Jarrod McMaugh

Jarrod McMaugh
Board President

Jarrod is a pharmacist with over 20 years of experience working in Victoria and rural NSW. From when he started his pharmacy degree and working, Jarrod developed a keen interest in health consumer advocacy and professional advocacy. 

He has a particular interest in patient-centered care, ensuring that the needs of individuals are the focus of every instance of health care, and also the focus of policy in health care. This interest includes a determination to always improve the patient experience within the health care system, to improve the lives of people with a lived experience of chronic pain and chronic disease, to reduce stigma from health professionals and the media, and to educate health professionals on the importance of patient autonomy and dignity in making health decisions.

Jarrod is passionate about representation and ensuring there is always strong consumer representation. He is also a Board Member of Hepatitis Victoria and Harm Reduction Victoria. In his day job as a Project Pharmacist,  Jarrod represents pharmacists and the Pharmacy Society of Australia on a number of professional committees and in advocacy roles with external stakeholders.

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Fiona Hodson
Vice President

Fiona is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia and has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery over the last 22 years. She was a member of the Pain Taskforce to develop the NSW Pain Model of Care in 2011, Pain Project Officer for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Pain Management Network, which culminated in the launch of the Pain Network website March 2014, and remains an active member on the pain network executive and other working parties
 
Fiona was President of the Australian Pain Society (APS) from 2017-2019 with a particular interest in pain in the elderly. During her tenure on the APS board, she coordinated the revision of the internationally recognized Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Management Strategies, 2nd Edition (RACF2), as well as being a co-author. 
 
Fiona’s passion for advocating for people experiencing pain is evidenced by her ongoing clinical and consumer representation on various national committees, working parties and has been an active board member of Chronic Pain Australia since 2010 and is currently, Vice President.

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Daniel Kenny 
Board Secretary

Daniel is a senior infrastructure professional with over twenty years of project, program, and operations management experience, as well as over a decade's active service in the Royal Australian Navy. He has worked successfully with a variety of blue-chip clients to deliver major infrastructure projects and provide project advice to meet client objectives.

He is passionate about AFL and likes to keep active. Daniel joined the Chronic Pain Australia board to have a positive influence on the destigmatisation of chronic pain and to help Chronic Pain Australia to be a more effective voice for chronic pain sufferers.

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Board Treasurer

Alexandra Hordern

Alexandra Horden 
General Board Member

Alexandra is an experienced policy, strategy, and advocacy professional with over a decade of experience in advocating for both consumers and business sectors. She has worked both in government and in the private sector, building coalitions of support for necessary changes and advocating from that base. Alexandra has worked on a number of successful campaigns to drive regulatory and policy change and brings a strong focus on co-design to this work.

Alexandra has seen first hand the impact living with pain has on people’s lives, with family members having experienced chronic pain for several decades. Alexandra joined the board of Chronic Pain Australia to help amplify the voice of people living with chronic pain, reduce the stigma people living with chronic pain face, and ensure the Chronic Pain Australia community are heard and supported effectively.

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General Board Member

Peter has been living with pain since age three when he suffered neck and lower back injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The second accident in 1985 caused further whiplash injuries and Peter has been out of work on a disability pension since 2002.

Before he left work, Peter was in the food industry, mainly in quality assurance and control, and also worked as a meat inspector for the WA Government Health Dept and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service. Peter has spent a long time searching for answers regarding his chronic pain and in 2006 he found relief when he was put in touch with the Fremantle Hospital Pain Clinic. Since then he has been self-managing his chronic pain with moderate success, using the STEPS program as a refresher, which he attended in 2010.

Peter is an administrator of the CPA online pain forum, supports our 2 volunteer forum moderators as well as monitors our national office email address.

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Helena Chen
General Board Member

Helena brings more than a decade of diverse management consulting experience, including running a start-up herself, to ensure business strategies balance rigour with human aspects of change. Helena currently works with Australia’s leaders in workplace mental health research, psychologists and lived experience facilitators to inform and empower communities with resources.

Working in Workplace Education she brings compassion and open-mindedness to all partnerships, which includes acknowledging that staff are often also parents, carers, patients and community influencers. She is an advocate of bringing both the skills and stories of lived experience into strategic discussions to ensure the greatest impact can be made with community investments and has enjoyed seeing these concepts flourish in her roles at beyondblue and the Black Dog Institute.

Her passion for education in youth translates to being a lived experience presenter for youth (Black Dog Institute), previous involvement as a school facilitator for South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) and mentor for the youth EntreprenHER Program. She was a member of the VivaRCH Board (auxiliary of Royal Children’s Hospital) and Monash University’s Education Strategy Board.

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Gayle McNaught
General Board Member

Gayle is a scientist and communicator with over twenty years’ experience in public awareness, community education and advocacy. Working both in-house and as a consultant, Gayle has advised many research, business, government and not-for-profit organisations on
how to successfully communicate complex scientific concepts to increase engagement and support.

Gayle has considerable experience in the health and medical research sector with deep knowledge of the scientific process and the translation of research into improved clinical services and better health outcomes. She also has a particular interest in using evidence-
based health communications to encourage and support positive behaviour change.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis has given Gayle personal experience of chronic pain and driven her passion for reducing stigma, improving access to pain management services and ensuring that the voices of lived experience are integrated every step of the way.

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Sonja Cronje
General Board Member

Sonja has three decades of professional experience across the health, higher education, and international development sectors. Passionate about public health and social justice, her expertise includes health policy and advocacy. 

She has been the driving force behind several national and global health promotion and education initiatives in the areas of cancer care, contact lens education, and blindness prevention.

Sonja is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has substantial Board support and company secretary experience. Her other qualifications include a Research Master’s in Optometry, a Master’s in Public Health, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  She is currently working towards a Diploma in Life Coaching.