Our Governance

If you’d like to get involved in our governance, consider becoming a Constitutional Member.

Constitutional Members are eligible to nominate for our Industries Reference Group–a 62 person advisory group with designated positions for different sectors, to ensure broad representation across the Health and Community Services Industry in Queensland. The IRG then elects a 12 member Board.

Our aim is to ensure representation across all major sectors and types of organisations including:

  • Unions
  • Employer groups
  • Peak bodies
  • Indigenous organisations and organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Organisations working in remote and regional areas
  • General organisational members


The Board hosts a number of consultative forums across the state each year to ensure that our members and stakeholders are playing a key role in guiding the strategic direction of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council. During these forums the Board seeks feedback from individuals, organisations and government bodies.

Read our Constitution

Our Board

Chair: Michelle Robertson, The Services Union

Deputy Chair: Jane Bourne, The Gowrie (Queensland) Inc.

Warren Locke, Department of Health – Workforce Strategy Branch (Strategy, Policy & Planning)

Narelle Cossettini, Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO) Pty Ltd

Claudia Cunningham, Australian Community Workers Association (QLD Branch)

Elvene Whitbread, Prospect Community Services

Jamie Shepherd, Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU)

Mick Davis, Paramedics Australasia

Debbie Blow, TAFE Gold Coast

Chris Eldridge, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC)

2018 Board Members


Industries Reference Group

The IRG provides advice to the Board on matters of policy and priority within the Health and Community Services Industry. Through the IRG, organisations are able to use their positions in the Health and Community Services Industry to support effective decision making and planning by the Workforce Council Board in establishing and monitoring the direction of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council.

2018 IRG Members


PDF: Health and Community Services Workforce Council Constitution PDF: IRG Election By-Law