Meet Our Board of Directors
Dr Lena Sanci
Role: ASBHA President, Board Director
Professor Lena Sanci (PhD, FRACGP, MBBS) Is Head of Department, Director of Teaching and Learning, and co-lead of the Children and Young People’s Research Stream in the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne. She is also the Medical Advisor to the Victorian Department of Education and Training for the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program (2015-2019), and additionally works as a sessional clinician at Family Planning Victoria’s Action Centre.
For over 20 years Professor Sanci has researched the potential of primary care to improve the health of young people through quality youth focused system-based interventions designed to re-orientate primary care toward prevention of harms from mental health disorders and risk-taking behavior. She is an expert in the co-design of interventions, implementation, and evaluation in primary care and online settings with expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of cluster randomised controlled trials. Her work has led to a greater understanding of barriers and enablers for primary care clinicians in caring for young people, effective interventions for lasting improvement in their clinical approach to youth, and methods to enhance young people’s help seeking behavior including the use of technology.
Role: ASBHA Secretary, Board Director
Jon is committed to seeing students flourish in every way as the Deputy Head Primary (Wellbeing) at South Coast Baptist College. With 20 years of teaching and pastoral care experience, Jon has led various initiatives to support student wellbeing and academic growth. Recently Jon completed the Master of Educational Leadership course at the University of Western Australia, winning the Australian Council for Educational Leaders award for the being the highest performing student. In his dissertation, Jon examined various models of school based health care, investigating their theoretical basis, history and effectiveness in order to propose principles of development. This has led him to work with like-minded colleagues and professionals in order to establish the concept at South Coast Baptist and establish the Australasian School Based Health Alliance. Finally, Jon is completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia on Conceptualising and Measuring Children’s Wellbeing, demonstrating a desire to see health and education priorities come together for student benefit.
Role: ASBHA Vice-President, Board Director
Christine is a Comprehensive New Zealand Registered Nurse, specializing in School Based Health Services. She began working as a School Nurse over a decade ago, and has worked in over 20 schools, in New Zealand and the UK. As well as her direct experience in schools she has also worked in management roles of Nurse Educator, Nurse Advisor, and Clinical Director supporting the development of SBHS. Christine currently works at the University of Auckland teaching Health, Education and Youth Development to post graduate students, is a Director of New Zealand School Nurses Ltd, and is involved in advocacy and development of SBHS across New Zealand.
She is passionate about improving school health services to best meet the needs of students, and supporting those who work with young people. Her special interests involve Child Protection, teaching sexual education in schools, improving equitable outcomes for Rangatahi Maori, transgender health, working with at-risk youth and improving the health/education partnership.
Dr Bianca Forrester
Role: Communications and Media Director, Board Director
Bianca is a GP running a school-based health service in a regional school in Victoria for the Doctors in Secondary school (DiSS) program, supported by the Victorian state government. An academic at the Department of General Practice (DGP) at the University of Melbourne (UoM), she specialises in Adolescent Health and wellbeing curriculum design and delivery as well as systems change facilitation. The DGP at UoM provide the clinical training program for the 200 DiSS GPs and nurses in Victoria and Bianca manages this training program. In 2016/17, she led onboarding training for the schools and clinicians and facilitated a series of co-design workshops to enable implementation of the 100 school-based health clinics across Victoria. Bianca leads a number of communities of practice both for the DiSS program and for the West Vic PHN focussed on Youth mental health, Alcohol and other drugs, COVID-19 response and vaccination.
In 2018, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing at the UoM and is a clinical lecturer at both the University of Melbourne and Deakin University medical schools.
Bianca produces “The Maze Phase” a clinical practice podcast aimed at primary care professionals working with teens. She also enjoys being mum to 2 teenage sons.
Twitter: @DrBForrester Email: email@example.com
Dr Corin Miller
Role: ASBHA Board Director
Dr Corin Miller is a specialist General Practitioner with a passion for children’s health. She has been working to establish School Wellbeing Hubs in South Eastern NSW with a pilot site in Eden. Corin loves being a general practitioner in addition to her work in the Department of Paediatrics at South East Regional Hospital, Bega. In her hospital role, she provides outpatient and telehealth care for babies and children. She also has extensive experience working in Emergency Medicine. Corin’s special interests include improving health equity for children, providing care for children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and mood difficulties. She is also passionate about caring for children with complex and chronic illnesses and those in out-of-home care. Corin loves teaching both junior doctors and medical students, for which she received an award for “teaching excellence in clinical supervision”. She is also a Clinical Editor for HealthPathways, an online portal for healthcare professionals. When Corin isn’t caring for the families and children of the Sapphire Coast, she is keeping active with her young family and enjoying her vegetable garden.
Role: Treasurer, Board Director
Joshua is an information systems project manager specialising in digital transformation, automation and integration. He is also a CPA with over twenty years working with schools and not for profit organisations. Joshua has four kids and his wife is an artist, counsellor and school chaplain. In his spare time Joshua does programming, plays the guitar, walks the dog and acts like a normal person.