Our Staff and Board

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Monique Anninos - Kidsafe SA President

Monique Anninos is the Director Patient Flow at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN). Monique was the Nursing Service Director of the Paediatric Emergency Department for almost 12years.

Monique has worked at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for 23 years in a number of areas including general medical, Haematology/Oncology, bed management, emergency department and her current position as the Director Patient Flow. She became involved with Kidsafe as a Board Member in 2011. Whilst in role as NSD in PED there were approximately 47,000 children presenting per annum with at least 30% of presentations being trauma related. There are a number of children that come through the Emergency Department doors daily as a result of preventable injuries. Monique believes that prevention is better than cure and that the influential work of Kidsafe is vital in reducing this burden. Within the patient flow role Monique now has oversight across all areas of the WCHN including the Women’s and Babies Division. Through this partnership and in advocating and promoting the Kidsafe message Monique has been worked closely with the CEO to launch the hiring of car seats at WCHN.

As a motivated Board Member and now also as President, Monique advocates not only for Kidsafe initiatives but works in collaboration with the Emergency Department and within her Patient Flow role to promote child safety and injury prevention across the Network. A mother of 2 young boys herself, Monique has witnessed firsthand the devastating impact child deaths and serious injuries have, not only on the individual, but on the family members, friends and whole community.

 


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Holly Fitzgerald - Chief Executive Officer

Currently on Maternity Leave. 

Holly has been dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and injury to young children for over 12 years in her role at Kidsafe SA. During this time,

Holly has led the implementation of many influential child safety strategies which aimed to reduce childhood deaths and serious injuries in South Australia including the ‘Don’t go if you don’t know’ driveway safety campaign; the ‘Safety for our Little Fellas’ Program for Aboriginal families and communities; and the Home Safety Community Action Kit and Workforce Development Training Program.

In addition, Holly has provided significant input into many State based child injury prevention forums and Committees. With particular interest in safe infant sleeping, low-speed runovers and lithium button battery ingestion, Holly has a commitment to working collaboratively to address child safety and injury prevention issues with other key agencies, government departments and community groups.

 


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Jackie Winters - Board Member

Jackie is the Paediatric Trauma Clinical Practice Consultant at the Women's and Children’s hospital. It is a position she has held for over 7 years. Prior to this she worked for many years as a paediatric nurse with experience in PICU and oncology nursing.

Due the nature of her role as Trauma Clinical Practice Consultant she has a special interest in child injury prevention. Jackie believes that being a Kidsafe SA board member enables her to make a strategic contribution to preventing child injuries and deaths.


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Dr Neil Smith - Board Member

Neil is employed as a full-time Staff Specialist in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, having been there since 2006.

Prior to this, Neil completed specialist training at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney sub-specialising in PEM. Neil completed his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1995, before leaving for the UK where he worked for 4 years until moving to Australia with his wife.

Neil is the Co-Director of Emergency Medicine training at WCH and also a clinical senior lecturer with the Discipline of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide.

He is actively involved in clinical teaching with a special interest in paediatric analgesia and sedation. Neil is very passionate about the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries that result in a large proportion of clientele presenting to Emergency Departments.


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Anne Young - Board Member

Anne Young has worked in the Pharmacy / Health Support and  Advocacy/ Retirement / Retail industry for the majority of her working life.

She has worked for Chemplus Head-office for over 20 years. ( prior to this was a consultant to the group via her company YOUNG RESOURCES )

Anne has a firm view on " developing business by developing people "Our people must remain the number one priority

Anne is an experienced senior executive and business owner with a background in Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Engagement,  Sales, Management , Leadership , People Development, Marketing , and Communications. B2B and B2C is a vital part of her business.

She is also passionate about Philanthropy and sharing her expertise and time. Working to make things better for others, gives her a sense of purpose and accomplishment .

Anne is currently a Director on the Boards of Kidsafe SA and Arthritis SA. She was previously a  Director of Scotch College SA, Heart Foundation SA, Mary Potter Foundation and Chemplus Chemists prior to that company's merger with Terry White Chemists in August 2015. Anne is also a Health Professional Committee attendee.


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Heidi Girolamo - Board Member

Heidi Girolamo is a Chartered Accountant with over a decades experience with Deloitte, Santos and BAE Systems. Heidi is currently a Client Manager with Deloitte Risk Advisory. She focuses on Advisory and Internal Audit engagements for Government and not for profit entities. Heidi also has experience in external auditing, financial and management accounting and risk and business controls reviews.

Heidi is also actively involved in the Liberal Party and was previously a Vice President of the Liberal Party in South Australia.

