Who we are

We work to ensure everybody has access to quality reproductive and sexual health.

We respect the rights of our clients to make choices about their reproductive and sexual health and we treat each and every person with respect, dignity and understanding.

We are experts on contraception, pregnancy options, sexually transmissible Infections (STIs), sexuality and sexual function, menstruation, menopause, common gynaecological and vaginal problems, cervical screening, breast awareness and men’s sexual health.

Family Planning NSW Research Centre undertakes nationally and internationally recognised research which underpins our clinical practice. We publish clinical practice handbooks on reproductive and sexual health for medical professionals and are recognised leaders in this field.

What we do+

We provide clinical services, health promotion and education and training at clinics in Newington, Fairfield, Penrith, Newcastle and Dubbo and use partnerships to deliver services in other key locations.

We also provide health information and education and training for doctors, nurses, midwives, teachers and other health, education and welfare professionals.

We see more than 28,000 clients annually at our clinics and our education services conduct courses with over 100 professionals each year.

Our Talkline service, 1300 658 886, provides a confidential, non-judgemental telephone and email information and referral service for all who need advice across NSW.

We also work to provide reproductive and sexual health services in the Pacific through funding from Australian aid and donations. Find out more about our international development work here.

Who we help+

Our clinics welcome everyone and provide high quality reproductive and sexual health services.

Our education and training services provide expert education for doctors, nurses, teachers and other health, education and welfare services.

We reach out in particular to priority communities including people from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people with disability, young people, and people from rural and remote communities.

Vision and Values+

Vision    For all people to have high quality reproductive and sexual health.

Purpose  To provide specialised services and programs and advocate to promote the reproductive and sexual health and rights of all.

Our Values

  • Human rights focus - promoting the rights of all people to reproductive and sexual health
  • Integrity - maintaining a strong ethical base, being accountable and transparent
  • Inclusiveness - valuing and respecting diversity without judgement
  • Equity of access - ensuring access to our services for all including priority populations
  • Client centred - placing the needs of the whole person at the centre of our work
  • Commitment to excellence - ensuring high standards in all our work
  • A just culture - a balanced accountability for both individuals and the organisation
  • Pro-choice - supporting a woman's right to make decisions regarding all pregnancy options


  • Focusing on the whole person throughout their lifespan informed by the social determinants of health
  • Working in collaboration and partnership to strengthen our services and programs
  • Being advocates for the community
  • Developing and using best practice and evidence-based approaches
  • Promoting freedom of choice which reflects individual differences and preferences
  • Building the capacity of our organisation, other professionals and the community
  • Promoting professionalism and continuous improvements in our ways of working
  • Fostering innovation and creativity in our work

Strategic Directions 2018 - 2022+

  • Integrated Health Services - provide high quality reproductive and sexual health services that encompasses prevention, screening, assessment and management.
  • Education Services - lead reproductive and sexual health education by delivering targeted, accredited courses to clinicians, schools and community sector professionals.
  • The Research Centre - provide leadership in reproductive and sexual health research and evaluation.
  • International Development - build the capacity of international partners in the Pacific region to provide universal access to reproductive and sexual health services.

Governing Instruments+

The Family Planning NSW Memorandum & Articles of Association specifies the rules governing the organisation's governing body, the Board of Directors.

FPNSW Memorandum and Articles of Association 2020

Our Board+

Bernadette Or

Non-Executive Director - President

FCPA, M.Comm, B.Ec, Grad Dip Social Impact Studies, Grad Dip Document and Knowledge Management

As a seasoned CFO, the industries that Bernadette has been involved in include franchising (Kentucky Fried Chicken), holiday industry (P&O Cruises), professional association (Australian Human Resources Institute), children's charity (Starlight Children Foundation), secondary education change agent (Enterprise and Career Education Foundation), sports club (Northern Suburbs Rugby Football Club), employment services provider (CoAct), tertiary education institute (The College, Western Sydney University).

Currently Ms Or is the General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services at the Energy and Water (NSW) Ombudsman Office.

A mother of two adult children, Ms Or has a keen interest in community groups and social enterprises and their potential to create social values both domestically and globally.

