Board

 

Janakan

President: Janakan Ravindran

Qualifications: MB BS (Adel)

Career: Janakan is currently a Staff Specialist in the Neurology; Stroke Units at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; Head of the Neurology; Stroke Service at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He also works as a neurologist in private practise. His special interest area is in Adult Neuromuscular and Neuro-immunological Disease and conducts a clinic in this area at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Janakan has had a special interest in muscle disorders since the time of his training as a neurologist. Janakan hopes working with Muscular Dystrophy SA will enable a link to be established between the Muscular Dystrophy SA community and the hospital system.

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Vice President: David Woodcock

Qualifications:  B Bus (Management Information Systems), University of South Australia | MBA, Deakin University | Company Directors Course, GAICD

Career:  David has had an extensive career in the financial services sector, holding executive positions with Westpac, National Australia Bank and Elders Financial Planning. With key strengths in leadership, general management, business development, and finance, David brings an array of skills developed in the corporate and not-for-profit arenas.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA:  David is currently studying Psychology at a post-graduate level and is committed to actively contributing within the not-for-profit sector. He is energised by the relentless pursuit of a cure for MD and other neuromuscular conditions, and to the delivery of high quality services and advice to those seeking the support of MDSA.

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Vice President:  John Caruso

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

Career:  Partner – Duncan Basheer Hannon

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA:  Muscular Dystrophy South Australia is something that I am passionate about because it is a not for profit incorporated association that offers a range of services to children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions.  It does so by funding research to find treatments and cures, by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement

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Board Member: Allan Bretag

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Adelaide 1965; PhD, Adelaide 1971; Postdoctoral Training, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, University of the Saarland, Germany 1972-1973

Career: Lecturer level A, The University of Adelaide 1966-1970; Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor, South Australian Institute of Technology 1970-1990; Associate Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1990-1997; Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1997-2005; Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia 2005-Present.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Allan’s doctoral research was on muscle function and the mechanism of the muscle disease myotonia congenita. A maintained research interest in muscle diseases has led to long-term voluntary work for Muscular Dystrophy SA.

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Board Member: Michelle Pfitzner

Qualifications:  Bachelor of commerce (Flinders University SA), CPA

Career: I have over 15 years experience in accounting and business in a variety of industries including government, for -profit (mining. waste, retail) and not-for-profit.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA:  I am passionate about making a difference in the community.  I am excited about being able to use my skills and experience to assist support children and adults living with neuromuscular conditons.

 

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Board Member: David Noble

Qualifications: Bachelor of Managment – Labor Relations (University of South Australia), Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

Career: Details to come

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Details to come

 

Board Member: Rebecca Baines

Qualifications:  Details to come

Career: Details to come

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Details to come