ARAS Board Members
I joined the Board as a Member in July 1998, and became Chairperson in February 2001. I am passionate about the rights of all older Australians, and at the time I joined ARAS I was also the President of the SA Retirement Villages Residents Association – a position I held for twelve years. I am a serving member of the Policy Council of COTA SA – again for more than ten years. I believe that the work ARAS does is vital to the protection of vulnerable older people’s rights – and am proud and honoured to be associated with them.
Professor Linda Starr
Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in general and mental health nursing, law, education and is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation. Her recently completed PhD project explored the experience of those involved in the compulsory reporting of elder abuse in Commonwealth funded residential aged care facilities. She has an extensive speaking record nationally and internationally on issues in health law, forensic nursing and elder abuse. Linda is currently, the Chair of the State Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, Deputy Chair of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, Fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, and the Foundation President of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association.
Michael Dwyer BEc, ANZCA, FTIA
Michael is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia, who commenced his career with Price Waterhouse in Sydney in 1978, after graduating from Sydney University. Michael transferred to the Price Waterhouse Adelaide office and in 1992 joined BDO Chartered Accountants as a Business Services and Tax partner. In 1996 he became, and remains a consultant to BDO, as well as consulting to other practices and in an individual capacity to clients. Michael specialises in business and taxation advice to small and medium business, as well as individuals. He was an inaugural director of the Adelaide Rams Rugby League company, was a director and former chair of Insurance and Membership Services Ltd, and was a director of COTA/ National Seniors partnership.
Born and educated in the United Kingdom Between 1953-1957 served in Royal Air Force – 4 year engagement and immediately after as a member in U.K Police, before migrating with wife Val and 3 children to Australia in 1966. Since arriving in Australia have predominantly served as Federal Police Officer in Western & South Australia retiring in 1989 In the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant. Since retiring have served nine years as a member of the South Australian Retirement Village Residents Association (SARVRA) which included 5 years as Vice President and the latter 2 years as President. I joined the ARAS Board in 2014
Helena Kyriazopoulos has over 35 years’ experience within the ageing and multicultural sectors. She has a Degree in Business, Industrial Law and is a member of the AICD. Helena worked for Alzheimer’s Australia SA for over 22 years as the Access and Equity Unit Coordinator and Secretariat for Alzheimer’s Australia - National Cross Cultural Dementia Network. Helena has also undertaken social research in the areas of CALD carer and ageing needs. Helena is the current CEO of the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia, a member of the Australian Multicultural Council. Helena sits on a number of Boards including Council of the Ageing SA, Welcome to Australia and is part of the Health Consumers Alliance.
Anne was appointed to the Board in November 2016. She brings to the Board extensive experience from her career as a senior public sector bureaucrat in SA which culminated in her two year term as Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity from June 2010 to July 2012. She has a strong background in equal opportunity, planning, strategy and problem solving from her years at senior levels within the areas of health, mental health and the equal opportunity. Anne also has experience in the not for profit sector, including her current positions as Deputy President of COTA and Chair of their Policy Council and a member of the National Aged Care Alliance. Anne holds a number of other positions including member of the Chiropractic Board of Australia and Assistant Commissioner Public Sector Grievance Review Commission.