Persons Heath Days, NAIDOC, Chronic Disease Management within the General Practice and Nambour Hospital. “Di believes that every client has a story to tell and sometimes health professionals just need to listen”.
Rick Dank – Partners in Recovery (PIR) Support Facilitator
Rick originally from Currumbin joined our team in November 2015. Rick has lived here and in remote communities in the Territory on and off for 30 years and has embraced the cultural heritage of his wife and his children who are traditional owners of Gudanji Country with family connections across to Mt Isa. Previous employment includes Case Manager for Mental Health Recovery team Nambour, in the top end – 24/7 Cultural Bridging Adviser for children, Team Leader for carers in a Refugee and Asylum Program for minors in detention, Case Manager for Youth Diversion Program (90% Indigenous) and conducted Back to Country camps in Borroloola. Rick is looking forward to supporting and assisting our community who have severe and persistent mental illness.
Kaity Fletcher – Indigenous Child Health Worker
Kaity is a proud Kamilaroi woman from St George, South West Queensland. She is an Enrolled Nurse with an extensive history in health including: aged and palliative care, quality and compliance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health, youth health, pathology and dental. Kaity has worked remotely, in urban settings and abroad and is excited to bring her skills to the NCACCH team.
Julie Fresta – Chronic Disease Health Advocate
Julie is a Registered Nurse who has worked doing care coordination in a number of roles, including homeless outreach nursing, radiation oncology and HIV/AIDS. She has also worked in community cultural development and workforce development in the health and community services sectors. Since 2013, Julie has worked in Chronic Disease Management across various locations including; Brisbane ATSICHS at their Woolloongabba clinic, Our PHN (Sunshine Coast) and most recently transitioning to NCACCH in 2017. Julie grew up in Ingham in Far North Queensland where she remains connected with her extended family.
Sally Bligh – Administration
Sally is of Wakka Wakka descent, her family originally from Cherbourg. She has lived in Perth, Western Australia for 22 years and has come to settle back on the Sunshine Coast. Sally has worked within Federal and State government departments, and also in Indigenous Recruitment. Sally has a keen interest in the Health sector and happy to be apart of the wonderful team of NCACCH who service the Sunshine Coast Indigenous community.
Ruth Taylor – Indigenous Health Project Officer
NCACCH welcomed Ruth Taylor to our team in March 2017. Ruth has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast region from Northern NSW, where she has lived for the majority of her life on Bundjalung country. Ruth has a Masters in Public Health, as well as a background in nutrition and health promotion, and has previously worked in a similar Project Officer role in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Ruth is passionate about health equality and about reducing the impact of chronic disease on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Maria Mitchell-Brown – Indigenous Outreach Worker
Maria Mitchell-Brown, is a Murri woman who grew up in Rockhampton and lived many of her working years in Brisbane. Her traditional connections are to Kangoulu and Bitjarra nations (both within the Central Queensland region) through her mother’s line and Kamilaroi nation (NSW) through her father’s. As a representative of NCACCH, Maria aims to promote Closing the Gap to community and General Practioners, staff and/or chronic disease nurses. She will also refer our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to appropriate health services.
Sharlene Terry – Midwife
Sharlene has lived on the Sunshine Coast for most of her life and is a Registered Nurse/Midwife and a member of the Australian Counselling Association. She is passionate about empowering women to make informed choices in their birthing experience. Nanna Bill’s Mum’s and Bub’s Program enables Sharlene to spend more time with expecting mothers, new mums and their families to provide them with individual support in the ante-natal and post-natal period.