Kidsafe NSW promotes child injury prevention and education in an effort to preserve and protect the lives of our children.

Kidsafe NSW Council



Dr Nicholas Cheng MB BS BSc(MED) DCH FRACP

Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Children‘s Hospital Westmead

Dr Cheng is involved in the treatment and prevention of all aspects of childhood injuries, especially children with burns. He is directly involved in the care of children with everything from minor injuries to life-threatening trauma. He is committed to training others to treat injured children and is a senior instructor in the Emergency Management of Severe Trauma and Emergency Management of Severe Burns Courses for local and international doctors and nurses. He is also involved in local, Australia-wide and global research into children's emergencies, including burn injuries, trauma and poisoning.

Dr Cheng believes that the most effective way to reduce childhood injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This is especially true of accidental injuries, where innovations based on solid research have produced steady reductions in death and injury from accidents in children over several decades. His commitment to the work of Kidsafe NSW reflects this view

Deputy Chair    

Dr Julie Brown

Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia

Australian Research Council APDI Fellow

Conjoint Lecturer, School of Medicine UNSW

Dr Julie Brown is a Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and leads a research group that aims to reduce the burden of injury by identifying implementable and effective countermeasures. Julie and her team do this by studying the mechanisms of injury at a population level as well as the underlying biomechanical mechanisms of injury, and by studying the factors influencing injury outcome and developing interventions to target these factors. They aim to provide necessary levels of evidence upon which countermeasures, including strategic injury prevention policies can be developed. Julie is currently working on research related to:- children traveling in cars and using off-road motorcycles; understanding risk factors for home based injury to children including falls from windows and balconies, driveway run overs and trampoline related injuries.


Ms Lynn Kraus

US CPA, Member of Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Sydney Managing Partner – Ernst & Young

Lynn is the Sydney Managing Partner for Ernst & Young. As Office Managing Partner of the Sydney office, Lynn is responsible for the firm’s go-to-market and client service strategies in Australia’s largest city.  Recently, Lynn led the integration of over 40 regional Ernst & Young offices in Asia-Pacific bringing together over 22,000 people.

Lynn is also a Partner in the Transaction Integration team. She has 19 years experience advising clients in the financial services, government and real estate sectors. Lynn’s integration experience includes target operating model design, synergies, integration blueprints and overall stakeholder engagement and communications. 

Lynn is also the Chairman of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusiveness Council and is passionate about supporting the advancement of women in the business community. 



Ms Kristy Abbott 

MHealthSc, BA (Psych)


After working for over 10 years in injury prevention, Kristy is now a part-time consultant working primarily on safety and injury prevention programs for not-for-profit organisations. Kristy has a background in Psychology and has a Masters in Behavioural Health Science. Kristy is committed to viewing injury prevention from an ‘upstream’ perspective and has an interest in identifying social and environmental factors that impact on injury risk.  



Dr Susan Adams MBBS  FRACS

Staff Specialist, Head of Department, Paediatric Surgery

Sydney Children’sHospital, Randwick

Susan Adams is a general Paediatric Surgeon who trained at Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital, Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool UK. She has an interest in childhood injury prevention, having been on the Kidsafe Council since 1996 and as a member of the NSW Child Death Review Team. She is proud to be part of an innovative, skilled surgical team at Sydney Children’s Hospital where she now heads the Surgical Division. Susan also runs the Vascular Anomalies service, and has an active interest in ensuring paediatric surgical services reach those who need them close to where they live.  Susan values collaborating with other researchers in the area of trauma and childhood injury prevention. 


Professor Kathleen Clapham

PhD BA (Honours) Professor (Indigenous Health)

Australian Health Services Research Institute

University of Wollongong

Kathleen, a descendent of the Murrawarri people of far western New South Wales, currently holds the position of Professor of Indigenous Health in the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong. She is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. Kathleen has a BA (Honours 1st Class) and PhD in Anthropology. Kathleen is currently Chief Investigator on several NHMRC and ARC funded  projects. Her research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has focused strongly on injury prevention and safety promotion, child health, and improving access to health and other services for Indigenous Australians. She is also involved in developing local and regional partnerships in her community, the Illawarra region of NSW.


Mr David Howarth

David is a part-time competition and consumer lawyer and policy consultant (and full-time father). He has worked as a telecommunications competition lawyer in private practice (Corrs Chambers Westgarth/ Freehills), as an investigator at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, an adviser at the Attorney-General’s Department (Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs), and at consumer organisation CHOICE. He has published a number of competition law articles and book chapters in Australian and European publications. He has degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney, and Masters degrees from the University of NSW and the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is currently completing a doctorate in competition law at the University of Heidelberg.



Dr Rebecca Ivers

PhD Injury Epidemiology, Masters of Public Health

Director, Injury Division

The George Institute for Global Health

Professor Rebecca Ivers is the Director of the Injury Division at the George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, immediate past President of the Australian Injury Prevention Network and board member of the Road Traffic Injury Research Network. She is trained in epidemiology and public health and directs a research program with a strong focus on prevention of injury in children, including studies on child restraints, adolescent risk taking, and road safety in Aboriginal populations.



Dr Nick Pigott FRACP

Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit,

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Nick is currently an intensive care specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  Prior to this he worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital and at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. At Sydney Children’s Hospital he also held the position of Trauma Director.

Nick has particular interests in trauma, cardiac intensive care and human factors, and is undertaking a Masters degree in Health Law at the University of Sydney.



Ms Sarah Adams

MN Ed; Grad Cert (Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing)

Acting CNC Trauma – Trauma Coordinator

Sarah is a paediatric and neonatal critical care nurse with 23 years combined experience in these specialties. Clinical experience has been achieved whilst working in the paediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care and paediatric/neonatal retrieval settings.

Sarah's clinical expertise is coupled with formal qualifications in paediatric cardiothoracic, neonatal intensive care & a Master’s degree focused on education. Sarah has fulfilled senior nursing positions throughout the last 17 years specifically within the field of nursing education, and more recently as a Trauma Coordinator (CNC). 



Mr Christopher Zinn

Mr Zinn holds a MA Geography (Oxford) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (University of Wales)

Christopher Zinn has worked for 25 years within the print media, broadcasting and consumer organisations in Australia and overseas as a journalist, presenter, producer, media spokesman and campaign director.

He is Director, Campaigns and Communications, Adviser Ratings and the spokesman for the FiftyUp Club. He previously worked at  CHOICE and been  Director of Campaigns for One Big Switch, a consumer network.

Mr Zinn is currently the Director of, a consumer empowerment initiative; and a Board Member of the Australian Youth Mentorship Network and the new statutory body Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW.