Dr Kathleen Brasher: Executive Officer, Coordinator—Prevention, Age Friendly Communities

Kathleen is a social gerontologist with a long involvement in the health and community sectors as clinician, academic, advocate and in policy and program development and evaluation.

Kathleen is the Principal Strategic Advisor for the Age-Friendly Northeast Victoria Alliance, based at Central Hume Primary Care Partnership. She has been a part of the international Age Friendly movement since 2006 where she contributed original research to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global age-friendly cities: a guide.

She is a member of the WHO Strategy Advisory Group for the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, and has advised state and local governments, and older person’s advocacy organisations, across Australia and New Zealand.

Recently, Kathleen managed the Better Care Victoria Building an Age-Friendly Indigo Health System project on behalf of the Indigo Consortium.

A number of Age-friendly resources authored or co-authored by Kathleen—several on behalf of the Age-Friendly Northeast Victoria Alliance—are available to view on our Age-friendly communities and initiatives page.

Alongside training as a nurse and midwife, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and PhD from Monash University, and Graduate Diploma Arts (Philosophy & Social Theory), The University of Melbourne. She has certificate–level training in counselling and mediation with a focus on elder mediation. She is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Federation on Ageing.

In recent times, Kathleen has been hosting A Conversation hour’, our free weekly online event that brings together people from across the Ovens Murray and beyond to explore ideas that matter.

Email: kathleen.brasher@upperhumepcp.com.au
Mobile: 0439 751 591​

Sophie Rhys: Engagement and Participation Coordinator

The purpose of this 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.

Email: sophie.rhys@upperhumepcp.com.au
Mobile: 0428 387 768

Naomi Peters: CoordinatorCommunications

Naomi has a diverse background in both communications and education. After leaving Wodonga to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), her roles included editor of two national outdoor adventure magazines, and Project Officer for the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), an independent national agency set up to promote, audit, and report on quality assurance in Australian higher education. In this role Naomi was involved with the annual Australian Universities Quality Forum and the AUQA Good Practice Database.

A career change to education followed with qualifications including the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Certificate II in IT (New Media), and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her decade-long teaching career, she worked as a teacher at a local senior secondary school and two local TAFE institutes with diverse cohorts of students including young adults with disabilities, migrant and refugee adults, vision-impaired adults, and education support students.

After returning to the field of communications, Naomi has enjoyed coordinating the social media, e-newsletters and websites for both UHPCP and the North East Local Learning and Employment Network. She also takes minutes for Boards of local not-for-profit organisations, which have included a disability service provider and various Aboriginal organisations.

Email: naomi.peters@upperhumepcp.com.au