We are Open and have News – New Board Members Health Equals Freedom
We are a secure National Telehealth Health Navigation and Cancer Coaching service. Every day nearly 400 Australians are diagnosed with cancer.
In these uncertain times I announce and introduce three new members of our Medico-Legal Board. Earlier I introduced Naveena Nekkalapudi, member of our Patient Advisory Board, and Elise Burch a member of our Medico-Legal Board.
It is with great delight that I announce three more Advisory Board Members, in alphabetical order Cassandra Chiu, Martina Clark and Dr Beata Edling.
Cassandra Chiu is a Singaporean Psychotherapist, Social Advocate, and Author. Cassandra completed her degree at Deakin Univeristy in Melbourne. Cassandra Chiu manages The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre in Singapore and works with individuals experiencing Depression and Anxiety.
Cassandra was the first woman to use a Guide Dog in Singapore, her Guide Dogs were bred and trained in Australia by Guide Dogs Victoria, and is known for her advocacy when the social environment was not quite ready. The challenges she faced led to her passion in advocating for and creating equal opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. Her vision as a person living with blindness is to change what it means to be disabled in Asia for the individual, the community and society.
Cassandra has been interviewed by various media outlets, and regularly writes about disabilities, her work has been featured on The Straits Times, 50 Years of ASEAN and The World Economic Forum’s Agenda. Her book ‘A Place for Us’, a narrative nonfiction was launched in March 2019, a great read!
She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Social Innovation Park Fellow, and a recipient of The Singapore Woman Award.
Martina Clark is adaptive innovator driving collaborative relationships to solve real-world problems. She is curious about the deeper meaning and implications of service and systems redesign and how innovation can transform experiences and operational outcomes. In healthcare, she has used human-centred design to drive greater articulation of the needs and experiences of carers for loved ones with cancer. This work is multifaceted and draws upon my eclectic skillset to deliver consensus-driven outcomes that make a difference in the lives of organisations and their people.
Martina is CEO of Gravity Care Pty Ltd, a private consulting, systems and technology company with extensive experience across Community Engagement, Cancer Care and Healthcare. Gravity Care Pty Ltd works closely with a range of clients in the public, private, social and human services sectors to apply social technologies to improve outcomes in healthcare.
Carers Couch is the first and frontline product from social enterprise Gravity Care. Carers Couch works in partnership with various community organisations, cancer institutions, research organisations, cancer and non-cancer specialists to help improve cancer and community care. We will discuss our collaboration with Carers Couch in more detail soon.
Dr Beata Edling
Beata consults in health and medical research, in the areas of biotechnology, healthcare management, strategy and governance. Beata has recently been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Noxopharm Pty Ltd, an Australian ASX listed pharmaceutical start-up. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Advisory Board Centre Australia and an AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) registered medical practitioner.
In the pharmaceutical industry, Beata has led small and large Medical Affairs departments and has been instrumental in growing, restructuring and innovating the medico-scientific departments in small and large multinational companies in Australia and New Zealand. Beata has been responsible for large numbers of clinical development trials, launched several new medicines and facilitated innovative medical programs in Australia and New Zealand.
Co-Author of Code of Conduct, Edition 18
In addition, she has co-authored the 18th Edition of Code of Conduct by Medicines Australia. Medicines Australia’s Code of Conduct sets the standards for the ethical marketing and promotion of prescription medicines in Australia. Beata has previously worked as a surgical registrar in the NSW and Victorian public and private hospitals.
She co-founded and co-directed an innovative on-line platform with Insitu Clinical Pty Ltd which matched clinical trial sites to clinical research professionals to facilitate the on-demand, efficient completion of clinical research-related tasks.
Beata has been President of the member-based not-for-profit Australian Pharmaceutical Physicians Association. Under Beata’s presidency, APPA grew its membership and changed the organisation’s constitution to admit non-medically qualified professionals to become APPA members.
Beata graduated in 1989 from the Medical University in Gdansk, Poland. She is an Australian Citizen since 1994. Beata has received the Australian Medical Council’s certificate and the right to practice in Australia in 1995 and Part I of Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1998. She has a PhD in Surgery from the UNSW and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (USYD and UNSW).
A keen yogi, an American Nitrox Divers International (ANDI) certified technical scuba diver and a member of Women on Boards (WOB Australia Pty Ltd).
We are currently 100% women, but we are not reverse discriminating, we just have a lot of talented women who are passionate about helping others with cancer.
We are delighted to welcome these fantastic contributors and new Board members to Health Equals Freedom, such experience and understanding of the challenges of patients with cancer.