Debra Kay appointed to NPS MedicineWise Board

23 July 2013

NPS MedicineWise has welcomed Ms Debra Kay to its board. Ms Kay’s appointment is effective as of 12 July 2013.

Ms Kay brings a wealth of experience spanning public health training, policy and program implementation.

Chair of the NPS MedicineWise Board, Dr Janette Randall, says Ms Kay’s personal and professional commitment to positioning consumers at the centre of health policy makes hers an invaluable voice in the organisation’s governance.

Having trained as a teacher, Ms Kay spent her early career specialising in curriculum development and research that included drug education, sexual health, medicines safety, and mental health.

Since then, Ms Kay has undertaken a number of health policy and program implementation roles, establishing cross-sectoral policy, training and services for people with physical and mental health care needs.

Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively with communities to implement health care protocols and education in areas such as medication management, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, mental health and complex community health care management.

From 2009-2013, Ms Kay was CEO of Asthma Australia overseeing the strategic development and implementation of national research, services, governance and policy initiatives.

She has held a wide range of state and national management and governance roles; worked with health regulatory bodies; and undertaken consumer advocacy and representation, including membership of the NPS Consumer Advisory Group.

Ms Kay says she looks forward to supporting NPS MedicineWise in its ongoing pursuit of improved health outcomes for Australian consumers.  

“I feel strongly that promoting the safe and quality use of medicines in communities means supporting people to be respected and active partners in their own health care.

“In my new role as a director with NPS MedicineWise, I hope to harness the board’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and leadership and work towards better health outcomes for consumers and communities.”

Mr Kay replaces Ms Kate Moore who retired as director in April 2013 having served on the NPS MedicineWise Board since 2007.


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