Mildura Base Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Community Advisory Board

Gayle DansonChairman: Mrs Gayle Danson

Gayle Danson is the Service Development Officer at Sunassist Volunteer Helpers Inc. and has lengthy experience within the Disability and Aged Care Sectors.

She has been elected onto the Executive of the Northern Mallee Primary Care Partnership for the last nine (9) years.

Gayle completed the Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Collaborative Case Management course at University of Wollongong and has undertaken a range of short course within the disability sector.

Gayle also has both teaching and librarian qualifications.

Gayle has been elected Director of MADEC Australia for the last five (5) years, a member of the MADEC Audit and Risk Committee, Convenor of the MADEC Building and Facilities Committee and Convenor of the MADEC Nominations Committee.

Ada PetersonMrs Ada Peterson

Ada Peterson is employed at the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation in the role of Closing the Gap Partnership Coordinator.

Ada attended the Red Cliffs High School and has completed a Diploma in Community Education RMIT Melbourne, Certificate in Business Administration, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing & Management Training Course, RMIT- Basic Koori Counselling and DHS Child Protection and Youth Justice Professional Development Unit- Beginning Practice in Child Protection.

Ada has been actively involved in a number of organisations in Mildura including the Director Mildura Aboriginal Corporation- Secretary, Convener Mildura Aboriginal Network, Chairperson Mildura Rural City Council Aboriginal Action Committee, LMML Advisory Committee, LMARG, Interdepartmental Committee Mildura.

Marion McDonaldSr. Marion McDonald

Sr. Marian McDonald is a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia & Papua New Guinea and is currently the Parish Leader of the Catholic Parish of Our Lady's in Merbein. Sr. Marian has years of experience in educational leadership and pastoral ministry.

Sr. Marian has completed TPTC at Mercy College, Certificate in Education Administration, Diploma in Teaching (primary), Bachelor in Theology and Graduate Diploma of Social Science.

Sr. Marian is currently a member of the Chances for Children Selection Committee and a member of the Mildura Base Hospital Ethics Committee.


Gerald PurchaseMr Gerald Purchase

Gerald was born, raised and educated in South Africa. He holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology (Rhodes, 1981). After lecturing at University, he emigrated to Australia, settling in Mildura. After ten years with the Victorian Department of Health working with young children he went into private practice. His current research interest in Neurofeedback.






John TesorieroMr John Tesoriero

John Tesoriero, is currently Chair of the Board of Directors, of Lower Murray Water and until recently Project managed the development of a business case for the Sunraysia Irrigation Modernisation Project for the Mildura Development Corporation.

John has extensive experience in the water industry including General Manager, Water Supply for Southern Rural Water, Chief Executive Officer of the First Mildura Irrigation Trust and General Manager Western Murray Irrigation.

John is a former Chairperson of the Murray Valley Citrus Board and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of that organisation.

John previously served on the Mildura Base Hospital Board between 1991 and 1993. He has a Graduate Diploma of Business (Administration) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kathy CarusellaKathy Carusella

Kathy studied her Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe Mildura and is currently studying Chartered Accounting while working as an auditor accountant at Crowe Horwarth Murray Darling. Kathy is an active advocate for youth in the Sunraysia community. She is also heavily involved in sporting, youth and cultural interests, including the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council, the Filipino Community of Sunraysia.



Jemmes HandyJemmes Handy

Jemmes is a long-serving director at Mallee District Aboriginal Services and has worked as an Aboriginal Liaison officer at MBH and with Victoria Police. Jemmes is active in the community, chairing the Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committee, and sitting on the Regional body, as well as the State-wide Aboriginal Community Justice Committee. She is also on the school councils for both Mildura Primary School and Chaffey Secondary College.



Tara WilliamsTara Williams

Tara is a lecturer and campus lead with the Department of Rural Nursing and Midwifery, College of Science, Health and Engineering, at the La Trobe University Mildura Campus. She undertakes curriculum development, teaching and assessment within the Core First Year of the Health Science degrees and across the Bachelor of Nursing as well as working in a co-ordination role and representing the Mildura Campus within the wider University system. She is a Registered Nurse with current AHPRA registration and holds a Bachelor of Public Health, Graduate Diploma of Health Service Management and Master of Public Health where her thesis explored how communities strengthen cross-sector collaboration through collective impact. Before joining La Trobe University in 2008, Tara worked in a number of clinical roles as a registered nurse at Mildura Base Hospital, Mildura Private Hospital, Sunraysia Community Health Services and the Mallee Division of General Practice.