The voice of the patient has always been at the heart of the design and development of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. From the outset, making the cancer journey as easy as possible for patients has always been top of mind. From 2010, we engaged with a consumer group made up of patients, family members and carers, to help inform the Lifehouse’s initial design features and our model of care.

The Lifehouse Partnership Advisory Council was formed in September 2013, following a formal application process, and is made up of cancer survivors, carers and consumers. The council informs the development of Lifehouse policies, procedures and communication approaches that impact on the patient experience, and represents the patient voice in Lifehouse governance committees.

To contact the Partnership Advisory Council, please email

Meet our current members below:

  • Shirley Baxter Chair

    Shirley is the elected Chair of the Partnership Advisory Council and a member since 2013. Shirley has extensive experience as an HR and corporate leadership executive with IBM. Having personally experienced the challenges of the cancer journey, Shirley became a passionate advocate for consumer engagement in cancer treatment and representing the voice of the patient at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

  • Meiron Lees

    Meiron is an international author, speaker and trainer specialising in the areas of resilience, trust and sales mastery. He is the author of the award-winning book “D-Stress – Building Resilience in Challenging Times”, which he wrote two years before being diagnosed with cancer. In his book he provides techniques on how to be resilient to the pressures and demands of our everyday challenges.

  • Shae Gibson

    Shae manages the New South Wales Consumer Development Fund (known as My Choice Matters) which does capacity building work with people with disability in preparation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Prior to this Shae worked in social policy and community development roles in the disability, housing and mental health sectors. As someone with a lived experience of cancer, Shae is a passionate advocate for person-centred care and accessible information during the treatment journey.

  • Claude Gauchat

    Claude Gauchat has extensive international business and board experience, with specialist skills in strategic planning and corporate governance. He  has broad experience in stakeholder consultation, community engagement and advocacy work. Claude is a non-executive director of The Institute for Creative Health, which promotes the arts as an integral part of health settings.

  • Carmel Hahn

    Carmel brings not only a wealth of specialist business experience to the Partnership Council, but also her personal experience as a cancer survivor and carer of her late husband John, who passed away in 2011.

  • Beverley Noble

    As a breast cancer survivor for over 13 years, Beverley brings a wealth of life experience to her role as an active cancer advocate. She is passionate about cancer and palliative care advocacy and joined Breast Cancer Action Group and Cancer Voices in 2000, where she holds a position on the executive committee.

  • Maryanne Gauchat

    Maryanne began her career in the early 70s as an occupational therapist for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), followed by Lausanne and Basel Cantonal hospitals (Switzerland).

  • Raymond Chan

    Raymond has a background in engineering and has extensive project management experience with Sydney International Airport.

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