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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Our Board

The QAIHC Board oversees the work of the QAIHC Secretariat and taskforces, makes recommendations on issues concerning Membership and taskforce appointments, identifies and clarifies policy issues, and oversees the QAIHC Strategic Plan. The membership of the Board consists of:

Kieran Chilcott (Yugarabul/Bidjara)

Chairperson - Elected

Kieran is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kalwun Development Corporation Ltd, providing leadership, direction and coordination of the service’s activities to ensure the highest quality services are delivered. Kieran is passionate about the community controlled sector and its ability to achieve better outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Management, Cert IV in Business (Governance), Cert IV in Training & Assessment and Cert IV in Mental Health. Kieran has also completed the company director’s course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an active member of the community and has chaired and been a member of several boards and committees, including:

  • Inaugural Chairperson of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Ltd Board of Directors;
  • Current Board of Director of the Gold Coast Primary Health Network;
  • Former Board of Director of the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE; and
  • Former Board representation and advisor to further Gold Coast based not-for-profit organisations.

Kerry Crumblin (Mardigan/Kullilli)

Deputy Chairperson - Elected

Kerry is the Chief Executive Officer of Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health and has been an active community contributor within the South-West for more than 15 years. She holds a Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Frontline Management and is driven by a passion for improving health, education and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She is an experienced administrator, project coordinator; policy writer and has successfully assisted Aboriginal organisations over many years through her:

  • Secretariat work for the Goolburri Regional Council;
  • Within Queensland Health administration and program areas;
  • As Foundation Chairperson of the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH); and
  • As Native Title Community Relations Manager with Queensland South Native Title Services.

Adrian Carson (Cobble Cobble/Wakka Wakka)

South East Queensland Director

Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), leading in the promotion of partnerships and the integration with other mainstream health services within the South East Queensland Region. Having 20 years’ experience within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Sector, Adrian has played a key role in leading and managing change in Indigenous health including the implementation of the COAG Close the Gap and Health and Hospitals Reform Agenda. His achievements include:

  • Leading the development of the innovative and sustainable business model in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled comprehensive primary health care with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health;
  • Leading the program development and expansion of Deadly Choices initiative across multiple sites; and
  • Serving previously as CEO of QAIHC.

Gail Wason (Djungun/Wakamin)

Far North Queensland Director

Gail is the Chief Executive Officer of Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service. With over twenty five years’ experience in Aboriginal Health and affairs and an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of her community, Gail strives to ensure that the community has access to the full range of high quality, culturally appropriate primary health care services that empowers clients and the community to fully participate in the management of their own health.

  • Over 25 years in Aboriginal Affairs ranging in public and community sectors;
  • Recent 10 years’ experience in Community Controlled Health Management;
  • Previous experience as a Director in the Indigenous Housing sector and as an administrator in the Early Childhood Sectors

Sheryl Lawton (Bidjara/Nywagi)

South West Queensland Director

Sheryl is the Chief Executive Officer of Charleville Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health (CWAATSICH), a position held for more than 15 years. As a previous Chair and Deputy Chair of QAIHC, she has a wealth of experience of the issues confronting the community controlled health sector and advocating and lobbying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services across Queensland. Her roles and achievements include:

  • Former Member of the Queensland Government’s South West Hospital and Health Service Board;
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Charleville Aboriginal Housing Company;
  • Chairperson/administrator of the Mitchell Aboriginal Housing Company;
  • Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of ATSIC Goolburri Regional Council; and
  • Administrator of the Goolburri Aboriginal Land Corporation.

Dallas Leon (Waanyi/Kalkadoon)

North and North West Queensland Director

Dallas is the Chief Executive Officer of Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, trading as Gidgee Healing, and is a descendent of the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area and the Waanyi people whose country encompasses the Gulf of Carpentaria region of north-west Queensland. Dallas has 17 years’ experience working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in areas such as: primary health care; population health; research and management. His vision is for better health outcomes through better access to primary health care services. His qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Health Science;
  • A Master of Applied Epidemiology (Indigenous Health); and
  • A Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management