Care Opinion Australia is run by a small but growing team of people, with the support, help and guidance of very many more.
Michael Greco, Co-Founder and CEO
Michael is one of the founding Directors and CEO of Care Opinion Australia which is a not-for-profit charity. In the UK, Professor Greco was Patient Experience Director for the NHS National Clinical Governance Support Team and the National Primary Care Development Team. In Australia, he is a Director on a number of not-for-profit Boards. He holds professor and senior research fellow posts at the School of Medicine, Griffith University (Australia) and the Medical School, University of Exeter (United Kingdom). His academic background focused on healthcare, evaluation and clinical pastoral education, and includes a PhD in medical education and a Bachelor of Theology.
I have worked in the area of patient experience since 1995 when I co-founded an international organisation focused on providing clinicians and healthcare practitioners with patient feedback for accreditation.
Following on from the success of this business, in 2011 I went on to be the co-founder of Care Opinion Australia, then known as Patient Opinion. This decision I credit to my belief in public feedback being complementary to the work of my earlier organisation, which was metric-based. Care Opinion, on the other hand, focuses more on narrative-based feedback or ‘storytelling’, as we prefer to call it.
After spending time in England to better understand the work of Care Opinion UK, I laboured tirelessly in ensuring that the platform performed productively across the Australian population and in particular, through a not-for-profit medium.
I have two degrees in demography and economics, with the emphasis being on population studies.
Alicia Reid, Patient Experience Lead/Operations Manager
I'm very excited to be in this role leading the day-to-day operations and supporting Care Opinion Australia's partners and stakeholders to make true person-centred health systems improvement. Care Opinion has a unique and special placed in our health system. The ability for anyone to provide feedback through the story of their experience, in their own words, directly to the service and providers who delivered it to them opens up a dialogue for improvement and culture change that is unparalleled.
I am thrilled to be making a positive contribution to the future in health and community services that has the patient at the centre, where services are safe and will listen and respond to the communities they serve. I think we all deserve that.
Rebecca Somerville, Client Liaison Lead
I am your ‘go-to person’ for assistance with questions around stories posted on Care Opinion. I am here to help anyone having trouble with how to reply to a story, needing advice regarding the appropriate resources for their facility and guidance with what is done elsewhere that may be useful to you.
Joslyne Smith, Project Officer
Sarah Higgins, Administration and Communications Officer
Ellen Margaret, Moderation Lead
During the moderation process, I will make sure the story is assigned to the correct healthcare service, passes our publication criteria and is tagged for searching and reporting purposes. There are times when I will need to make minor changes to an author’s story to protect their anonymity and fit within our policy. However, I work hard to only alter what is absolutely necessary so as to not detract from the author’s meaning or authenticity. I will often need to contact authors and health service providers over the course of a story’s journey, so keep a look out for my emails in your mail inbox!