Who we are

At Family Planning NSW 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.

Our Sydney Centre for Reproductive and Sexual Health Research 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 train more than 1,200 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 lingustically 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 - valueing 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 2014 - 2018+

Our Strategic Focus  Areas 2014 - 2018

1. Integrated Clinical Services - expert reproductive and sexual health services to the community through clinical care, health promotion and innovative information service provision.

2. Education and Training - best practice education, training and workforce development to service providers and our priority communities.

3. Research, Monitoring and Evaluation - increasing the body of evidence for reproductive and sexual health, translating research into practice and evaluating project outcomes.

4. International Development - Assisting poor and disadvantaged communities to access reproductive and sexual health services, while building the capacity of governments and civil society to improve reproductive and sexual health.

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

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller


Non-Executive Director - Vice President

BA (Comm); MBA (Exec)

Carolyn is Managing Director at The Honeycomb Effect and has nearly 20 years' experience in the advertising industry, working on both healthcare and consumer products. Previous clients include Sydney IVF, Lantus (Diabetes), Remicade (Crohn's Disease), Reminyl (Alzheimer's) and Consta & Risperdal (Schizophrenia) are amongst many others.

She has previously worked in the capacity of Strategic Planning Director at a number of high profile advertising agencies including Moon Communications, DDB and Euro RSCG. Her experience in the field has made her a recognised authority within the creative industries and regularly appeared on ABC television's 'Gruen' series.

Carolyn has previously been a member of the Healthcare Communications Council, the industry body for Healthcare Advertising. She has an Executive MBA from the University of Technology Sydney and a BA in Communications from the University of Western Sydney. She was elected to the Board in 2012.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Executive of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Fundraising Committee
  • Member of the Peak Consumer Participation Committee

Gary Trenaman

Gary Trenaman

(co-opted 31 January 2017)

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 co-opted 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

Kerry Chambers

Kerrie Chambers

(leave of absence 28 February 2017 - 30 June 2017. Resigned 4 September 2017)

Non-Executive Director - Legal Adviser


Experience & Expertise: Kerrie is a partner with HWL Ebsworth and is currently group leader of the Health group. She has been a lawyer since 1986. For the last 18 years Kerrie has practised exclusively in medical negligence and health law. She regularly writes articles and presents to doctor groups and medical insurers.

Kerrie is a former member of the RANZCO Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Medico-Legal Society of NSW.

Kerrie has a keen interest in pro bono work. She is the partner delegate for the HWL Ebsworth Homeless Persons Legal Project providing legal advice and support to the clients of The Station drop in centre. She is on the volunteer legal roster for Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre and has previously provided legal assistance at the Welfare Rights Centre and Macquarie Legal Centre. She was elected to the Board in 2012.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Former member of the Performance & Remuneration 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

Nadine Wilmot

Nadine Wilmot


Non-Executive Director


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

Bernadette Or

Bernadette Or

(co-opted 31 January 2017)

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 co-opted to the Board in 2017.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

Christine Franks

Christine Franks


Non-Executive Director

M.Mgt, B.A (Statistics), FAICD

Christine is a company director with over 16 years' experience. She is currently Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia, Chair of RESULTS Australia, a member of CUFA International Program Committee and NSW Health Patient Experience Forum. She has worked as a director on a number of financial services, personal insurance and health insurance boards including CUA, CUA Health and Credicorp Insurance.

A keen interest in international aid and development has resulted in thirty-five years of volunteering, including committee and board positions. Christine chaired the NSW Charities Ministerial Advisory Committee and the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee, receiving the inaugural ACFID Award for Outstanding Service to the Aid and Development Sector in 2006.

Christine initially qualified and worked as a registered nurse and her executive experience includes consumer research, marketing and fundraising for both commercial, academic, consumer and not for profit organisations. She was a long term beneficiary of Family Planning NSW services and is a strong supporter of the organisation, its aims and objectives. She was elected to the Board in 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Former member of the International Programme Advisory Committee
  • Former member of the Fundraising Committee

Sue Shilbury

Sue Shilbury

(resigned 25 February 2017)

Non-Executive Director

MBA, BAppSc (phys), GAICD

Sue is a health care consultant with over 24 years of experience in public health sector management, ten of which have been in senior leadership positions.

As a clinician she worked extensively in children's health services and then at executive level in women's health services, providing her with a deep appreciation of some of the broader and more complex issues pertaining to family health services.

Prior to being a consultant in May 2014, Sue as the General Manager of North Shore Ryde Health Service for six years, responsible for clinical and corporate governance of Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospitals and Community Health Services (budget of $500 million /3,500FTE).

In this position she led a large and complex metropolitan health service that had many challenges from a governance and service perspective. During her tenure, much positive change was delivered along with a capital works program of in excess of $1 billion.

In 2006-2008 she was the General Manager Central Hospitals, responsible for clinical and corporate governance and a member of the Area Health Service Executive (budget of $370 million /3,250FTE).

She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Masters of Business Administration and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She was elected to the Board in 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Former member Peak Consumer Participation Committee
  • Former member Head Office Facility Committee

Neil Steggall

Neil Steggall

(resigned 20 September 2016)

Non-Executive Director


Neil's career has been based around M&A activities and the strategic development, financing and growth of a diverse range of organisations and industries including technology, telecommunications, food and agribusiness, timber, construction, export, wine and finance.

He has served as a director of both public and private companies in Australia, Asia and Europe since 1985. He is currently Chairman of Wardour Capital and a nonexecutive director of several other companies.

Neil's speciality is to assist in recognising latent opportunities within organisations or industries and to help develop the plans, strategies and implementation structures needed to realise those opportunities.

Neil is passionate about improving rural health and education in Australia and is widely published as an author of articles on business and business ethics. He was elected to the Board in 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Former member of the Finance and Audit Committee Company Secretary

Karen Gannon

Karen Gannon


Company Secretary

(MCom, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, CPA) has held the role of Company Secretary since 1995.

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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