Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability - Independent adviser to the WA Minister for Disability Services - Keeping government informed

New Deputy Chair

Date: 16 April 2013

The Council’s Deputy Chairperson position became vacant in March 2013 due to the departure of Ms Noreen Fynn. Dr Rachel Skoss was elected unopposed by the Council members at the March meeting. Rachel’s profile is below:

Dr Rachel Skoss is a passionate advocate for children with additional needs and their families. She is a mother of a child with a disability (Down syndrome). This experience together with her passion has led her to work in the field of child health research with a particular interest in areas of research to policy translation, service evaluation and community involvement.

Dr Skoss holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Western Australia, a doctorate in neuromuscular biomechanics. She works in applied research at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and also has involvement in consumer participation at the Institute.

Her community involvement includes representation on the Disability Health Network Executive Advisory Group – carer representative, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Consumer and Community Advisory Council – community representative (disability), Western Australian Register for Developmental Anomalies Consumer Reference Group – Community representative and Early Childhood Intervention Association (WA branch) – parent representative.

Dr Skoss brings extensive knowledge of experience of family/ carer issues, research, policy, community and consumer participation in health and medical research, childhood and youth health, population health, developmental health and community health.

Farewell to Retiring Members

Date: 16 April 2013

Over the past few months we have farewelled several members. We thank them for their outstanding commitment and contribution to the work of Council.

We wish Noreen Fynn, Greg Madson, Melissa Northcott, Crispin Roberts and Ranil Ratnayeke well with their future endeavours and know they will contribute to the lives of people with disability, their families and carers in other ways.