Saturday 20 September 2014


Your Committee

Richard MillsRichard Mills, President DWDnsw, is a former member of the Senior Executive Service of the Commonwealth Public Service. Since retiring from the Public Service, he has worked part-time as an editor and an academic. He is also a trained mediator. In recent years he has taught Public Policy at Sydney and Macquarie Universities. His most recent position was Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Government at Sydney University.
Appointed 22 March 2009

Dr Sarah EdelmanDr Sarah Edelman, Vice-president DWDnsw, is a clinical psychologist and author. She became a passionate supporter of end of life choices in the 1990's when running group programs for women with secondary breast cancer. The experience highlighted to her that many people with terminal illness want the option of assisted dying should their suffering become too great. Sarah is a frequent guest on ABC radio, where she talks about popular psychology issues.
Appointed 12 March 2008

Barry HillBarry Hill, Treasurer DWDnsw, has extensive experience in logistic and materials management and sales. He has spent his life in business, working for companies, specialising in marketing, management and sales. Has tertiary qualifications in Marketing, Production Planning and Industrial engineering. Former President for the Institute of Materials Management.

Appointed 12 March 2008 to 7 December 2009 (first term)
Appointed 17 April 2010 (second term on the committee)

Dee JohnsonDee (Deirdre) Johnson - Company Secretary DWDnsw ( B App Sc Computing) has had extensive experience in general management and organisational process. She was a founding Director and shareholder of a group of companies supplying Information Technology Solutions and Services to the Professional Accounting market. She is a passionate supporter of end of life choices and a firm believer in an individual's right to choose their own destiny.


Ian MacindoeIan Macindoe, PhD (Psychology, Minnesota), has worked as a teacher, psychologist, mental health administrator and editor/publisher. He has wideranging interests, including environmental and population issues, Aboriginal rights and reconciliation, Friends of the ABC, films and theatre, serious music (classical and jazz) and is a life-member of both DWDnsw and Exit International.
Appointed 26 March 2006

Tom KellyTom Kelly has been a practising lawyer for 40 years and is the former Public Solicitor of NSW. He has worked on numerous boards and tribunals many of which deal with health related issues, including professional discipline tribunals for doctors, dentists, nurses and optometrists; the Mental Health Review Tribunal; the Psychosurgery Review Board; several human research ethics committees, and the NSW health record linkage system. He has also been an active member of many human rights and community organisations.
Appointed 29 April 2009.

Mary PerrettMary Perrett B.Juris, LL.B, worked as a registered nurse for several years in hospitals and occupational health before graduating as a lawyer and working in various roles in Canberra and then as a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Commonwealth Public Service. She was the first Private Health Insurance Ombudsman and subsequently worked on the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. Mary's support for end of life choices started during her nursing career and intensified with personal experience as a carer.
Appointed 5 Feb 2013

Pauline CaustPauline Caust LL.B , a solicitor in private practice on the south coast of NSW. Prior to going into private practice she was employed for 22 years as a manager/ senior lawyer with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Pauline also taught at the College of Law.
Appointed 13 March 2013

Jillianne WeekesJillianne Weekes OAM – Jill is currently working as a coach and mentor to business executives. Prior to this, she was the CEO of the Starlight Children's Foundation for 12 years, leading the growth from a small Sydney charity to a national organisation delivering services to over 250,000 seriously ill children and their families each year. Prior to that Jill had an extensive career in advertising and marketing. She has the following achievements - Equity Trustee's 2007 NFP CEO of the Year nominee; 2007 Telstra Business Woman of the Year NSW Finalist; JML Director of the Year (2006); Harvard Club Scholarship winner to Strategic Perspectives in NFP Management (2002) and Scholarship winner AGSM Senior Management Program (2000).
Appointed 20 April 2013
Chris RyanDr Christopher Ryan MBBS, MHL, FRANZCP is a practicing psychiatrist, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, where he is the Program Director of the Mental Health and Psychiatry stream. He maintains an active research programme focused on the psychiatry of medical illness, medical ethics and the law and has numerous publications. In addition he has written on advance care directives, physician-assisted dying and euthanasia, contributing at various times to legislative endeavours in this area and to the public debate.
Appointed 20 April 2013

Rev Geoffrey UsherReverand Geoffrey Usher, a retired Unitarian Minister and former teacher. He served on the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of NSW Committee for several years during the 1980s before his work took him to England. He returned to live in Sydney in early 2011.
Appointed 20 April 2013

Peter BaumeThe Hon Emeritus Professor Peter Baume AC MB BS MD HonLittD (USQ) HonDUniv (ANU) FRACP FAFPHM FRACGP (Hon) has had a career in medicine, politics and academia. He was in private practice as a gastroenterologist and physician from 1967–74. From 1974 to 1991 he served as a Senator for NSW. On leaving politics, Peter became Professor of Community Medicine at the University of NSW until 2000. He has since held an honorary research position with the Social Policy Research Centre (2001–2005) also at the University of NSW, pursuing his research interests in voluntary euthanasia, drug policy and evaluation.

The Staff

Gabrielle Brown
Office Administrator (part time)
B Comm (Accounting), Grad Cert (Marketing), Certified Practising Accountant

Gideon Cordover
Communications Coordinator
B Dramatic Art (Acting)