Hepatitis B Free is a group of passionate volunteers from diverse backgrounds who want to give back and make a difference.
Associate Professor Alice Lee, Co-Founder & Director
Associate Professor Alice Lee is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, clinical associate professor at Macquarie University and currently leads the liver services at Concord and Canterbury Hospitals, where she is a senior staff member. A graduate from the University of Sydney, Associate Professor Lee completed a PhD in liver disease (Sydney University) and remains active in teaching and clinical research. In addition to providing general gastroenterology services, she has extensive experience in viral hepatitis.
Sue Huntley, Co-founder & Director
Sue Huntley is a Clinical Research Consultant, and after many years of nursing Sue owns her own research company and is working in various areas of clinical research and project management. Sue has volunteered for many Charity groups on projects globally.
Dr David Hilmers, Director & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hilmers is a Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Center for Space Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In addition to teaching, his clinical pursuits have included international HIV, pediatrics special needs, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, and inpatient internal medicine. His research interests have included infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and Ebola, as well as refugee health, micronutrient malnutrition, and metabolic syndrome. He has done volunteer service and disaster relief work throughout the world. He served as a member and first chairman of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s User Panel. Prior to entering medical school at the age of 42, he was a Marine Corps colonel, aviator and electrical engineer and served as a NASA astronaut on four space shuttle missions.
Mr Kar Chua, Director & Company Treasurer
Mr. Chua is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has a range of experience in assisting a number of ASX-listed companies with their financial, taxation and corporate secretarial reporting, in addition to having a background in reporting responsibilities for multi-national companies, small and medium-sized enterprises. Currently, he holds the position of Associate Director at Enrizen Financial Group Pty Ltd and is also Company Secretary of ASX listed companies, Gateway Mining Limited; and an unlisted coal exploration company, Futura Resources Limited. Mr. Chua was appointed to the board on 1 March 2019.
Melissa Kermeen, Secretary
Melissa Kermeen is a Registered Nurse specialising in Hepatology as a Clinical Trial Coordinator at Concord Hospital. Her passion is viral hepatitis and believes that prevention is always better than cure and that effective healthcare is a basic human right. Originally from Ballarat, Victoria Melissa has made Sydney her home after living abroad and travelling to many developing countries.
Peter McGhee, Legal Counsel
Peter McGhee has diverse experience working as a solicitor for 22 years. This has included acting as Executive Officer and Principal Solicitor of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service, teaching at UTS Law Faculty and working at the NSW Attorney General’s Department in inquiries before the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Currently he is Senior Legal Officer at the Department of Education.
Carrie Lee, Project Manager Assistant
Carrie Lee is a medical student with a growing passion for global health and finding ways to improve health where access and resources are limited. Carrie travelled to Papua New Guinea with Hepatitis B Free for the first time in January 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. Her roles include photographing and documenting, fundraising, and facilitating ways for students to put their creativity and skills to use.
Fiona Doukas, Pharmacist
Moe Moe Thinn, Medical Officer
Dr Moe Moe Thinn graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales after completing her high school education in Myanmar. She is currently working at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network to become a paediatrician. She joined the Hepatitis B Free team following the loss of her beloved father from liver related illness in 2013. Moe travelled to Papua New Guinea in 2015 and Myanmar in 2016 for screening and vaccination in remote villages and orphanages. She is actively involved in promoting awareness of hepatitis B in the local migrant community in Australia. Her passion towards volunteering in the area of need grows, working with dedicated team members, inspired by her late father, and with the support from her partner and family.