Community Panel member

Appointed December 2016

Catherine Poutasi was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand and moved to Wollongong, Australia in 2013 with her husband and two children.

She has quickly made in-roads into her new community and is an active community volunteer in the Illawarra region, as well as taking on a position with the Management Committee of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra.

Catherine has a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology and is of Samoan and New Zealand-European descent.  

Catherine is the Chair of the Pasifika Foundation in New Zealand which is a Non-Government Organisation with a vision to improve the health, education and social outcomes of Pasifika families. Catherine is also the Director of Integrity Professionals, a small consultancy specialising in project management, service reviews and evaluations. The consultancy partners with culturally and linguistically diverse groups in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

She has extensive experience in both health and social services as a Principal Consultant and has operated her own business since 2007. Before that she held senior roles in the New Zealand public health system.