Until 2014, Ms Or was the Chair of the Crohns and Colitis Australia Board. On top of being a Board member of Family Planning NSW, Ms Or is also a board member at Streetwize Communication, a Fellow with the Universal Business School of Sydney and a Foundation Member of SIMNA. She was elected to the Board in 2017.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Carla Cranny

Non-Executive Director - Vice President


Carla Cranny has over 25 years experience in the health sector and held senior policy and leadership positions in NSW Health, Area Health Services and non-government sector prior to establishing her consultancy practice-Carla Cranny & Associates in 1997.

Carla has extensive national and state level policy development and program evaluation experience in primary and acute care, mental health, chronic disease management, women's health, maternity services, breast and cervical cancer screening program design & implementation, organ and tissue donation, aged care, rural health, workforce planning, ehealth, indigenous health, palliative care, child health, sexual assault and child protection.

Carla Cranny & Associates is a health planning and management consulting firm that specialises in:

  • strategic planning for government, community and private sector services;
  • policy and program development and review;
  • stakeholder engagement and facilitation;
  • technical service planning; and
  • working with organisations to design & implement new models of care and facilitate partnerships.

Carla Cranny & Associates provides technical health service planning for health services, NGOs and government agencies and has delivered projects in NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Examples include preparation of needs assessments, clinical service plans and facility plans for capital projects for hospitals and Health Service Networks / Local Health Districts, and Medicare Locals / Primary Health Networks as well as preparation of funding submissions and competitive tender proposals for specialist paediatric services, mental health services and NGOs. Carla Cranny & Associates also undertook the technical study to develop the planning parameters and boundaries options for Medicare Locals commissioned the Australian General Practice Network on behalf of the Department of Health & Ageing.

Carla is a skilled facilitator who works closely with stakeholders to analyse 'wicked problems' and identify strategies and practical solutions to take forward. She has been commissioned by government to undertake national consultations and lead policy think tanks, roundtables and clinical forums on a wide range of issues involving clinicians, consumers, peak bodies, academics and researchers and representatives of health services and government agencies.

At the strategic level Carla has worked closely with front line clinicians and health care organisations including Primary Health Networks, Hospital Network Boards, Community Health Services and NGOs to identify opportunities to improve service delivery and performance through strategic planning, service redesign and health pathways development and analysis of opportunities to establish cross sector partnerships and alliances.

Carla has a strong interest in primary health care and integrated care models and systems. She has undertaken literature reviews and analysis of local and international models and programs for peak bodies, NGOs and government agencies. She has also developed technical tools to support implementation of Government programs, such as Guide to Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Medicare Locals and the Guide to Commissioning with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Carla has undertaken Gateway Reviews for NSW Treasury and is on a range of specialist consultant panels for the Department of Health and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality.

Clients include the Commonwealth Department of Health, NSW Ministry of Health, Queensland Health, NSW Department of Community Services, ACT Health, Local Health Districts and Local Hospital Networks in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, public and private hospitals, Medicare Locals / Primary Health Networks and GP peak bodies, Aboriginal Health Services, local government, community and inter-agency groups and NGOs.

Prior to commencing Carla Cranny & Associates Carla held the following positions:

  • Senior Health Policy Advisor, NSW Council on the Cost of Government Health Portfolio Review (1996)
  • Acting Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rivers Area Health Service (1996)
  • Director Health Services Development, Western Sydney Area Health Service (1988-95)
  • Women's Health Adviser, NSW Department of Health (1985-88)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Family Planning Association of NSW (1982-85)

She was elected to the Board in 2018.

Kim Field

Kim Field

Non-Executive Director - Vice President


Kim has worked in health for over 40 years has a Master of Social Work (USyd). She commenced her career as a social worker in Mental Health, Cumberland Hospital, where she worked in Pyscho-Geriatrics and Acute Care. Her speciality in acute care was working with young women who had been abused. Kim has also held the roles of Equal Employment Officer and Ethnic Services Coordinator for the hospital at a time when these programs were seen as controversial.

Kim worked briefly as a social work student unit instructor in Child and Family Health Services at Merrylands Community Health Centre where she became the manager for 5 years. During that time her speciality was working with women who had been or were being abused. She became a domestic violence trainer of staff on the impact of domestic violence on women. This again was a controversial program when it was rolled out as many still saw domestic violence as a personal issue between partners.

Since 1995 Kim has been the Director of Primary & Community Health, firstly in Western Sydney and then in Northern Sydney Central Coast and now at Northern Sydney Local Health District. During this time she managed BreastScreen services, Menopause Clinics, Sexual Health Services, Sexual Assault Services and Women’s Health Services, gaining a very good knowledge and understanding of the issues that may arise in family planning services. She was elected to the Board in 2018.

