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Member Profile

Cathy Chong

  • President


MBA, BN, Dip App.Sc., AFCHSM, JP




  • Passionate about raising awareness with cultural and linguistically diverse communities on broad issues.
  • Continuous commitments to working in the community with cultural and linguistically diverse issues.
  • 35 years clinical healthcare experience both as a registered nurse working in a critical care environment to manager of clinical services and evaluating services
  • Executive Board member of Multicultural Communities Council and Chinatown of Adelaide Associations in contributing to the advancement of Multicultural South Australia and beyond.
  • Member of judging panel for SA Governors’ Multicultural Awards.
  • Chair of BreastScreen SA Consumer Group, Member, SA Digital BreastScreen Implementation Review Group; Member, BreastScreen SA State Accreditation Board; Member, Digital BreastScreen Implementation; Member, Review Implementation Steering Committee, BreastScreen SA.
  • Represents CALD (cultural and linguistic diverse) communities on forums that involve: budgets, health care; immigration; volunteers; women and education issues – participate in recent years:  Health Connect -Key stakeholder reference group; SA’s health plan for older people 2008-2016- Improving health and wellbeing together; Member, Alzheimer’s Consumer Alliance SA; Member, Health Consumer Research Partnership, SA Health and Medical Research Institute.
  • OzAsia Ambassador – promoting OsAsia festival and programs to wider community  since  inception in 2007
  • Assist with migration and new arrival issues and concerns with Murray Bridge and beyond with multicultural communities since 2005
  • Has been assisting the wider Chinese community since 1994 in most matters especially in areas of health and well being
  • Inaugural member with other Community leaders in assisting the Foreign Affairs office of China to put on cultural concert from China in the last 10 years.
  • Has worked with others on the Multicultural Festival of SA Inc. to provide SA with 5 consecutive successful annual Festivals that involve and showcase the diverse cultures in SA; Chinatown Festivals in SA and numerous educational forums within the communities both within SA and Australia.
  • Director, Youth sub-committee , Rotary Club of Adelaide West 2015
  • Has been an effective Professional Development Officer for the College of Health Services Executives of SA Inc. for 12 years providing health forums and educational to SA Health Executives as well as linking to National management issues.
  • Several years’ experience owning aged care agency providing support for clients who want to stay at home
  • Several years working as consultants and business coach for small and medium companies,.
  • Act as mentor for small start up businesses
  • Has been on small business advisory to the Minister in South Australia
  •  Commitment to thorough research and analyse problems
  •  Has been Chair of Women’s Subcommittee, MCCSA; Member on Women’s Advisory Committee to SAMEAC; key projects: Women and financial literacy; dementia; domestic violence etc.
  •  Previous Member on the Volunteer Ministerial Advisory Group(VMAG)for Minister for Volunteer for several years; member on VMAG task force - projects team: Sharing Government Infrastructures with communities; CALD and new arrivals on volunteerism and pathways to work
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member as well as an energetic individual to lead an organisation to realise its goals.
  • Ability to achieve objectives through motivating and inspiring individuals and teams.
  • President Elect for Rotary club of Adelaide West 2016/2017 District 9500, Australia
  • Invited to be one of the judges for Real Estate Institute of SA (REISA) 2016 for the REISA Awards for Excellence
  • Included in the   SA’s 2009 Women’s Honour Roll
  •  Woman of Distinction Award- Asian Pacific Business Council for Women 2004.
  • Appointed as Justice of the Peace for South Australia in 2011
  • President of Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc.(CWS) 2011-2015.  CWS has been assisting the Chinese Community in SA with various settlement and advocacy programs since 1991 and providing Senior Home and Community Care (HACC) to the Chinese community with services. Assist overseas Chinese students in various areas of living concerns: health care needs; crisis resolutions etc. in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy to Australia (no consular service in SA).
  • Proven good interpersonal skill in communication with a broad range of people, ability to communicate ideas clearly, has active listening skills.
  •  Demonstrated sound problem solving, human resource management, conflict resolution, crisis management, and the ability to direct, manage and work with people.
  • Have language skills in Chinese Mandarin, English, Various Chinese Dialects, and Malay


Qualifications & Memberships

  • MBA, University of SA 1997
  • BN, University of SA 1980
  • Justice of the Peace, South Australia
  • Past Member, Volunteer Ministerial Advisory Group
  • Past Member, Volunteer Ministerial Task Force
  • Associate Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Manage, AustralAsia.
  • Executive Board Member, Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia Inc.
  • Member; Past President, Chinatown of Adelaide South Australia Inc.
  • President, Chinese Welfare Services of South Australia Inc.
  • Deputy Chair, Multicultural Festival of South Australia Inc.
  • Previous Chair, Women’s Subcommittee, MCCSA
  • Past Member, Women’s Advisory Committee to SAMEAC
  • Selection Panel, Inaugural Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2008,to 2014
  • Immediate Past President, MBA Alumni, University of South Australia.
  • Past Member, Cervix Screening Program South Australia Advisory Group
  • Chair, Consumer Advisory Group, Breast Screen SA Program
  • Member, Breast screen SA Accreditation Advisory Committee of SA
  • Member, BreastScreen SA Digital Program Steering Committee
  • Member, Alzheimer’s Consumer Alliance SA
  • Member, Rotary Club of Adelaide West
  • Member, Health Consumers Research Partnership Reference Group to SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHRMI)
  • Past Member, Clinical Governance Standing Committee of Central Northern Area Health Services (CNAHS)
  • Past Member, Health Connect SA stakeholder reference group
  • Member, Murraylands Multicultural Migration and Settlement Committee
  • Member, Project Reference Group, South Australia’s health plan for older people – Improving health and wellbeing together 2008-2016
  • Member, Australia Day Council, SA
  • Asian Pacific Business Council for Women – The Asian Pacific Council for Women of Distinction Award in 2004.

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