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Jenny Donnelly: Executive Officer

Jenny Donnelly has undertaken many roles in a number of organisations across North East Victoria. Starting her working life as a secondary school teacher, Jenny and her family then spent 2½ years working as Australian Volunteers Abroad in Papua New Guinea.

Jenny worked with Ovens and King Community Health for 10 years managing the Victims Assistance Program, the Community Inclusion Program and then as an executive manager, particularly focusing on integrated health promotion. She then undertook project work in Indigo Shire, working with health services. Her next role was working regionally with the Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service. She then worked in Towong Shire and Tallangatta Health Service with volunteers and a positive ageing project. Jenny then managed the Hume Region Partners in Recovery Program before her appointment to the EO position with UHPCP.

Jenny has a strong commitment to social justice, including the valuable role of community. Collaborative responses to meeting the needs of community have always been key in her approach to her roles.

Glenda Chapman: COPD Project Coordinator

Glenda has a diverse background in both health and education. She began her career as a secondary teacher in 1989 where she worked in metropolitan, rural and remote areas.

In 2006, following a career change, Glenda graduated with a Bachelor of Health (Speech Pathology) with first class honours.

After a short career in speech pathology, Glenda’s enthusiasm turned towards the holistic client centred work of chronic disease self-management. In her role as a HARP care coordinator at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) she was able to blend both her health and education skills.

She was also instrumental in enhancing AWH’s organisational health literacy. Glenda is also co-director of Health Literacy Solutions, facilitating workshops on health literacy in Victoria and NSW.

Glenda works with the UHPCP undertaking project work to help redesign the current system for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Upper Hume catchment to ensure that it is based on consumer needs and is cross-sectoral.

Brydie Donnelly: Coordinator of Access and Equity

Brydie has worked with the UHPCP since 2016, initially as Coordinator: Chronic Care. Since 2018 she has been the  Coordinator: Access and Equity. Her role has recently expanded to include oversight of the implementation of the  Ovens Murray Goulburn Chronic Care Strategy, in the Ovens Murray area.

Brydie grew up in rural Victoria, and has also lived and worked in metropolitan, regional, and remote areas of Australia, and acknowledges the need, and potential, to overcome some of the inequities and inequalities that exist because of location and distance.

She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry), and a Masters of Public Health (Primary Health Care). Brydie has more than 10 years experience in clinical work as a podiatrist, and has worked within many realms of the health system, including a tertiary hospital, Aboriginal health service, community health, aged care, and private practice. She has worked in various locations, including Victoria, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory, giving her a solid understanding of many parts of the system, and challenges faced by those attempting to navigate it.

Brydie has a strong interest in innovative approaches that can change the status quo of a system that doesn’t work for many of the people it is meant to serve, particularly those from disadvantaged or marginalised communities.

She is a strong believer that in good partnerships, the whole can certainly be greater than the sum of its parts, if respect, transparency and joint accountability is enabled, and strives to develop, enable, and maintain these relationships across the system within which we work, and access services.

Tricia Hazeleger: Engagement and Participation Coordinator

The purpose of Tricia’s role is to build the capacity of community members and member agencies across the UHPCP catchment to understand and enable collaborative approaches to wellbeing, increase understanding and use of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) spectrum, develop policies, guidelines and tools to support effective, evidence-based consumer engagement and participation by member agencies, particularly with marginalised communities and individuals and engage in specific community engagement and participation initiatives which will inform an understanding of, and an approach to, co-design for system change.

Tricia has a background in community engagement and participation through working with rural communities, regional community development, community planning and research focusing on health needs, family and youth services development, disaster resilience, women’s health, advance care planning and family violence reform.

Most recently, Tricia has worked with emerging refugee communities in Albury-Wodonga to keep families safe and prevent violence against women.

Tricia is working at UHPCP until June 2019 and works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Gabriella Tang: Project Coordinator – Prevention

Gabriella has extensive experience in community development and health. She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare.

Her experience has included working across a wide range of areas, including rehabilitation, recreation, adolescent health, cyber safety, health promotion and prevention.

Gabriella also enjoys working with others on developing partnerships that take an integrated approach and is skilled in planning, monitoring and evaluation

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