Board Profiles

Terri Albert - Chairperson

TERRI ALBERTTerri is an innovative, entrepreneurial Business Developer / R&D consultant with almost 30 years of global experience, in complementary and traditional medicines and business strategy. She is well respected in the nutritional medicine market, with a proven track record of business growth through strategic concept design, development and commercialisation, whilst fostering  respectful, trust based relationships with key stakeholders and business partners. Her experience spans retail, brand marketing, research and development and manufacturing and includes over 20 years successfully working in markets such as Europe, USA and SE Asia with multiple organisations.  Terri also has a significant track record of Australian and World firsts to her credit.
Terri holds a Master of Marketing from Monash University and a Certificate of Leadership from Ohio State University, and has held senior leadership roles including  Innovation /R&D Director and Global Technology Director with a major US based pharmaceutical manufacturer where she also served on a number of international new product  and technology development boards for complementary medicines.

Judy Jacka - Vice-Chair

JudyJacka2236 160Judy Jacka graduated from General Nursing Training at Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1960. She studied natural therapies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) and graduated with a diploma in 1971. In 1981 she received a post- graduate diploma in Human Relations Education from Melbourne University. In 2001 she upgraded her naturopathic diploma to a bachelor degree in Health Science.

Judy was principal at the SSNT from 1974 to 1985 and chairperson until 1996. She was concerned during this period to create a high standard in both medical and naturopathic sciences within the college. She was particularly interested to help graduates become established in practice using a core synthesis of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.  

During the first half of the 1980’s Judy co-ordinated a number of submissions on behalf of SSNT and the naturopathic profession. It was a time when various pieces of proposed state and federal legislation threatened the future of natural therapies.

In 1999, Judy was awarded Life Membership of Australian Natural Therapist Association for her contributions to the profession, education and industry. In 2012 she was given an award by the Complementary Health Care Council of Australia (CHC) in appreciation of ongoing support for the Council.      

Judy has continued in clinical practice for over 40 years plus lecturing at SSNT in naturopathic clinical practice until recently. Her publishing output includes seven books published in the areas of health and healing plus many journal articles. Currently she is vice-chairperson of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies and is particularly interested in promoting research which reveals the core synthesis relating all natural and complementary therapies.  

Sandra Dillon - Secretary and Treasurer

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Sandra Dillon has been practising Naturopathy, Homoeopathy, Iridology, Herbal Medicine, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy, Remedial Therapies and Bach Flower Essences since graduating from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 1979. She lectured during the 1980s/90’s in Naturopathy and Homoeopathy at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, Blackmore’s and Brauer Natural Medicines.

Sandra was Administrator/Vice-Principal of the Southern School of Natural Therapies from 1981-1983. She has been a Board Member and Director since 1980 and in 2014 became Secretary/Treasurer of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies.

For over 30 years Sandra has provided health care for her clients in private practice as a Naturopath-Homeopath in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and now back in Melbourne.

She has been an active member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society for over 25 years. Previous to this she was an active member and Victorian Chairperson of the Australian Natural Therapies Association.

Sandra’s contributions in private practice, lecturing, administration and professional issues mean she brings a wealth of background experience to her work with the Jacka Foundation.

Dr Pauline McCabe - Director

Pauline photo 200x200Pauline has had a long career in health care, in both mainstream and complementary settings. She completed qualifications in naturopathy, acupuncture, nursing, midwifery and aromatherapy which enabled a career as a naturopathic home birth midwife. Subsequently, after a few years in a retail setting (co-founding the Nimbin Apothecary), she turned to teaching and higher education, completing a Masters degree and a PhD. Her academic work led to a position as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing at LaTrobe University, where she developed a double degree in nursing and naturopathy (now defunct).

In 2007 Pauline joined RMIT to work in their online postgraduate wellness program. She developed several courses for the program and was a course coordinator and teacher. She has now retired from most of this work, but still contributes to some of the assessment in an undergraduate wellness elective.

Apart from teaching, since the 1990s Pauline has been very involved in the development of complementary therapy courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, co-written numerous reports, guidelines and position statements relating to complementary therapies and nursing in Australia, contributed to research on the regulatory requirements of naturopathy and herbal medicine, and participated in numerous educational and regulatory committees. She was a member of the steering committee that established the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists. Her publications include journal articles and book chapters in the above areas.

Pauline always harboured a desire to be a philanthropist and was thrilled when a position on the board of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies enabled her to live this dream. She is honoured to be able to serve the Foundation and support research capacity building in the naturopathic profession.