Asthma Australia is a for purpose, consumer organisation with a history of improving the lives of people with asthma since 1962. We have a bold mission to help people breathe so that they can live freely.
We lead education and training in evidence-based prevention and health strategies to more than half a million people each year across Australia.
We work with people with asthma, their family and friends, health professionals, researchers and governments. We find the best treatments and practices to make sure life with asthma is the best it can be.
But we know we are strongest when we share information, and those closest to people with asthma share information with us.
That’s why we established our Consumer Advisory Council, to engage with consumers and carers. Find out more about Consumer Engagement Strategy here.
We thank our Consumer Advisory Council for the critical role they play in advising, informing and guiding Asthma Australia, its Board and management.
You can find our Consumer Advisory Council’s purpose and objectives, roles and responsibilities, guiding principles and membership composition, as well as the terms of reference here.
Members of Asthma Australia’s Consumer Advisory Council
Judith Wettenhall is the Chair of the Holbrook Local Health Advisory Committee, a role she has held for more than a decade.
She operates a farm in southern New South Wales and teaches in a casual role in a local school, where she has presented the Asthma Foundation’s Asthma Education package to teachers and students.
Ms Wettenhall holds a Graduate Certificate in Asthma Education and herself has asthma.
Martin Beaupark is an experienced aircraft maintenance worker with QANTAS.
He is a former member of the Royal Australian Air Force and a proud Aboriginal man, a descendant of the Ngugi tribe and Quandamooka people of North Stradbroke Island.
Mr Beaupark has two children with asthma.
Tracy Ellem is an educator in Asthma and Anaphylaxis management and First Aid.
With a background in early childhood education, she specialises in early intervention, especially working with vulnerable families as a peer support facilitator.
She has broad experience working with not for profit, private companies and government sectors. Ms Ellem experiences allergies and has a child who has asthma.
Kym Holden is an advocate for asthma education, for people with asthma and those who care for them.
She has a long association with the Health Consumers Forum and ACT Asthma. Ms Holden was involved in the territory-based organisation merging with Asthma Australia.
Ms Holden has a strong family link to asthma. She says the the importance of asthma education was highlighted following a personal experience with asthma that required her to be hospitalisation in the intensive care unit.
Katie McGrath is a social worker, based in “beautiful but remote” Magnetic Island off the Queensland coast near Townsville.
She is very passionate about improving asthma education and asthma management for Australians, including for people living outside Australia’s urban centres.
She has a child with asthma.
Helen Murray is a retired nurse who has worked as a service provider in both public and private sectors, in a paediatric practice and in aged care.
She has served as a committee member, a researcher and an advocate, notably for people living in regional and remote areas. She has undertaken a number of volunteer roles in community organisations, sporting and arts groups.
Ms Murray developed asthma as an adult and commends the services of the former Asthma Foundation in South Australia.
Julia Ovens is an experienced Operations and Human Resources Manager skilled in operations management, sales, managing business growth, innovation development, training delivery and customer experience.
She is an avid advocate for asthma and people with asthma, and has participated in a range of medical research trials for her own asthma.
Ms Ovens has represented Australia at a global patient engagement advisory forum.
Dr Lan Tran
Lan Tran is a lead veterinarian and a member of the Standard of Care committee for National Veterinary Care (Melbourne).
She is involved in a range of community activities, including as Balwyn North Primary School councillor and President of the Mong Non Vietnamese Language School committee.
Dr Tran has asthma and has a child with asthma, and knows the importance of good asthma control.
Lynda Whiteway is an experienced advocate in the health sector.
She performed the voluntary role of Queensland Cancer Fund Community Educator, informing consumers about prevention and early detection of some cancers, and influenced the expansion of the SunSmart schools project on the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay.
She is a member of the Making Care Better Group based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital encompassing the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Hospitals.
Hi I live in Hobart, Tasmania and have a lived with asthma all my life. I have three children one of whom has at times severe asthma. Through my experiences I understand that needs change across the life course and that asthma support is delivered in a variety of settings. I have also been a participant is asthma research since my late teens.
In my work in the health sector both as a clinician and policy maker I have had the opportunity to engage with a broad range of community members and community sector organisations around health and wellbeing. I have listened to people’s stories about receiving great support that has enabled them to live fully, but also about services that have fallen short or where there have been no services at all.
I have heard of the challenges people face in navigating the health care system and the inequities in outcomes for people in rural and remote areas as well as financial barriers to receiving and following appropriate treatment.
My work in Public Health Services within the Department of Health in Tasmania has given me insights into how the health system operates and how to drive change. My role includes shaping a research agenda that helps improve people’s health and wellbeing. This includes improving air quality and creating smoke free environments.
I am guided by a strong belief that equitable access to high quality health care is a human right. I am aware of the principles of person centred and self-managed care and many of the barriers and enablers for achieving best possible outcomes for people living with asthma. This includes the role of health literacy.
I look forward to working with Asthma Australia and fellow Council members.
James Wright is the Chief Investment Officer at JBWere, managing the Markets and Investment Strategy Group, a position he has held since 2013.
Mr Wright has a strong finance background in strategy, economics and portfolio management, including a previous position as ING Investment Management Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities where he was on the Asian Leadership Team. Previous roles include Treasury Corporation of Victoria and the Commonwealth Treasury, in Canberra.
He has been active in Asthma Foundation New South Wales and Asthma Australia roles since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University.
Simone Carton is CEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, a specialist medical society that promotes the practice of palliative medicine and facilitates professional development and support for its members.
Prior to this role, Simone was corporate lawyer and company secretary for the Advertising Standards Bureau and Australian Advertising Standards Council, and has worked in a diverse range of legal, governance and operational roles across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Simone has experience as a director on the Boards of the former Asthma Foundation ACT and the Australian Multiple Birth Association. As a parent of children with asthma, Simone also has personal experience with the challenges facing people with asthma and values the important support Asthma Australia provides.