Community Reference Group – Stawell

Part of our vision at Grampians Health is to learn about the views of our local and diverse community through representation across the health service. Community Reference Groups (CRGs) have been established across the Grampians region to provide an ongoing, formal channel of communication between Grampians Health and its community.

The CRGs report into the Grampians Health Board via a Community Advisory Committee comprising CRG chairs and Grampians Health Board members. This direct line into our most senior level of governance reflects the importance we place on the CRGs and their role in Grampians Health.

For further information or to register your interest in becoming a member, please contact Denielle Beardmore, or 03 5320 4025.

Meet your local representatives

The Stawell Community Reference Group is chaired by Amelia Kingston.

Amelia Kingston – Chair

Amelia Kingston is the Chair of the Stawell Community Reference Group. An artist, potter and entrepreneur, Amelia has worked in primary education in the community and loves her regional community, striving to bring arts and experiences to her local area and schools. Amelia sits on the Community Consultation board of Grampians Health, manages the Halls Gap Twilight Market and runs arts sessions in conjunction with Grampians Aleworks.  




Karen Hyslop – Deputy Chair 

Karen Hyslop has lived in Stawell for most of her of life, and is well connected to the community through family, friends, her husband and children. A past midwife at the Stawell hospital, Karen is a passionate and strong community advocate for the Stawell hospital to enable it to grow and be a hospital that can provide optimal, safe health care for our community and be a hospital that we can all be proud of. Karen holds the position of Deputy Chair of the Stawell Community Reference Group. 



Michelle Jess

Michelle Jess has lived in Stawell for 24 years, moving to the region from Melbourne to start her family. She has worked in early education, taught at the Neighbourhood House, worked in a cafe and has worked on the family farm as well as acting on a number of local committees. Michelle is passionate about excellent health care for all. She is an advocate for children with additional needs, effective treatment of post-natal depression, anxiety, care of all children and effective care of the entire community. Michelle looks forward to being a voice of care and concern for our community. 



Peter Martin

Peter Martin has been associated with Stawell Regional Health for almost 30 years as a patient and community representative in a variety of roles including past member and Chair. His areas of interest and experience include clinical governance, patient health and safety, quality improvement, community relations, staff accreditation, and general governance. He has also served on a number of regional, state-wide and national groups on various health topics and has experience in regulatory and administrative bodies outside of health. He currently serves the community as a Justice of The Peace. Peter joined the CRG to ensure a full range of services is available at Stawell in a safe, high-quality environment and that services are extended in areas of need.  He wants Stawell’s voice to be heard not only by the Grampians Health Board but more widely where funding and resource decisions are made. 


Rosalind Byass

Rosalind Byass is a retired Maternal and Child Health nurse. Having worked for 20 years in the Northern Grampians Shire, Rosalind sees her membership of the Community Reference Group as giving her a voice to support good initiatives influencing the health and wellbeing of all people in the region.