Our People

Debra Langridge

Head, CCI Program

Deb is the Head of the CCI Program and is responsible for implementing a state-wide consumer and community involvement program across the WA Health Translation Network’s partner organisations.

Deb has worked in the public health and prevention space at all levels of government – Federal, State and Local – and not for profit sectors to contribute to the health and well-being of communities. She has worked to capture the voices of all parts of community including access and inclusion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, children and young people, mental health, health and community services. Deb has been the Chair of Advisory Groups in both NSW and WA connecting community, government and well-being. As a member of the NSW Commission for Children and Young People’s Deb was involved in the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on Children and the Built Environment. She was also a representative for the WA Local Government Sustainable Health Review.

Deb is passionate about policy and advocacy, making a difference in communities and turning theory into practice. Bringing people together to partner and collaborate for great outcomes is what she loves to do and her capacity for strategic thinking and planning enables her to work at all levels of government, not for profit and community.


Briony Abraham

Consumer and Community Involvement Events Officer

Briony is Consumer and Community Health Research Network’s Events Officer and joined the team in January 2017. Briony has held purchasing, finance and administrative roles within the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences since 2015. Prior to this she held roles within the sales industry.

Briony’s role within the Consumer and Community Involvement Program is to promote, plan and organise all events which the Program is requested to run for our various Partner Organisations. She also provides administrative support to the team, and to the Head of Program, Debra Langridge.

 

 


Kerry Mace

Consumer and Community Involvement Support Officer

Kerry joined the team in August 2019 and is the Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator at The University of Western Australia.  She brings with her over 15 years of involvement in the area of consumer advocacy.

Kerry also supports the Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinators with the day to day administration of the Program and recruits consumers and community members for the open involvement positions. She is the connection between our consumers and our researchers, contacting consumers about their applications and assisting researchers with the process of choosing who they work with.

Kerry’s background is with Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA as their Kids Camp Coordinator and has also been a Support Group facilitator for over 20 years. She is a Loric Self-Management Facilitator and is a member of various committees, including the Musculoskeletal Health Network. Kerry recently retired from the Fiona Stanley Hospital Consumer Advisory Committee after 6 years on the Council, with the last four as their chair.

 


Kat Stewart

Consumer and Community Involvement Coordinator

As a CCI Coordinator, Kat works within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Here she supports collaboration and the development of meaningful relationships between health researchers, consumers, and the community.

With over 10 years’ experience in community focussed roles, including working within local government and not-for-profit organisations, Kat has worked closely with vulnerable and at-risk communities. In addition, she brings an advocacy and education focus through tertiary education in Health Promotion, and her time running community-based health and nutrition workshops.