Board and committees

Board of Directors

The board of directors of Arthritis Australia is made up of corporate, health and community representatives who are committed to:

  • developing further initiatives for assisting Australians with arthritis,
  • restricting the rate of growth of arthritis in Australia,
  • ensuring arthritis is on the national agenda, and
  • advocating world class research into the disease.
Kristine Riethmiller


Board Member of Arthritis Australia 2008-2011 and re-elected in 2013. Chair since 2017.

Director and Secretary of Arthritis ACT from 2006 to 2013.

Kristine is a professional management consultant who advises government, private sector and not-for-profit organisations on governance, strategy and people management. Kristine has been in private practice since 1998 and is based in Canberra.  Previously she held Senior Executive and Executive positions in Territory and Commonwealth Government agencies.  Kristine is a partner at Vu Ja De Partners, Director of KMR Consulting and sits on a number of advisory bodies as a small business or industry representative.

Roger Mattar

Deputy Chair - BComm/LLB (UNSW) Member AICD

Arthritis Australia Board Member since 2010. Former Chair (2014-2017). Deputy Chair since 2017.

Mr Mattar commenced legal work as a student volunteer at Redfern Legal Centre while completing his commerce/law degree at UNSW. Following his graduation he worked as a paralegal and later as a solicitor in a large national law firm in the property, construction and banking practice groups. Since 1997 he has been a solicitor at Kemp Strang lawyers where he was appointed a partner in the Property Banking and Finance (Commercial) Group in 2004. Roger practises in the area of property, leasing, banking and finance.

Wayne Jarman

Treasurer - Grad Dip Fin AMP (Harvard) FAICD

Arthritis Australia Board member since 2007. Treasurer since 2010.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Finance and Treasury Association, Wayne consults for the service firm Deloitte, Maddocks Lawyers and Burnvoir, an advisory firm in the Infrastructure and Resources sectors. Wayne is also Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of Altius Asset Management.

Prior to these engagements Wayne was Executive Director of the NSW Government Asset Management Task Force which had carriage of a number of NSW Government asset sales. Earlier, Wayne was Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and CEO of TCorp, the New South Wales Government’s Central Borrowing Authority, a position he held for a period of ten years.

Assoc Prof Susanna Proudman

Medical Director - MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Medical Director since 2014.

Assoc Prof Proudman is also a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee. Susanna is a Senior Consultant and Director of Rheumatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. She is Chair of the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group.

Wendy Favorito

Consumer Director - BAppSc (Sp. Path.)(Hons)

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Consumer Director since 2010.

Mrs Favorito is well-versed with what it means to live with arthritis and, through her personal and professional experiences, with the health system and services provided. She currently  works part-time as a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Sydney.

At the age of six years, Wendy was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). In her teens and early 20s she actively assisted Arthritis New South Wales in their JIA activities, including being a member of the Working Committee for their inaugural JIA Camp. These annual camps continue to be a popular and effective support for children in NSW and interstate.

Wendy recognises the importance of widespread arthritis awareness & education and believes the support of family, friends, health professionals and workplace are paramount in managing your arthritis.

Michael Touma

Director – MBA (Macquarie), M.Comm (UNSW) & CPA

Arthritis Australia Board Member since May 2018 and member of the Finance Advisory Committee.

Mr Touma has had more twenty years senior leadership experience, including Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Finance Director and Executive Director roles in subsidiaries of multi-nationals and Australian family owned groups, wide knowledge across diverse industries including consumer goods, distribution, transport and 3rd party logistics.

Michael has completed the AICD’s Company Director’s course and was a Non-Executive Director of Learning Links form 2015 to 2016.

Emeritus Directors

Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Dr Mona Marabani


A practising rheumatologist, Dr Mona Marabani was president of Arthritis Australia from 2006 to 2010.  Dr Marabani has previously served the Australian Rheumatology Association as vice-president and councillor, the NSW Branch as Honorary Secretary and the NSW Advanced Trainee Selection Committee as Chair. She maintains an active interest in health education, equity and advocacy.

Prof Patrick McNeil

MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP GradDipHEd

Professor Patrick McNeil served as Chair of Arthritis Australia from 2010-2014.  Patrick is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.


His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove

AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


Ainslie Cahill

CEO - Secretary of Arthritis Australia

Ms Cahill is CEO and Secretary of Arthritis Australia. She has been a driving force in achieving significant investment in musculoskeletal research, awareness & education and health consumer advocacy and, along with her team, has built Arthritis Australia’s reach and evidence-based products and services.

