President | Michael Croker
Michael Croker is a highly skilled executive director with extensive experience in the professional services sector and in managing sales and operational teams and functions. He has a depth of experience in, process re-engineering, strategic planning, and organisation transformation as well as due diligence reviews, in health, government, financial services, telecommunications, utilities, oil and gas, aviation and defence sectors.
His professional experience encompasses all aspects of financial, audit and systems management and he has successfully led large complex programs with a strong focus on delivery, stakeholder engagement, risk management and outcomes. He has an ability to translate complex business and financial concepts into workable solutions that are understood and owned by stakeholders. His excellent interpersonal and leadership skills combined with his expertise in training and facilitation have enabled him to effectively lead and manage teams as well as drive through significant change in organisations, including major restructures.
Committee member | Esther Apos
Esther Apos completed her BSc(Hons) from Monash University in 1988 and completed her PhD in Protein Chemistry/Biochemistry in 1992 through the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. Over the past 20 years she has worked in academic and commercial research, pharma and medical device product development, clinical trials, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Her research interests include enuresis in children where she was coordinating principal investigator on a national multi-site clinical audit looking at the efficacy of bell and pad alarm therapy in over 3,000 children for the treatment of bed wetting (in print, J.Pediatrics, accepted October 2017). She holds an Adjunct Research Fellow position within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and has been the Registry Coordinator for the Australian Spine Registry pilot (an initiative of the Spine Society of Australia) since November 2015.
Committee member | Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper completed his Ph.D in biochemistry in 1983 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and this research work led him to an early interest in the use of IT in Health. Most recently Paul was the Acting Director of Digital Health for DHHS (Vic) and is on a subcommittee of the board of the WEHI. Paul is an A/Prof at Deakin University lecturing in Health Informatics Management and is an Honorary Research Affiliate at Epworth Healthcare. He is Secretary of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (Vic) and is on the Vic Council of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).
His passion is in harnessing the capabilities of IT and digital approaches to improve individual and societal health and wellbeing.
Committee member | Jos Jayarajan
Dr. Jos Jayarajan joined the North Eastern Urology team in 2015. Jos is a general Urological Surgeon, who compliments the NEU group with her sub-specialty interest in the management of male and female incontinence, voiding dysfunction and female urological conditions including pelvic organ prolapse. Jos graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2004, and completed her specialist Urological Surgical training in Victoria. She then travelled to leading institutions in Toronto, Cape Town and New York to undertake two years of extensive training. During her year in Toronto, Jos also gained significance experience in performing fluoroscopic urodynamics for evaluating urinary symptoms in both males and females, including those with post surgical incontinence, and patients with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
Committee member | Joan Ostaszkiewicz
Joan Ostaszkiewicz is employed as the Director of Aged Care Research Division at The National Ageing Research Institute. She is a Registered Nurse with clinical and academic expertise is in the management of incontinence in frail older adults and in workforce models to promote evidence-based practice in residential aged care homes. Her PhD and postdoctoral work resulted in a new conceptual approach to continence care for people with complex health conditions who are incontinent or who require assistance to maintain continence.