National and State Executives
The HAP Constitution directs that the National Executive may have a maximum of seven fixed positions, plus the addition of one nominated representative from each State or Territory Executive. At the moment there are six members on the National Executive.
Each State Executive must have at least three members, some of whom may also be members of the National Executive. At the moment there are State Secretaries in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
National and State Executives
This page will be updated as new members are appointed and when relevant CV’s are supplied by existing members. Some members of the National and State Executives include (in alphabetical order):
Professor Kerry Bone: National President, Health Australia Party
Professor Kerry Bone
Professor Kerry Bone is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of Research and Development. In 2016 MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal Research.
As part of his educational role, Kerry is Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy and also Adjunct Professor at New York Chiropractic College, providing input into their postgraduate applied nutrition program. He also founded the successful Masters of Health Science (Herbal Medicine) course at the University of New England in 2004, and served there as Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012.
Kerry is co-author of more than 30 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews. He currently serves as the only Australian member of the editorial board of the journal Phytomedicine, the top herbal research journal in the world, and is also on the advisory board of the ABC.
He has also written or co-written six popular textbooks on herbal medicine, including his latest with Simon Mills, the long-awaited second edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, which was awarded the 2013 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the ABC. Other key texts include The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (also awarded the James A Duke Award in 2006), A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs and The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. These texts are widely used at naturopathic and medical colleges throughout the world.
He still maintains a busy herbal and naturopathic practice in Toowoomba, Queensland, where he has been in continuous service for more than 30 years.
In 2015 Kerry’s lifelong contribution to the field of herbal medicine was recognised with his receiving the prestigious Lady Cilento award from the complementary medicine industry in Australia.
Catherine Chan: NSW State Secretary
Catherine Chan: Natural Therapist, Herbalist, TCM, Ar. Ref.
Catherine has been a wholistic health practitioner for well over 30 years. Prior to her Naturopathic studies, Catherine trained as an RN and practiced midwifery. She commenced studying Wholistic health in all modalities in 1977 after her own health was compromised.
Catherine studied acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Massage and food therapy in Hong Kong and China, then on returning to Australia she began practicing acupuncture. In 1986, Catherine was employed in a 12 month trial program conducted by Bennelong Haven at Kempsey to provide herbal therapies for Indigenous patients undergoing alcohol detoxification.
In the early eighties, having been inspired by the writings and teachings of Dorothy Hall and Dennis Stewart, Catherine began practicing western herbal medicine, nutrition, psychotherapy, aroma therapy and many other forms of integrated wholistic therapies, as well as studying various Thai Massage techniques in Thailand. All therapeutic modalities were introduced into her clinic with the most appropriate or combination being applied in accordance with her patients’ condition as presented.
Catherine conducted natural therapy classes at the Royal North Shore Hospital for 15 years and introduced several classes into Prince of Wales hospital in the early 90s. She has been given many accolades for her lectures, both in Australia and abroad as well as many television shows awarding the work she has done with various chronic conditions.
Catherine’s most famous cases relate to fertility. Working with infertile couples, after orthodox assisted conception failed, Catherine had one of the highest success rates which Woman’s Day documented naming her: “The baby maker”.
Catherine’s patients have travelled not only from interstate but also from abroad. As well, she continues with lectures and workshops seeking to educate families about the importance of preventative health management. Catherine has been invited to speak in many countries. Her passion is always health and the answers which lie with Mother Nature. She has, over the years, been invited to deliver free public seminars on a variety of topics concerning preventative health to audiences of all ages.
Over the many years of her practice, Catherine’s contact with her patients has made her acutely aware of how important it is to one’s personal and social health, to maintain a balanced healthy diet; and that can only be guaranteed by an Australian agricultural industry that is striving for best practice in sustainable organic farming free of polluting pesticides and hormones in all of our food production from farms to tables; so too with clean water and air for our cities and rural towns. Catherine believes that only the Health Australia Party has focused on the Wholistic health of our environment and biosphere (as set out in the party Environment Policy) as the way forward to improving the health and well-being of all Australians paying particular attention to the most vulnerable of our society: the Elderly, indigenous peoples and children.
Catherine currently operates her clinic from the central coast.
Andrew Hicks: Victoria State Secretary
Andrew Hicks BAppScPhys, BEngComm
Andrew has been involved in the Audio Visual and Video Conferencing industry for over 20 years. He currently owns and operates a specialist consulting firm with headquarters in Melbourne and operating in Canberra and Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Physics) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Communications). In addition, he also holds a qualifications from InfoComm International as a Certified Technology Specialist – Design.
Since a young age, Andrew has always been involved in learning and working outside of the typical education institution. His work in video, sound and lighting production lead to a focus on meeting customers’ needs, regardless of the individual situation. Technical bachelor degrees in science and engineering further developed a scientific approach and methodology to analysing any situation.