She is part owner for The Store North Adelaide and the Upside on Prospect Road with her husband’s family and enjoys being involved in a wonderful family business.

As a mother of two and wife to husband Lee she loves nothing more than spending time with her family.


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Kurt Towers - Board Member

Kurt Towers is the Executive Director of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, and Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner. Kurt has extensive experience in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing fields leading executive roles within mental health, aged care and Aboriginal Health within various metropolitan and remote settings. His current responsibilities include strategy and policy for NALHN, and the oversite of Aboriginal Health & residential services across the CALHN and NALHN catchment. Kurt is a father of four, and the vice president of Kidsafe SA, and is passionate in leading a supporting strategies to reduce the incidence of un-intentional injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  

 


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Nicole Harris - Board Member

Nicole is an experienced senior lawyer.  She has provided practical legal advice to both private and public sector clients.  Nicole is currently an in-house lawyer in the tertiary education sector.

Nicole was appointed to the Kidsafe SA Board in 2016.  With a young family of her own, Nicole has a keen interest in assisting Kidsafe SA to achieve its goal of reducing the number of unintentional childhood deaths and injuries.


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Alison Gurr - Board Member

Alison brings over 25 years of retail and community pharmacy industry experience, coupled with exposure to health insurance and wider healthcare markets, beginning her career at F H Faulding in South Australia.

Through this respected organisation, Alison gained valuable experience across distribution and supply, sales and marketing, systems development and human resources functions, in both local and national roles.

Her senior management and influencer roles at National Pharmacies has also enabled her to develop strengths in negotiation, strategic planning marketing, promotional and merchandise assortment planning and execution.

Developing and commercialising new retail and health oriented business initiatives for the organisation in both physical stores and in the digital space helped to transport these skills to the health insurance industry where she currently works with Health Partners to commercialise health oriented solutions for members and the fund.

Alison enjoys working in not for profit, member based organisations where she can build businesses, teams and individuals, creating value for all stakeholders. These passions and business acumen are taken wider by becoming involved and supporting communities in areas of local sporting groups, schools and other local initiatives.

Alison joined the Kidsafe board in April 2016 to support child centred, local organisations that have a real and positive outcome on children and families’ health and wellbeing.


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McKeely Denholm - Operations Manager

A/Chief Executive Officer

McKeely Denholm started at Kidsafe SA as a Child Injury Prevention Project Officer in 2015 and is now the Operations Manager. She is responsible for managing and delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development and project delivery.

McKeely is originally from Mundulla in the Upper South East. Having grown up in a rural area, and having won the Young Rural Ambassador Award, McKeely has an interest in the safety of children’s physical environments specific to farms and rural settings.

She came to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Adelaide which she graduated from at the end of 2014. McKeely has trained in hazard identification along with the execution of hazard testing and recommendation of hazard removal in both community areas and childcare settings.

She has a strong passion for public health, specifically child injury prevention after her involvement in researching the prevalence of soft, at-risk mattresses in childcare centres. Her audit found that over half the childcare centres tested in Adelaide had at least one mattress that failed the firmness test.


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Antonetta Bartley - Project Officer

Antonetta Bartley is a Kidsafe SA Child Injury Prevention Project Officer and is responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development and project delivery. A major part of her role is the management and delivery of our playground services including both inspections and training.

Antonetta has been working in the child injury prevention space for over 13 years with an emphasis on road safety. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and is an experienced child restraint installer and trainer. A dedicated mother of two, she is passionate about child injury prevention and increasing community awareness about this important area.


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Hayley Young - Project Officer

As a Kidsafe Child Injury Prevention Project Officer Hayley will be responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development and various projects.

Hayley is originally from the UK, she brings with her 8 years experience in Early Childhood Health and education. Working for the National Health Service she worked very closely with Child Protection Services and social care whilst managing a diverse caseload. Educating and supporting parents is a huge passion of hers. She looks forward to using these transferrable skills in her role with Kidsafe SA.

She travelled around Australia in 2015 and fell in love with our beautiful country. She lived in Sydney before moving to Adelaide in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors whether it be chilling at the beach, camping or horse riding. So long as she’s outside, she’s happy!


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Uana Jericho - Project Officer

Uana Jericho is a Kidsafe SA Child Injury Prevention Project Officer and is responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development and various projects.


Uana grew up in country SA in Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula. Uana completed a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences with a Public Health major at the University of Adelaide in 2019. In 2018 she was fortunate to travel to China as part of her studies where she explored the Chinese health care system and their public health challenges, and how these differed to Australia. She has developed a keen interest in health promotion, nutrition and rural health and is excited to bring these skills and interests to the Kidsafe SA team.