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Consumer Advisory Council

Asthma Australia is the nation’s peak consumer asthma body.  Our work is supported and endorsed by some of the world’s leading asthma health care professionals and researchers. Our staff and volunteers are leaders in their fields and together we strive to deliver excellence every day for people with asthma.

Asthma Australia has now established a national Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) as a formal mechanism to more broadly engage with the community to ensure that the interests of consumers and carers are at the centre of Asthma Australia’s planning, communications and processes.

The purpose of the CAC is to support the Asthma Australia to better meet the diverse needs of people with asthma and those who care for them by providing advice, information and guidance to the Board and Management on;

  • the policies, services and practices essential to support people with asthma and their carers, with particular representation from priority population groups.
  • the development and delivery of the Asthma Australia consumer engagement strategy.

Terms of Reference (PDF 234.9KB)

Who are our Consumer Advisory Councillors?

We are delighted to introduce you to our Inaugural Consumer Advisory Councillors who will help inform and shape all we do; from service planning and delivery, to research and advocacy.


Judith Wettenhall

Judith Wettenhall_R

I live in southern NSW near Holbrook, where I am actively involved in the operation of our farm with my husband. We have four adult children and two grandchildren. Prior to marriage I completed an Honors Degree in Rural Science at U.N.E followed by a Diploma in Education.

Off-farm interests include casual primary teaching and considerable voluntary roles with local health in the community. I have been Chair of the Holbrook Local Health Advisory Committee for 13 years. Having been an asthma sufferer all my life, my other major interest has always been in asthma. This led me to completing a Graduate Certificate in Asthma Education in 2006.  Until June 30 2017 I presented the Asthma Foundations’ Asthma Education package to teachers and students in the local district.

I have completed the Australian Company Directors Course. 

Personal interests include maintaining a fairly high level of fitness, considerable involvement with our family’s lives and general involvement in the community. 

Considering the experience in my life to date and the contacts I have acquired, I would hope I can contribute to this Advisory Committee for Asthma Australia and look forward to working with Asthma Australia and fellow Council members.


Tracy Ellem

Tracy Ellem

Tracy originally from North Sydney now calls the beautiful Hunter region of NSW home.

As a young person Tracy had experienced allergies so was not surprised when her two boys also started to show signs, however even though asthma was in the family it was a few generations back, so when her youngest at 3 months started to have breathing problems and her Doctor suspected asthma, she felt concerned and endeavoured to find out more about this condition.

With support from her husband, Tracy’s career in early childhood education and extensive extra studies meant that many doors opened for her to specialise in early intervention.

Tracy continues to work in the field as a trainer and assessor, teaching others about Asthma and Anaphylaxis management, and First Aid, along with working with vulnerable families as a peer support facilitator which allows her to educate and advocate for others. 

Local communities are very important to Tracy so developing Joy of Water and Creative Cooks Kitchen, both schools with a focus on building life skills, safety awareness, and social inclusion. 

Tracy’s diverse portfolio working across not for profit, private companies and government sectors will assist in her work with Asthma Australia as a member of their Consumer Advisory Council.


Martin Beaupark

MartinBI am a proud Aboriginal man and a descendant of the Ngugi tribe and Quandamooka people of North Stradbroke Island, where my great-grandmother was born.

Having gone to school and grown up in The Sutherland Shire, I have a love of the water and enjoy boating activities very much, particularly sailing.

I graduated from school in year 12, I joined the RAAF where I learnt my trade. After six years in the air force, I joined Qantas and have been maintaining aircraft for the last 31 years.

I am married and a father of two primary school aged children with asthma. I feel that there is a lot that I can offer as part of the Consumer Advisory Council with Asthma Australia.  



Kym Holden

Kym Holden_R

I come from a family of four sisters all with varying degrees of asthma and one brother with eczema. I have a son with asthma and a daughter with hay fever. I now have four grandchildren and I wait with baited breath to see which have asthma.

My asthma was not serious until as an adult I got a virus I could not shake and the asthma went out of control and I ended up in ICU. After that I was determined to learn more about my asthma and help others by organising an asthma education session in the area I lived in Sydney.

When we moved to Canberra I became involved with ACT Asthma and Health Consumers Forum, all with the goal of improving the asthma information available to those with or caring for people with asthma. I worked towards the ACT foundation becoming part of Asthma Australia to improve our voice nationally.

I believe the voice of the person with asthma must be an integral part of how Asthma Australia moves forward.




Katie McGrath

Katie McGrath

I am a mother of two young children aged six months and three years old. My three year old suffers from asthma, triggered by hay fever, colds and exercise and is on a daily preventer medication.

I have been a Social Worker for 10 years and I am currently on maternity leave from my position in Paediatric Oncology at the Townsville Hospital.