After University, his work lead him to a large national Audio Visual integrator, working on multi‑million dollar projects in various roles. In 2011, Andrew co‑founded Parity Technology Consulting to provide a specialist service that was lacking in the AV industry. The business has grown significantly with many clients ranging across Universities, Corporate and Government sectors. The reputation of the business is highly regarded, also winning a national award for a Government project.
With such a combination of client focus, project delivery and consultation services, Andrew has developed a skill set which can be applied to almost any situation, industry or role. The consultative approach combined with science and engineering allows in depth analysis of any problem, enabling the core issue to be established.
Andrew has a keen interest in holistic health, combining both natural medicine and western medicine. The two can work hand in hand to ensure the optimal health care for people, with their best interests truly at heart. Environmental and democratic aspects are also particularly important factors when looking at our society.
After watching the current and previous Governments, legislation, politics and widespread misinformation, Andrew decided to take a stand to make a difference in our country. The Health Australia Party has a solid, logical and balanced approach to the many aspects of life in Australia, as demonstrated by the five fundamentals of the party.
Cathy Nolan: Queensland State Secretary
Cathy has 30 years experience working in IT, bookkeeping and desktop publishing. However a long-term interest in natural medicine led her to began utilising these skills in various roles within homeopathic organisations whilst starting to study homeopathy.
In 2008 Cathy took on the role of Production Manager for The Australian Journal of Homoeopathic Medicine, a peer reviewed bi-annual publication of the Australian Homoeopathic Association, and continues in that role today.
Cathy was appointed Executive Officer with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) in July 2011 and has been instrumental in implementing systems that assist AROH in keeping up with the demands of a digital age.
In 2016 Cathy was appointed President of AROH, and will continue to ensure that AROH fulfills its role of protecting the public by only accrediting both educational courses and practitioners who have met a certain level of standards.
Cathy completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Homeopathy) in 2013. After graduating Cathy attended the inaugural conference of the Homeopathic Research Institute held in Barcelona, Spain, to gain a better understanding of what the current research was and what might be forthcoming in the future.
2014 saw the release of the NH&MRC draft Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions. Through her role as Executive Officer she was familiar with the extensive submission made by AROH and the resulting dismissal of much of that evidence. As a result Cathy became a founding member of Friends of Homeopathy Australia, a group of concerned homeopaths who wanted to do something to question these findings and also promote the profession at a grassroots level.
Inspired by the work of some dedicated people in the UK, Cathy and Friends of Homeopathy initiated a coming together of all stakeholders in homeopathy from Australia and New Zealand at a meeting held in Sydney in August 2015. As a result of that meeting 4 Homeopathy Australasia was formed and Cathy took on the Vice Chair position of this new organisation that will pool resources in order to effectively promote homeopathy within the Australasia region.
Cathy is a self-confessed passionate advocate for homeopathy, as well as all that the Health Australia Party stands for in working to defend the future of peoples’ ability to make free and open health choices.
Jason Woodforth: National Spokesperson, Queensland State President
Jason was born in 1970. He is a former LNP politician who was the State Member for Nudgee from 2012 to 2015.
Educated at Craigslea and Brisbane State High School. He ran a sports nutrition and supplements business, Bodizone from 2004 to 2012, and was managing director of supplement importing company “International Brands Direct”.
He serves as the Australian Vice President and Queensland President of the International Natural Bodybuilding Association and has won a ‘promoter’s contest’ in bodybuilding held by the INBA.
Mr Woodforth is an advocate of healthy lifestyle choices, and minimizing exposure to toxins. He believes that far more should be done to combat major ecological issues such as the threat micro plastics pose to global marine life, and the prevalence of toxins throughout the food chain and wider environment. He has received criticism for his position on water fluoridation, which he states is adding ‘toxic waste’ to the water supply, it is not calcium fluoride, it is a toxic waste product, that is a fact he says. With over 90% of Europe and Scandinavia now rejecting water fluoridation, and an emerging body of research suggesting it may be linked to cognitive disorders, he feels this issue needs fresh and independent investigation.
Mr Woodforth was attracted to Health Australia Party due to its five policy pillars, which he believes exactly articulate the right approach to fixing Australia’s varied problems.
“I want to help create change – real change”, he states.
“Health Australia Party is a true centrist party based upon five policy pillars: Healthy People, Healthy Economy, Healthy Environment, Healthy Democracy and Healthy Society. Many HAP party members are people who have never been in a political party before, and are all motivated by the urgent need to instigate change to the current, failing system.”
“I don’t need to do this. I am not interested in being a politician for its own sake. But Health Australia Party impressed me. It is becoming a magnet for intelligent, passionate people who can no longer stand idly by. It is a voice of common sense, compassion and reason. And it is needed urgently. I look forward to what lies ahead – change is coming.”
As National Spokesman Mr Wood forth is determined to help create a new political paradigm based upon a centrist, common sense, and thoughtful approach to the issues confronting Australia.