NACCHO Board

NACCHO's Board consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair and 14 directors. The Chair and Deputy Chair are elected by NACCHO members for three-year terms. The 14 directors are nominated by affiliates in each state and territory. Two each from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, SA, and the Northern Territory, and one each from Tasmania and the ACT.

NACCHO Board of Directors

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Donnella Mills

NACCHO Chair

Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is Deputy Chair of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – NACCHO and member of James Cook University Council. For the past 7 years, Donnella has been 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 most recently was the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community-controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Chris Bin Kali

NACCHO Deputy Chair

Christopher (Chips) Bin Kali was born in Derby WA and is a Gija/Bardi man from the Kimberley region. Chris started in the health field as Director/Chairperson of Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) and BRAMS before being appointed as the CEO of BRAMS. Chris is currently on the boards of BRAMS (local), KAMS (regional) and AHCWA (state).

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Donna Ah Chee

CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation

Donna is the CEO of CAAC, an Aboriginal community controlled primary healthcare organisation servicing Alice Springs and nearby remote communities. A Bundgalung woman from the far north coast of NSW, Donna has lived in Alice Springs for over 25 years and has been actively involved in Aboriginal affairs for many years. Donna is a board director of AMSANT, NACCHO and the NT Primary Health Network.

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LaVerne Bellear

CEO of Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern

LaVerne is from the Bundjalung Nation (North Coast NSW). She is currently the Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited, Redfern Chief of Staff. LaVerne was the former Director of Aboriginal Health, Northern Sydney Local Health District, where her role was to develop various Aboriginal health models of care and develop and implement strategic health plans for the local community.

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Adrian Carson

CEO Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)

Adrian Carson is a Cobble Cobble man from Queensland’s Western Downs Region who was born and spent majority of his life on Turrbal and Jagera country in Brisbane. Adrian has almost thirty years’ experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. He is currently the CEO of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) Ltd in South East Queensland (SEQ), and has held this role for over 10 years. Adrian is a former CEO of Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane Ltd – Queensland’s first Community Controlled Health Service – and is a founder member of the Galangoor Duwalami Health Service within Queensland’s Fraser Coast Region.

Adrian holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Griffith University and is completing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland.

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Matt Cooke
Matthew Cooke

Gladstone Region Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Service T/A Nhulundu Health Service

Matthew is a proud Aboriginal Man from the Byellee people in Gladstone. He has a strong background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs having served as both a Company Director and CEO for more than 15 years. His active involvement spans all jurisdictions; local, regional, state and national including representation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. 

 

Matthew’s current leadership roles include Chairperson of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Executive Chairman of the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng Taribelang Bunda peoples Prescribed Body Corporate, Board Member Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and CEO of Nhulundu Health Service. During the construction of the LNG industry on Curtis Island he was appointed as the Indigenous Affairs Manager for Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemicals, a renowned worldwide engineering, procurement and construction company.

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Kane Ellis

CEO, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

Graduating in 1998, Kane started as a health worker at Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, NT, then moved to a community health clinic (Bagot) for two years. Kane ran the men's health program in the NT at the Heart Foundation before moving into the Clinic Manager’s role at Danila Dilba for seven years; during this time he acted as the CEO for a period of six months. Kane then moved to Wollongong, NSW, commuting to Sydney to work at the Aboriginal Legal Service as the Regional Manager of the South-Central Region and acting for a period as the legal service’s CEO. Kane returned to his original passion when he took on the role of Comprehensive Care Practice Unit Manager at NACCHO affiliate, the AH&MRC. He is currently CEO of lllawarra Aboriginal Medical Service and a proud board member of both the AH&MRC and NACCHO.

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Raylene Foster

Chief Operating Officer Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC)

Raylene represents Tasmania/Lutruwita on the NACCHO Board. She has a deep and historical understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, at national and local levels. For the past 25 years, Raylene has worked for TAC in various leadership roles building the capacity of the organisation, staff and community to provide  health services tor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Michael Graham

Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)

Michael is a Dja Wurrung and Waywurru man, who has been part of various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations since the age of 16. He was raised by a politically proud family who prompted him to empower and make positive changes for his community. Michael is the CEO of The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and was recently appointed Chairperson of the VACCHO Board.

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Vicki O'Donnell

CEO Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd

Vicki is a Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal woman from Derby, who has worked as a Strategic Leader in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health for 15 years.

Vicki is currently CEO Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (KAMS) in Broome.  Vicki was instrumental in the establishment of both the DAHS dialysis unit and the Kimberley Renal Service.

Vicki has been a board member of AHCWA for over 15 years (8 years as the Chairperson), and is Chairperson of the WA Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee. She is an advisor on numerous State and Federal Ministerial Committees involved in Aboriginal health issues including representing WA on the Closing the Gap Coalition of Peaks and the WA Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Vicki has a passion for Aboriginal Health which is noted on a state, regional and national level.  She has gained enormous respect for her knowledge, attention to detail, and communication skills at a grass roots level.

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Craig Ritchie

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services

Craig Ritchie is a Dhunghutti man and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Craig’s career spans senior roles that include work heading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, university access and participation for people from low-SES backgrounds and international student mobility. He was founding Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the ACT Government. Craig’s community sector work includes serving as CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and Chair of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services.

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Polly Sumner-Dodd

Aboriginal Health Council of SA Ltd

Polly Sumner-Dodd is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd (AHCSA).

Now retired, Polly was the Chief Executive Officer of Nunkuwarrin Yunti of SA Inc. for over 30 years. Polly advocates strongly for Aboriginal community control, self-management and self-determination.
Polly has participated on a wide and varied range of Committees and Board Memberships, including the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Aboriginal Sobriety Group, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Women’s Legal Service, Pharmacy Board SA and the Women’s Art Movement, to name a few.

Polly’s involvement with AHCSA has spanned more than 38 years, beginning with the Aboriginal Health Organisation (AHO). The AHO underwent major transformations, giving birth to the Aboriginal Health Council of SA and more importantly, moving to Aboriginal community control.

Polly believes that ongoing improvement to the health and well-being of all members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is both pivotal and crucial if we are to reach and maintain a quality of life equal to that of the wider community.

Suzanne Squires
Suzanne Squires

CEO Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services (LTHCS)

Suzie Squires is a Yuin Woman, that was born and raised on Gunai Kurnai Country. Suzie is currently the CEO of Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Services and has positions on a number of Boards as the Chairperson of the Gippsland Aboriginal Alliance and Vicechair of Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service. For the past six years Suzie has been committed to advocating for change not only for Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust and the community that reside there but for Aboriginal People across Victoria.

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Preston Thomas

Deputy Chair of the Ngaanyatjarra Group

Preston Thomas known as “Mr T" is a former Deputy Chairperson of the Aboriginal Land Trust. He is the currently the Deputy Chair of the Ngaanyatjarra Group (Includes the Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation, Ngaanyatjarra Services and Ngaanyatjarra Health Service) Mr T is also Chairperson of Kanpa Community Council.

He is an active member of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA and has been a Director of the Aboriginal Health Council of WA since 2015. He is committed to the increasing development of Aboriginal Western Australians.

Previous chairpersons
Chairperson
Date
Dr Puggy Hunter
1991 – 2001
Ms Pat Anderson
2001 – 2003
Dr Naomi Mayers
2001 & 2005 (acting)
Mr Henry Councillor
2001 – 2002, 2003, 2005 – 2007
Mr Tony McCartney
2003 – 2005
Dr Mick Adams
2007 – 2009
Mr Justin Mohamed
2009 – 2014
Mr Matthew Cooke
2014 – 2017
Mr John Singer
2017 – 2018