Gary Trenaman

Non-Executive Director - Treasurer


Gary is an accountant with a specialisation in not-forprofit organisations. His approach is to seek insights from data that can lead to organisational competitive advantage. He has a preference for forward looking reporting and educated predictions to complement traditional historical accounting.

Gary is the Finance Manager for Can Too Foundation, a health promotion charity that transforms lives through improving fitness and funding innovative cancer research. He also provides pro bono support for Run Against Violence, a charity that raises awareness of family violence issues through Ultra Marathon events, aiming to remove the stigma and barriers of people asking for help. In addition, he has been a volunteer Age Manager of the Coogee Minnows Junior Surf Life Saving since 2012.

Gary has a special interest in endurance athletic events. He was elected to the Board in 2017.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Executive of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

Dr Kim Johnstone

Non-Executive Director

M.S.Sc (Hons), PhD, MBA

Kim is a demographer whose career has spanned the government, non-government and academic sectors, with a primary focus always being the use of evidence to inform policy. Her experience has highlighted the importance of partnership and collaboration to deliver results that effect change.

Kim is Associate Director of Astrolabe Group, a consulting company focused on creating positive impacts for people and places. With Astrolabe Group, Kim leads research projects, community engagement, strategic development and priority setting, advocacy and policy development.

Kim completed a Master of Business Administration in March 2018 after winning the UN Women Australia and University of Sydney School of Business scholarship in 2015. She has a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University where her research focus was indigenous fertility.

Kim has an extensive publication list on many aspects of population. She has presented at a variety of regional and national forums on population issues.

Kim's interest in family planning stems from being a demographer with a focus on how fertility change affects different populations. She is a past-President of Family Planning Welfare NT and of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia and has represented Australia on the International Planned Parenthood Federation East, South East Asia and Oceania Regional Council. Kim is also a member of the Australian Population Association. She was elected to the Board in 2012.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Executive of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the International Programme Advisory Committee
  • Board representative of the Ethics Committee

Melissa Williams

Non-Executive Director

BBus, Grad Cert of Research

Melissa is a descendant of the MALERA/Bundjalung People located in Northern NSW. Since November 2007, Melissa has been the Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement at the Western Sydney University. For this work, her Office was a 2009 Finalist for the Pru Goward Family Planning NSW Award for Diversity Management, awarded by the Australian Human Resources Institute, 2010 Finalist for the Ministers Award for Outstanding EEO initiative for the Advancement of Women, and won the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Fons Trompenaars Award for best people management initiatives and strategies in the management of a diverse or multicultural workplace.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology Sydney, project management qualifications from the Australian Institute of Project Management, an Innovation Patent (Medical Mechanical) from IP Australia, a Graduate Certificate in Research from University of Western Sydney and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PHD).

She believes that the best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Her ambition is to create a methodology which can engage, recognise and value the unique history, place and contributions of first peoples as a core part of Australia's nation-making in the 21st century.

Her most recent books include Generations of Knowledge: Commemorating the Lives and Contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, Leaders and Pathmakers at the University of Western Sydney: University of Western Sydney Press, 2014, co-created with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders on Campus and Too Dark to See: Commemorating the Lives and Contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Military Personnel Serving in the Australian Defence Forces. University of Western Sydney: University of Western Sydney Press, 2014, co-created with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders on Campus.

In 2012, Melissa was the recipient of the Chief Executive Women scholarship award and her Office received an exemplar in the Federal Governments Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People for University Culture and Governance. She was elected to the Board in November 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member Peak Consumer Participation Committee

Neil Jackson

Non-Executive Director


Neil practises as a barrister, largely in family law and de facto relationships law.

He is a member of the Conciliators and Arbitrators Association, The Australian Association of Family Lawyers and Conciliators, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association.

In 2002 Neil was appointed as an Arbitrator of the New South Wales Compensation Commission.

In 2004 he was appointed a Mediator of the New South Wales Supreme Court and an Arbitrator of the New South Wales District Court.

Neil was a board member of Family Planning NSW from 1999 to 2011.

From 2012 he has been a member of the Board of Menai Community Inc, an organisation that subsequently merged in 2014 to be known as "3 Bridges". He was elected to the Board in 2017.

Sharyn Coughlan

Non-Executive Director


Sharyn has been a consultant in organisational development since 2011, co-creating health and productivity programs that actively support staff to navigate the demands of work and life, imparting the practical skills of managing self and others.

