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 Kate Hunter

Kate Hunter is a NSW Health Early and Mid Career Research Fellow (2017-2019) and Senior Research Fellow with the Injury Division at The George Institute for Global Health. She has over fifteen years’ experience in injury prevention research and has produced several reports and guidelines currently in use by Australian government and non-government organisations.



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. 


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 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.


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.


Dr Emma Webster

Dr Webster is Senior Lecturer in Rural Research at the School of Rural Health, University of Sydney. In addition to teaching Population Medicine to Stage 3 in Sydney Medical School MD, this role involves teaching research, supporting clinicians to undertake research and allows Dr Webster to pursue her research interests: undertaking health services research to drive improvements in care for rural communities, public health research relevant to rural communities, and; co-design and development of research which strengthens Aboriginal ways of knowing and doing. As a result she has a broad knowledge of research designs and experience in a wide range of topic areas.