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.
Holly Fitzgerald - Chief Executive Officer
Holly has been dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and serious injury to young children for over 16 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. With particular interest in safe infant sleeping, driveway 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.
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.
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.
As a mother of two and wife to husband Lee she loves nothing more than spending time with her family.
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.
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.
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.
McKeely Denholm - Operations Manager
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, 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 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.
McKeely is currently on maternity leave.
Luke Chesson - Operations Manager
Luke has stepped into McKeely’s role while she is on maternity leave and is responsible for managing and delivering Kidsafe SA services, content development and project delivery.
Originally from Nhulunbuy in regional Northern Territory, Luke moved to Adelaide and studied Psychology at Flinders University before working as a Senior Paediatric Sleep Scientist at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital from 2014-2017. Luke’s most recent role was as Regional Manager for Philips Healthcare, managing sleep and respiratory clinics across Australia since 2017.
With a passion for collaborative business development and service delivery in the healthcare setting, Luke joins our team aiming to further grow our service offering and work with the team to deliver Kidsafe’s vision to as many families as possible across SA.
Antonetta Bartley - Road Safety Manager
Antonetta Bartley is Kidsafe SA Road Safety Manager located at our Kidsafe Centre Hilton. She is responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA services with a major role in the management and delivery of road services at our Hilton Centre and delivering training and education in this area.
Antonetta has been working in the child injury prevention space for over 15 years with an emphasis on road safety. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and is an experience 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.
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!
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.
Bridgette Syrus - Project Officer
Bridgette Syrus is a Kidsafe SA Child Injury Prevention Project Officer and is responsible for delivering Kidsafe SA service, content development and various projects.
Bridgette grew up across regional SA before returning to Adelaide and has a passion for health promotion and community health. In 2018, she completed a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Bridgette has experience in the child injury prevention sector through her time in the aquatic industry and childcare sector. She was previously involved with research aiming to understand the impact that language within the home environment and the use of electronic devices has upon child development outcomes. Bridgette looks forwards to bringing these skills and experiences to the Kidsafe SA team.