Sharyn's research with Notre Dame University (Levett, Coughlan, et al 2017) was published in the Journal of Management and Organisation, Cambridge Press; providing evidence of significant improvements in workers' sick leave rates and changes to stress and satisfaction scores in a large, Sydney based, NGO.

Planning and evaluation activities undertaken by Sharyn have delivered diverse strategic goals for clients, including program expansion, realignment of staffing resources and access to government funding.

Sharyn also has extensive experience in contract management -marketing and education, accessible communications. Contracts include:

  • WestWood Spice(WWS), July 2011- May 2017: General Manager, Operations: National Relay Service
  • Outreach contract with Australian Government: Operational leadership of the NRS Outreach service model, including transitioning into new contractual arrangements, national workforce and stakeholder engagement strategies, staff and management development, and performance reporting. The Outreach team's targeted promotional activities drove l00% growth in call minutes over the four years to 2017.

From 2005 to 2011 Sharyn held the position of Manager Community Development at Marrickville Council. She built the Council's capacity for collaboration with partners in policing, corrections, education, family and children, Aboriginal and multi-cultural arenas to successfully leverage additional financial resources to community development and, importantly, to the area's service system from external sources.

In 1992 Sharyn entered the disability sector, working for the Ageing and Disability portfolio, NSW Government NSW Ageing, Disability &, Home Care Dept (and its predecessors). She was part of a small operational policy directorate that was instrumental in introducing the NSW Disability Services Act 1993. She held various management roles over the following 12-year period, including:

  • Commonwealth/State Relations;
  • Industry Development and Analysis; &
  • Planning and Data Services.

Sharyn was responsible for managing multi-disciplinary teams of up to 25 planners and analysts; provided strategic program/policy advice to executive management and the Minister; project managed major service evaluations service reforms; and led needs-based planning and consultation processes, measuring and reporting on access to services across NSW.

Sharon has expertise in human resources and industrial relations reform, work health and safety regulator having worked for NSW Workcover Authority, NSW Government from 1990-1992: During this period Sharyn advised senior management on HR/IR reform proposals and strategies and provided internal consultancy services to business units by way of cross-organisational project teams. She introduced competency based progression into Awards and Agreements. These initiatives removed barriers to career progression for women in particular, who had previously been defined and restricted by stereotypical roles.

Sharyn held the position of founding manager of the Coffs Harbour Women's Centre Cooperative Limited (WHC) 1985-89. She translated the NSW Women's Health Policy into creative clinical models and outreach service delivery plans, whilst strategically integrating the WHC and its services into the regional health services infrastructure. With a strong professional reputation for strategy and results, the founders created a solid base, upon which successive Boards have built a history of more than 30 years uninterrupted service to the women of the Coffs Coast. She was elected to the Board in 2018.

Stephanie Cross

Stephanie Cross

Non-Executive Director

BSocSc (Applied), MBA, GAICD

Stephanie's 35 year career has spanned across the private and public sectors, most recently involving 16 years at a Senior Executive and Board level in the NSW public sector. Over the more than three decades, Stephanie has held the positions of Deputy Director General in the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Sport and Recreation, and Executive Director in the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (subsequently the Office of Environment and Heritage), the NSW Office of Communities and the NSW Office of Sport.

Stephanie's expertise is in the area of corporate and strategic services and she has been responsible for the following functions and activities across a number of agencies:

  • human resources
  • financial management and accounting
  • audit, governance and risk
  • stakeholder engagement and management
  • information and communications technology, including knowledge management
  • capital works, asset and failities management and procurement
  • corporate strategic planning and program evaluation
  • major industry and business specific research, business modelling, and change management
  • legal services

As an executive, Stephanie has delivered major organisational change initiatives and reform programs. She has experience working and managing state wide educational programs and research initiatives, has partnered with organisations to improve service delivery outcomes and has deep experience across financial management, capital works and failities management.

Stephanie was elected to the board in 2019.

Become a member+

Family Planning NSW is an independent non-profit organisation responsible to a voluntary Board of Directors. We are the major non-government provider of reproductive and sexual health services at a primary level in NSW.

Community support for our work is a vital part of our success. You can contribute to our work by becoming a member. Membership ($55) entitiles you to attend and vote at the AGM and allows you to be nominated for the Board of Directores.

Download our membership form here.

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