Ms Anita Phillips
Board Member, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board
Ms Anita Phillips has an extensive career spanning more than thirty years as an Executive Director in the public sector at all levels of government and in social welfare and community services agencies. Her most recent position was as the Public Advocate/Guardian in the ACT. Anita also brings valuable experience as a former Member of the Queensland Parliament and an adviser to Federal Ministers.
After graduating as a social worker, Anita spent many years in North Queensland, predominately in hospital and health settings. She has also worked in a diverse range of health and community settings, where she enjoyed direct consultation with patients, their families and other consumers of these services, as well as managing and developing these agencies.
Anita holds a Master of Public Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, and is a sessional lecturer in Legal Studies and Public Policy in Social Work at the Australian Catholic University. Since 2014, Anita has conducted her own consultancy, Calm Energy Consulting, through which she provides services and is a Board Director for several not for profit agencies.
She has current governance experience, in that she is a Graduate of the AICD, and has been appointed by the Commonwealth Government as a Community Member on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practitioners’ Board, and is an elected Director on the National Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers.