Medi Aid Committee

The business and general affairs of Medi Aid are under the management of the Committee.

Dr John Knight

Dr John Knight AM, MB BS

Dr. J Knight is the Founder of Medi Aid Centre Foundation, along with his wife Mrs. Noreen Knight, a Registered Nurse. He graduated from Medicine at Sydney University in February 1953. Since then he has worked as a General Medical Practitioner in the country (for three years), and then at Eastwood and North Ryde, Sydney suburbs. He is a Member of the Australian Medical Association, Life Member of the Ku-Ring-Gai District Medical Association (a medical group affiliated with the AMA). He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999, for services to elderly Australians, and also for an extensive career in the media promoting good health for Australians.

Dr Peter M Knight

Dr Peter M Knight M.Ec, CA, FCPA

Peter Knight graduated Macquarie University with an Economics Degree and also completed a Masters Degree. During that time he was involved in the design of the Financial Accounting and Control course at Macquarie University. He was one of the founding Partners of Hayes Knight which was established in 1994. He was often called upon to provide advice regarding growth strategies and corporate restructuring. He is a Divisional Councillor with the NSW Division of CPA Australia and has been actively involved with the CPA's over the years including being Deputy President of the NSW Division.

Dr Leon Clark

Dr Carolyn Catton MB BS

Dr. Catton graduated from Medicine at the University of Queensland in 1975. She worked at Mackay and Toowoomba hospitals in Queensland as a medical officer then Launceston Hospital for a year. She then accepted an appointment to a large Hong Kong Hospital where she worked for the next fifteen years. Carolyn returned to Brisbane where she now works as a family practitioner in the medical practice operated for many years by her parents who were both general practitioners and members of the Medi Aid committee.

Dr Geoffrey Heise

Dr Geoffrey Heise MB, BS, BSc

Dr Heise graduated from University of NSW in 1978. He then worked as RMO at St Vincent's Hospital then the Sydney Adventist Hospital (did FMP) and has been a family general practitioner firstly in a solo then group practice at Beecroft, Sydney. He is an active member of the Australian Medical Association, and its affiliate the Ku-Ring-Gai District Medical Association (where he was President). He has been very active in doctor training programmes.

Mr John Brennan

Mr John Brennan OAM

Mr Brennan has guided Sydney radio over a lifetime, and is best known for his remarkable ability at connecting with the public, knowing what they want to hear on the airwaves. He served rural radio at Wagga Wagga, before returning to Sydney to take Radio 2SM to the leading position where it stayed for many years. He later moved to Radio 2UE, and similarly moved this to the Number One position in Sydney. Here it stayed for many years. With management changes, he then moved to Radio 2GB, and similarly brought that station to No One position. His unusual talent is with people, discovering and training "new talent", teaching and training them until their names often became household names in radio. Mr Brennan was awarded the OAM for his contribution to society via the media of radio. He has been the instigator of a vast range of benevolent and goodwill initiatives to benefit society.

Dr Carolyn Catton

Dr Leon Clark MB, BS (Syd), 1968, MRCOG (1972) FRANZ COG (1979) FRCOG (1987) FAICD (2013)

Dr Clark commenced his career as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist , subsequently specialising in Infertility and In Vitro Fertilisation and commenced his career in senior hospital management as Medical Executive Officer at Sydney Adventist Hospital in 1991. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and then subsequently Group Chief Executive Officer with the formation of the Adventist HealthCare Group in 2012. Subsequent to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Dr Clark transformed Sydney Adventist Hospital from a loss-making organisation to one with an industry-leading profit margin and annual revenue now in excess of $300 million. He currently heads a hospital development program which will increase the inpatient overnight beds at Sydney Adventist Hospital to 540, with a total bed count in excess of 800.

Dr John Beattie

Dr John Beattie OAM M.B.B.S, F.R.A.C.P

Dr Beattie received the Australian Order for service to medicine through administrative roles and to the disciplines of cardiology and general medicine. He was also Chairman, Medical Staff Council, Ryde Hospital, 2001-2009; Chairman, Division of Medicine; Chairman of Physicians, 1990-2000; Clinical Lecturer in Medicine, 1981-2009. He was active in retaining services at Ryde Hospital and involved in the development of Diabetes Service. He was also President, Ku-ring-gai District Medical Association, 1992, 2001 and 2008; Treasurer, 1994-2000 and 2002-2006; and Committee Member, 2007. He has been a member, Australian Medical Association, since 1970.

Mr David Swain

Mr David Swain BLegs, LLM, Dip Crim

Mr Swain graduated in Law from Macquarie University in 1983 and Sydney University in 1989. David is a Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia. After working or the Commonwealth Bank and in private practice David entered NSW Government service working as a Lawyer and Manager in criminal, administrative and health law. He worked for the attorney General's Department, Legal Courts Administration, Legal Aid Commission, NSW Health Department, Health Care Complaints Commission and Department of Premier and Cabinet. David has been a Justice of the Peace, Coroner, Law Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and Legal Member of the Chiropractors Board and Council. David is a Member of the State Emergency Services (SES), Law Society of NSW and Northern Metropolitan Law Society. He is also an Executive Member of the Greater Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Standing Sub-committees appointed by the Committee are given the responsibility of carrying out specific initiatives. These sub­committees meet regularly, and report back to the Committee who either ratifies or rejects or modifies the recommendations. The Sub-committees at present are the Management Sub Committee and the Assisted Housing Sub-Committee. Members of these sub­committees are the Chairperson, the Secretary, the Joint CEOs and another committee person. 

Management Sub-Committee

This sub-committee meets weekly, follows an agenda which is minuted. The items in the agenda include the weekly cash flow and NAB balances, occupancy of all units, vacancy factor of all units, maintenance of properties and management reports (which are tabled monthly), correspondence which may include general requests by residents or other matters. 

Assisted Housing Sub-Committee

This sub-committee also reports weekly. All applications for accommodation are directed to this sub-committee. Inquiry comes from a variety of sources, being word of mouth, by residents and delegates, from media exposure, from advertising usually in newspapers, sometimes radio, and other diverse avenues. Newspaper media exposure on the Gold Coast is often considerable. Applications for the assisted housing sub-committee (charity units) are given priority. These applicants are invariably in a desperate situation, have no funds, no financial reserves, are often abandoned by family, and have no recourse to ready accommodation from government or other agencies or have been on waiting lists for years. Each applicant is considered, and recommendations made, which also depends on the availability of accommodation. In addition, applications of all kind are considered by this sub-committee. Residents requiring low level care assistance and respite are also given urgent attention. The recommendation of the sub-committee is then available for consideration by the Committee. 

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