Our Team

The services we offer members would not be possible without the dedication, energy and inspiration of the CHA staff. We have a diverse and skillful team of people who give their all to support this organization to achieve its mission – spreading excellence & innovations in healthcare for children & young people and their families.

CHA is proud to have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff working in our Canberra office.  All staff work for both Children’s Healthcare Australasia, and our partner organisation, Women’s Healthcare Australasia.  The majority of our team work part time amidst their commitments to study and/or parenting responsibilities.   

All team members share a common passion for using their skills & knowledge to help our members to give the best possible care to children & families.  They bring energy, creativity and agility to their work.  Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our friendly staff on +61 2 6185 0325 if we can be of assistance.  

Our team

Barb Vernon
Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Eggleston
Executive Assistant

Business & Finance

Gill McGaw, Business Manager 

Sharon Dohlad, Finance Officer 

Member Networks

Leila Kelly, Networking Coordinator 

Jenny Taylor, Admin Assistant

Alison Niyonsenga, Networking Assistant

Yian Noble, Admin & Event Assistant

Collaborative Improvement 

Adele Kelly, Collaborative Quality Improvement Coordinator 

Sarah ElliotClinical Projects Coordinator 

Katie Venikova, WHA Collaborative Project Support Officer

Laura Larkins, Research Program Coordinator

Annabelle Hopwood, Clinical Projects & Research Assistant


Alex Gomez, Graphic Designer

Kasia Pownall, Graphics Assistant


Elijah Zhang, Benchmarking Manager 

Shirley Zhou, Benchmarking Assistant

Darcy Gooday, Benchmarking Assistant

Jaimei Shen, Benchmarking Assistant

Roman Dong, Benchmarking Assistant

IT Systems

Michael Vernon, IT Systems Administrator 

Patricia Clemente, Website & IT Support 

Peter OslingtonWebsite & IT Support 

Vivien Nguyen, IT & Website Support Assistant

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