After growing up in Victoria and Darwin, I am now living on Magnetic Island, a 25 minute ferry ride from Townsville in North QLD. Although a beautiful place to live, there are many factors that can make asthma more challenging to manage when living in a remote area.

I am very passionate about improving asthma education and asthma management for Australians and I am thrilled to be a member of the Asthma Australia Consumer Advisory Council.


Helen Murray

Helen Murray

As a mature woman I developed asthma. So became a very satisfied user of the services provided by the Asthma Foundation in SA, appreciating the advice and education provided by the nurses and the availability of appropriate equipment.

I am a mother of three adult children, and grandmother of five, who has lived in various part of Australia and Great Britain, now living in South Australia.

A retired nurse who during my working life has had the opportunity to develop some understanding of how the Health and community service function at various levels. I have worked as a service provider in public and private sector, in a paediatric practice and in aged care, have served as a committee member, a researcher and an advocate for others. My work has informed me of some of the particular challenges of people living in rural and remote areas.

Volunteering has always been a part of my life, from church, school, sport groups, and now continuing with my involvement with arts festivals and informally with Aboriginal communities in various areas.

I welcome the opportunity to work with other members of the CAC to hear, think, and investigate.

Lynda Whiteway

Lynda Whiteway

I’ve been interested in health advocacy for many years. When living in Queensland I was trained by the Queensland Cancer Fund to be a volunteer Community Educator. I spoke to many groups on the prevention and early detection of curable cancers; breast, cervical, testicular and most importantly skin cancer. I was also instrumental in bringing the SunSmart schools project to the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Area.

When I moved back to Adelaide I became a volunteer peer educator for Council of the Ageing (COTA), speaking to groups of older people on the Beyond Maturity Blues, Quality Use of Medicines, Advanced Care Directives and Pills and Spills program. COTA asked if I would be interested in sitting on a committee at SA Health for them. I then became embroiled in the Transforming Health project, sitting on committees designing new models of care. From there I ricocheted into the Primary Health Sector as I see a great need for the transition from Primary to Tertiary Care to be smoother.

My most recent appointment is on to the Making Care Better Group based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital encompassing the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Hospitals.



Dr Lan Tran

Dr Lan Tran

      • As an asthmatic and carer for an asthmatic child, Lan is involved in raising awareness of the importance of good asthma control in young children and children with asthma can lead a normal active life through her local community involvement. The key is ensuring that both carers and the children understand the triggers (what brings on the asthma), recognising symptoms early and how to use the medications prescribed effectively.
      • Lead Veterinarian
      • Member of the Standard of Care committee for National Veterinary Care (Melbourne)
      • School Councillor – Balwyn North Primary School
      • President of the Mong Non Vietnamese Language School committee
      • Member of Asthma Australia and Allergy Australia
      • Member of The AVHP                   

Julie Ovens_RJulia Ovens 

Julia is an experienced Operations and Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the self storage, retail, security and tourism industries. Skilled in operations management, sales, managing business growth, innovation development, training delivery and customer experience. For over 25 years I have battled with uncontrolled extrinsic and severe brittle eosinophilic steroid dependent asthma every day. Currently participating in my 6th medical research trial, I consider myself avid advocate for all asthmatics; trial drugs participation and research and I hope that my contribution and commitment leaves me with a legacy which saves people’s lives in years to come. Having represented Australian’s suffering with Asthma at a global patient engagement advisory forum I bring not only 45 years of personal experience living with a chronic illness but an extensive consumer network voice to the Consumer Advisory Council. I embrace life to the fullest and love to travel the world and experience new places, cultures and food. My passions include coffee, wine, football (AFL), new adventures and hot air ballooning.


Board Representatives

James Wright - Chief Investment Officer, JBWere

James Wright

Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Monash University

James joined JBWere in September 2013 and is responsible for managing the Markets and Investment Strategy Group.  This includes providing asset allocation and portfolio construction advice across asset classes as well as syndication of IPOs and wholesale debt securities.  JBWere administers nearly $60 billion is assets for Australian high network clients and a range of charities and industry bodies.  James has nearly 30 years of experience in economics and portfolio management. 

Prior to joining JBWere, James was the Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management and sat on their Asian Leadership Team.  At ING, he was directly responsible for over $24 billion in funds under management in Australian equities, private equity, property and fixed income.  James has also worked at Treasury Corporation of Victoria and the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra, where he worked on forecasting and policy initiatives for seven Commonwealth Budgets.

Simone Carton - CEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine 

Simone Carton

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. 

Simone has experience as a director on the boards of the former Asthma Foundation ACT and the Australian Multiple Birth Association. As a parted of children with asthma, Simone also has personal experience with the challenges facing people with asthma and values the important support Asthma Australia provides. 

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