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.
treasurer | Laurie west
Laurie’s career began in Banking, moved to Insurance and Association Management before commencing his
own business. He has extensive business experience in financial, and computer system management throughout
Australia, England and Papua New Guinea, leading to his appointment as Group Chief Accountant for a major
Insurance company based in Melbourne. Subsequently, Laurie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of GRE
Pacific Insurance, a subsidiary company of the group, situated in Papua New Guinea.
Returning to Australia in early 1991, Laurie took up the newly created position of Management Accountant in
the GRE Insurance Head Office and during 1992 Laurie then moved to the position of CFO for the National
Institute of Accountants. In June 1995 Laurie set up his own accounting practice under the name of Summerhill Business Services Pty Ltd. Since that time Laurie has gained vast experience in computer accounting systems,
profit and cash management in helping small businesses improve their operations.
Committee member | Esther Apos
Esther has been working in the Biotech and Medtech sector for over 25 years. She has had various senior executive roles including Scientific Affairs Director at Ramsey Coote Instruments and Program Manager for the Australian Spine Registry. She is Founder and Director of CMS SciDoc, a consultancy for medical device product development and compliance.
Committee member | Paul Cooper
A/Prof Paul Cooper is an independent consultant specialising in Digital Health and workshop and event facilitation. Building on his early career research with a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the Walter+Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, his current activities now focus more particularly on digital health. He is a co-organiser of the Melbourne meetup group Ai-in-Healthcare and is Dep. Chair of Biogrid and currently elected on the Vic Council of AIDH. He is appointed as A/Prof Health Informatics Management at Deakin University and he currently sits on the Health Ethics committee of St. Vincents Healthcare and is Secretary of the Victorian Continence Resource Centre. His 35 year career path includes research, government, private sector and tertiary education.
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.
Committee member | julienne moore
Julienne Moore is an APA Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist and associate at Fitwise Physiotherapy. Julienne has been part of the Fitwise team since 2008.
Julienne enjoys the challenge of treating low back and pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and through her
love of exercise, helps her patients keep active, return to exercise, or begin exercise for the first time.
Julienne is a very active mother of 2 children and is also a keen cyclist.
Committee member | Liza Lau
Dr Liza Lau, MBBS, FRACP, working as a Consultant Geriatrician since 2013. Liza has worked in both hospital and community settings in aged care, public and private. Liza is willing to teach anyone and share her knowledge with colleagues, and she believes she will never stop learning herself. She is currently practicing as a consultant for the Continence Services at both Austin Health and Eastern Health in Melbourne, and she conducts Video Urodynamics at Austin Health. She also looks after the vaginal pessaries service in her clinic.
She is a medical advisor for the Bladder Bowel Collaborative Steering Committee, which is run by the Continence Foundation of Australia. She is the honorary secretary of the Australasian Delirium Association, and organized a successful conference in September 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. She is a mum of two young girls, and is regularly volunteering at the local primary school, as well as helping run charity events for Chinese human rights groups.