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 Ashfield, 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, teachers and other health, education and welfare professionals.

We see more than 28,000 clients annually at our clinics and our education services conduct coursess with over 1200 professionals each year.

Our NSW 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 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


  • 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 encompasss prevention, screening, assessment and management.
  • Education Services - lead reproductive and sexual health education by delivering targeted, acceredited 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.

Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association

Our Board+

Sue Carrick

Sue Carrick


Non-Executive Director - President


Sue's career is wide ranging with more than 25 years' experience across the healthcare, academic and nonprofit sectors. Her early roles have included clinical care with Family Planning NSW and health education in policy and research in public health and nursing at the University of Sydney.

She is recognised as an authority in the arena of building visionary and effective strategic research actions plans.

She has delivered a number of successful national research action and implementation strategies for several national health and research organisations. She is the architect of Register4; a successful national online resource designed to accelerate the outcomes of research by providing more effective and cost efficient delivery of research programs. She continues to provide specialist advice in designing research strategies and translating research and strategic policy into practice.

As a company director with over 15 years' experience, Sue has a particular interest and passion for effective governance and strategy in the boardroom. Currently, she also provides governance advice to the healthcare, research and private sectors.

Sue is a Director of Twins Register Australia and Culture at Work. She has a Master of Health Science. She was elected to the Board in 2010.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Family Planning NSW Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Performance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
  • Chair of the Head Office Facility Committee
  • Chair of the Research Committee

Kim Johnston

Dr Kim Johnston


Non-Executive Director - Vice President

M.S.Sc (Hons), PhD

Kim is a demographer with over 20 years' experience. She has a diverse career across research, analytical and social policy/strategy roles in government, non-government and academic sectors.

Kim's career been characterised by using sound evidence to inform policy and strategic planning.

Currently, Kim is Manager of Research & Strategy with the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and is the community of practice lead for population-based insights.

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 and lectures at university.

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 has also been a Council 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

Nadine Wilmot

Nadine Wilmot


Non-Executive Director - Vice President


Nadine is a senior superannuation and life insurance executive with over 25 years' experience in financial services in Australia and the United States.

Nadine's experience is wide ranging in wealth management, having held senior roles in strategic, operational, public policy, regulatory reform and governance areas. She has been involved in strategic and operational risk management as part of various roles. Her current executive role is managing the office of the trustee for a major superannuation fund (where the trustee is responsible for over $20 billion in assets for superannuation members).

Nadine is a qualified actuary and holds an MBA, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was elected to the Board in 2016.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Gary Trenaman

Gary Trenaman


Non-Executive Director - Treasurer


Gary is an accountant with a specialisation in not-for-profit 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. He was elected to the Board in 2017.

Gary has a special interest in endurance athletic events.

Special Responsibilities:

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

Rosalind Winfield

Rosalind Winfield


Non-Executive Director - Legal Adviser


Rosalind is a lawyer in private practice since 1982. She has a special interest in legal issues affecting women and women's health.

Rosalind has been involved in the following organisations:

  • Women Barristers Forum committee 2011 to date;
  • Women's Advisory Council to Premier of NSW member 1986-1989;
  • Women Lawyers' Association of NSW President 1988-1989 and committee member 1983-1991;
  • Women's Legal Resources Centre director 1983-1987;
  • Family Planning NSW;
  • Wdomen's Electoral Lobby (Brisbane) Convenor 1977-1978, Member 1972 - 1981; and SCEGGS Darlinghurst
  • Parents and Friends President 1996-1997. She was elected to the Board in 1986.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Executive of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Head Office Facility Committee

Melissa Williams

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

Bernadette Or

Bernadette Or


Non-Executive Director

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

Stuart Suthern-Brunt

Stuart Suthern-Brunt


Non-Executive Director


Stuart holds over 20 years of industry experience working for the public and private sector specialising in project management of large service-enabling infrastructure projects.

Stuart has held positions in a large multinational contracting firm responsible for construction management and commissioning of complex engineering projects. As a management consultant he has provided Government and bid side advisory services on major infrastructure procurement using public private partnerships (PPP) including health, social housing & estate regeneration projects and schools. Stuart has also been employed directly by Government as a senior executive responsible for set-up and leading the client side delivery team on NSWs largest ever transport PPP project.

Well respected within Government and industry, Stuart's expertise has a broad base with notable skills in developing technical and commercial solutions that seek to optimize risk allocation between the public and private sector, for example:

  • Sydney Metro, $3.7b Operations, Trains & Systems PPP contract negotiations.
  • Royal North Shore Hospital $1.1b Redevelopment, PPP procurement and delivery.

Stuart has a thorough understanding of Government requirements for planning and delivery of major projects and recognises the importance of developing collaborative working relationships with clients, key stakeholders and delivery partners.

Stuart is a keen advocate for social justice. He is a member of the Family Planning NSW sub-committee reviewing the feasibility of development options for the new head office and clinical facilities. With his major project procurement and delivery experience he can continue to provide project and commercial management advice to the Board and leadership team in its capital investment decision making. He was elected to the Board in 2017.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Head Office Facility 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.

Karen Gannon

Karen Gannon


Company Secretary

(MCom, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, CPA)

She is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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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