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Board Profiles

Terri Albert GD.Mkt, M.Mkt - Chairperson

TERRI ALBERT

Terri Albert holds a Grad. Dip Marketing and Master of Marketing from Monash University in Melbourne (2001). She has also completed numerous educational programs including a two week Executive Leadership Certificate from Ohio State University (USA) and Strategic Management at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Terri is an innovative Strategic Business Developer 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 leadership and business growth through strategic concept design, development and commercialisation, whilst fostering respectful, trust based relationships with key stakeholders and partners. Terri has held positions on international Business Development & Innovation Boards, including Patent Review Boards and Strategic Growth, and has received a number of awards for her passion for performance.

Her experience spans retail, brand marketing, manufacturing, research and development and includes over 20 years successfully working in markets internationally, including Europe, USA and Greater Asia partnering multiple health and nutrition organisations. Terri also has a track record of Australian and world firsts to her credit and brings that passion for growth via research and education to the Jacka Foundation.

Terri has held senior leadership roles for 20 years 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. Prior to this she was introduced to complementary medicines via her time with Blackmores Ltd.

Judy Jacka BHSc, ND, GD.HRE - 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.  

Click here for a list of the many books Judy has authored.

Sandra Dillon ND - 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 ND, MHSc(PHC), PhD - 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.

Robert (Bob) McKay FDipBSAcc, FCPA (ret)

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Bob, now retired, enjoyed a long career in Financial Accounting in the business sector with companies including Mobil Oil Australia, The Herald and Weekly Times, Fairfax Organisation (with The Age), and culminating as Chief Financial Officer with Biscay Greetings, a national greeting card company.

A series of life experiences led Bob to discover the modality of Esoteric Healing in 1991, which became, and still is, a life-long passion. He enrolled at the Southern Lights College of Esoteric Healing and in 1993 completed the Certificate of Esoteric Healing, being facilitated by Judy Jacka.

In 1999 Bob started the naturopathy course at the Australian College of Natural Medicines (ACNM) in Melbourne on a part-time basis, and studied for six years (not completing the course). Along the way he passed Certificates in Massage and Reflexology.

Using the above healing modalities, Bob works with patients to enhance their physical and spiritual healing, alongside their use of modern medicine.

Sue Evans PhD FNHAA

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For nearly four decades, Sue’s work has been with herbal medicine. She trained as a herbalist with the UK’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists before returning home to Melbourne in the early 1980s.

She practiced in the first integrative medicine clinic in Melbourne and helped establish Melbourne’s longstanding herbal support group (and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia’s (NHAA) first chapter) VicHerbs. She has served on the executive of the NHAA, was inaugural chair of their Board Member Advisory Committee and is currently a member of their Environmental Committee. She taught herbal medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies before being appointed foundation lecturer in herbal medicine at Southern Cross University in 1995 when it established the first state-funded university course in naturopathy in Australia. She lectures and publishes regularly both nationally and internationally, and her PhD was an account of the contemporary challenges facing Western Herbal Medicine in Australia.

She has been honoured by her profession with a number of awards, including Herbalist of the Year (NHAA 2009) for leadership in academia, education and mentoring; the inaugural Vis Mediatrix Naturae award (Australian Naturopathic Summit, 2016) presented to ‘an elder of the profession who exemplifies the art and spirit of the healing power of nature in their work, life and community service’ and Life Membership of the NHAA (2017) for ‘insightful stewardship across many sectors of the herbal medicine profession’.

Her role on the Board of the Jacka Foundation complements her current range of activities which includes research and (online)( teaching with the University of Tasmania; consulting – mostly to institutions which offer natural medicine education, and developing her skills in herbal medicine-making for the benefit of the next generation.

Liza Oates PhD, GradCert EvidBased CompMed, BHSc(Nat)

Dr Liza Oates150x150Liza Oates PhD has been practicing as a naturopath and wellness consultant for over 20 years and has been involved in the clinical education of hundreds of naturopaths, nutritionists and medical students.

She has served on the board of the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) and is a current member of the Environmental Subcommittee of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA). 

Liza is involved in the development of the new postgraduate programs in Naturopathic Medicine and Organic Food and Nutrition at Southern Cross University and previously helped to develop the world’s first Master of Wellness program at RMIT University. She also teaches Clinical Studies and supervises naturopathic student clinics at the Southern School of Natural Therapies and Endeavour College of Natural Health. 

Her doctoral degree investigated ‘the health and wellness effects of organic diets’ and she has contributed to several textbooks and authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. 

Liza is honoured to be able to serve alongside some of her naturopathic heroes to support the Jacka Foundation’s mission to promote the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in the Australian naturopathic profession.