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.
Over the last decade Ian has been Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University and Chair of its Strategic Resources Committee and various other Committees; Chair of the Cancer Council SA and a Director of the Cancer Council Australia; Deputy Chair of the Repatriation General Hospital in SA; Deputy Chair of the SA Council of Social Service; Board Member of the Southern Adelaide Health Service; Board Member of the Flinders Medical Centre; and a member of the SA Government's Health Performance Council. Ian serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies. He is a member of the Federal Government's Aged Care Financing Authority; the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council of the Aged Care Quality Agency and the Department of Health's ACFI Monitoring Group. Ian is the COTA representative on the National Aged Care Alliance and its Sponsors Group. He is a Board member of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) in SA.
I have worked with and for Aboriginal communities of South Australia within Non Government Organisations and Government departments State and Federal. Starting with the Department of Correctional Services, working with SAPOL, an Educator/Counsellor in TAFE., in the Courts Administration Authority, Families SA., Health Department, Self employed, SA Parole Board to the Council of Aboriginal Elders of South Australia Inc. for the last 30 years.
Michael joined the Board of ARAS in 2001 and has served continuously since that time. He is a practising solicitor and principal of Ezra Legal, a CBD based commercial law firm, and holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. Michael is a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia, a member of the Leaders Institute of South Australia and the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association; he is also Chairman of Greyhound Racing South Australia Ltd and has served on that Board since 2009. Through his legal practice, Michael has also been an advisory board member for a number of clients’ private companies and has had extensive commercial experience across the food manufacturing, hospitality and construction industries. Michael also commonly works with the elderly in his legal practice in the area of Wills and Estates and has commenced volunteering his time with Legacy to assist their clients in that area also.
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.