Who We Are
From the time the Network was founded most Committee Members have been members who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. All Committee Members work voluntarily and are rewarded by the knowledge that the Fibromyalgia Support Network of Western Australia provides education, support and networking opportunities for several thousand people throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Our Management Committee
Chairperson: Jason Hiscock
Coming from a hospitality and public serivce background, Jason has always been involved in community and international charities, enjoying interaction with the public. With symptoms starting in his teens, Jason was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2014 and Ankylosing Spondylitis in early 2016. He withdrew for a time from community and charitable organisations to deal with these diagnoses, and while he is still learning to properly deal with the illnesses, he is now looking forward to getting back to learning, sharing and helping others.
Vice Chairperson : Sue Ormrod
Secretary : Dean Hollister
Dean joins the Network with extensive experience as Secretary & President of other non-profit associations. His legislative approach towards the role has proven invaluable to the Network, as does his career in State and Federal Government public servant roles. Dean was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2006, and draws upon his experience to provide the Network with invaluable guidance.
Treasurer : Kylie Raffaele
Kylie's background and experience as an accountant is an invaluable resource for the Network. She has worked for high-profile firms and assists the Network to ensure sensible accounting practices are demonstrated in the committee's work.
Member: Janet Kitney
Member: Roland Rogowski
Member: Jade Bormolini
Our Patron : Dr Stephanie Davies
We are delighted here at the Fibromyalgia Support Network to introduce you to our Patron, Dr Stephanie Davies.
Dr Davies is the founder of the Painless Clinic in Cottesloe, specialising in pain medicine, and has a long-term association with the Network. Dr Davies has presented a number of Educational Meetings, treats a number of our members from her Cottesloe and Murdoch clinics, and conducts vital research and trials into new pain treatments.
Honorary Life Members
Founding President : Dr Kaye Brand
As the founder and President of the Fibromyalgia Support Network WA Inc., Kaye has worked tirelessly for many years promoting the benefits of belonging to our organisation. She has contributed significantly to the continuing development
of the Network through these early years. As a health professional with a PhD in the area of Fibromyalgia, Kaye continues with her quest to educate both the public and health professionals by presenting on the topic of Fibromyalgia to many different organisations.
Past Vice President : Donelle Paul
Donelle joined the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA Committee in 2008 and was later appointed as Vice President. Donelle created the Networks first website and online forums and played a major role in the establishment of the Network as an Incorporated Body. Donelle’s skills in event management were particularly helpful in organizing events such as the public educational forum and High Tea to celebrate International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
Founding Member and Past President : Sascha Gardner
Sascha was a founding Committee member of the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA and held the position of President from July 2012 to October 2013. Sascha's experience with the not-for-profit sector and strategic planning assisted in the evolution of the Network as an Incorporated Association. Sascha is very proud to have been involved with the Network which provides support to so many people including family members and friends.
Founding Member : Sian Doughty
Sian Doughty was a founding Committee Member of the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA when it was established in 2008. As an Occupational Therapist, Sian was able to connect people within the medical profession to the Network. Family commitments and other health issues (including Fibromyalgia) promoted a sea change for Sian who moved to enjoy the crisp air in Albany. Once settled, Sian started the monthly Albany Coffee mornings which continues to meet. This coffee morning has strengthened the support for people with Fibromyalgia in the south-west region.
Past President and Creator of the Facebook Page and Website
Since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Stuart had made it his mission to learn everything that he can about the condition. Stuart joined the Fibromyalgia Support Network in 2010 and the Committee not long after. He used his skills in multimedia and information/web technology to promote awareness of Fibromyalgia and share information about Fibromyalgia through this website, our social media pages, and as Editor of the Fibromyalgia Support Network Newsletter. Stuart was elected as President in 2015 after two years as Vice-President. Ill health forced him to step down in October 2016; sadly Stuart passed away 29th April 2017 from cancer. His legacy will live on through the network.