NACCHO Board

NACCHO’s Board of Directors is comprised of:

• The Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson who are elected by delegates from Member Organisations at an Annual General Meeting, for terms of three years each; and

• 14 Directors who are elected by delegates of Member Organisations at Annual General Meetings in their individual States and Territories – two each from NT, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, and WA, and one each from Tasmania and the ACT.

Past chairs include

Dr Puggy Hunter – NACCHO Chairperson 1991-2001
Ms Pat Anderson – NACCHO Chairperson 2002-2003
Dr Naomi Mayers – Acting Chairperson 2001 & 2005
Mr Henry Councillor – NACCHO Chairperson 2001-2002, 2003, 2005-2007
Mr Tony McCartney – NACCHO Chairperson 2003-2005
Dr Mick Adams – NACCHO Chairperson 2007-2009
Mr Justin Mohamed – NACCHO Chairperson 2009-2014
Mr Matthew Cooke – NACCHO Chairperson 2014 – 2017

The NACCHO Board

John Singer- South Australia

Chairman – Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Mr Singer’s family is from Ngaangtjara, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunyatjara Lands, which is the cross-border area of Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. He began working in community control at the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service where he started his health worker training, later completed in the late 1980’s with the Nganampa Health Council. John worked in Community Administration from 1989 to 1996 at Iwantja, Fregon, Pukatjaand Papunya. In 1997, he became the Manager of Iwantja Clinic, which is one of Nganampa Health Council’s clinics. In 2000, he was appointed Director of the Nganampa Health Council and still holds this position today. Over the years, John has participated on several Boards and Committees, including NACCHO. He was on the Board of the Aboriginal Health Council of SA Inc. (a representative since 1998 and Chairperson 2005, 2006–2009), Country Health SA, and the Anangu Remote Health Alliance (He was Chairperson 2005 and 2006). John has a good understanding of governance, community control and government structures, and is very committed to improving the health and well-being of all urban, regional and remote Indigenous people. With most of NACCHO’s members’ 302 clinics in regional and remote areas, Mr. Singer said his life time of working in remote community controlled health clinic services will be critical in his national advocacy of unique issues facing our ACCHO’s. “Aboriginal people still have far higher mortality rates than the average population and die at much younger ages. Despite government intentions to ‘close the gap’, the problem isn’t getting any better. Chronic disease and preventable health conditions are taking a toll on our communities and we need to find innovative ways to move the dial toward better health outcomes”, he said.

Donnella Mills- Queensland

Deputy Chair. Donnella is a Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir in the Torres Strait. She is a Cairns–based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership through a partnership with LawRight. This innovative Health Justice Partnership is an exciting model of providing access to justice, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to provide better health outcomes and access to justice for patients with legal issues. Donella said “she was very excited about the opportunity to contribute to working the new Chairperson, the new board and the NACCHO Executive to drive the national health debate, develop community led solution and to champion why Community-Controlled is the pinnacle model in achieving greater autonomy and self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Utilising a legal lens in which to view health, social justice human rights and access to justice my commitment is to deliver expanded and enhanced innovative health services that are community driven and community led, addressing core systemic social determinant issues that have a direct impact on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Donnella said.

Donna Ah Chee- Northern Territory

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Adrian Carson- Queensland

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health

Kieran Chilcott- Queensland

Kalwun Health Service

Raylene Foster- Tasmania

Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

Vicki Holmes- South Australia

Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia

Rod Jackson- Victoria

Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative

John Mitchell- Victoria

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

Scott Monaghan- New South Whales

Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal corporation

Vicki O’Donnell- Western Australia

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service

Olga Havnen- Northern Territory

Danila Dilba Health Service

Julie Tongs- Australian Capital Territory

Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Service

Patricia Turner- Australian Capital Territory

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation