The ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (the Council) provides strategic advice to the Minister for Seniors and Veterans on issues affecting older citizens in the ACT.
The Council had a key role in developing the ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015 - 2018 and continues to provide advice on its implementation.
Ms Fiona May (Chair)
Ms May is an experienced not-for-profit sector leader in the ACT. In December 2017 she was awarded the Chief Ministers Inclusion Award for Championing Human Rights. Her experience includes almost 7 years as the CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy service, a service which is strongly committed to advancing the rights of older people in the ACT. She was also the inaugural Managing Director of the Older Persons Advocacy Network advocating for older people’s rights in the process of aged care reform and calling for a national response to elder abuse. On a personal level, Ms May has a strong commitment to social justice for all vulnerable members of the community including issues that face older Canberrans, both now and into the future. She was a member of the Board of the ACT Council of Social Services for six years and a member of the previous MACA for two years. Fiona also served as a member of the Disability Reference Group.
Professor Robin Creyke (Deputy Chair)
Professor Creyke’s understanding of seniors’ concerns arises from her former membership of the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA ACT), the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, and from decision-making on seniors’ issues as a member of several tribunals. In addition, she has written extensively on guardianship, enduring powers of attorney and the entitlements of war veterans and members of the ADF. As a professor, barrister and solicitor, and as a former advisor to the ACT government, she has extensive experience writing government submissions and conducting public inquiries.
Mr Grant Doran
Mr Grant Doran has worked in aged care at a senior executive level for a large not for profit aged care service provider. Mr Doran is currently serving as the Secretary of the Villaggio Sant’Antonio Board, a multicultural aged care residential facility and has previously served as a board member of the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS). Mr Doran has been responsible for compliance, risk management, property, procurement, legal and ICT services within an aged care environment providing him with a strong knowledge of the needs of consumers and providers. Mr Doran has both professional and personal exposure to dementia and is keen to assist with dementia advocacy within the community.
A/Professor Goreng Goreng has previously served as a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and as the Chair of the Foundation for Indigenous Recovery & Development Australia (FIRDA). A/Prof Goreng Goreng is an Aboriginal Elder who has lived in the ACT region for many years.
Mr Chander Khera
Mr Chander Khera is a volunteer with a number of community organisations in Canberra including Positive Links program of the Belconnen Community Service (BCS), Telecross of the Australian Red Cross, and the iSeniors program of the Northside Community Services. He is currently serving as a member of the Policy Committee of COTA ACT and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education (ACHRE). Mr Khera has previously worked in the Australian Public Service (APS). This experience includes managing IT areas of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr Chris Redmond
Mr Redmond has worked in a number of roles including in direct service delivery, management and leadership roles in the Australian Public Service. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Woden Community Service (WCS) for the past 12 years, where he has been actively engaged in advocating for the provision of services available to seniors for social inclusion and independence. He has experience in administering housing programs, community transport, domestic assistance, social groups and community care services to support seniors in Canberra. He has successfully worked to increase the number and variety of groups available to seniors in WCS, to ensure seniors’ connectedness with the community.
Ms Elizabeth Samra
Ms Samra has been active in advocating for the rights of older people for almost a decade. She has a particular interest in law reform and systemic advocacy initiatives designed to eliminate the significant barriers older people encounter in accessing justice. Ms Samra is currently working with Legal Aid ACT on a project to develop its elder law practice, with a focus on elder abuse and family violence. She is also a solicitor at Care Financial Counselling and the Consumer Law Centre, where she works closely with clients experiencing economic abuse and delivers targeted community education on topics relating to financial security and financial literacy. This work is particularly pertinent to older women in the ACT. Ms Samra is a member of the ACT Law Society's Elder Law and Succession Law Committee and a member of the National Older Person's Legal Service Network. Prior to moving to the ACT, Ms Samra was the Principal Solicitor of a specialist elder abuse legal and advocacy service in Victoria.
Ms Sue Schreiner
Ms Schreiner is a retired lawyer. She attended school in Canberra and spent her working life in NSW as a barrister and NSW Magistrate. She has always been committed to issues of social justice and is now engaged in advocacy for older people. She is currently a member of COTA (ACT) Policy Council, a consumer representative for Health Care Consumers, a member Health of Older Persons Reference Group HCCA, a member National Council of Women (ACT) and a committee member of Woden Seniors.