Committee Members

Expressions of Interest

The Children and Young People Death Review Committee (CYPDRC, the Committee) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the Committee for the purposes of the Children and Young People Act 2008. The CYPDRC works towards reducing the number of deaths of ACT children and young people. Apply today

Disclaimer: In accordance with the principles outlined under section 3(c) of the 2020 Guidance on Caretaker ConventionsExternal link, candidates should be shortlisted and decided by the incoming government.

Ms Margaret Carmody PSM

Committee Chair
Margaret is a qualified and experienced company director. She has been a company director since 1988 spanning film and television production, rural self-cater tourism accommodation, and international aid. Margaret was appointed to the Marymead Board in December 2014 and was appointed chair in January 2017.

Margaret is also chair of the ACT Government Child and Youth Death Review Committee, appointed in August 2016.

Margaret retired from the Public Service in December 2014. Prior to this she was the senior executive responsible for the operational launch of the first group of National Disability Insurance Scheme trial sites.

Margaret has extensive experience in strategic policy covering early childhood and disability and employment. She also has extensive experience in the strategic leadership of large service organisations, including chairing management committees across several organisations and has been a member of organisational risk and audit, and human resource committees.

Mr Eric Chalmers

Engineering and Child Safety Products and Systems
Mr Eric Chalmers has been the Chief Executive Officer of Kidsafe (ACT), part of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, for more than 15 years. He has a strong background in management consulting, industry regulation at commonwealth and state levels, and experience in the financial and banking sectors. Mr Chalmers is linked internationally as Kidsafe’s representative to the Safe Kids Worldwide network of 25 injury prevention organisations and a Churchill Fellowship recipient (2009). He also has a role in a number of community organisations, including being the Chair of ACT Playgroups, President of the ACT Chapter, and National co Vice-President of the Australasian College of Road Safety, and a member of the Australian Water Safety Council.

Dr Judith Bragg

Dr Judith Bragg is a Senior Career Medical Officer at the Child at Risk Health Unit and clinical lecturer at ANU Medical School. Dr Bragg provides consultation and clinical supervision to the ACT Health Community Paediatrics and the Perinatal Mental Health Team. Dr Bragg has considerable clinical experience, training and expertise in forensic medical assessment of children who have been abused or who are at risk of abuse. She also has considerable clinical experience regarding perinatal mental health. Dr Bragg is a current committee member of the ACT branch of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health Incorporated, Member of the RACP Chapter of Community Child Health Child Protection Special Interest Group and the Child Development Special Interest Group.

Dr Catherine Sansum

Child Forensic Medicine
Dr Catherine Sansum – Forensic Medicine, Child at Risk Health Unit, The Canberra Hospital. Dr Sansum holds the position of Staff Specialist at The Canberra Hospital in the area of Clinical Forensic Medicine (Adult) and in paediatric forensic medicine at the Child at Risk health Unit. She has worked as a doctor in the ACT for the past 26 years, initially in paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology, general practice and then specialising in forensic medicine. Dr Sansum is a Clinical Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School and is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and the Sydney Forensic Medicine and Science Network.

Professor Morag McArthur

Child Protection
Professor Morag McArthur was the foundation Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University. As a social work academic with in the School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University, Morag has over 25 years of teaching and research experience. She has taught both undergraduate and post graduate students research methods, public policy and social theory. As postgraduate coordinate she had a key role in designing and implementing the first specialised postgraduate courses in child welfare in Australia. Morag has worked with Commonwealth, State and Territory Government departments, non-government and community organisations on a wide range of research and evaluation projects. These projects are aimed specifically at improving policy and practice that affects children, young people and their families. Morag is a Board Member of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and a Board Member of Families Australia.

Dr Sue Packer A.M.

Dr Packer has been a paediatrician since 1972 and has over this time, maintained a special interest in child maltreatment and abuse prevention. Dr Packer has developed significant expertise in this area. Dr Packer has undertaken a range of work, including working in a health-funded child abuse assessment unit in the ACT that also serves adjacent NSW, teaching and consulting. She is currently serving on the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect National Board. In 1999 Dr Packer received an Order of Australia for services to paediatrics, child protection and the community. Dr Packer has also been awarded Canberra Citizen of the Year 2013.