In 2011 Ainslie was bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) for her outstanding contribution to CHF over many years and for her commitment to achieving improved health outcomes for all health consumers.

She served on Australian Government’s Life Saving Drugs Program Review Reference Group; Clinical Trials Advisory Committee and Comcare Health Benefits of Work Advisory Group.

As well as being a strong and effective health consumer advocate, Ainslie has had a distinguished senior management career in publishing, film & television and vocational education.

Andrew Mills

Deputy CEO - B.Ec (USYD).

Andrew was appointed Deputy CEO at Arthritis Australia in November 2017. Prior to this, he was General Manager Marketing & Communications with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (now Dementia Australia). Andrew’s role is to seek better outcomes for people living with arthritis by raising the voice, visibility and sustainability of the organisation. Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, branding, communications, PR, business development and senior management roles, across a range of industries including Hospitals and Healthcare, Not-For-Profit, Consumer Products, Information Technology, and Oil & Gas – including seven years working in Asia.

Scientific Advisory Committee

This committee provides the Arthritis Australia Board with medical expertise

Assoc Prof Peter Youssef

Chair - MBBS (Hons) FRACP PhD

Prof Peter Youssef is a staff specialist in rheumatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. His research interests are in the mechanisms of joint damage in inflammatory arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and the effects of therapy on the synovium.

Prof James Bertouch


Prof Jim Bertouch is a consultant rheumatologist and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. He is Chairman at the Department of Rheumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Chairman and Head of Rheumatology Department Committee NSW and ACT and, Chairman and Convenor Friday Rheumatology Group. In 2014, he was appointed Chairman of the Governance and Compliance Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association.

Proving his commitment to health consumers and medical research, Prof Bertouch was the official doctor and member of the Ascent for Arthritis Group which climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 2007. The group raised $95,000 for the Arthritis Australia National Research Program, specifically for projects associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Prof Peter Brooks AM

AM MD FRACP FAFRM FAFPHM FRCP (Glas, Edin) MD Hon Causa (Lund)

Prof Brooks is Hon Prof Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne and Research Lead Northern Health Epping. He is the author of more than 400 publications in the areas of rheumatic diseases, drug therapy and psychological aspects of chronic disease. He has been a major driver of health workforce and education reform and has a strong research agenda around patient participation and digital health.

Dr Julien de Jager


Dr de Jager is Senior Visiting Rheumatologist at the Gold Coast Hospital and a visiting consultant rheumatologist at Allamanda and Pindara private hospitals in Queensland. He is an international fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a past president of the Australian Rheumatology Association. As of early 2011, Dr de Jager is also a Professor of Medicine at Griffith University.

Anna Dorai Raj

FRCP FRACP GradCert Higher Education

Dr Dorai Raj is a rheumatologist in private practice in Canberra and a visiting medical officer at the Canberra Hospital. She is also a clinical lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School.

Dr Scott Graf

Dr Scott Graf is a practising rheumatologist with a broad interest across all areas of rheumatology including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, vasculitis and connective tissue diseases. Dr Graf has a particular interest in the management of gout and is involved in research and education in this area.

Prof David Hunter


Prof Hunter is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus is clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis. He is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital and Chair of the Institute of Bone and Joint Research.

Prof Graeme Jones


Prof Jones is Chair of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee. He is Head of the Musculoskeletal Theme at the Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania and a rheumatologist in private practice.

Prof Michelle Leech


Prof Leech is also a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee. Michelle is a research fellow at Monash University Melbourne, and Director of Clinical Teaching Programs at Monash Southern Clinical School. She is also a consultant rheumatologist at Monash Medical Centre.

Dr Mona Marabani


A practising rheumatologist, Dr Mona Marabani was president of Arthritis Australia from 2006 to 2010.  Dr Marabani has previously served the Australian Rheumatology Association as vice-president and councillor, the NSW Branch as Honorary Secretary and the NSW Advanced Trainee Selection Committee as Chair. She maintains an active interest in health education, equity and advocacy.

Dr Andrew Taylor


Dr Taylor is a consultant rheumatologist at Royal Perth Hospital, and the Fiona Stanley Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Western Australia, and is engaged in private practice at St John of God Healthcare, Murdoch. He is past head of the Rheumatology Unit and Director of the Goatcher Clinical Research Unit at Royal Perth Hospital.