Ms Louise Freebairn

Epidemiologist Ms Freebairn holds the position of Manager, Knowledge Translation and Health Outcomes, Epidemiology Section, Health Improvement Branch, Population Health Division, ACT Health Directorate. She has expertise in population health informatics, epidemiological analysis, reporting and use of data to inform policy and program planning, with a focus on maternal and perinatal health, children's health and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ms Freebairn is a member of the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Committee. She has worked with health services in both the ACT and NSW since 1997 in a number of roles, including clinical psychology, health services planning and epidemiology. She is currently undertaking a PhD and has been seconded to a collaborative project with the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to develop the use of new technologies such as dynamic simulation modelling to inform policy and program decision making. Her current work continues to focus on maternal and child health including diabetes in pregnancy and childhood overweight and obesity.

Ms Rebecca Cross PSM

Director-General (Community Services Directorate)
Rebecca is the Director-General, ACT Community Services Directorate. She is currently on secondment from the Commonwealth where she was the Deputy Secretary, Integrity and Information, Department of Human Services (DHS). For two years prior to joining DHS, Rebecca undertook a secondment to Bupa Australia and New Zealand as Head of Government Relations, Policy and Regulation. Rebecca has an extensive government and social policy background including in health, education, disability, social services and human services and has occupied senior leadership roles in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Education and the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

Ms Jodie Griffiths-Cook

Children and Young People Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory
Jodie Griffiths-Cook is the Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). She is currently leading an ambitious work program centred on using advocacy, engagement and oversight to facilitate positive change within the services and systems that respond to the needs of people whose situation or condition makes them potentially vulnerable. Jodie is a Psychologist who began her human services career with eight years in front-line service delivery working with children, young people and adults experiencing vulnerability. Prior to coming to the ACT, Jodie worked in various government and non-government leadership roles in Queensland where she gained extensive experience in policy development, project management, program design and practice improvement culminating in being appointed as the Public Advocate for Queensland in August 2012. With 25 years’ experience in human services, a strong interest in social justice, and a commitment to upholding and advancing human rights, Jodie is a passionate advocate for systems change that facilitates effective individual outcomes and contributes to a sustainable and cohesive human services sector.

Sergeant Dennis Gellatly

Officer in Charge of Judicial Operations, ACT Policing (Police Officer with experience in working with children and young people and families)
The Officer in Charge (OIC) of Judicial Operations is a senior and operationally experienced sworn police officer with a full appreciation, knowledge and experience in working with children and young people and families. The OIC Judicial Operations will provide the necessary high-level strategic and operational advice in support of the functions of the ACT Child Death Review Committee, and has sufficient operational authority to also task other areas of ACT Policing where necessary. The role of Officer in Charge of Judicial Operations is currently undertaken by Station Sergeant Dennis Gellatly.

Ms Barbara Causon

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People
Ms Barbara Causon is a Wiradjuri woman, whose family come from south west NSW. Ms Causon built a successful career in the Australian Public Service (APS) and has a strong track record in Indigenous affairs and service delivery. Prior to retiring from the APS she worked in numerous positions throughout her 34 year career in National, Regional and Remote roles. Ms Causon was instrumental in the development of a number of programs and strategies aimed at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities, including staff. In 2010 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for her work with Indigenous communities. Ms Causon is a Director on the Board of Carers ACT and recently completed a two term appointment on the ACT Expert panel on Disability. Barbara has recently retired from the APS and is Chairing the ‘Our Booris, Our Way’ Steering Committee, undertaking a review of out of home care arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Dr Amanda Dyson

Consultant Neonatologist
Dr Dyson is a Consultant Neonatologist who works at the Canberra Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is the Chair of the ACT Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Committee which has the dual goal of accurately reporting perinatal and maternal death in the ACT (according to Australian and ACT requirements) and identifying areas of clinical practice improvement to reduce and minimize perinatal deaths. She has a Master of Clinical Epidemiology and an interest in Clinical Practice Improvement.

Ms Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca is the Executive Officer to the Director-General of the ACT Education Directorate. Spanning 18 years, Rebecca has consistently worked towards the implementation of the Education Directorate’s strategic priorities, proactively contributing to organisational direction and purpose, both as an educator in our ACT Public Schools and in the Education Support Office. Her background as a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant across the ACT combined with her various policy, strategic and communication roles within the Directorate ensures Rebecca will bring to the committee an understanding of the breadth and depth of our schools and the issues facing our students and their families. With a background and passion for quality engagement with students and families as well as building an equitable education system that meets the needs of all students, Bec will provide the Committee with a broad education perspective.